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Colts G.M. emphasizes competition, and numbers


The Colts have been one of the busiest teams in free agency since Chris Ballard took over as General Manager.

They needed to be.

Ballard has added 12 veteran free agents and 18 new players total since taking over in January, and has made it clear the roster needs to be upgraded from top to bottom.

“We’re always going to be trying to add competition and I think I’ve said this numerous times: player acquisition is 365 days and we’re always going to be active on the roster,’’ Ballard said, via Mike Chappell of WTTV. “We knew we had some holes that we needed to fill and I thought free agency helped us do it.’’

Ballard inherited a very top-heavy roster. He has a franchise quarterback in Andrew Luck and some good parts on offense, but not much else. So it’s instructive to see his approach to fixing things on the other side of the ball.

They’ve signed five linebackers, at least two of whom (Jabaal Sheard and John Simon) are penciled into the starting lineup. Spending money on defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins was important as they try to add some ballast up front to allow those guys to make plays.

Now, he has seven draft picks, all in the first five rounds, to add to his rebuild. And he’s making sure everyone knows it will take time.

“It takes time, like anything,’’ he said. “It takes time to build a team. It takes time to build a defense, an offense and have them all come together. Do we have work in front of us? Yes, we do.

“The biggest thing I want to make sure that we’re emphasizing is that competition and they have to earn it. Doesn’t matter where you come from and how we build it – from first-round pick to undrafted free agent to street free agent, guy that was cut at the 53, future signing.’’

What Ballard won’t say but others can is he inherited kind of a mess from previous G.M. Ryan Grigson, who also signed a bunch of free agents, but they didn’t turn out right. That alone gives Ballard time to fix it, and having a healthy Luck will give him an opportunity.

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12 Responses to “Colts G.M. emphasizes competition, and numbers”
  1. tylawspick6 says: Apr 21, 2017 12:38 PM

    This guy is a doofus.

    FA is not the way to get a base with a rookie cap in place. You overpaid for Sheard, Simon and Hankins so far.

    If you don’t rebuild via the draft and cheap scrapheap FAs, and cheat the teamnbuild process, you’ll get burned.

    So far, he’s doing nothing different than what Grigson did, save for offering up a 1st rd pick for a clear top 10 bust RB draft pick (Richardson).

  2. terripet says: Apr 21, 2017 12:54 PM

    Best Gm in football

  3. nathanp2013 says: Apr 21, 2017 12:57 PM

    Speaking of top 10 RB busts… outside of 5-6 garbage time runs his rookie year… Gurley has averaged 3.2 ypc over his entire career. Certainly makes me think he’s more like Richardson than any other recent RB busts.

  4. nhpats says: Apr 21, 2017 1:59 PM

    I feel bad for Sheard…..can you imagine the trauma of going from playing for the Champs to the Colts?

  5. terripet says: Apr 21, 2017 2:05 PM

    And going to a coach who cares about his players not like dictator Bill who uses them

  6. cletusvandam says: Apr 21, 2017 2:12 PM

    Unfortunately he is still saddled with a lame duck coach. On the bright side the Colts once again have the easiest schedule!

  7. polksaladandy says: Apr 21, 2017 2:45 PM

    Love the photo. “Mr. Irsay’s bag of pills is this big.”

  8. terripet says: Apr 21, 2017 2:53 PM

    Colts 11-5

  9. tylawspick6 says: Apr 21, 2017 3:25 PM

    I feel bad for Sheard…..can you imagine the trauma of going from playing for the Champs to the Colts?


    Actually, no, I cannot.

    I cannot figure out why any FA would go to the Colts or Jets. Two horrendous franchises with loser owners and fanbases.

  10. terripet says: Apr 21, 2017 3:37 PM

    Because the colts franchise is very successful look at the colts record over the last 15 years top 5 in the league

  11. infectorman says: Apr 21, 2017 5:30 PM

    Try as they might, they will NEVER wash off the Cheating stench derived from Suck-for-Luck.
    Imagine being on that team as a “real’ professional athlete that year and knowing the entire organization had one goal in mind; to lose games instead of win them. What a deplorable owner and franchise.

    I would root for another team if was a Dolt fan.


  12. crush22 says: Apr 21, 2017 8:10 PM

    Look at the Patsie* girls shaking in their boots.
    Long Live The *!

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