As I suspected...
My response at the time had nothing to with the interest in McDaniels or him eventually becoming the Head Coach. The interest on both sides was plainly evident. What I commented on was...
1) They knew they were going to replace Pagano long before the 1st Jacksonville loss. They were just considering making the move after that game instead of at the end of the season. Plus the article about Ballard picking Brissett's brain on McDaniels was much later in the season. In other words, no correlation to what you wrote and reality.
2) I know what Ballard said about Luck and any future coach but that was just Coach / GM speak and simply not reality. Every coach they interviewed was most assuredly appraised of Luck's situation. Further it is a comical stretch to think that McDaniels felt OK with the QB situation because of Brissett should Luck not ever be healthy again.
3) The first words of the interview were most assuredly not "you ready to leave the Nantucket nest" or anything close that. And McDaniels certainly did not accept the job at that time based on the premise of that question alone.
4) The Colts kept interviewing guys because they wanted to cover all bases and do their homework for THIS particular hire. At that time I am sure there was interest but I would also suspect that neither McDaniels or the Colts had settled on each other.
Wasn't Brandon Scherff drafted pretty high? But I get what you mean. I meant this more as a hypothetical scenario to think through, rather than me really thinking that he can't fail. Every prospect can fail for variety of reasons really and that's part of their evaluations - assessing the various risk factors.
More on the topic - from your scouting - do you have higher grade on Nelson as a guard or on Chubb as a DE? (that is disregarding the positional value, just evaluating how good the player is at what he does)