Here’s the article I read that mentions the domestic violence (point 8) and the school incident is point 7. He definitely has the tools and CB should be familiar with him from KC. Our DC should know him a bit more to hopefully fill them in all.
Hitchens was overpaid.
Norwell chose to go elsewhere where they are built to win NOW. The Colts are not. Melvin may have preferred a defense that plays Man and not Zone. There are all sorts of reasons why deals don't work out. Nobody is asking for brownie points.
But at at any point in this process, Irsay, who used to be a GM and is a very involved owner, could have said... "it's ok, spend more. Buy these guys." And he didn't. So the owner is on board.
Ballard doesn't like signing good players for great-player money. And the owner is ok with that.
As for Luck and his career.... nobody is more invested in the career of Andrew Luck than Chris Ballard. The team will install an offense that gets the ball out of Luck's hand much faster. That alone will help.
This was never going to be a fast fix... Ballard has been pretty candid about that. Beyond that I hope you'll be patient while Ballard cleans up the mess he inherited.
A further thought ... if I am an Indy reporter, I am calling up or texting Ballard to ask,
“Chris, it came as quite a surprise to fans to see Hankins cut. Was this a “cap” move and or scheme fit decision? Prior to releasing him, did you call around to see if you could trade him? Or was it Hankins himself that asked for his release? Inquiring fans would really appreciate some elaboration on the matter.”