It’s been a rough offseason for a few members of the Indianapolis Colts.
First, wide receiver LaVon Brazill was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season after failing a drug test. After many questioning his effort, this wasn’t a good thing to have on his record.
A few weeks after that incident, safety Joe Lefeged was arrested in Washington, D.C. on a gun charge. Once again, something the Colts didn’t want to have in the spotlight.
Once they thought the issues were done, tight end Wesley Saunders was suspended by the league the first eight games for failing a performance-enhancing drug test. It was Saunders’ second failed test, and he was cut by the team not long after.
After a fantastic 11-win season in 2012 and all the expectations for this team after upgrading the roster in the offseason, these were three instances where they felt they took a step back. None of these three were going to see big minutes on the field, but it’s certainly negative publicity the Colts wanted to avoid.
“Disappointment. Pure disappointment,” second-year Colts GM Ryan Grigson said. “The owner was disappointed, Chuck (Pagano) was disappointed. That’s all I can say. We weren’t happy. We expect more out of our players and we won’t stop having high expectations for those people.”
Grigson did say these guys that are going to be given a second chance in training camp to prove their worth.
“Of course. Of course they do. We believe in second chances,” Grigson said. “People make mistakes. We have a culture here where guys know the expectations. We handle all those things internally. We have a culture here and things are done on a case-by-case basis. We compile the information and we sit down with those individuals and then collectively we get together – Chuck [Pagano], I, Mr. [Jim] Irsay – and we talk about it. We try to always do what’s best for the organization, period.”
The Colts and their fan base aren’t used to off-the-field troubles. Grigson doesn’t want to let this spiral out of control, and they’re putting an end to the nonsense now.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports and recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Indianapolis Colts. All quotes were obtained first hand. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru