Hello! You thought you had already muddled through me for another week, didn’t you? Don’t worry, I just a quick note on the big news coming out of two of the teams in the AFC South yesterday.
I mean, we all know that quarterback is the most important position on a football team. No matter how much we try to say it doesn’t matter (especially in Jacksonville), it does – you can put a whole lot of talented players around a QB, but when he isn’t capable of leading the offense or makes a lot of mistakes, that just brings the whole team down.
So when it was announced that Andrew Luck of the Colts was being placed back on IR so that he wouldn’t risk hurting his shoulder further, and just a few hours later, Deshaun Watson of the Texans suffered a torn ACL in a non-contact drill in practice, you felt bad for those two guys. And then you realized that the Jaguars have beaten both teams with what will be their current starting QBs (Tom Savage for Houston and Jacoby Brissett for the Colts). And then the fan came out a little:
Here’s the reaction from me, legitimately: the Colts have screwed up the prime of Andrew Luck’s career. Hopefully, he isn’t done. The Colts made him play through his shoulder injury last year before letting him have surgery. In my opinion, that should have gotten both the coach and the GM fired, and the owner fined or something. According to a few reports, some fear that the shoulder injury is much worse than expected. However, Bob Kravitz of WTHR and others in that area have stated that he will, eventually, be back. Hopefully between now and next training camp, the Colts have a decent offensive line.
The Texans were literally kept in games by Watson. Their defense has a ton of injuries and their offensive line is awful. Tom Savage is not as mobile as Watson and visibly let the Jags get to him in game one of the regular season. The Texans are pretty much done.
The Jaguars and the Titans are now the clear front-runners to win the division. As long as neither gets bitten by the injury bug, the last half of this season will be an interesting one in regards to the AFC South. Will the Jaguars, with their on-again off-again, every-other-week success, be able to start winning consistently? Will the Titans, their QB playing hurt and now scared to scramble, and schizophrenic offense and only serviceable defense, be able to right their ship coming out of the bye?
Nobody knows, but it makes for compelling football, and the Titans definitely have a more difficult schedule down the stretch, having yet to face the Ravens, Steelers, and Rams. We’ll see what happens (Go Jags).