The Indianapolis Colts are currently in a uniquely fraught position in the AFC South Division. While they are currently planning on building up the team, the rest of the divisions seems to have moved on long ago. The team is not only scouring for new talent but they are also grappling with a new coaching staff that includes general manager Chris Ballard. A couple of players are definitely expected to return in the offseason and some playmakers will remain around too. This is no reprieve however since the team urgently needs some talent in key positions. Starters, for instance, are desperately needed if this team's odds to win the AFC South are considered.
Looking at their opponents in the division, a lot of progress has been made on each rival team. The JacksonvilleJaguars, HoustonTexans, and TennesseeTitans have all greatly improved their rosters. The performance of these teams in recent seasons has also been great. This is in stark contrast to the Colts who have not only disregarded the free agency but have also failed to improve the team during the offseason. This creates a huge puzzle on the future prospects of the team.
The Jaguars have, in comparison, spent a great deal on getting new and young talent through the free agency. While the Jaguars have made some tactical mistakes in the new arrangements, they are definitely in a much better position comparatively.
The case for the Titans is also comparable to the Jaguars even though much of their talent has been obtained through the draft. Jack Conklin, Adoree Jackson, and Taylor Lewan are just some of those key new players that will define the future of the Titans. Mike Vrabel, the new coach, has also definitely brought in some new energy to the team. The Titans' roster is filled with both new and experienced players. This means that their prospects at the moment are looking great. Even though many of the players are on their way out, the team will be formidable in the next few years.
Moving on to the Texans, having immense youthful talent seems to be the overriding philosophy. Most of the players in this team are 27 or younger. Indeed, the Texans have been consistently redefining the face of the team and the current profile is considerably young. They are without a doubt the best-placed team as the draft draws nearer. A couple of additions to the defense will make this team indomitable in the division.
The Colts are thus faced with a couple of challenges that they need to address in order to compete with the rest of the division. Both the offense and the defense need to prove themselves. The whole division definitely seems to be keen on the long-term. For the Colts, however, the most important issue at the moment is to build a team that can compete now. The 2017 draft class will definitely need to improve a lot if they are going to have a noteworthy season. Chris Ballard and the new coaching staff will also need to make an impression and the new draft class holds their fate.
Experts keep dogging Colts in the AFC South. 7 one possession losses last year. You don’t think a healthy Andrew Luck is worth one more score every game? C’mon man. Can’t wait for him to stick it to everyone. It’s coming. #Colts#ColtsNation