According to CB, he is constantly talking to Pagano in order to get him the kind of players he wants for scheme fit. Surprise surprise he CB went hog wild on linebackers in free agency which is what most fans have been wondering... Where are the linebackers for a 3-4 defense? Excluding a really old Mathis, Just think...Walden has arguably been Chucks best overall lb. during the Pagano era and he was almost the first to be let go by Ballard. The coaches above Pagano like BB and Arians and Reid are stacked on defense year in and year out. Hopefully Chuck gets a good defense and then he can be judged a bit more fairly.
I think BPA is always right unless you have a franchise player at the position. For instance, Luck is ours and he is in his prime. I would only draft backups for him. Adrian Peterson was the franchise player in his prime, so I wouldn't draft the top RB, but instead his backup. THis is how the real world works in the NFL. It's more of a common sense approach. It's a terrible idea to draft on need only.
Ballard may not be done on the Dline. He has mentioned a few times that you need plenty of bigger, stronger, faster linemen to make a deep playoff run. I think we are much closer to having the right Dline and Oline than we have been in a very long time.
We need to loosen the grip N.E has in our conference. I hope Chris can be the architect who does that. I really believe that defense and pressuring the QB will be the key to success and that means up the middle as well.
Stopping 3rd downs is key in this league. Though some are short yardage, many are not, so an offense's QB is looking at a pass play and that's when a team with good edge rushers really disruput an offense. Sacks for loss, strip sacks, no 3rd downs, sack QB out of field goal range (Super Bowl), etc....I would hate to know the Colts stats in that dept the last 2 years, but I can sure remember Dwight and Robert doing that very thing in our heyday.
Yes, this has caused us at least a few losses in and of itself. It's almost like our offense is only good when the defense is tired or in prevent. We need to be able to take the ball down the field on opening drives and impose our will against a fresh defense. This means consistent blocking up front and genuine mismatches that favor us. By the way, Ballard actually mentioned that he thought Swoope was a mismatch player and wanted to see his ceiling.
Luck almost never throws screens, isn't a dink and dunk guy, and isn't really one to dump off to his RB. That's one of his issues and why he gets hit so often. He would rather make a play downfield. So, there would have to be some changes to his game for Christian to be a main cog in our team. Maybe that's the plan going forward to have that release valve with YAC ability. Hhmmm, Ballard , did mention using Turbin more on 1st and 2nd downs.