Originally Posted by b0ng
I'm glad like 3 people on a colts board thinks the Texans will do better than Tennessee or Jacksonville. I agree with their thread about why does everybody think the Jags are going to bust out. I don't understand how adding two rookie DE's, getting rid of a player like Marcus Stroud (wtf was that about) and losing your DC to another team is going to make you great. Oh yeah, lets add an old ass receiver that had one decent year.
Our division is intriguing.
1. Colts are always one Manning injury away from complete disaster. But he seems to have a pact with the devil and never gets hurt.
2. Interesting to see if the Titans can continue having their defense keep them in games. It is a key year to see if Vince Young can grow up and not be outed on national TV as someone who pouts when things aren't going his way. And to see if he is healthy again--quad injuries can linger.
3. The Jags are a very odd team. Defense has kept them together and a consistent running game. They just gave a big contract to a QB who is not prototypical size, has a chronic disabling disease that could flare up at any time, and has a bunch of junk as backups. It may not hurt them any because if they can get good field position with their defense, and continue to beat down teams running the ball, then all they need is a QB that just doesn't screw things up.
The Jags and Titans are sort of built the same--questionable QB, junk wide receivers, want to run the ball and have their QB not make mistakes, aggresive defense that keeps offenses on their heels and prevents games from turning into shoot outs that they really don't want to get into.
4. The Texans have to win more games on the road. A September start with 3 of 4 on the road with a youngish line not used to playing together is not the easiest way to gain more road confidence. They have to be healthy or at least not flukey unhealthy. Their offense has to hold onto the ball and the defense has to improve to even league average.
If you said what was going to happen last season but before the season started (turnovers, horrid pass/run defense, injuries to so many key players, Ron Dayne leading rusher), there is no way you would have predicted 8-8. With all those set backs, they still made it to 8-8. That is stunning to me.
Alex Gibbs is a major plus factor for next year. This may be the first Kubiak year where we see the offense for what it is supposed to be--with the run and pass in sync. Feeding off each other and keeping defenses off balance, and away from just waiting to lay wood on the WR/TEs as soon as they catch the ball.
With the way our division is set up, you have to be built in a way to deal with the physicality of the Jags/Titans but also smart, quick and resilient enough to deal with the Colts.
The Texans blueprint is figuring that they can out-strategery teams on offense and just draft keep throwing talented fast players on defense, including tall DBs to deal with Jags/Titans. Sort of a mirror image of the Colts.
Colts have a defensive minded head coach who looks to obtain a ton of talent on the offensive side of the ball, and drafts his sort of guys to fill in for his system defense. Texans have an offensive minded head coach who looks to obtain a ton of talent on the defensive side of the ball, and drafts his sort of guys to fill in for his system offense.
Ultimately, there are a ton of players in the AFC South who were happy that they spent the prime of their careers padding fat stats and getting bank when the Texans were growing up and stunk on ice. Those days are soon to be over.