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Chris Ballard: Andrew Luck is special, but it can’t just be about him

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Before Chris Ballard became the Colts’ General Manager, he admired quarterback Andrew Luck from a distance and things haven’t changed with his new proximity.

Ballard said it is “really special” to see how much Luck cares about his teammates and the team’s success, something that waned over the last two years under former G.M. Ryan Grigson. Even in the first three years when the Colts were making the playoffs, Grigson was criticized for not finding the right talent to complement the quarterback and Ballard said that he’s committed to changing that.

“Everybody knows how hard that position is to find,” Ballard said, via Albert Breer of “When you have a guy with special talent at the position and he’s got special character on top of it, that’s a pretty good thing. But the one big thing I’ve made a point of here, it’s not just Andrew. We’ve got to have the best 53-man roster, and that includes Andrew. That’s how we’ll help him, by making the roster around him better both offensively and defensively. That’s what we’re gonna do. It can’t be just about Andrew.”

Ballard identified the defensive front seven as a place in need of improvement and went with a volume approach to addressing it by signing Johnathan Hankins, Jabaal Sheard, John Simon, Sean Spence, Barkavious Mingo, Al Woods and Margus Hunt as free agents before drafting three more players in the front seven. If that group can gel over the next few months, the Colts should be putting a better defense on the field than they’ve had the last couple of years and that would make for an encouraging start to Ballard’s run in Indy.

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17 Responses to “Chris Ballard: Andrew Luck is special, but it can’t just be about him”
  1. trubroncfan07 says: May 11, 2017 7:35 AM

    Sad to see the Colts ruining this guys career. They should trade him over to Denver just like Elway.

  2. skoobyfl says: May 11, 2017 7:40 AM

    The fate of that team rests on him being healthy or not.

  3. walker1191 says: May 11, 2017 7:59 AM

    So Ballard is saying they need to improve the defense? This is so complicated it’s no wonder Grigson could never figure it out.

  4. learysdisciples says: May 11, 2017 8:31 AM

    How about an offensive line?

  5. QB Film Room says: May 11, 2017 8:55 AM

    Ya Don’t Say!!!???? WOOAAAAh I thought all this time he could win games by himself!!!! MIND BLOWN

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  7. nhpats says: May 11, 2017 9:18 AM

    The poor sap should have never signed a new contract with the Colts….. Such a waste of talent

  8. sfsugator says: May 11, 2017 9:20 AM

    Grigson destroyed the early part of Lucks career by not building a defense or putting together an OLine immediately. smh.

  9. savethebs says: May 11, 2017 9:27 AM

    As a Titans fan I don’t like this Chris Ballard. He seems to be competent.

  10. midnightcusk says: May 11, 2017 9:35 AM

    It is special how he usually finds a way to throw an INT at just the wrong time.

  11. ctchiefsfan says: May 11, 2017 10:31 AM

    Still unhappy the Colts stole Ballard from us.

  12. bullcharger says: May 11, 2017 10:41 AM

    They were on the rise before they started the whole deflategate debacle with the Ravens. Right or wrong, it was a bad turning point for them.

  13. bobthebillsfan says: May 11, 2017 10:42 AM

    Luck seems to draw a lot of the blame for the the Colts’ 8-8 record the last 2 seasons. I think that now that Grigson (can’t stop the run and can’t keep Luck upright, so let’s select a wide receiver with our first pick) is gone the team will go about filling their weaknesses and capitalizing on their strengths. If Luck does not have to carry the team, sometimes forcing a throw in the process, the ints will drop.

  14. electricboogalo says: May 11, 2017 11:10 AM

    Largest contract in NFL history…it kind of is mostly about him.

  15. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 11, 2017 11:29 AM

    They should have fired Pagano along with Grigson. The man should never have been a head coach.

  16. anon5121 says: May 11, 2017 11:54 AM

    Colts are a disaster. Peyton Manning really helped that franchise overcome so much incompetence. Andrew Luck is talented but so far he’s sinking with the Colts. Let’s hope he can salvage his career.

  17. rhamrhoddy says: May 11, 2017 12:27 PM

    If he is consistently rushed to make plays and has to play catch-up all the time then he won’t feel the need to force things.

    The only glimmer in Grigson’s brutal tenure was getting served up a great QB talent on a silver platter and he managed to waste the first third of this guy’s career by drunk drafting.

    Up to you to fix this Ballard. Luck’s legacy is make or break with your performance.

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