I'd rather Irsay just be real, like Ballard was. You didn't hear any promise from Ballard. All Ballard said was he hasn't thrown yet and when he does it will tell them a lot. Thats all that needs to be said on the issue. Ballard also said that any guy that wants to coach the Colts because of Luck is probably not the right fit. Interesting comment.
Everyone believed Luck would be back by training camp based on what exactly? A statement from Jim Irsay? Even when it was clear Luck wouldn't be back by then, he still said he would be back early in the season. He even didn't rule him out for week 1 just 10 days before the season. I don't call that optimism, i call it absurdity. But the more you listen to Irsay speak, it's not surprising.
An optimistic projection is not what happened today and it's not what happened last winter either. A promise is what happened today. There is a difference. When you promise something that is about as definitive as you can get given the circumstances. The statement last winter was also definitive. "Will be back for start of the season". If you want to call that a "optimistic projection" then thats your right, but most people will and did take that as a definitive statement.