The Indianapolis Colts are moving on from the failures of former General Manager Ryan Grigson. The draft and free agent signing history for Grigson has simply been terrible. He paid big money to aging free agents that made little to no impact at all. Along with drafting 38 players since 2012 and only 18 of them still being on the active roster. Colts owner Jim Irsay had to find a General Manager that would not waste their franchise quarterback, Andrew Luck. There were many candidates that Irsay showed interest in but Chris Ballard is the one who impressed him the most. Some are wondering who is he and why he is the right man for the job.
Chris Ballard is the former director of football operations for the Kansas City Chiefs. He has 16 years of personnel experience where he worked as a southwest area scout from 2001 to 2011 for the Chicago Bears. Ballard became director of pro scouting for the bears in 2012. In 2013 he was hired as the Chiefs director of player personnel. In 2015 he was promoted to director of football operations. Ballard showed that he can find talent in players that many others overlooked and has been behind some draft selections that were debated but turned out to be fantastic. He was responsible for drafting future pro bowlers like Marcus Peters, Matt Forte, Charles Tillman, and Nathan Vasher. The problem is what he needs to do to drastically improve a Colts roster that has multiple holes.
Ballard is proven and has shown that he knows how to make selections that pan out to really boost a team’s overall talent. He has been credited with helping Chiefs GM John Dorsey boost a roster that went from being 2-14 in 2012 to having 5 winning seasons and 3 playoff appearances. Will he and Chuck Pagano be able to work together and start producing wins? Jim Irsay believes so, but as many of us know, time will tell. Ballard has to get things right from the start in many fans eyes. Indianapolis Colts fans are ready to get back to the days of 12 win seasons and division championships. Almost everyone believes they have the quarterback to do it. But can he build this team the right way and give his young star quarterback what he needs to win super bowls? Many believe Ballard has the capability to do just that.