We know that front office changes will be coming for the Indianapolis Colts, and it doesn’t seem like Chris Ballard is wasting any time filling some spots.
According to Newsday’s Kimberley Martin, Rex Hogan and Ed Dodds are both expected to join the Colts’ front office.
Hogan was hired by Jets GM Mike Maccagnan in 2015 as the senior director of college scouting, a role he’s held for the past two seasons. Before that, he spent 12 seasons with the Chicago Bears, the first nine of which were as a college scout (2003-2011) and then the final three of which were as a national scout (2012-2014). So during his time with the Bears he would have gotten to know Chris Ballard, who also spent a number of years as a scout. A few months ago CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora had reported that Ballard was “very high on Rex Hogan,” though La Canfora mentioned that with Hogan’s contract his availability was uncertain. It seems like Hogan will be leaving the Jets to join the Colts, but it’s uncertain how that works out with his contract. But the Colts did recently fire director of college scouting T.J. McCreight, so there’s a logical opening for Rex Hogan to fill with the Colts. No details of his job title with the Colts have been revealed, though.
Dodds should be a name that’s familiar with Colts fans, as he’s been mentioned a number of times in the past few months as a guy to keep an eye out for Indianapolis, as Ballard is apparently pretty high on him. Dodds is a national scout and senior personnel executive for the Seattle Seahawks, and he’s apparently a guy that Ballard likes a lot. So it’s not clear what position he’ll fill with the Colts, but there are some high-level positions open - such as the VP of football operations, the job that Jimmy Raye III previously held. There’s a wide variety of positions that Dodds could have with Indy, so we’ll have to wait and see.
Neither of these names should be particularly surprising to Colts fans who have been following along, and both seem like solid moves. The word all along has been that Ballard would likely compile a pretty impressive scouting and personnel staff, and perhaps he’s on the way to doing so. Earlier tonight, it was reported that the Colts had hired Brian Decker as their Player Personnel Strategist, which is a very interesting move.
None of these moves are official, but it seems that Chris Ballard’s moves in the Colts’ front office are well underway. And from the sound of it, the moves he’s making are pretty good ones too.