Crazy but true: Colts' GM Chris Ballard did not support 'Josh McDaniels Rule'

The NFL’s annual spring meetings are winding down, and while there have been rule changes and adjustments, at least one rule many thought was sure to pass has been tabled – and the person you’d most expect to support it didn’t.

The “Josh McDaniels Rule”, or Proposal G-4 as it was formally called, was tabled on Tuesday, meaning there weren’t going to be enough votes for it to pass.

The rule was meant to prevent future coaches from doing what McDaniels did to the Indianapolis Colts last month, backing out on an agreement to accept a head coaching position, and keeping teams from having to start over in their search (and likely with a smaller pool of strong candidates).

The proposal sought to allow teams to “negotiate and sign a head coach candidate during the postseason, prior to the conclusion of the employer club’s season.”

But according to Indianapolis Star reporter Stephen Holder, Colts general manager Chris Ballard wasn’t a supporter of the rule, even though he was left at the altar by a runaway coach just weeks ago.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 29: After Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threws his second touchdown pass of the game to break Peyton Manning's single season record, he gets a pat on the head from offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels, left, greets Boston Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady before the Broncos' played the Patriots at Invesco Field at Mile High Sunday October 11, 2009 HYOUNG CHANG/THE DENVER POST (Photo By Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 9: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels gives New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#12) a pat on the cap as the team took to the field for pre game warmups before a preseason exhibition game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of of the New England Patriots sits on the bench with Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 9: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#12) share an embrace as the team took to the field for pre game warmups before a preseason exhibition game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 8: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, right, share a moment during pre-game warmups. The New England Patriots hosted the Cleveland Browns in an NFL regular season game at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
12 October 2014: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during a NFL game between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. (Photo by Kellen MIcah/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Tom Brady (12) of the New England Patriots speaks with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during the second quarter of action at Gillette Stadium. The Denver Broncos visit the New England Patriots in a week 9 AFC showdown. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
November 16, 2014: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks to Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during a football game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 7: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talking to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels before they play the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 7, 2014. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots high fives Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels after throwing a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter of the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 27: Josh McDaniels, offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots congratulates Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots after his 400th career touchdown pass during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 16: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and quarterback Tom Brady have an animated conversation while officials are reviewing his goal line run against the Kansas City Chiefs during second quarter action. The New England Patriots hosted the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on the sidelines after New England failed to convert on the two point conversion that would have tied the game. The Denver Broncos hosted the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 9: After he was removed from the game in the fourth quarter, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (right) sports a big smile as he says something to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (left). The New England Patriots visited the Cleveland Browns in a regular season NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 13: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts with head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during the fourth quarter of a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Gillette Stadium on November 13, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 27: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels prior to the National Football League game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets on November 27, 2016, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 12: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is pictured with offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels during Patriots practice at the Gillette Stadium practice field in Foxborough, MA on Jan. 12, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots talks with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels prior to the AFC Championship Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JULY 28: New England Patriots Tom Brady takes off his helmet as offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels talks to him during the second day of training camp at the Gillette Stadium practice field in Foxborough, Mass., July 28, 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 6: New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels, left, and quarterback #12 Tom Brady are pictured during the team's Minicamp practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on Jun. 6, 2017. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots hugs Josh McDaniels before a preseason game with Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on August 10, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 13: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots high fives offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in the second quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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“When you’re a playoff team, you’re trying to eliminate all the distractions that you can. And we’re going to be a playoff team and we’re going to have these issues,” Ballard said. “It becomes a slippery slope. We have rules in place for a reason. I think they’re good rules. It gives you a chance to interview and then, after the season, whatever happens, happens. In our case, he changed his mind and we moved on.”

Holder notes it’s unclear whether the Irsay family, which owns the franchise, agreed with Ballard’s stance, or how the team ultimately would have voted if there had been an official tally.

Despite Ballard’s assertion that the Colts’ rivalry with the New England Patriots “is back on,” which he said to media the day after McDaniels backed out of his agreement with Indianapolis, just hours before he was supposed to be in the city for an introductory press conference, the general manager was far more pragmatic about the situation on Tuesday.

“What if you hire a guy and he’s halfway in?,” Ballard said. “Even though it was painful, and everybody reacted, I kind of didn’t see what the big deal was. You move to the next scenario. That’s just what we do. People are so scared of the unknown. I say just keep moving forward. What if a guy signs a contract and then, two weeks later, has second thoughts? What are you going to do? What are the legal ramifications?

“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.”

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FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 13: Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots reacts after winning the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - 2005: Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 29: After Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threws his second touchdown pass of the game to break Peyton Manning's single season record, he gets a pat on the head from offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
(KG) SP12MCDANIELS -- The Denver Broncos announced Josh McDaniels as their new head coach Monday evening, January 12, 2009. McDaniels was most recently the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots under Bill Belichick. Denver Post photo by Karl Gehring (Photo By Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER - MARCH 16: A fan holds a sign for the controversy between Josh McDaniels and Jay Cutler of the Denver Broncos during the Denver Nuggets v the New Jersey Nets on March 16, 2009 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Josh McDaniels, the new head coach for the Denver Broncos, seems to be fitting right in as the Denver's newest head coach. In his office, overlooking the practice field at Dove Valley, McDaniels watches game tapes and catches up on paper work. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER - SEPTEMBER 20: Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos oversees warm ups prior to facing the Cleveland Browns during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 20, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Browns 27-6. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
ENGLEWOOD, CO - CIRCA 2010: In this photo provided by the NFL, Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Englewood, Colorado. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
ENGLEWOOD,CO--SEPTEMBER 24TH 2010--Denver Broncos head coach, Josh McDaniels at Broncos headquarters at Dove Valley during press conference Friday morning. Andy Cross, The Denver Post (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 3: Head Coach Josh McDaniels, quarterbacks Kyle Orton #8, Brady Quinn #9 and Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos watch a replay during a timeout against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 3, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Broncos defeated the Titans 26-20. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is patted on the head by head coach Josh McDaniels after a 1yd touchdown during the second quarter of play against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday November 14, 2010 at Invesco Field at Mile High. Photo by Joe Amon, The Denver Post (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 20: Head coach Steve Spagnuolo of the St. Louis Rams and Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels discuss the previous play against the Tennessee Titans at the Edward Jones Dome on August 20, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Szczepanski/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams gets a pat on the rear from offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers won 24-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 24: New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (#83), Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels, and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#12) share a laugh at today's Patriots practice. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on the sidelines during the first quarter. The Denver Broncos take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on January 19, 2014. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 15: Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels talks with Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots prior to the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
November 16, 2014: Indianapolis Colts head coach Bill Belichick and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels talk on the sidelines during a football game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 28: Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots looks on before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 4: Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels waves while holding the Lombardi trophy during the New England Patriots victory parade on February 4, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 25: Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels celebrates when Tight End Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots has a Touchdown against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images for New York Jets)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16: New England Patriots offensive coordinate Josh McDaniels looks on during warm ups prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 27: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels prior to the National Football League game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets on November 27, 2016, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets 22-17. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 22: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels looks on during the second half against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 22: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (left) and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (right) share a laugh just after Brady came onto the field for pre game warmups. The New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 22, 2017. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels celebrates during the New England Patriots victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - MAY 25: New England Patriots offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels mugs for the camera during New England Patriots OTA on May 25, 2017, at the Patriots Practice Facility in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JULY 27: New England Patriots offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels watches the quarterbacks during New England Patriots training camp on July 27, 2017, at the Patriots Practice Facility in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 13: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts with Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels before the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 25, 2017: Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (L) and head coach Bill Belichick (R) of the New England Patriots walk off the field for halftime of a preseason game on August 25, 2017 against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. New England won 30-28. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots celebrates after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Ballard is well-regarded around the league, for being a good guy as much as a good personnel man, so maybe that’s what’s behind his sentiment. He also could be really happy that things turned out the way they did: forced into a re-do, the Colts wound up hiring Frank Reich, the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator, as their new head coach.

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