At least publicly speaking, Ballard has talked himself into a bit of a corner.
On the one hand Ballard says he blames himself for nit doing a better job of building a better, deeper roster that could withstand injuries....
But you can’t count in rookies to step in and deliver the results you have to have when a starter gets hurt. So that would seem to imply more free agents.
But on the other hand, Ballard insists over and over that you can’t buy a locker room. And here you are saying don’t expect Ballard to buy more free agents.
If this better, deeper roster that Ballard wants in the short-term can’t be achieved by the draft or free agency, then where are these players coming from? Something has to give...
Yep...if the Colts can get creative...they can essentially replace and upgrade their QB room with "little" additional cap space...depending on what (TBD) vet QB would cost. Which is why IMO....it's a no brainer for this offseason.
I have long thought Rivers was a good possibility before LAC even moved on...for multiple reasons. And now there has been a ton of smoke. Rivers mentoring someone like Love just seems ideal for the parallel tracks of competing now and in the future. I actually don't think it's going to require $30M or whatever numbers the media keeps throwing out.
Another route I like...is getting JAC to give us Foles. He is similar to Rivers in some aspects. I think Foles would make a good stopgap (Reich connection) and mentor (has done it before). Plus...he's not really THAT expensive in this market...and would only be owed money through next season. IF the Colts could get JAC to swap their #9 pick for the Colts #13 pick (approximate value is about a mid-3rd round pick)....that would position the Colts even better to get Love (or another QB).
Yeah, none longer than 9 letters till Roethlisberger won it in 2005, there’s always a first, Steelers should have listened to your advice, lol. Here’s to new trend setters.
By that token, we shouldn’t have had hopes for Luck winning a SB then.