Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson took a cheap, blind-side shot at the Dallas Cowboys at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Grigson and the Colts went 8-8 in what was a year of turmoil and disappointment in 2015 as they went from Super Bowl contender to home for the playoffs.
Quarterback Andrew Luck missed nine games with injuries. Grigson was embroiled in a season-long battle with coach Chuck Pagano and he made mistakes in free agency with the signings of Trent Cole and Andre Johnson.
Grigson vowed to learn from his mistakes and to work hard to put a winner on the field in 2016.
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Yet, Grigson still seemingly took comfort in being better than the Cowboys, who went 4-12 after losing quarterback Tony Romo for 12 games with a fractured collarbone.
“There were a lot of other teams in the league where their quarterback went down and had a better perceived offensive line and all those types of things that are picking real high in the draft,” Grigson said.
The Cowboys, who are considered to have the best offensive line in the league, have three Pro Bowlers on the line in tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and guard Zack Martin, who were all picked in the first round. Another starting guard, La’el Collins, was a first-round talent who didn’t get drafted last year because of an off-the-field issue.
Of course, a Cowboys season that also began with Super Bowl hopes fell a part because of Romo’s injury, going 1-11 without him on the field.
The Cowboys are picking fourth overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Colts are picking 18th.