Is it really that far-fetched to think that maybe this is how Luck wanted the situation to be handled? You're making sound like he didn't have any say in the matter, and I definitely don't believe that to be the case.
To be fair, Irsay telling us Andrew would be ready by week 1 was probably better than saying “Luck’s not playing a single snap in 2017, Pagano’s coaching all 16 games, & we’re gonna have a top 3 pick in the draft. Deal with it.”
They’ve been switching to zone for the 2nd half each week, & it doesn’t make any sense. We draft a bunch of guys to play man, then run zone, a scheme none of our guys have experience with, for half of every game. It’s maddening.
Would you put it past Irsay at all to tell all of us that Luck was going to be ready for training camp, while at the same time telling a potential HC hire behind closed doors that he'll miss a bulk of the season?
I just get the impression that Irsay has his mind set on landing a "big fish" coach, & likely a team president (Manning), and he'll feel good knowing that that'll be the last big decision he has to make as an owner for a long time. And if that's the case, there's no way that he didn't fill Ballard in on that.