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22 minutes ago, Mr. Irrelevant said:

 

Hmmm, not exactly a big endorsement of Reich! :lol:

 

I’m sure they meant something else, but that was funny!

Possibly, never know. I believe if we get blown out or he does not coach well and makes some bad judgement calls he should definately be on the hot seat.

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Sign him for another 10 years.... Seriously how man mainstays do we have on this team now because of him?

Mack, Hines, JT, Nelson, Glowinski, Smith, Buckner, Stewart, Willis, Blackmon, Sanchez, Blankenship, Pittman, Leonard etc. These are all incredible players that would all be starting on pretty much any team in the league. He's had far more hit then misses and has built this team correctly

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24 minutes ago, TimetobringDfence! said:

Possibly, never know. I believe if we get blown out or he does not coach well and makes some bad judgement calls he should definately be on the hot seat.

He wouldn’t be unemployed long.

 

29-19 & Playoffs in 2/3 years. 

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13 minutes ago, Luck is Good said:

He’s done great. Colts have such a complete team because of him

 

Yep. It would be like the Seahawks learning from Russell Wilson that he is retiring just before the season started, and still building a team that is competitive and make the right moves to get them back to 11-5 the next season. That was the hand Ballard was dealt with w.r.t Andrew Luck and he recovered from it pretty darn well, IMO. The team still has holes but you feel like you could insert most competent QBs with our OL strength and have a balanced offense.

 

Built the team inside out like a very good GM should, managed the cap well, and has done a good job giving the head coach and DC the pieces that fit in their system for the most part. He also has maintained good relationships with everyone around to maintain positive vibes and has the long term picture in mind all the time.

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27 minutes ago, Chloe6124 said:

Ballard deserves this. I still think Reich will retire after his contract is up.

I think Reich realizes that he could be a much better coach than he is. He can be too dogmatic in his beliefs.

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30 minutes ago, chad72 said:

 

Yep. It would be like the Seahawks learning from Russell Wilson that he is retiring just before the season started, and still building a team that is competitive and make the right moves to get them back to 11-5 the next season. That was the hand Ballard was dealt with w.r.t Andrew Luck and he recovered from it pretty darn well, IMO. The team still has holes but you feel like you could insert most competent QBs with our OL strength and have a balanced offense.

 

Built the team inside out like a very good GM should, managed the cap well, and has done a good job giving the head coach and DC the pieces that fit in their system for the most part. He also has maintained good relationships with everyone around to maintain positive vibes and has the long term picture in mind all the time.

I hate to harken back to Andrew Luck. If he were still the QB, this is a SB caliber group. It still pains me that his retirement happened that way. Like you said, this team can plug in a QB and be super competitive. I was against the Rivers signing. He’s exceeded my expectations though. However, I feel the Colts have to get a better QB to win the SB. I’ll eat my words if Rivers can go on a run. I’d love to be wrong

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1 hour ago, jvan1973 said:

He was getting re signed regardless 

I'm not questioning the signing.  I don't like firing GMs every 4 years.  The timing of the announcement was pretty good.

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28 minutes ago, Luck is Good said:

I hate to harken back to Andrew Luck. If he were still the QB, this is a SB caliber group. It still pains me that his retirement happened that way. Like you said, this team can plug in a QB and be super competitive. I was against the Rivers signing. He’s exceeded my expectations though. However, I feel the Colts have to get a better QB to win the SB. I’ll eat my words if Rivers can go on a run. I’d love to be wrong

But any group with Luck was a SB caliber group.  I mean, there is having to beat Mahomes now and Brady then, but other than that, its about the same without Luck.  Good with a good Rivers QB, bad with a bad JB QB.

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10 minutes ago, DougDew said:

But any group with Luck was a SB caliber group.  I mean, there is having to beat Mahomes now and Brady then, but other than that, its about the same without Luck.  Good with a good Rivers QB, bad with a bad JB QB.

The Grigson era squads weren’t complete teams. Those teams definitely overachieved. That was solely because of Andrew. The Ballard era teams are balanced. The Colts would be just as good as the Chiefs if Luck were still the QB. That’s how great Ballard has built this team

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Just now, Luck is Good said:

The Grigson era squads weren’t complete teams. Those teams definitely overachieved. That was solely because of Andrew. The Ballard era teams are balanced. The Colts would be just as good as the Chiefs if Luck were still the QB. That’s how great Ballard has built this team

IDK, its tough to play what ifs.  IIRC, the Colts made the playoffs every year of Luck's career when he was healthy.  It kind of transcends GMs.

 

Its tough to compare us with Luck to KC.  KC would still have much more of a potent offense with Hill, and Kelce.  TY isn't the same and JT really isn't the threat KCs players are.  We have Buck, they have Chris Jones.  

 

Has no bearing on whether or not to extend Ballard though.  We don't have Luck, and its still the right move.  And he may never find a Luck like QB, and it would still be the right move.

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He has lived up to his preceding rep. There've been a few hiccups in his judgment but overall, he's been superb. And i know he still has some doubters but I think he and Frank Reich will ascend to godly levels once they get their QB.  If Ballard and Reich had the opportunity to have drafted Luck, i have little doubt they'd have won a SB by now (even with Brady in the conference)

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17 minutes ago, DougDew said:

IDK, its tough to play what ifs.  IIRC, the Colts made the playoffs every year of Luck's career when he was healthy.  It kind of transcends GMs.

 

Its tough to compare us with Luck to KC.  KC would still have much more of a potent offense with Hill, and Kelce.  TY isn't the same and JT really isn't the threat KCs players are.  We have Buck, they have Chris Jones.  

 

Has no bearing on whether or not to extend Ballard though.  We don't have Luck, and its still the right move.  And he may never find a Luck like QB, and it would still be the right move.

I don’t disagree with any of that. Ballard is great. Colts are a well balanced team because of him. It’s a well deserved extension

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51 minutes ago, Luck is Good said:

The Grigson era squads weren’t complete teams. Those teams definitely overachieved. That was solely because of Andrew. The Ballard era teams are balanced. The Colts would be just as good as the Chiefs if Luck were still the QB. That’s how great Ballard has built this team

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10 minutes ago, The Fish said:

There wasn't really another move from the Colts/Irsay's perspective.

The thought never crossed Jim's mind to look else where. If Ballard keeps drafting the way he has so far in his career, he could go down as the best drafting GM ever.

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56 minutes ago, Jared Cisneros said:

Great news! I was a bit worried that he may not re-sign when his contract ran out. This is a great way to start the year!

Why would he not?

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1 minute ago, jvan1973 said:

Why would he not?

Only because of the Andrew Luck situation. There's a small possibility he could of wanted to sign with a team with an established QB like the Texans after his contract ran out. Just an unwarranted worry though, but it was in back of my head at times.

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