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Colts Owner Jim Irsay, GM Ryan Grigson Reportedly Had 'Heated' Talk After Loss

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistOctober 26, 2015

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, left, and general manager Ryan Grigson before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015.(AP Photo/R Brent Smith)
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The Indianapolis Colts dropped to 3-4 after Sunday's 27-21 loss to the New Orleans Saints, and tempers reportedly flared in the locker room following the disappointing result. 

According to the Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer, general manager Ryan Grigson and owner Jim Irsay had a "heated conversation" after the Colts dropped their second game in as many weeks. 

It's no surprise that tensions are boiling over. The Colts were considered AFC title contenders entering the 2015 campaign, but an 0-2 start immediately dampened the optimism that had enveloped the team throughout the preseason.

A year removed from earning a berth to the AFC Championship Game, the Colts have only managed to beat up on lackluster competition within their own division. They bounced back from two losses with three straight wins over the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans, but those victories came by a combined 12 points.

Quarterback Andrew Luck has been the team's biggest disappointment to date. Through five appearances, Luck has totaled 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He's also tossed just two first-half touchdowns all year, forcing the Colts to play from behind on a regular basis. 

"We have the potential to be an explosive team, but potential only gets you so far," tight end Dwayne Allen said following Sunday's loss, per Keefer.

Despite the early disappointments, Indianapolis' season isn't on life support. Improbably, the Colts are still in first place in the AFC South, and they are the front-runners to take home the division crown until further notice.

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A win over the 6-0 Carolina Panthers next Monday night would go a long way toward erasing memories of a 3-4 start, but the undefeated NFC title contenders will do everything in their power to sink the Colts to a new low.

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