“The rivalry is back on…” These are the words that Chris Ballard ended his press conference with on Wednesday after a night that shocked the sports world. To put it lightly, there is a fire lit underneath the Colts since Josh McDaniels decided to spurn them on Tuesday evening.
The Colts were on the verge of starting their new future with a supposed new head coach, Josh McDaniels when Ballard got the phone call that he was staying in New England. Ballard gave him no time for an explanation, he was either in or he was out. McDaniels was out.
He Doesn’t Fit the Vibe of Indy
McDaniels-gate is something that truly will help the Colts, for a number of reasons. One, when you think about it, McDaniels does not really fit the new vibe the Colts are going with. The Colts have a GM in Ballard, that is hundred percent giving it all to the Colts. He does not want anyone to coach the team that isn’t fully devoted to the City and team. McDaniels backing out showed his true colors. McDaniels was a man that could not and would never be devoted to a team or city, other than New England.
Lack of Accomplishments Without Legendary Support
Another reason that Josh McDaniels helped the Colts is that he isn’t proven outside New England. This could create conflict in the future. McDaniels offense outside New England has never been something extraordinary. He boasted one of the league’s worst offensives in 2011 with St. Louis. (Pro Football Reference)
McDaniels was never proven to be able to build a roster outside of New England, or even help build the roster in New England. This was potentially something that could create conflict with the Colts using McDaniels offense. Even with Luck, they probably wouldn’t have got it done each year.
The Colts Gain Motivation
The last reason I believe he helped the Colts is that he gave them Motivation. The old quote from William Congreve’s 1697 poem really fits in here. The line is, “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned/Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.” Well, I think that the league better keep their eye out for Ballard, Irsay and the whole Colts Organization because I do not think that they are going to forget this feeling for a while now.