Very interesting that he is the Colts GM for one year (only), and how differently we see him already. I actually love his calm, relaxed approach. He has proven himself that he can bring in cheap alternatives who then, perform well. Woods, Mingo, Melvin, Desir, Farley and so on. Not world beaters, but neither Breeland is. They are serviceable to good starters or rotational pieces.
Of course, in time the Colts will have to sign a few top dollar veterans, true, elite players. But they still need to pay the right price for the right guy, and I trust Ballard that he knows the right price and the right time better than all of us combined.
To be honest, if we look back to this years free agency and those names most of us wanted, Ballard already proved us wrong. At least in my eyes. I WANTED Jensen 2 months ago. Now? I am glad we did not sign him. Yes, I do. I WANTED Jarvis Landry 2 months ago. Now? I am glad Ballard did not pay him. This young new WR corp looks more exciting to me than Landry would've looked. I WANTED Carlos Hide. Now? I am glad Ballard didn't. I WANTED Hitchens. Now? I am not sure... maybe. Maybe he is the only one I'd still like. But I don't like his 9mills contract, and I am more than OK with Leonard. We will see. Anyway, my point is, Ballard proved me wrong in 2 month so I am glad he is the GM and not me lol
And one more thing. When Ballard's being critized not being able to get a deal done, very frequently the Jaguars come up as a counter-example. Yes, they signed Norwell. But they also signed Moncrief for 9.6 mill and let Hurns and Robinson go. And they signed D.J. Hayden for a 3 years 20 million deal. Spending all those money they did this year, they got better at OL - for a fortune - but got worse at multiple positions. The team as a whole, got worse than it was imo. Not to mention, that their only big need was the QB, and they didn't even try to sign Cousins. (They could've overpayed him 35 mills/year and still come out cheaper than what they spent on Norwell and those other guys.)
So I am not a big fan of what Coughlin does there - financially. He is a brilliant HC (and probably a good leader and might a good scout), but he is a terrible "GM". He has led that franchise into cap hell once before (and then left them rot there). I think he is doing it again. They'll be in big trouble in 2 years. I don't want Ballard to walk on that path. We must be smarter (which requires a bit of a patience, but so be it).