Just over a year into the job, Ballard looked like he was in over is head. But he has righted the ship and looks to be one of the smartest front office people in the NFL.
Chris Ballard was hired back in 2017 to pick of the pieces from the mess that Ryan Grigson left in his time as GM. Ballard was a high ranking guy within the Chiefs organization. He looked like he had star potential because he was a well respected man across league circles.
But a year into the job, the Colts looked like the laughingstock of the league. His draft class soon looked to be overrated as players got hurt or were ineffective. He had to fire Chuck Pagano after only winning four games. Then he had to hire a new guy to start out 2018.
That’s when crap really started to hit the fan. Ballard tried hiring Josh McDaniels, only for him to back out at the 11th hour. Then they had to scramble to find someone, ultimately settling on Frank Reich after his strong run as offensive coordinator for the Eagles.
Since that low point, things have only gotten better for Ballard. His 2018 draft was one of the best in the history of the Colts. He was named Executive of the Year for his efforts. The Colts also won 10 games after a 1-5 start and even won a playoff game.
The 2019 Colts look like one of the league’s brightest teams, and they have aspirations of a Super Bowl. A lot of that is thanks to the perseverance of Ballard. He stayed the course with his plan and made sure he didn’t panic. That is paying off dividends right now.
Only time will tell to see just how much will be gained off of Ballard’s patience. But early returns look great for a man who was down and out not too long ago.