Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Chris Ballard Gives Positive Update on Andrew Luck

Chris Ballard Gives Positive Update on Andrew Luck

It doesn't matter if you're the first out of the box and everybody praises you or you are the last one to make the hire.

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.

"The rivalry is back on", he said.

That might have been the case regardless of what was said Wednesday, but it does reflect at the very least a feeling that has to exist within the Colts' front office.

Schefter reported Patriots owner Robert Kraft approached McDaniels over the past 48 hours and "sweetened" his contract to keep him from relocating to Indianapolis.

Following the news of McDaniels' decision, the Colts released a statement saying they were "surprised and disappointed" with his decision.

Prior to joining the Eagles' staff in 2016, Reich served as the Chargers' offensive coordinator for two seasons after two years as Philip Rivers' quarterbacks coach. But now that McDaniels has changed his mind and made a decision to stay, it appears that Judge is doing the same.

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McDaniels has settled in nicely in New England with his wife and four children since coming over in 2012.

"We've got work to do, I'm not ... we have work to do and I want somebody [who's] 100 per cent committed to partnering with us and getting that work done". However, Reiss said Belichick is locked in for 2018 and he is expected to return as head coach next season.

As for Dungy, he remains loyal to the Colts and owner Jim Irsay, who franchise is reeling after a drunk driver struck and killed Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe Sunday morning.

"There's no doubt that he's competitive", Ballard cracked.

We'll never know the exact reasons why McDaniels backed out of his commitment with the Colts, but Chris Ballard is assuring fans that Andrew Luck's shoulder should not be a concern. The new coach nearly always makes the decision on his staff.

The hatred stewing between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts began to simmer and, perhaps, stop for a whole week - before boiling over again. "That's OK. We move forward".

The Patriots have won seven consecutive games against the Colts, including twice in the playoffs, and they've outscored their former AFC East foes during that stretch, 285-152.

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