The Indianapolis Colts made official several personnel changes on Friday. They hired Ed Dodds and Rex Hogan as vice presidents of player personnel, Morocco Brown as director of college scouting, Kyle Childress as college scout coordinator and Brian Decker as player personnel strategist.
There is a theme in the additions made by general manager Chris Ballard. Dodds and Hogan, who previously worked as the Seattle Seahawks senior personnel director and the New York Jets senior director of college scouting, respectively, each spent time working alongside Ballard with the Chicago Bears. Brown, who began his executive career with the Colts as a scouting intern in 2000, also served on the Bears staff with Ballard. Childress, son of NFL coach Brad Childress, has ties to Ballard from his times with the Kansas City Chiefs where Childress worked as senior assistant to head coach Andy Reid. Ballard has brought together a team that he is comfortable with, made evident by his appearance on The Ride With JMV, Wednesday.
“I have a familiarity with a lot of these guys,” said Ballard. “I know how they work and how they think and what type of people they are. You want to have the right type of people in the building that don’t have egos, that aren’t afraid to challenge, that don’t get their feelings hurt when you get in a room.”
Ballard’s sentiments about building an executive staff echo his philosophy on how a football team should be constructed. Stressing the importance of having players with high character who will hold each other accountable, Ballard has made it clear the type of culture he envisions the Colts having throughout the franchise.
“Look at the teams that win in this league. It’s culture. Culture wins, it absolutely wins.”
Being the case, the hiring of Decker seems to make a lot of sense. While he is not as familiar of a face like his new colleagues, Decker will play a key role in building the team Ballard desires. Having a background as a Special Forces team leader in the U.S. Army, Decker was influential in the selection of Green Berets. Following his retirement, he began working with NFL teams helping develop strategies to evaluate NFL personnel using what he learned in the Army, most notably with the Cleveland Browns.
“I was impressed with what kind of man he was, and how humble he was,” said Ballard about meeting Decker for the first time. “He helps us put our processes together of what a Colt is, and then helping us find the right type of character we want to bring into this building.”
The Colts also announced two player transactions of Friday, signing free-agent defensive tackle Josh Boyd and waiving outside linebacker Curt Maggitt with an injury settlement.
Boyd spent three seasons with the Green Bay Packers from 2013 to 2015 and was released by the team on May 9, 2016. In 26 games, Boyd registered 43 tackles.
Maggitt signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent following the 2016 draft. Last season, he recorded 4 tackles and was placed on the Injured Reserve list December 12.
Jeff Tibbins covers the Indianapolis Colts for Pro Football Spot. You can follow Jeff on Twitter at @jeff_tbbins.