This week, I got a chance to talk with Antwan Staley (@antwanstaley) about the AFC South.
It seems the NFL has been plagued with more quarterback issues than usual, and this division definitely has it’s share of those. From Andrew Luck leaving the Colts to the Jaguars going all-in on Nick Foles only to lose him to injury to Marcus Mariota getting benched for Ryan Tannehill, what more could go wrong?
So I figured, who better to ask about what’s going on in the AFC South then my friend Antwan?
Staley is a football writer, an @EastCarolina alumni, a self-proclaimed “Hip Hop historian” and Chicken Wing Connoisseur. He has extensive experience covering Florida sports teams. He has written for Bleacher Report, the Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post and is a reporter for Pro Player Insiders.
Week one has come and gone for the Indianapolis Colts, and there is one thing for sure…Jacoby Brissett is the right man for the starting quarterback position. Brissett appeared to be in complete control as he went 21 of 27, leading the offense to 376 yards, no turnovers, with a 77.8 completion percentage.
On Sunday, the Colts went to Los Angeles to face the Chargers as the NFL season kicked off. And although they played a good Chargers team that is always a Super Bowl contender, the Colts hung on. Ultimately they were defeated in a 30-24 loss in OT.
This matchup was nothing less than entertaining. When the schedule was released, it was felt that this matchup was going to be tough, and that was when QB Andrew Luck was still the starter.
With just a few days left until the kickoff to the 2019 NFL season, the Indianapolis Colts get things finalized as they release the 53-man roster. And there were plenty of shock and awe situations, especially in the backup quarterback department.
Granted, Colts’ new QB starter Jacoby Brissett just got paid to the tune of a two-year extension worth $30 million dollars per Ian Rappaport of NFL.com, making him the franchise QB1 at least through the 2020 NFL season.
The #Colts and QB Jacoby Brissett have agreed to terms on a 2-year extension worth $30M, source said. He gets $20M guaranteed at signing. Some security for the new Indy starter.
As I try to follow up after this sentence, the words that I truly want to say are just not coming out the way I would like. But at the age of 29, the Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback called it a career due to so many setbacks from injuries throughout his career.
“I’ve been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab-injury, pain, rehab-and it’s been unceasing, unrelenting, both in-season and offseason. And I felt stuck in it, and the only way I see out is to no longer play football.” Andrew Luck stated in an impromptu press conference initially set for Sunday afternoon. “I’ve been stuck in this process and haven’t been able to live the life I want to live.”
Maybe it might feel like a repeat of the Indianapolis Colts 2017 Luck-less season, but believe it or not, the Colts have all the confidence needed in back up QB Jacoby Brissett.
And although those words are really hard to put together again, perhaps this might be a bit more encouraging… of course, that’s IF Brissett is needed past week one of the new season.
After the news from Colts’ GM Chris Ballard on Tuesday evening of yet another injury to 2018’s NFL Comeback Player of the Year, Andrew Luck will most likely miss the preseason due to a possible ankle injury. And of course as said before, flashbacks of the 2017 come to mind.
But in this case, this will not be a repeat of 2017.
The Denver Broncos have a Thursday night game in the ‘House that Peyton Built’. Because of this, I will combine the Jets and Colts as one article, it could show a trend for the other.
First up, let’s start with special teams. In a move that should’ve been made weeks ago, wide receiver Jordan Taylor was the return man and wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie was benched. This resulted in no drops or fumbles and positive yardage each time. He will be repeating those duties on Thursday.
Second, with the defense holding the Jets to three and outs, the offense got the ball, on average, at the 40-yard line. That could very well happen again against Indy’s poor offense. Now, a win is a win. And for the first time since week four, the ball wasn’t turned over. However, the problems are not solved.
The Seahawks have made news this week. Being one of the more outspoken teams on social issues, players like defensive end Michael Bennet and wide receiver Doug Baldwin could be seen on CNN talking about equality and justice. The team made strides on this issue by announcing that they are starting a new foundation called SeahawksPlayers Equality & Justice for All Action Fund “to support education and leadership programs addressing equality and justice.” Being as outspoken and comfortable as they are in the spotlight, they can highlight their emapthy and outrage as they face the multitude of question on this subject. Off the field the Seahawks have remained true to what they have always been.
Now, on the field has been a different story.
As the Seahawks get ready to play on Sunday Night Football, some of the painful questions that have come up over the last 3 weeks are still demanding to be answered. There have been questions about the fabled defense. Are they getting old? Have they lost their identity? There were comments made by safety Kam Chancellor calling out the defense after last week’s loss to the Titans, referring to their undisciplined play. The offense has also been put under the microscope: Why is quarterback Russell Wilson inaccurate? Is it in his head? Is the O-line ever going to get better? Where is tight end Jimmy Graham? Running back Eddie Lacy? Have they lost their identity as a run first team? Where are the big plays?