According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Indianapolis Colts vice president of player personnel Rex Hogan has left his current position under general manager Chris Ballard to join the New York Jets—as a promotion to become ‘Gang Green’s’ new assistant general manager:
I'm told that Hogan's contract in Indy wasn't up. Rather, GM Chris Ballard let him go, because it represented a move up for Rex. Class move by Ballard. https://t.co/pjV8mDbmIL— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 18, 2019
The move isn’t necessarily all that surprising.
For one, Ballard has made it a point to surround himself with smart football people to help provide him with the most accurate information to make informed decisions.
Smart people like Ed Dodds.
Smart people like Rex Hogan, Morocco Brown, and Kevin Rogers.
The type of people who are attractive candidates for open football operations jobs.
Second, Hogan was formerly the Jets’ director of college scouting before joining Ballard’s own football operations department in 2017. He obviously already has some familiarity with the city, the organization, and its ownership—as does his family.
Third, losing key players, coaches, and front office personnel is a byproduct of success.
Other teams want ‘a piece of the action,’ and while they won’t be able to get their hands on the real Ballard anytime soon, they can get their hands on potentially ‘the next best thing’—whether it be Dodds (who could pass on a future GM job entirely) or in this case Hogan.
With Hogan as now new Jets general manager Joe Douglas’ ‘right hand man,’ he’s placed himself one step closer to obtaining a coveted GM job—in a new role similar to the one currently employed by the Colts own assistant general manager Ed Dodds.
While it’s obviously a blow to the Colts football operations department, it’s quite possible Ballard has other fully capable football minds who can step in and be ‘the next man up’.
It’s highly unlikely Ballard’s caught off guard by this development. In fact, he allowed Hogan to pursue the promotion, so it’s safe to say he already has a sound backup plan in mind.