AFC South – it’s all about the quarterback

 

Lisa Johnson
Senior NFL Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

NFL teams are all too familiar with quarterback issues. Whether due to injury or working to find just the right guy, many teams across the league struggle with this every season.

This year, however, it seems that especially in the AFC South, QB play is going to be the big deciding factor.

With the shocking news this week of the retirement of Colts QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis is the perfect place to start looking at this divison…

Indianapolis Colts
Shocking news coming out of Indy this weekend, which pretty much has blown the AFC South division up. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck announced his retirement and sent shock waves across the country. Lucks’ sudden departure leaves the Colts with Jacoby Brissett. The former Patriots’ third-round pick will be the Colts’ starter this season. Leaving many to wonder what the loss of Luck will mean to the Colts. Only time will tell. Losing their top tier quarterback means that Chris Ballard and Frank Reich have their work cut out for them.

Tennesse Titans
Luck’s sudden departure will change the dynamics of this division, especially for the Titans.  Luck was 11-0 all-time against the Titans.  Titans head coach Mike Vrabel is answering quarterback questions himself, especially after trading for Dolphins’ former first-rounder Ryan Tannehill.  Vrabel remains steadfast about having QB Marcus Mariota as his starter. The Titans will be without starting Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan for the first 4 games due to violation of the NFL performing enhanced drug policy.

Jacksonville Jaguars
How did the Jaguars finally solve their quarterback issues? This off-season the Jags parted ways with former first-round pick QB Blake Bortles and signed QB Nick Foles to a four-year contract worth $88 million that could pay him $102 million. The deal reportedly includes $50.1 million in guarantees. So yes. They do believe Foles is the answer. The Jaguars also have a healthy running back in  Leonard Fournette. The dynamics of the offense will solo depend on the play of the offensive line. Which at times this preseason has been very solid. I expect come week 14, the Jaguars will have themselves in position to contend for the AFC South title.

Houston Texans
Preseason has not been kind to the Houston Texans. The Texans found themselves down a starting running back after losing Lamar Miller to a torn ACL in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Having traded for disgruntled Browns RB Duke Johnson, the Texans are still in need of starting-caliber running back to fill Miller’s absence.  QB Deshaun Watson is in the 3rd year of his rookie deal.  Defensive end J.J. Watt is healthy and ready to start his 2019. Besides the loss of Miller. The Texans as per sources are trying to trade DE hold out Jadeveon Clowney. As per rumors and sources, a trade is imminent at this point.

 

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