Not too far behind Luck was the nonstop saga surrounding general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano.
You would be underselling it if you were to say their relationship was rocky. The two had a press conference early last season to try to squash the rumblings about the tension between them. Owner Jim Irsay attempted to do the same thing when he had an impromptu media session immediately after the Colts' Week 1 loss to Buffalo.
But when all was said and done, Irsay acknowledged that things weren't great between Grigson and Pagano when he said during the offseason that the two met to have a “heart-to-heart” talk to discuss their relationship.
@MikeWellsNFL Do Pagano and Grigson appear to be getting along?— Marc (@IndyMarc65) June 3, 2016
The Colts have yet to play a game -- not even a preseason game -- but there’s a different vibe from Grigson and Pagano. It helps that Pagano doesn’t have his contract situation hanging over his head, like he did last offseason. He has financial security now after signing a new four-year contract back in January. Grigson signed a three-year extension that was tacked on to the one year he had remaining on his contract, so he and Pagano are under contract the same number of years.
The two appear to be on the same page when it comes to the makeup of the roster. They’ve been fully committed to improving the offensive line this offseason. That became evident when they used half of their eight draft picks on offensive linemen.
Pagano, a former defensive back, got some help in the secondary with the signing of cornerback Patrick Robinson, who likely will start opposite of Vontae Davis, and they drafted safety T.J. Green in the second round.
Questions linger about the pass rush after the unit recorded just 35 sacks last season, but the consensus inside the organization is that they know they can’t fix all their problems at once.
The focus first is on the offensive line. The last thing Pagano and Grigson want is for Luck to be beat up again next season. The Colts say they want to build their roster through the draft. The odds of that happening aren't good if the general manager and coach aren't on the same page. So far so good with Pagano and Grigson five months after each received a new contract.