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Andrew Luck’s Rookie Year Was Fantastic and Other AFC South Must-Reads
Posted By Nate Dunlevy On January 9, 2013 @ 8:15 am In Colts News | No Comments
Aside from numerous records, Luck’s greatest accomplishment was helping to steer the Colts back into the post season.
Scott Kacsmar of Bleacher Report  goes into great detail on Luck’s numbers, having spent the year studying the rookie.
Nowhere will you find a more complete and detailed observation of every aspect of his game. One of the factors that jumps out when examining Luck was just how weak his supporting cast was. As Kyle Rodriguez of Colts Authority  points out, even in the playoff game against Baltimore, Luck got little to no help from his wide receivers.
As good as Luck legitimately was, he’ll need to take a major step forward for the Colts to ascend to the next level in the NFL . While they won 11 games in 2012, they were never a threat to win the AFC and played more like a second-tier team than an elite contender.
Luck will want to follow a similar trajectory to Peyton Manning  in Indianapolis. After a similar rookie year to Luck, Manning broke out in his sophomore campaign. In his second season, Manning slashed his interceptions and dramatically raised his completion percentage on his way to helping the Colts attain a first-round playoff bye.
Luck will likely become a Pro Bowler by next week . If the Ravens  lose to the Broncos , Luck will be guaranteed a spot on the AFC team. While that’s a nice honor and fitting considering everything he accomplished, the next jump will be toward All-Pro caliber.
On that front, Luck still has a long way to go, but there is little doubt he’ll get there.
Vince Verhei of the Football Outsiders  looks at the Wild Card Quick Reads.
Chase Stuart of Football Perspective  reviews the season in the AFC South.
Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com  lists cap space for the AFC South teams.
Houston Texans 
Kuharsky rightly thinks  the Texans need to throw into the end zone when in close.
Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle  has thoughts on the Houston Offense in the red zone.
Reid Laymance of the Houston Chronicle  looks at Vince Wilfork and Ben Jones as a key matchup.
Collin McCollough of Bleacher Report  runs down the Colts’ dream season.
Kacsmar, writing for Colts Authority,  has a must-read on the Colts in the playoffs in the Peyton Manning era.
Phil B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star  has 10 things the Colts need to know.
Tennessee Titans 
Tom Gower of Reading and Thinking Football  has an updated salary cap page for the Titans.
David Boclair of the City Paper  says it was a season to forget for the Titans.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean  says John Zernhelt, tight ends coach, has been fired.
Jacksonville Jaguars 
Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union  has advice for new general manager David Caldwell.
Kuharsky wonders  if Greg Roman would be on Caldwell’s radar.
Read more Indianapolis Colts  news on BleacherReport.com
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URLs in this post:
 Andrew Luck: http://bleacherreport.com/andrew-luck
 Indianapolis Colts: http://bleacherreport.com/indianapolis-colts
 Bleacher Report: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1477009-ignore-the-raw-numbers-andrew-luck-had-a-great-rookie-season
 Colts Authority: http://www.coltsauthority.com/2012-archives/december/how-andrew-luck-received-no-help-from-his-receivers.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
 NFL: http://bleacherreport.com/nfl
 Peyton Manning: http://bleacherreport.com/peyton-manning
 become a Pro Bowler by next week: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1458624-colts-super-rookie-andrew-luck-is-not-pro-bowleryet
 Ravens: http://bleacherreport.com/baltimore-ravens
 Broncos: http://bleacherreport.com/denver-broncos
 Football Outsiders: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/quick-reads/2013/wild-card-quick-reads
 Football Perspective: http://www.footballperspective.com/season-in-review-afc-and-nfc-south/
 ESPN.com: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/46144/looking-at-2013-cap-situations
 Houston Texans: http://bleacherreport.com/houston-texans
 Kuharsky rightly thinks: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/46122/texans-need-to-throw-into-the-end-zone
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/texanschick/2013/01/texans-red-zone-brains/
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2013/01/key-matchups-vince-wilfork-vs-ben-jones/
 Bleacher Report: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1474268-colts-storybook-season-was-about-much-more-than-football
 Colts Authority,: http://www.coltsauthority.com/2012-archives/february/why-the-colts-are-a-9-10-playoff-team-in-the-peyton-manning-era.html
 Indianapolis Star: http://blogs.indystar.com/philb/2013/01/08/ten-things-colts-now-know-moving-forward/
 Tennessee Titans: http://bleacherreport.com/tennessee-titans
 Reading and Thinking Football: http://readthinkfootball.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/tennessee-titans-estimated-2013-salary-cap/
 City Paper: http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/sports/injuries-inconsistency-and-some-awful-losses-make-titans-season-one-forget
 Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130109/SPORTS01/301090106/Titans-cut-tight-ends-coach
 Jacksonville Jaguars: http://bleacherreport.com/jacksonville-jaguars
 Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/opinion/premium/blog/400617/gene-frenette/2013-01-09/gene-frenette-some-friendly-advice-new-jaguars-gm-dave
 Kuharsky wonders: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/46168/connected-roman-risky-for-caldwell
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