Colts hire Chris Ballard as G.M.

The Colts have their new G.M.

Chris Ballard, who has spent the last four years in the Chiefs’ front office, was officially announced as the Colts’ G.M. today. In Kansas City, Ballard worked under Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey. Now he’ll get to run his own franchise.

Ballard turned down an opportunity to interview for the G.M. job in San Francisco but was interested in the job in Indianapolis. That may signal that he wanted to go to a place that already had its franchise quarterback in place. With Andrew Luck in town, the hardest part of building a roster is already done.

Still, the Colts have missed the playoffs two years in a row and have plenty of holes in their roster. That’s why Ryan Grigson was fired, and why Ballard has a big job ahead of him.

51 responses to “Colts hire Chris Ballard as G.M.

  1. Just watched some of the Pro Bowl Skills competition. Are they kidding with this break down by Gruden, while a ball is being dropped from a drone?

  2. There is likely a number of reasons why he turned down the 49ers job… Looks like it worked out in his favor…

    Now get Luck some talent around him and let’s see if he lives up to the hype!

  3. Great news for Indianapolis! They are finally going to surround Andrew Luck with a defense.

  4. Excellent Hire. I’m kind if pissed as a chiefs fan. If we lose our gm in a year or 2, Ballard would have been the perfect gm to step in.

  5. It’s been a while since I have posted on a PFT board. And now is the perfect time to ring in a welcome back. Having seen the whole Grigson Era play out, I have to say that it wasn’t Paganos fault that he got a subpar defense to work with. Now that we have a GM who has seen what and how a Defense is, Pagano has no excuse for subpar play. The only concerns of the team are Defense, O-Line, and Running back.
    Special teams, Receivers, and QB are set.

    Open up a Bud, cause it’s Ballard Time

  6. Irsay isn’t going anywhere. The fish rots from the head down. Enjoy watching the super bowl. Watch closely. The Patriots are the gold standard in the NFL today. You just might learn something from an organization that is making their 7th super bowl appearance in the last 15 years. The 7 in 15 stat isn’t a mirage, it’s reality. So is your frustration. Case closed.

  7. “Ballard turned down an opportunity to interview for the G.M. job in San Francisco but was interested in the job in Indianapolis. That may signal that he wanted to go to a place that already had its franchise quarterback in place.”

    That also might have signaled that he felt like Jed York and Paraag Marathe were buffoons running a clown show.

  8. I hope he went there because he felt better about the direction not just qb situation. Where’s the challenge to building the roster. That being said, seems like a good hire

  9. Now that they have their GM in place, they will offer the head coaching job to Josh McDaniels.
    Write it down, it’s going to happen.

  10. Now that we have a GM who has seen what and how a Defense is, Pagano has no excuse for subpar play

    Slow down there, cowboy, he hasn’t drafted or signed any players yet.

  11. Maybe it does have a little something to do with having a QB in place but damn, how bad must York be if a knowledgeable football guy turned him down but was willing to work for Irsay?

  12. Luck = Almost competitive.

    Maybe Ballard can get them back to winning the worst division in football. If he plays his cards right, there may even be another “AFC Finalist” banner in store!

  13. Wow you wake up one morning and Alex Smith is your QB, then you go to bed that night and Andrew Luck is your QB. This guy is going to have a smile on his face for a week.

  14. “More “swinging gate” plays!!”

    No no no that version was the “rusty gate”

    lolz

  15. henry53 says:
    Jan 29, 2017 6:54 PM
    Now that they have their GM in place, they will offer the head coaching job to Josh McDaniels.
    Write it down, it’s going to happen.
    *********************************
    Dude, are you in the concussion protocol?

    have you forgotten who started frame gate?

  16. These front runners who have no idea that the Cheaters were the worst franchise for 40 years cannot even do basic math. 7 in 16 not 15. You must have left your cheat sheet at home. Also amazes me that these insecure buffoons feel the need to post something about their successful yet dishonest organization on a story that has nothing to do about them

  17. heeeeelzfan says:
    Jan 29, 2017 6:59 PM
    Agree with henry53’s comment about Josh McDaniels.
    ================================
    I think it won’t happen because of loyalty reasons. Nobody in the Patriots family will work for Irsay because of the deflategate fiasco. There is something to this. I would think this would apply to the Jets and Colts and that, out of courtesy, McDaniels will avoid the AFC East. The Bengals make the most sense for McDaniels because of Dalton and the opportunity to build a culture there.

  18. You’d better hope he drafts well…But, similar to NO w/Brees contract…the Luck contract has scrapped the Colts salary cap wise.

    Wish nothing but bad things to this slimy organization…as they continue to suffer from …”The Curse of Deflategate”

  19. I think it won’t happen because of loyalty reasons. Nobody in the Patriots family will work for Irsay because of the deflategate fiasco. There is something to this. I would think this would apply to the Jets and Colts and that, out of courtesy, McDaniels will avoid the AFC East. The Bengals make the most sense for McDaniels because of Dalton and the opportunity to build a culture there.

    *************
    Don’t kid yourself. McDaniels knows they were deflating the balls. He’s not going to cut off his nose to spite his face.

  20. tyelee says:

    Now get Luck some talent around him and let’s see if he lives up to the hype!
    _______________________________________________

    It’s funny that Luck needs talent around him to see if he lives up to the hype. How many SBs did Brady win without great talent at receiver? Only real stud he has ever had was Randy Moss. The championships were won with cast offs, and a Gronk for the 4th. Doing the same this year.

  21. nfl1818 says:
    Jan 29, 2017 7:16 PM

    henry53 says:
    Jan 29, 2017 6:54 PM
    Now that they have their GM in place, they will offer the head coaching job to Josh McDaniels.
    Write it down, it’s going to happen.
    *********************************
    Dude, are you in the concussion protocol?

    have you forgotten who started frame gate?

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Here’s the thing. He also turned down San Fran. He, of all people, will try to get a team with a good QB, right?
    And to the other guy, /the Colts are not AFC East.

  22. Prior to K.C., Ballard was a scout for Da Bears for 10+ years. The Bears have a terrible drafting record, just saying……….

  23. There’s a reason why Ballard turned down tons of opportunities. The cat’s legit. I’m surprised he took this job, considering Irsay’s past behavior.

  24. Colts hire new GM…..Patriots prepare for Super Bowl. Two entirely different worlds. Best of times.

  25. jeez, that pic, hope there’s a clause in that contract requiring him to stay 2,000 feet away from any school. that said, great hire.

  26. Reggie Mac is the best GM around.
    ___________________________________Raider Boys and Girls, is Reggie the GOAT NFL GM? Come on now, that’s a mighty yummy thought! Let’s take a look at the numbers (on 3, “Lets Gooo Reggie!” squeal):

    Reggie Mckenzie:
    Raider GM: 5 years
    Won/loss: 30-50.
    AFC West Titles: none
    Playoff appearances: 1
    Playoff record: 0-1 (lost WC game to Brock Osweiler)
    Super Bowl appearances: none
    Super Bowl wins: none

    Very strong baby, very strong!! Okie dokie, now let’s compare our good friend Reggie to another “bad guy” we know, John Elway!

    John Elway:
    Bronco GM: 6 years
    Won/loss: 67-29.
    AFC West Titles: 5
    Playoff appearances: 10
    Playoff record: 6-4
    Super Bowl appearances: 2
    Super Bowl wins: 1

    You see that Nation Boys and Girls??? Reggie is THE BEST by far! He owns Sir Elway! Wow, how totally cool for us!! Reggie has made us into a Destiny!! Ok, everybody on your cots, Koolaide in hand, and SING after me: “GOOOO REGGIE, GO! THERES NO PLACE LIKE REGGIE LAND, EVER AND FOREVER! YEAHHHH, YIPPEEE!” Good nite Nation.

  27. When you replace Grigson, the bar is set pretty low already. Hard to be more incompetent than him.

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