Over the past few weeks, Ballard said he had no indication from McDaniels that there were any reservations about coming to Indianapolis.
However, after answering the final question of the press conference and before walking away from the podium, Ballard uttered a phrase that came right out of the Vince McMahon playbook. His relationship with Colts general manager Chris Ballard dates back over a decade, when both were with the Chicago Bears, and most recently they were together in the Kansas City Chiefs organization.
McDaniels, who coached the Broncos to an 11-17 record in 2009 and part of 2010 before being fired, had agreed to contract terms with the Colts to replace the fired Chuck Pagano, and a news conference had been scheduled for Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium. "I've had them from the get go". But as Rapoport notes, Colts owner Jim Irsay is apparently a big fan of Frazier's, which is why they are bringing him in to interview.
Last night wasn't an easy one for the Indianapolis Colts.
Conducting a coaching search in February isn't what Ballard or Indy envisioned when Chuck Pagano was sacked just hours after Indy completed a 4-12 season December 31.
Judge, 36, has been with the Patriots since 2012, first serving as assistant special-teams coach under Scott O'Brien before taking over the top job in 2015. "I was announced as the head coach before I had even been offered the job".More news: Westerville, Ohio officers killed in shooting
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Ballard said the Colts have a list of additional coaching candidates including some they couldn't interview because their teams were in the playoffs.
On Wednesday, a man who was in McDaniels' exact same situation in 2004 and failed miserably at all of his stops after leaving Bill Belichick's Patriots organization, crushed the decision to NFL.com's Adam Schein on Schein On Sports. It appears McDaniels was hesitant to move his family, including his four children, to Indianapolis, and was persuaded to stay in his current position after getting a "significant raise".
The Colts adroitly deployed a "Tampa-Two" system when Tony Dungy was head coach from 2002-08.
So, yes, the rivalry is definitely back on. Teams that win the Super Bowl lose coaches and key players to another franchise in search of their next leader or game changer.
"There's a lot of good coaches out there", Ballard said.
Three assistant coaches Matt Eberflus, Mike Phair and Dave DeGuglielmo had already been hired in Indy.