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AFC South

Posted on: April 16, 2008 11:49 am

In the hardest division in the NFL, teams like Jaguars, Texans and Titans playing in any other division in the NFL would be able to compete for a Division title each year.

You have the Colts that by far have the best Offense in the NFL, that has more NFL records as a whole that with Manning that can do more than an Offensive Coordinator can do from the sidelines, and a cover two defense created by Tony Dungy when he was in Tampa Bay that has been duplicated by most of the teams in the NFL.

The Jaguars have been the team on the rise for the last few years but have been subject to the powerful offense of the Colts that have been on fire in recent years that with uncertain luck have been too much for the Jaguars to overcome. If played in the NFC would be  Super Bowl contenders on a regular basis. David Garrard offers a new dimension to the Jaguar offense that has not been there since Mark Brunell left the team in 2004, mobility, arm strength and game management that is unmatched by 70 percent of the NFL. The Defense is the calling card of the Jaguars and the same scheme that lead the Ravens to the 2000 Superbowl and almost upset in the 2004 Superbowl with the Carolina Panthers that Jack Del Rio was the Defensive Coordinator for.

The Titans on the other hand have overcome salary cap hell to have one of the youngest teams in the NFL with a QB that can run, pass and make defenses miss that intern makes the Defensive Coordinators in these instances take longer to plan for. With age comes experience and Vince Young in a matter of a short time will be equal if not better than his predecessor Steve McNair that in his prime lead the Oilers / Titans to unprecedented playoff runs and upsets on a routine basis. If current Titans team played in the AFC North, would probably make the Steelers, Bengals, Ravens and Browns cringe each time they played the Titans.

The Texans are the newest franchise to the NFL and from the begining assembled a cast of players that will be the foundation for many years to come. When Dom Capers was released as the Head Coach and replaced by Gary Kubiak the aggressive style that was the calling card of the Denver Broncos for years is now the calling card of the Texans with the additions of Mario Wiliams #1 pickin 2006 and Okoye, Amobi DT that is only 20 years old this year. The building of the Defensive Line will solidify the presence in the middle and with last year trading of Matt Schuab from the Atlanta Falcons that is the aftermath of the Micheal Vick era changes the dynamics far greater than ever before. This is the team to watch out for this year and a potential wild card winner that could be an upset for many teams in the AFC.

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Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2008 11:35 am

AFC South

Colts look good as always

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2008 8:49 am

AFC South

With Harvey and Grooves it is not going to matter where they line up because for the first few seasons they will fall behind Hayward and Spicer in the rotation.

I do not expect anything special out of either of the two for the first year, but there contrabution will be more of the need to get after the QB after the primary starters wear them down. In the AFC South especially the need to keep Manning and the other QBs running around just makes there passing game that much more difficult to keep going. What the Jaguars were not doign last year is get after the QB. Now with speed and size that will be able to happen. There is also a player by the name of Mincey that was drafted last year that has been said to look and act like Bobby McCray that the Jaguars inadvertenly lost in FA due to he wanting starters money.

Very few DEs in their first NFL season can be an impact player, Mario Williams being the prime example picked #1 overall with Texans in 2006 draft  and was not an impact player until about mid-season in 2007. So Harvey and Grooves have time to develop and with Hayward and Spicer there to mentor and help develop there skills are surely to improve into what they will be expected to be when it is there time.


Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2008 7:49 pm

AFC South

I never felt that Harvey's pass-rushing skills would translate to the pro game that well.  I thought of him as a left side DE (lining up against the RT) who can get to the passer reasonably well.  I think he'll be a good all-round DE, but not a particularly special pass-rusher.  Groves, on the other hand, I think can develop into a special pass-rusher (but it may take time).  It'll be interesting to see how the Jags use them.  In general, I can't see these two players providing enough rush to hurry Manning into making mistakes.  I think the Jags had the right idea, but I'm not sure they bet on the right horse with Harvey.

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2008 4:51 pm

AFC South

Drafting of Harvey and Grooves was a main emphasis in this years draft, but the difference that will allow them to get better is the ability of the Jags secondary that will allow Paul Spicer, Reggie Hayward, Derrick Harvey and Quentin Grooves to pin their ears back and rush the passer. Without the reinforcements of the Jags Secondary and the addition of Donnie Henderson the result would be 300+yrds passing and very little pass rush on the opposing QB.

The other related item is the addition of DC Gregg Williams that will employ an attack style Defense that will make opposing QBs think twice when throwing down range when they have to account for everyone that can be a pass rusher.

The addition of the Secondary also make the LB Corps better and the return of MLB Mike Peterson installs that mind set that pass coverage can be taken care of and the LBs only have to worry about the run game.

When looking back, Del Rio was the LB coach with the 2000 Superbowl and record setting Ravens and the DC with the NFC champions 2002 Panthers. As you look forward to the 2008 NFL season you will see a run game that looks like Steelers, a rushing attack like the Gaints, a secondary and LB corp that will rival the 2000 Ravens.

The Offensive fire power is almost identical to the Pittsburg Steelers with the run first offense and the down field attack of Plaxico Burress and Hines Ward.

Ben Roethlisberger as far as mobility and down range passing attack is slightly better than David Garrard in some instances but the Steelers do not have the RB combo of Fred Taylor, Maurice Jones-Drew and Greg Jones to keep opposing defenses honest and still have to worry about down field passes. With the addition of Jerry Porter this may come to light as the answer to the Jaguars prayers since that has not been the case since Jimmy Smith left in 2005

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2008 4:19 pm

AFC South

Harvey and Groves final piece of the puzzle?  With the addition of two of the top six pass rushers in the draft, the jags have positioned themselves to finally catch the damn Colts.  They were close last year and some pressure on Manning could make all the difference.  Payton will get happy feet if you slap him aound some.

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