Playoff picture: AFC South, part one
First up in the South is the Colts. Although the Andrew Luck retirement was a brutal blow to the team’s postseason hopes, they do have a very good head coach and staff, a great offensive line and very solid weapons to surround their new starting quarterback Jacoby Brisset.
There has also been a lot of positive training camp buzz surrounding Brissett. Their schedule is manageable enough that they should stay competitive for most of the season. However, their final three games do them no favors as they face three very tough opponents in the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Jacksonvile Jaguars. They should be able to win seven or eight games.
The Titans simply have a quarterback problem, which severely limits their ceiling. Marcus Mariota cannot seem to stay healthy. The team has replaced backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert with Ryan Tannehill and he has looked sharp in the preseason.
But it hardly seems like they currently have their franchise quarterback on their roster. That being said, they did manage to go 9-7 last season. Head coach Mike Vrabel has instilled a very tough culture in Tennessee, but until they get a reliable franchise quarterback don’t expect them to be true playoff contenders. Vrabel should be able to guide the team to a respectable eight-win season, just missing out on the playoffs.