Colts General Manager Chris Ballard made a list of 10 candidates in December when it became obvious the team would part ways with Chuck Pagano. Frank Reich didn’t make Ballard’s top five.
“I thought about it after I got done interviewing him,” Ballard said, via Mike Wells of ESPN. “I go, ‘My Lord, what was I thinking?’
“You talk to people. You make your list. You don’t panic.”
The Colts admit Reich wasn’t their first choice — Josh McDaniels was, obviously — but they now believe he was the right choice.
“The more I think about it, the more I think, ‘Jim, how can you be so stupid? How could you not have seen the clarity of this sooner?’” Colts owner Jim Irsay said, via Mike Chappell of Indianapolis’ CBS4.