“Basically, Carlie is just in place of Jim, for right now,” Grigson said. “He’s never been a micro manager, never has meddled or anything like that. He leaves football decisions up to myself and the head coach. He’s really been great in that respect. Carlie is going to be in his place while he’s recovering.”
With or without Irsay, Grigson likes the direction Indianapolis is going.
Before the free-agent market opened March 11, Grigson devoted much of his time trying to work out deals with his own players. Eventually, he re-signed a handful of players including punter Pat McAfee, kicker Adam Vinatieri, running back Ahmad Bradshaw and cornerback Vontae Davis.
He also dipped into the free-agent pool and plucked linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, defensive lineman Arthur Jones, receiver Hakeem Nicks and center Phil Costa.
Grigson may not be finished, either. Last year, he nabbed receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey in April and Bradshaw in June — a scenario that could be in play again.
“We feel real good where we are at right now,” Grigson said. “Of course, we are going to look toward the draft, but you never say never. We are always trying to get better.”
On the field, the big questions primarily surround Indy’s injured players.
Grigson said the rehab process is on schedule for starting guard Donald Thomas (quad) and running back Vick Ballard (knee). The team has already said starting tight end Dwayne Allen (hip) is healthy, too.
What about perennial Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne, who tore the ACL in his right knee in October?
“Reggie is just one guy we don’t have to worry about,” Grigson said. “He’s kind of like that Jerry Rice type mindset. He just doesn’t stop working and he’s so determined. I really don’t worry about him and I know Chuck doesn’t. I feel like he’ll be ready to roll.”
Grigson hopes that’s the case with Irsay, too.
“Everyone in the building loves the man,” Grigson said. “We all would run through a brick wall for him. We all just really wish him a full and complete recovery and we are all really pulling for him.”