It looks like the bad old days are back for the Indianapolis Colts.
After the Colts made their midnight move from Baltimore in 1984, they didn’t win 10 games until Peyton Manning’s second season in 1999.
They then posted seasons with double-digit victories 11 times and went to two Super Bowls, winning one.
When Manning was injured in 2011, the Colts went 2-14 — but that was a good year to get the first pick in the draft. It gave them a chance to start over with Andrew Luck.
Owner Jimmy Irsay released Manning, when went on to appear in two Super Bowls with the Broncos, winning one – and fired general manager Bill Polian and coach Jim Caldwell. He replaced them with Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano.
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It is not exactly a secret that Los Angeles likes Showtime.
It is a market that craves stars. And wants its sports teams to win or it ignores them.
Not surprising the Los Angeles Rams don’t seem to realize that.
When personality challenged owner Stan Kroenke (pictured above) decided to move the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles a year ago to play in a new palace he’s building, he overlooked two things.
The first is that Los Angeles has a rather nonchalant attitude towards the NFL. It wasn’t particularly upset when two teams left two decades ago and isn’t exactly turning cartwheels over the fact that two teams are playing their now.
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The NFL wants Los Angeles more than Los Angeles wants the NFL.
That’s been obvious for years.
When the Rams and Raiders both left after the 1994 season, there was no outcry about losing the team and no interest in building a taxpayer-funded stadium to get one back.
The NFL even awarded Los Angeles an expansion team, but Los Angeles shrugged and the team went to Houston.
The first Super Bowl was played there, and the city was so excited that the Los Angeles Coliseum was half-full.
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It won’t be long before Jon Gruden will have more years in the broadcast booth than he spent on NFL sidelines as a head coach.
Gruden coached 11 years in the NFL, four with the Raiders and seven with the Buccaneers. He won one Super Bowl.
Now he’s entering his ninth year as an ESPN announcer, and by 2019, his announcing career will have lasted as long as his coaching career. And then maybe even longer.
That means his coaching career is probably over. Teams aren’t likely to hire a coach who hasn’t been on the sidelines for nine years.
And the Bucs are putting him in their Ring of Honor, a sign they think his coaching days are over. But for some reason, Gruden likes to keep his name in the coaching mix. It sounds like an ego thing.
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