I dislike this scenario but its a pretty possible one. But if this happens then i am trading back to pick up some picks for 2021 for ammo to move up after a QB. I would say we would fall back to the mids 20's and at the point I'd like Tee Higgins.
This has been mentioned by Ballard as you said and was discussed here even before that.
I also remember Ballard basically saying that you build your culture from within first, then you can add “questionable” Characters and the weight if the culture will put them in line. Some would say this happens in NE.
However, i still think you need at least one “enforcer” on each side of the ball. A guy who is respected for his commitment, work ethic, and play on the Field. Being physically intimidating and a little “nuts” when necessary doesn't hurt either. Our team is so young so i think this is still developing.
Q needs to fully embrace the role. He has all the necessary attributes and the On-field personality to boot. On defense, a combo of Houston/Leonard/Sheard could be the temporary ticket, with possibly Leonard growing more into the role.
But i’d like to see a little more if Q’s “attitude” More integrated into our current culture.
Next year’s mantra should be:
”No More Mr Nice Guy.... Time To Get Nasty!”