After the game, Reich didn't back down from the criticism, saying "I'm not playing to tie. I'll do that 10 times out of 10." For Colts general manager Chris Ballard, that was when he knew he'd hired the right man.
"Looking back, I knew in that moment, and I knew in the press conference after when he owned it, that we had the right guy," Ballard told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. "He owned it. Like, 'I went for it, and I'd do it again.' He had that conviction. So many times, you see people try to spin it or make excuses. But real leaders don't blame others no matter how hard it is or even if it's not their fault. They just own it and move forward. That's when I knew, that's when the guys in the locker room knew, we had the right guy."
Reich quickly proved his GM right, as Indy went on a 9-3 run following the heartbreaking loss, propelling them into a playoff spot and a matchup against the Texans in Saturday's wild-card game.
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