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Uninterested in 49ers job, Chris Ballard will interview with Colts

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Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard was the first, second, and third choice of the 49ers for the still-vacant G.M. position. The interest wasn’t mutual.

Ballard feels differently about the G.M. job in Indianapolis. And for good reason. The Colts: (1) have a franchise quarterback; and (2) don’t have a non-ownership, non-football executive who is involved in football operations without the same accountability to which football employees are subject.

As to the 49ers’ job, Ballard wasn’t inclined to interview. Technically, the Chiefs exercised their prerogative to deny permission because the team’s season had not yet ended. As to the Colts’ job, Ballard is indeed interested and will proceed.

The depth and quality of the G.M. candidates in Indianapolis make it less likely that Jimmy Raye III will be promoted from within the organization, assuming that the G.M. comes in with full control over the roster and the ability to change coaches after 2017, if the G.M. sees fit to do so.

Yes, owner Jim Irsay can be a handful. But the bar is currently low in Indianapolis and the space is ready for a variety of banners to be raised. With the most important position in pro football filled for years to come, the task of building a true contender should be easier than it would have been, say, in San Francisco.

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21 Responses to “Uninterested in 49ers job, Chris Ballard will interview with Colts”
  1. ctiggs says: Jan 25, 2017 2:36 PM

    A man child or a drug addict…….. at least Isray knows how to party

  2. goldrush36 says: Jan 25, 2017 2:39 PM

    Once I heard he likes Tom Cable I became extremely happy he declined.

  3. drcap says: Jan 25, 2017 2:44 PM

    I never thought I would have to say that Jim Irsay is a better owner than anyone…

    Ouch! How does that feel, Jed?

  4. bigfaketdsinmyface says: Jan 25, 2017 2:52 PM

    goldrush36 says:
    Jan 25, 2017 2:39 PM

    Once I heard he likes Tom Cable I became extremely happy he declined.
    _____________________________________

    Be honest, were you one of the Chip Kelly fan boys when they first hired him?

  5. whenwilliteverend says: Jan 25, 2017 3:08 PM

    He’s smart…he had no interest in boarding the sinking ship known as the SS 49ers. Going to SF would be like boarding the SS Minnow with Jed Dork as the captain for a three-hour tour only to find out it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

  6. collectordude says: Jan 25, 2017 3:15 PM

    The yorks are bad owners.
    No one wants to be there.

  7. jtdapit50 says: Jan 25, 2017 3:20 PM

    Why does everyone think its because of the roster that people don’t want the job.

    Maybe it’s Jed York, who the heck would want to coach for this guy? Even if you make it to the SB and multiple champ games, you still get fired. Jed York is insatiable and a moron.

  8. donbat67 says: Jan 25, 2017 3:24 PM

    NOBODY wants to be there .Nice new stadium .

  9. JSpicoli says: Jan 25, 2017 3:28 PM

    Tom Cable inspires athletes. He is a better coach that either of the lummoxes the 49ers hired the last two times, and will likely get another shot someday. I hope he has success and you posers can eat your crow.

  10. dartwick says: Jan 25, 2017 3:30 PM

    Declining the job in SF should have increased his perceived value to the rest of the league.

    Choosing not to work for SF is a double win for candidates unless they are so bad that no one else would seriously consider hiring them.

  11. mmack66 says: Jan 25, 2017 3:33 PM

    jtdapit50 says:
    Jan 25, 2017 3:20 PM

    Why does everyone think its because of the roster that people don’t want the job.
    ———————-

    No one thinks that. Everyone knows it’s because of the owner.

    That said, the roster is a problem.

  12. goldrush36 says: Jan 25, 2017 3:47 PM

    bigfaketdsinmyface says:
    Jan 25, 2017 2:52 PM
    goldrush36 says:
    Jan 25, 2017 2:39 PM

    Once I heard he likes Tom Cable I became extremely happy he declined.
    _____________________________________

    Be honest, were you one of the Chip Kelly fan boys when they first hired him?

    ———————–
    Nope I have always hated Chip too. Im surprised his first two years were as good as they even were. I am also majorly surprised he did worse than Tomsula though.

  13. hendawg21 says: Jan 25, 2017 3:55 PM

    Poor Kyle Shanahan, he may want to think twice about taking this job, personally I think he got screwed by the rules of who can and when you can interview as I’m sure he would’ve most definitely taken one of the other vacancies over the SF job…makes no sense to jump on an already sinking ship…

  14. minerslung says: Jan 25, 2017 4:28 PM

    Ballard is my choice if i could choose. I like qhat he has done with the chiefs roster. Tge chiefs have all the pieces the colts need, be indy has what the chiefs need as far as player personnel. I like his experience, and i like that i havent heard of him. You usually hear about bad gms becausw they are always getting fired.

  15. somethinghappeninghere says: Jan 25, 2017 7:27 PM

    Agree, but for one thing–why does everyone think Andrew Luck, who should have gotten the Colts to the playoffs this year, is so awesome? I’m beginning to think it’s TY Hilton instead of Luck.

  16. tjdvikes says: Jan 25, 2017 8:37 PM

    Reason 2) don’t have a non-ownership, non-football executive who is involved in football operations without the same accountability to which football employees are subject — his initials are Paraag Maranthe. That is EXACTLY why they have had several GM candidates back FAR away from the job.

  17. hoosierboy317 says: Jan 25, 2017 9:42 PM

    If T.Y. Hilton we’re on any other team, his perception wouldn’t be nearly as great. His success is due to Andrew Luck. Look at how many drops T.Y. had this year; many of which were drops when he was wide open. Wait to see what a healthy Donte Moncrief does!

  18. aiiyiiyiii says: Jan 25, 2017 9:45 PM

    Kyle “son of Shan” is going to have a great time in SF. He will get as much control as he wants, he will get to mold his own young QB, he will get top dollar, and he will get to live in northern California. The team has lots of high draft picks and a ton of cap room for FA’s.

    If it all goes south on him, he has a built-in excuse. It was the 49ers.

  19. RegisHawk says: Jan 26, 2017 6:16 AM

    Now we know where Spencer for Hire went…

  20. ironicskepticalcomment says: Jan 26, 2017 2:44 PM

    Kaepernick is an idiot!

  21. harril3 says: Jan 27, 2017 9:41 AM

    Next Banners to be hunh:

    2016 AFC South Second Runner Up

    2017 Real GM Hired

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