I pose this question: Why not the Titans? Why not us? Why can’t we win the South? There is absolutely no reason, as a Titans fan, to think that we can’t.
Peyton, I hope your neck gets better soon, but with your injury, the AFC South is now wide open.
With Peyton’s injury, the Colts turn to Kerry Collins who has the longest windup ever seen in a QB. Can he make that offense average 28 points a game? Uh, no, Peyton made that offense one of the leagues best and most feared, the defense sat on the sideline, came in with a lead and unleashed their pass rushers to wreak havoc. I think the Colts will suffer a dramatic drop off this year, probably end up in the cellar.
Sure the Texans look like they are ready to take the next step, but they’ve looked like that for the past three years. The Texans have a very nice offense with Arian Foster, Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson and a defense that will surely be better than it has been in years past with the addition of Wade Phillips as the defensive coordinator, a switch to the 3-4 defense, a very nice free agent pick up of Johnathan Joseph to help soidify their secondary and of course Mario Williams. Are they head and shoulders better than the Titans, I don’t think so.
The Jags, well they just cut David Garrard and turn to journey man Luke McCown to lead the offense. Of course he has MJD to hand the ball off to and they should see better play out of their defense with the additions of LBs Paul Posluszny, Clint Sessions and Matt Roth. They also picked up Dawan Landry to help in the secondary, but they still have Luke McCown as their QB, at least until Gabbert is ready to take over, which could happen in season if McCown flounders.
With all that said, why not us, we have a new defensive coordinator that consistently had top 10 defenses in Buffalo and Washington in Jerry Gray, he won’t be out schemed by anyone, like we constantly saw last year with Jeff Fisher’s golfing buddy Chuck Cecil. He’ll run multiple fronts and attack from multiple angles but will make stopping the run his number one concern. On offense we will break in a new offensive coordinator in Chris Palmer, you know him, the guy that led the Jaguars offense in the late 90’s with Fred Taylor, Mark Brunell, and Jimmy Smith, it was one of the best in the league. Can our offense be as good? Yes, why, well we have one of the best offensive lines in the game, we have CJ2K, the most electric running back in the league. Matt Hasselbeck, who is a career 60% passer, one of the best young receivers in the game in Kenny Britt, if his hammy is ok and he stops running from cops. A very gifted young tight end in Jared Cook who could have a breakout season this year. Sure there are questions, which will be answered soon, but we have the makings to be a pretty good football club. Sprinkle some discipline in there and we could easily win the South.