On Monday, January 30th, 2017, Chris Ballard was officially introduced to the Indianapolis media as the new General Manager of the Indianapolis Colts. This comes after a search that was widely regarded as a vetting of the cream of the crop in terms of GM candidates with Ballard, Scott Fitterer (Seahawks), Trent Kirchner (Seahawks), George Paton (Vikings-then considered the favorite for the 49ers GM spot), Jimmy Raye III (Colts), and Eliot Wolf (Packers) interviewing.
In just over a week, all six candidates were interviewed and Ballard was called in for a second interview. Apparently the only thing talked about in that second interview was where to sign.
Ballard takes over a team in dire need of a defense, an offense headlined by Andrew Luck, and a lame duck coach whose status is rumored to be “re-evaluated” at the end of the 2017 season. First impressions?