He's swapped old and slow for young and fast. The contracts don't create salary cap issues in future years. He's taken one of the oldest rosters and turned them into one of the youngest without the benefit on ONE draft. If he builds the defense even stronger through the draft and this will be an outstanding offseason. Being able to make ONE tackle to prevent a first down can be the difference in a game. Colts had the 30th ranked defense last year. I'm not expecting them to be top 10 but hell, be 20th and you'll win a couple more games. Look at some of our losses last year that could've been wins with a LITTLE better defense. Detroit, both Houston games, Jax at London. Turn those into wins and we're 12-4 last year as crazy as that sounds. If you think about last year, the only games we really weren't competitive in were at Denver, KC, Oakland and Pittsburgh. I don't feel many, if any, of our 8 wins last year were "fortunate" or lucky. We MAY have caught Green Bay playing poorly but that happens to all teams. San Diego was a game we won late but actually pretty much controlled and squandered away the lead. Last game vs Jax you throw out given the circumstances of being out of the playoff hunt. I realize I'm making a short story long but the Colts aren't as far away as many (out of market mostly) might think. We need to be BETTER on defense, not elite and I think by getting younger and quicker (and will be even more so through the draft) Ballard has really done that. Grade = A for executing his plan.