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2014-15 NFL Breakdown: AFC South

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Without much competition, the 2014-15 AFC South should belong to the Indianapolis Colts.

 

Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

 

With the Colts being a quality team and the other teams in the division being weaker, the AFC South is the Colts division to lose this season.  Andrew Luck looks to continue his rise since being the top overall pick in 2012.  The combination of bringing in his offensive coordinator from Stanford, Pep Hamilton, and Luck’s impressive skills have him on the brink of being an elite quarterback in this league.  Running back Donald Brown has averaged 4.3 yards per carry in his career, and his loss will hurt this offense.  Since Indianapolis traded a first round pick for Trent Richardson, they will need him to fill that void in the running game.  T.Y. Hilton has been very good since he came into the league with Luck; however, Indianapolis is missing a quality number two receiver.  D’Qwell Jackson is a very nice addition at middle linebacker from Cleveland.  Jackson is a smaller sized linebacker at six feet tall so he will need the defensive line to eat up blockers in Indianapolis’ 3-4 defense.  Vontae Davis was a steal in a trade from Miami, and he is their best defensive back.  Coming into the season, the Colts are a team to watch out for.  If Luck and the rest of this team are ready to take the next step, a title just might be in the cards for them.

 

Houston Texans (7-9)

 

The Texans had a season that got away from them last year, nothing more.  This team still has talent and should get back on track.  Ryan Fitzpatrick takes over at quarterback for Matt Schaub and, in my opinion, that is a downgrade.  Many people overreacted to Schaub last year.   As just stated, the team had a bad year that got away from them and the same applies to Schaub.  Why they went to Ryan Fitzpatrick is beyond me?  Arian Foster will look to have a bounce back season this year as he returns from injury and, at his size (6’1”, 227 lbs.), he will return to being a workhorse back if healthy.  Andre Johnson has always been a solid receiver and, even at his age (33), the only question with him should be if Fitzpatrick plays well.  Defensively, this team should be very good.  Top pick Jadeveon Clowney should be spectacular this year, and a healthy Brian Cushing should make their pass rush devastating.  J.J. Watt and Jared Crick will hold down the defensive line and allow for Clowney and Cushing to reign terror off the edges.  Jonathan Joseph is an above average cornerback and with Kareem Jackson on the other side, this defense is solid at all three levels.  If Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starting quarterback, I would expect this team to be back in playoff contention.  They will be better and right around the .500 mark but not enough for the postseason this year.

 

 

Tennessee Titans (6-10)

 

I am not too sure where this team is heading.  Jake Locker has struggled to stay on the field, and I wouldn’t be surprised if rookie Zach Mettenberger takes the job from Locker at some point this season.  Shonn Greene is a solid running back, and Dexter McCluster is good at receiving out of the backfield.  But, Chris Johnson will be missed.  Justin Hunter needs to become the playmaker at receiver that his size would dictate (6’4”).  Michael Oher is going to help the offensive line a lot.  Bernard Pollard and Michael Griffin are quality safeties and the highlight of this team’s defense.  But, the loss of Alterraun Verner will hurt this secondary.  Jurrell Casey was an All Pro last season at nose tackle, but the Titans need pass rushing off the edge from guys like Derrick Morgan and Karl Krug.  There is little to see with this roster that would indicate they will make a run at the playoffs.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12)

 

The Jaguars seem like they will be in dysfunction as long as they are in the football Siberia of Jacksonville.  Chad Henne is expected to be the starter at the beginning of the season, but Blake Bortles has impressed throughout training camp and, if this team is as bad as it appears, he should take over as starting QB sooner than later.  I have doubts that Justin Blackmon is ever going to get his act together and be the receiver he should be.  The loss of Maurice Jones-Drew is really going to hamper this running game that doesn’t have much if anything at that position.  Ziggy Hood is a guy who has played for a winning culture in Pittsburgh, and he should instantly be a leader of the defense at the defensive end position.  Geno Hayes and Paul Posluszny are good linebackers who could start for better teams in the league, and they are going to need to be at their best for this defense to compete.  The secondary is weak on this team.  Their best corner is Alan Ball who has been a career journeyman since being picked in the seventh round by the Cowboys in 2007.  The best the Jaguars can hope for this season is that they have laid the groundwork for a solid future and can use this season to gain experience, because they won’t be gaining much else.

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