WESTFIELD — Ed Dodds has a Ted Thompson story he likes.
Dodds, the Colts’ assistant general manager, got it from Seattle general manager John Schneider, who built his NFL popularity while working for Thompson in Green Bay. Thompson liked to spend numerous his time on the scouting trail, leaving Schneider within the office.
On one in all those days, one other NFL team made a bid for one in all the Packers’ practice-squad players, forcing Green Bay into a call: The Packers could promote the player to the energetic roster and keep him, or let him leave for opportunity on one other team’s roster.
An increasingly edgy Schneider kept calling Thompson, attempting to work out what to do.
Finally, he got Thompson on the road.
“You realize what we’re going to do, John?” Thompson told Schneider. “We’re going to do what I do best. We’re not going to do anything.”
The story at all times makes Dodds laugh.
However it also carries a lesson for Chris Ballard’s right-hand man, and the lesson has guided him through three years of overtures and interviews with six other NFL teams all for potentially making Dodds their general manager. Dodds pulled his name out of the running for 3 of those jobs after initial interest.
“Be patient,” Dodds said. “While you rush in, you’re not going to make decision.”
The philosophy is an element of the rationale Dodds works so well with Ballard, who has made patience one in all his defining attributes in his six years accountable for Indianapolis, and it’s a driving force for Morocco Brown, the up-and-coming executive who was promoted to chief personnel executive this offseason after interviewing for general manager jobs with Atlanta, Chicago and Pittsburgh, in addition to one other promotion in Philadelphia.
“While you first start getting interviews, yeah, you’re excited. … We work on this industry to potentially get those jobs,” Brown said. “But identical to they’re interviewing us, I type of go into it where I’m interviewing them. I would like to see how they answer a number of the questions I actually have. How do they see the sport? Does it match up with the best way I see it? Do those things integrate together? Can we work together? As (Dodds) said, you’ll be able to’t force it.”
The Colts are going to lose Dodds and Brown to general manager jobs sooner or later.
There’s far an excessive amount of interest of their abilities, far an excessive amount of respect for the best way Indianapolis runs its ship, for the Colts to carry onto each men without end. Ballard has been in a position to keep his front office together for probably the most part, but one in all his top lieutenants, Rex Hogan, was hired by the Jets after Ballard’s second season accountable for the Colts, and the Giants hired away talented area scout Mike Derice last offseason.
But neither Dodds nor Brown goes to depart for any opportunity that comes down the pike, and one in all the explanations is that they’re in situation in Indianapolis.
Considered one of the ignored aspects in NFL front office moves every year is stability. A less-than-perfect working situation makes it easier for a possible candidate’s eyes to wander.
“It helps to be patient while you’re here working with people like Chris and like Ed, that is the most effective staff I’ve ever worked with in 22 years,” Brown said. “You don’t need to rush it. When anyone wants you, and it’s your time, that’ll occur.”
Within the meantime, the most effective strategy to land the suitable job is to get the Colts to where they wish to be.
“A consistent, championship-caliber football team,” Dodds said.
Already greater than half a decade into Ballard’s regime in Indianapolis, the job for each men has modified. A little bit for Dodds. So much for Brown.
When Ballard and Dodds first took over the Colts, Dodds was way more hands-on, working hard to make certain latest systems and processes were implemented the suitable way, course-correcting when it needed to be.
By now, the Colts front office knows how things ought to be run, and Dodds spends that a part of his job evaluating how Indianapolis does things, taking ideas from the remainder of the front office on methods to make those systems higher.
“We do this after every major muscle movement: Mix, All-Star, draft process,” Dodds said. “We sit down, what can we like, what can we not like, what would we modify? You simply don’t sit there and act like you will have all of the answers. You retain attempting to get well.”
Going through interviews may also help an executive get well.
Not a lot from the interviews, that are centered on teams trying to seek out the suitable fit personally. As Brown puts it, general manager jobs come open so infrequently that just about anybody getting interviewed has established themselves as a scout; the trick is finding the suitable fit between team and candidate.
But preparing for those interviews may also help an executive get well.
“You get a way for a way people might construct in a different way or do things in a different way,” Dodds said.
Brown’s role is changing a little bit more significantly.
For five years, Brown has been the Colts’ director of school scouting, a job that has kept him on the road half the yr. In his latest role, Brown can be staying within the Indianapolis front office more of the time and doing more work on the professional scouting side, which is where he spent 14 years with Chicago, Washington and Cleveland before being hired by Ballard.
“My first 14 years within the league, I used to be within the office doing pro, so it shouldn’t be too difficult,” Brown said. “It’ll be like learning to ride a motorcycle again.”
If the Colts live as much as expectations, there’ll likely be interviews again for each men this winter, overtures from teams who want Dodds or Brown to take the most important job in scouting.
For the moment, that may wait.
“It helps to be somewhere like here, where you enjoy it, you’re working with good people, you don’t have to start out looking outside to see while you’re going to get interviewed,” Brown said. “When it happens, it happens.”
The best opportunity will come along.