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Colts hire Chiefs’ Chris Ballard as new general manager

Teams sometimes can be successful without that GM-coach rapport as evidenced by Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh’s success in San Francisco despite their constant butting of heads but things are bound to unravel eventually. It did for the 49ers duo, and it occurred over the past few years for Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis.

I know from personal experience how much more enjoyable and productive it is to work in an environment where the GM and coach like, respect and trust each other.

I had that kind of relationship with coach Dennis Green in Minnesota for our first seven years together (six of them playoff seasons), but it ended when Green decided he wanted to be the head coach and GM after our 15-1 season in 1998. I knew things were going to head downhill from that point, so I left the Vikings and headed to Nashville as Titans president.

Quinn was able to communicate to Dimitroff the type of tough, fast and athletic players he wanted for his defense, and their collaboration has resulted in the drafting of players such as this year’s NFL sack leader (15.5) in Vic Beasley, Atlanta’s top pick in 2015, along with their top two tacklers this season in rookies Deion Jones (second round) and Keanu Neal (first round). They also used free agency to pad their defense with pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Adrian Clayborn.

The Colts have hired former Chiefs director of football operations Chris Ballard as their new general manager, the team announced Sunday.

Ballard replaces Ryan Grigson, who was fired last week after five seasons. The Colts interviewed six people before settling on Ballard.

Chris is a good example of a guy who’s a team player, Chiefs’ president Mark Donovan Cheap Online Jerseys said earlier this month. You look at our entire organization, you look at everybody across US Cheap Jerseys the board on the football side, ops side, coaching side, players and I’d like to say business side as well we’re all in this together. Chris is one of those guys.

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