The Indianapolis Colts are clearly the class of this division. Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano has his team moving in the right direction. The offensive line is not the greatest but then again it doesn’t have to be when you have one of the NFL’s top QBs and two Pro Bowl wide receivers in T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson. Expect Johnson to have a comeback season because he is not done at all. Last season his reduced numbers were due to the terrible QBs throwing to him until the last two games when now St. Louis Rams QB Case Keenum threw to him early and often to end his season with two big games. Andrew Luck is just what Johnson needs and he has a lot he wants to prove, especially to the division rival that gave up on him.
The Texans are going to finish second in this division solely on the back of the NFL’s best player, J.J. Watt. Unfortunately they seem to have one of if not the worst front office/ coaching combinations in the NFL. For starters when you are the youngest franchise in the NFL you don’t give your only sure-fire Hall of Famer a reason to leave. Andre Johnson was the Houston Texans, he devoted his career to them and planned to retire and go into the Hall as a Texan. But if you insist on being bone-headed enough to get rid of the best Texan of all time, all they had to do was discuss it with him sooner and come to an agreement to trade him to a team of his choice, getting value back in return. Instead they let him go for nothing to a division rival that the Texans have not beaten since October 2, 2011. And they won’t beat the Colts this year either, especially with Johnson looking for revenge. Secondly, you have the greatest college QB of all time in Case Keenum who starts eight games for a bad team in 2013, you send him to the Rams in 2014 and then call on him to win you the final two games of the season. Then you trade him back to the Rams to bring in Brian Hoyer? Don’t look for Head Coach Bill O’Brien to last long as he keeps bringing in bad washed-up QBs and sending the young talent away. It’s almost like he wants the Texans to fail at QB and they will. The only team with three worse QBs are the Browns who the Texans acquired Hoyer from. Let’s hope they clear out this coaching staff and front office before they waste Watt’s career just like Johnson, and then give him the boot. An easy schedule and defense keep the Texans in the playoff hunt for now.
The Titans are a team making good moves and are on the rise. This will be a learning year for 2nd overall pick Marcus Mariota but this won’t be the Titans year to climb back into the division hunt. But in another year or two watch out.
Blake Bortles is a good young QB that played his guts out on a terrible team. The Jags have bolstered the offensive line with several key acquisitions. However the running back and receivers are still suspect and having all day to throw doesn’t help if you can’t get a receiver open or run the ball.