Colts general manager Chris Ballard faced the media on Wednesday morning, hours after the stunning decision by Josh McDaniels to back out of his agreement to coach the Colts.
The Colts-Patriots rivalry has run deep – from the duels for AFC supremacy when it was Peyton Manning's Colts against Tom Brady's Patriots to the Colts' role in starting what would become known as "Deflategate."
Ballard hasn't forgotten, as noted by his walk-off line from his news conference:
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As to McDaniels' decision to change his mind, Ballard said, "Just because you're the first choice doesn't mean you're the best choice ... I live in a black-and-white world. Either you're in or you're out. I didn't want the explanation."
Ballard is now digging back into the coaching search.
"Just know this, obstacles happen," he said. "That's what makes this league great. That's what makes football great. It doesn't always work out the way we planned it but it's the gritty people who overcome these things that are successful."