Indianapolis: Have we given the starting job to Ballard too soon?
We didn't. His Head Coach did.
>Coach Chuck Pagano confirmed that Vick Ballard is "sitting there as the lead guy" in his backfield.Pagano was quick to add that Donald Brown "looks fantastic" and is a "home run hitter." But for now, the Colts are planning on rolling with Ballard as their feature back and Brown as the change-of-pace option. Both figure to see a bigger role in the passing game as the vertical-minded Bruce Arians is out and the West Coast scheme of Pep Hamilton is in.
As someone who interprets words for a living, I find "he's sitting there as the lead guy" pretty weak, especially given the high praise he goes on to accord Brown. "sitting there" doesn't sound like he is a solid starter. He's sitting there...until he gets hurt? Sitting there until Brown hits a few home runs? How many home runs until Ballard is "sitting there on the bench"? Look, we can parse coach speak all we want but this is hardly a settled line up.