In the aftermath of the Josh McDaniels fiasco with the Colts earlier this offseason, the NFL was expected to pass a new rule that would allow teams to officially hire away coaches working for playoff teams. Surprisingly, the rule wasn’t enacted at the NFL owners meetings this week. Even more surprising is that Colts general manager Chris Ballard wasn’t in favor of the rule change.
On Tuesday, the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder reported that Ballard said he was not a proponent of a new rule.
And that playoff team who has worked their (butt) off, they’re trying to win, man. The rules are in place to protect them. It’s already a distraction, but now you’re creating a whole other issue.
It’s surprising to hear Ballard talk this way because of just how much the current rules screwed him over. On Jan. 15, CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora reported that McDaniels was a virtual lock to be the Colts’ next coach. But because the Patriots were in the middle of a playoff run, McDaniels couldn’t officially take the job — not until the Patriots’ season ended, which didn’t happen until the Super Bowl when they lost a heartbreaker to Eagles. Two days later, the Colts announced the hiring, even scheduling an introductory press conference. Later that day, McDaniels shockingly decided to stay with the Patriots. Because he hadn’t signed a contract with the Colts, he had the ability to spurn the Colts without any repercussions — besides his reputation taking a hit, of course.
As for Jinnies, he spoke on how enticing the process has been for him.
They were unlike anything I’ve ever been to. I’m used to getting a call after or an email, he said. This one was about three weeks long and we had a bunch of rehearsals in between and an extensive interview process, but it was really humbling and amazing to be invited every time you came back.
But it was all worth it as the two were part of the 40 cheerleaders chosen out of 76 finalists.
None of this has helped. The league’s leaders aren’t sitting by idly, instead planning to assemble head coaches and special-teams coordinators to craft a solution — which very well could include elimination of the play altogether.