I'm pretty certain this is true. They're both philosophically pretty conservative/stay the course kind of guys in my observation.
It's also highly unlikely to work out and risks the fans souring on them when JB goes and plays like JB, the mid round QB is irrelevant and Chad Kelly is the most popular guy in town.
Ballard is not going to hitch his future wagon to more than 1 year of JB. 2 out of 3 years of missing the playoffs could quickly become 3 out of 4 years and the seat will start feeling hotter for Ballard, IMO.
As far as 2020, yes, "maybe" JB could get us to the playoffs but one more year of missing the playoffs, everyone is second guessing with 20/20 hindsight - fans, media and ownership. The talent Ballard brings in to offset JB's limited ceiling better be real good to give him a margin for error, that is all I am saying.
Unlike last year, this year, we play the AFC North and the NFC North. I don't know about you but we are playing good defensive teams in there. Last year, it was the AFC West and NFC South but then, we were more worried about the offensive side of our opponents than the defensive side. I think better defensive teams will pose more problems for an average offense than better offensive teams for our above average defense.
Nobody will still beat Emmitt's record of 18,355 Yards. That is way out there. As great as Barry Sanders was he would've had to play even 3 more years before retiring to get that many yards so that wasn't even a given. Injuries and other things happen. He finished with 15,269 yards in 10 seasons.