New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has kept a low profile since jilting the Indianapolis Colts for their vacant heading coaching position earlier this week.
Oddly, the timing could present Indy with a unique opportunity to pick off a candidate who might emerge as a top candidate on next year's coaching carousel.
Some believe McDaniels' sudden change of heart was related to doubts about Luck's health.
Several possibilities exist including Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, who was part of a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots with a backup quarterback. These include roster construction, salary cap management, et cetera, which was extremely valuable in McDaniels' decision to stay.
"At this point, we feel very strongly that Andrew is in a good place".
"I love Patriot Nation", McDaniels said on Wednesday when asked for a comment. Balllard also got to see Phair coach first-hand when both were with the Bears in 2011 and '12. He has not picked up a football, but he is throwing balls, working on arm speed. Ballard, though, already had held Eberflus in high regard with the Colts organizationally wanting to resume running a "Tampa-Two" style of defense. "There's a lot of good assistant coaches out there".
WBZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Boston, asked the Patriots to interview McDaniels, but they said he will not be available until the NFL-mandated organized team activities that begin in April.
Former Colts coach Tony Dungy added: "I can tell you there is no excuse big enough to justify this". McDaniels had gone as far as verbally accepting the job and telling assistant coaches they had a job on his staff.
"He called and said he had bad news for me", Ballard said.
He simply wanted to know if McDaniels was in or out and when Ballard was informed it would be the latter choice, he didn't even bother to persuade the candidate. "We want to be right".