New Colts GM Chris Ballard praises QB Andrew Luck, stresses need for defense

INDIANAPOLIS – New Colts general manager Chris Ballard says he has the utmost respect for franchise quarterback Andrew Luck but made sure to point out Monday that in order for the franchise to reach the ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl, the Colts have to do it as a team.

“Let me say this because Andrew is a great player, but it will never be about one guy,” Ballard said during his introductory news conference. “It’s about all 53 men in the locker room. All 63 men, including the practice squad. It’ll always be about the team. And is he a good piece? Absolutely, but he’s just one of the 53 men that we have to win with.”

Luck’s ability to cover the flaws on the Colts roster helped them win 11 games in each of his first three seasons in the league. They also reached the playoffs in each of those seasons, including the AFC Championship Game in 2014.

But Luck suffered an assortment…