Chris Ballard deserves to be on the hot seat. Why do Colts fans we give him so much slack?

The entire offseason has been centered around our search for a Quarterback. While questions regarding Frank Reich and Chris Ballard especially are present, but much fewer and farther between. Why is it that Chris Ballard is gifted so much… let’s say “benefit of the doubt”. In the six years since Chris Ballard has taken over as general manager the Colts have 1 playoff win. Any other fan base would be calling for the man’s head. I’m more perplexed because honestly I still believe Ballard’s a good GM.

But why is that?

He’s been able to build out one of the deepest rosters in the entire National Football League. A team that can contend at each and every position is a dangerous one, only problem is the most neglected position was quarterback. Of course, Chris Ballard thought he was inheriting a sure fire Hall of Famer in Andrew Luck. But the moment that was not the case, that had to become our main priority. End of story. You can’t win in the NFL without a QB. The Bengals almost just proved that sometimes you may be able to win with OONNLLYY a QB (and Chase of course). But QB must be addressed, and I really think that he was looking to build a powerhouse roster then draft a competent QB on a rookie contract to lead the team. That is a great plan, so long as that QB is coming down the line.

I would say the single biggest reason for Chris Ballard’s slack as GM is the 2018 draft. Drafting Quenton Nelson and then finding Darius Leonard in the second. I say finding because looking back now I would believe these guys to go top 3 overall from that class. Still granting that #1 spot to Josh Allen from the 2018 draft class. What a draft for the Colts. We picked up the two tone setters for our team in that same year. Great draft. So what have you done for me lately?

I genuinely believe that we as Indianapolis Colts fans have been conditioned to accept terrible choices through our tenure with Ryan Grigson. Ryan Grigson, his stench still resonates. What a terrible NFL GM. Terrible. Trash. Garbage. Trent RICHARDSON!!!! How about an offensive line to protect our franchises most valuable asset? “NAH LET’S GET GRANDPA ANDRE JOHNSON ON THE SQUAD!” Decisions like these are what made Andrew Luck hate football enough to quit.

It honestly feels like Chris Ballard may have overcorrected on the situation, seems like we’ve spent years addressing everything but the most essential piece to a franchise’s success. We need to learn from the past, but come on. We need a freaking quarterback!!!

Listen, before you think I’m being overreactive or quick to can a General Manager, I’d like to express that I truly believe the current state of the NFL hiring process is absolutely detrimental to a team’s success. Teams like the Dolphins, so quick to fire a coach, are absolute idiots to me. How is anyone supposed to change a program into a winner when they aren’t given the time to do so? Just can’t be done. I’m all for stability, but I’d like for that stability to land on a Super Bowl contender, not a team consistently finding themselves in the last seed or as the last one out of the playoffs.

-Burke

TJ Watt didn’t deserve the Defensive Player of the Year Award. Darius Leonard did.

Luke Kuechly. Brian Urlacher. Ray Lewis. Ever heard of them buddy? What an absolute flex by the Indianapolis Colts. And you know what… after that Jacksonville Jaguars loss to end the season and send the insufferable Steelers into the playoffs, I will take pride in whatever I can. And that being both Darius Leonard and Jonathon Taylor’s HOF making seasons.

Darius had a complete season. He is the all around best defensive player there is. He is a natural ball magnet. The man is constantly making plays just based on his sense of the game and where to be. He has a nose for the ball. The man is an absolute Maniac… sorry had to.

While TJ Watt undoubtedly tied Michael Strahan’s sack record, you can not sit down and actually watch Darius Leonard play and tell me he isn’t the best player there is out there. If he doesn’t make the tackle himself, he is within arms reach of the tackle each and every play. His foresight is absolutely unmatched.

I don’t understand why more people aren’t watching Darius Leonard’s game as closely as they should. It’s so crazy to say that the highest paid linebacker in the league is underappreciated. But I have to say nationally, HE IS!!! Nobody respects this man’s name as much as it nearly deserves. But as an Indianapolis Colts fan, I love it. Feed the maniac bulletin board material. I’m all for it! Let’s see what insane numbers he can get overlooked next season.

Honestly… why is this okay? Everyone loves the Watts! All-American conmen if you ask me. Too Clean… I can’t trust anyone who presents that cookie cutter clean. Can’t do it won’t do it. If I can’t tell that you’ve got a skeleton in your closet, I assume you’ve got a warehouse full of skeletons hidden somewhere.

-Burke

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