Chris Ballard: We’re disappointed, we had an agreement with Josh McDaniels

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Colts General Manager Chris Ballard described himself as disappointed that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels backed out of a deal to become the next head coach in Indianapolis.

Ballard said this morning that McDaniels had agreed to take the job and the Colts were moving forward with him as of yesterday.

“With Josh backing out, we were disappointed, unquestionably: We were disappointed and surprised. We’d agreed to contract terms. We had an agreement in place. We followed all the rules, did everything right. Two interviews, both of them went very well. Very confident we were going in the right direction, very confident Monday evening and into Tuesday morning,” Ballard said.

So what happened?

“I got a call Tuesday evening saying he had changed his mind and was going in a different direction,” Ballard said. “At that point I informed our owner, we informed you all of where we were going, and we’ll keep moving forward.”

Ballard said he remains proud of the Colts, proud of the Indianapolis community, and confident he’ll turn the Colts around. He just doesn’t know who the head coach leading that turnaround will be.

84 responses to “Chris Ballard: We’re disappointed, we had an agreement with Josh McDaniels

  1. So what happened?

    “I got a call Tuesday evening…they had me on speakerphone… and I could hear Josh, BB, Kraft and Tom Brady all laughing their butts off. I even think Giselle was there laughing at us too”

  2. What if Josh McD punked the Colts for making up the deflating controversy. He was never going anywhere.

  3. Do the owners really need reminding there’s no such thing as a guaranteed contract in the NFL? The players certainly know………..

  4. “We’d agreed to contract terms. We had an agreement in place. We followed all the rules, did everything right.”

    Yeah, everything except for getting his signature on a contract before announcing him as the head coach. Live and learn.

  5. Obviously Irsay said or did something which offended McDaniels and made it clear to him he should not join the Colts.

  6. Typical Patriots way of doing business — cold, underhanded and no sense of loyalty. I think underneath it all, McDaniels knows he doesn’t have the talent or the onions for a head coaching job.

  7. Please, I really don’t want to hear anymore ” the Patriot way” of doing things . Signed: all the other NFL fans of the other 31 teams.

  8. Ballard said all the right things basically taking the high road.. I actually like the guy…well spoken and seems very honest…needless to say these two teams are back to disliking each other again and if Indy sees a Foxboro area code on caller ID they will not pick up and let it go to voicemail!!!!

  9. It’s really Kraft and BB that put Josh in that position. They waited too long to talk about their plans. Of course Josh could have just moved on anyway, but I would guess if he really believed he had the inside track on the Patriots HC job he would have never interviewed elsewhere.

  10. So, what was the rush? I get that it was an “almost done deal” but why not wait a few more hours–even another day if it took that long–to get the signed contract back? The media tweets everything unconfirmed because they think it helps them being first even if they’re sometimes wrong. But there was no advantage to the Colts announcing it early.

  11. Few thoughts. (1) Luck may not still be right as you’d think McDaniels would love the chance to work with him. (2) McDaniels was playing all along and just using it for leverage with NE and it paid off. (3) What’s all the fuss over McDaniels? His only head coaching experience (when he didn’t have Brady and Belichick) was a disaster. Most contend, and I’ll agree is Belichick and Brady that makes NE go.

  12. Man Tom Brady made a lot of coaching careers,

    Belichick without Brady as QB 54-63
    McDaniels 11-17
    Crennel 28-55
    Mangini 33-47
    Schwartz 29-51
    O’Brien 31-33

    So that’s 186-266 for these guys as Head Coaches when they didn’t have Tom Brady as their QB.

  13. I think what happened is pretty simple. The coaching job in Indy was probably only $5-6 million a year. Kraft bucked up and matched the money since he plans to pay the next D coordinator peanuts. Brady still has an open window. At some point his abilities will fall of a cliff but it wasn’t this year and it may not be next or even the year after. Finding an O coordinator as creative as McDaniels would be tough. It makes sense to fork over the dough and keep the group together. Who in the AFC is going to stop Brady? There could easily be a couple more superbowls coming from this group.

  14. i thumbs down your comment says:
    February 7, 2018 at 11:26 am
    Good luck getting any interviews in the future there Joshy.

    ———-

    Winning fixes everything. If he gets a HC job with the Patriots and wins then he will be in high demand. Nobody will care about spilled milk with the Colts. If he loses, he will never get another HC job anyway.

    The main risk of this decision is if Kraft decides not to hire him as HC. He could be out of the NFL in that case.

  15. This “commitment” and then ” lack there of “, in the form of backing down and out, is a very big deal! There are only 32 of these jobs in the world and everyone concerned, has a whole lot riding on this indecision.Coaches were hired by the Colts as part of this process.You don’t do this without consequences. Belicheck must have convinced Josh McDaniel’s that he will take the HC job when he retires.My guess is that will be in the next two years.I would also say that McDaniel’s was concerned with the health status of Andrew Luck.The whole future of the Franchise is going to ride on the success of the QB position.This whole thing STINKS and the Colt fans have much to be very concerned about.I wish them the best under these circumstances.

  16. Pats fans think this is such a good thing? Is it that misery loves company? There are plenty of solid hires for the Colts. Del Rio comes to mind. That doesn’t change the fact regarding the lack of a morale fiber in McDaniels.

  17. The Colts had a verbal agreement with McDaniels. Josh has a right to do what he feels is best for himself and family; Wait another year, stay in New England and run the best offense in the NFL. Then take over as HC of the Patriots without moving his family. One could sense that there were second thoughts by McDaniels when media reports did not indicate the signing of an agreement!

  18. Josh said no. It could be family reasons, Colt ownership, team dysfunction, terripet….

    Gut feelings about whether or not it’s a good idea came into play. It clearly isn’t.

  19. I don’t have a dog in this fight but I hardly feel for an NFL management, the Colts in this case, but it could be any management that thinks nothing about screwing over a player when they see fit. So now a GM and an owner got screwed, big deal. Move on like any player would have to. Are we naïve to think that management always keeps their word? By the way, does anyone remember that Philly won a Super Bowl three days ago?

  20. steaksandwichandsteaksandwich says:
    February 7, 2018 at 11:35 am
    McDaniels went back on his word….
    ———————
    How do you know? Firstly, you only have one side of the story, from an org with a bad track record of honesty, and secondly the Colts putting on paper an offer that agreed to what Josh was demanding is NOT the same as Josh promising to take the job. Ballard went on to say the decision to not follow through was Josh’s prerogative, Josh’s choice – therefore no actual promise or guarantee had been made as far as the Colts’ GM was admitting.

  21. Obviously, his word means nothing. This should not be surprising. Remember he learned from Belicheat (coaching the Jets). The question will be later when he gives his word to a player?

  22. Jim Schwartz never coached Brady, the rest werent head coaches either just coordinators. Belichick’s record is misleading. Most new HCs walk into a bad situation year 1. Bill did that in Cleveland and New England, it doesnt help Cleveland moved to Baltimore on him during his last season. I am sure alot of coaches’ records are bad w/o great QBs.

  23. McDaniels staying with the Pats is terrible news for the rest of the NFL–his playcalling and creativity were a huge reason the Pats are perennial powerhouses, and I was looking forward to their inevitable decline with his departure. Now I think the Pats are likely in every AFC Championship game (at least) until Brady retires–makes me sad 😦

  24. gotitan says:
    February 7, 2018 at 11:41 am
    Pats fans think this is such a good thing? Is it that misery loves company? There are plenty of solid hires for the Colts. Del Rio comes to mind. That doesn’t change the fact regarding the lack of a morale fiber in McDaniels.
    ——————————–

    Gimme a break with this “moral” crap. This is business. Do you have ALL the facts? Was it an agreement in principal but the details that followed didn’t add up for McDaniel? So what if the guy had second thoughts after the SB?? He was morally obligated to sign??? Bull. You know how many people back out of job offers everyday in this country? Moral issue, please quit with the self righteousness.

  25. I have no idea why everyone thinks Josh is the “heir apparent” to Belichick. What makes anyone think BB is leaving anytime in the next ten years? He’s addicted to his job. He’s not going anywhere.

  26. You know hw learned this from B.B. if you don’t know what I am talking about google billichick New York Jets. That alone shows you the character of that football organization. Colts are better off without him in the long run. Good luck over the next few weeks finding the right guy.

  27. Ultimately the Colts should be glad they dodged this bullet. Josh was a disaster in his first attempt as a HC, and now he just revealed his true character. He hasn’t learned much since Denver, and he has zero integrity to boot. Better the Colts find out now than 2 or 3 years into his contract.

  28. You never hire assistants until the contract is signed so that is on the Colts. Still, McDaniels is what he is. A coached who failed previously and unlike BB, will fail again as head coach in the future. He will get a team without Brady and Gronk in all likelihood and without an heir apparent at QB. Brady’s production next year will fall off. Father Time always wins in the end. He is the GOAT. Not downing him but he isn’t immortal.

  29. It’s gonna be hilarious when Belichick one day steps down and then Kraft by-passes McDaniel for someone else. Then poor Josh won’t even get a sniff from another team. At that point McDaniel will be lucky to be the head coach of a high school team.

  30. At least Josh wears his integrity on his sleeve. He did the Colts a favor. McDaniels’ word is worthless.

  31. You never had his signature on a contract, so you did not have an agreement at all. Chalk it up to your making a mistake by announcing he’d be your new head coach before the contract was signed.
    Too bad for the wimps who whined about the ball in a game they had no chance of winning. I’m glad they got jilted at the altar by a Patriots coach. And I am not a Patriots fan. I just don’t like crybabies.

  32. A lot of people saying that this is on the Colts because he hadn’t signed the contract yet don’t understand the football business. They couldn’t sign Josh until after his final game, but they can lock up his assistants, which they needed to do before other teams did. He had agreed in principle, and so they started signing HIS guys so they wouldn’t sign with other teams. This is how most teams operate in the NFL because of the NFL rules on when a contract with a head coach who is currently coaching elsewhere as a coordinator. It isn’t like the Colts somehow forgot how contracts work, this is standard operating procedure around the league. You don’t typically see someone back out after they’ve agreed in principle because it is career suicide. Any team in the future will remember Josh did this, and won’t want him to do the same to them. If Josh doesn’t get the Pats job now, he nuked himself.

  33. How dopey is Ballard to believe that it was all locked up before he got Josh’s signature on a contract? Seriously naive. The Krafts’ must be laughing how easy it was to screw up the Colts and to think they signed up all of the coaching assistants without getting McDaniels signature. Absolutely incredible that a professional NFL team could mismanage something so important.

  34. fofrenchy says:
    February 7, 2018 at 11:35 am
    Man Tom Brady made a lot of coaching careers,
    ….

    So that’s 186-266 for these guys as Head Coaches when they didn’t have Tom Brady as their QB.
    ……

    I think it’s awesome that you spent the time to do all this math.

    I think it will be even more awesome when McDaniels does the same thing to the colts in two years – like Lucy and the football.

  35. This may be Josh’s finest moment in the NFL. Maybe Ballard didn’t understand how important it is to get an actual signature on a contract. The Krafts must be laughing their heads off. Dilly dilly.

  36. ragnarthegreat says:

    February 7, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    You know hw learned this from B.B. if you don’t know what I am talking about google billichick New York Jets. That alone shows you the character of that football organization. Colts are better off without him in the long run. Good luck over the next few weeks finding the right guy.

    ======================

    If you research what the Jets did to the Pats in the 90’s, you’ll see why. Jets stole Parcells created a little sabotage in the lead up to the Pats-Packers Super Bowl. Jets also stole Curtis Martin from Pats with an illegal poison pill contract. Then as Parcells leave the Jets, then the Jets never tell Belichick the Pats are interested in him and offer him the promotion. Belichick takes it, then hears the Pats wanted him beforehand. He’s mad and the ownership at the time was in flux so he bailed, understandably so.

  37. fofrenchy says:
    February 7, 2018 at 11:35 am
    Man Tom Brady made a lot of coaching careers,

    Belichick without Brady as QB 54-63
    McDaniels 11-17
    Crennel 28-55
    Mangini 33-47
    Schwartz 29-51
    O’Brien 31-33

    So that’s 186-266 for these guys as Head Coaches when they didn’t have Tom Brady as their QB.
    …………………………………………………………………………….

    Let me fix that for you..Bill B made a lot of coaches careers, seeing as there’s a few DC ‘s that were hired because of the Pats result on D….If your a DC for the Pats it’s in name only we all know who calls the shots in NE….

  38. “fofrenchy says:
    February 7, 2018 at 11:35 am
    Man Tom Brady made a lot of coaching careers,

    Belichick without Brady as QB 54-63
    McDaniels 11-17
    Crennel 28-55
    Mangini 33-47
    Schwartz 29-51
    O’Brien 31-33

    So that’s 186-266 for these guys as Head Coaches when they didn’t have Tom Brady as their QB.”

    Wow. Great post. Not to mention the dozens of avg running backs and wide receivers that have cycled through the offense who we barely remember

  39. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    February 7, 2018 at 11:33 am
    Never make a deal with a cheater.

    ——————
    Fortunate for McDaniels that he realized this in time.

  40. Ballard and Irsay can spin it anyway they want to. The problem is they had NO deal signed and in place. Why in the world would you sign support coaches without having the HC signed and in place? They couldn’t do anything until AFTER the Superbowl. Patriots made him a better offer. Simple as that. Ballard is an arrogant tool. Lives in a black and white world. You got what you deserved here. Ballard is spinning this since he knows HE”S the one that messed up here.

  41. Dear madmike66;

    Let’s assume you have a valued skill in whatever profession you are in. A competitor of your company reaches out and says hey Mike I have a job for you, more responsibility and more money. You say hey that sounds great. You get an interview and you agree to take the job. Next day another company or the one you work for says hey Mike, here’s another offer. It’s better for you, your family and your future. What does Mike say?

  42. If was a classless gesture, a crap move on McDaniels’ part. I sincerely hope the other 30 teams learn from this and that this punk gets blackballed from any future coaching job opening in the NFL.

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