At least the players being brought in are relatively young and Ballard may believe that some of them may improve and become fixtures on the team. Unfortunately, I don't see Pagano as a coach that can take mediocre players to the next level.
Well, it really depends on if the season will be make or break for Pagano. Ballard looks to be building a team for the future and not necessarily Super Bowl or bust. Pagano wants to win now to save his job but so far it's looking good for all involved.
Look where Ballard came from. He will more than likely not make a big splash in free agency. I'm not sure we will even have a very competitive team next season. I expect us to get our players through the draft and sign some lower level free agents and try to groom them for the future. Ballard is going to be the anti-Grigs and build this team the right way.