Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard met with the media Tuesday, conducting his end-of-season press conference.
Ballard touched on several topics, including the disastrous season that resulted in the Colts losing the final seven games consecutively. He did take responsibility for the team’s failures in 2022, and it was refreshing to see him hold himself accountable.
He made it clear they will do “whatever it takes” to get a quarterback in the draft—if they feel that player is the future. Whether that player is in this draft remains to be seen.
Ballard also made it clear he will be leading the head coaching search but that ultimately, the decision is up to owner Jim Irsay.
Here’s a look at the notes from Ballard’s end-of-season press conference:
Opens up acknowledges failures
Criticism has been warranted
Changing QBs has been tough
Matt Ryan still has something left
Underestimated continuity of the offensive line
Gives praise to Jim Irsay
'Mr. Irsay lets me do my job'
Jeff Saturday is a HC candidate
Ballard voiced his concerns over hiring Saturday
Roster construction under going examination
Jim Irsay will make final call on head coach
Understands the importance of QB
HC hiring could be long process
Lost competitive confidence late in the season
Whatever it takes to get the QB they want
Not afraid of the struggle
Regarding the Kayvon Thibodeaux celebration
Very encrouaged by Bernhard Raimann
Optimistic Jonathan Taylor doesn't need surgery
Fans deserve better
There were no discussions about internal promotion
Willing to pay Jonathan Taylor top money
Jeff Saturday's record won't factor into decision
Not a good job managing expectations
Praise for Frank Reich
Open to hiring a college coach