In the last 10 years the AFC South has been completely dominated by the Indianapolis Colts.
Winning the division seven out of the last 10 years.
Of course Peyton Manning had a lot to do with that. The only thing getting in their way of being in complete control of this division as of today -- yes, that is right, the Houston Texans.
The Texans are emerging as the new “Kings of the South” as they have wiped away the competition within the past two seasons.
If this article was to be written 10 years in the future the team winning seven out of the last 10 seasons, division titles could be the Texans. In 2011 the only team pushing for competition was the Tennessee Titans as they fell short of making the playoffs with a 9-7 record.
Then came 2012 where Houston once again won the division. Although this year it wasn’t the Titans coming up short. This time it was the Indianapolis Colts. “Close only counts in horseshoes though,” right?
Well not necessarily, These teams have been creeping up on Houston. That only symbolizes that Houston’s time on top won’t last long. The Houston Texans in many eyes had a legitimate shot at a Super Bowl appearance in 2011. That being if they would have played their cards correctly. They had the roster to do so. Things didn’t go as planned though (obviously). Maybe that guy who got the tattoo, insuring a Super Bowl victory for the Texans jinxed them.
So if they had this “shot” how come they continue to trade away their team? Not only are they trading away some of their star players. They are trading them away to Philadelphia! First went Demeco Ryans. After the 2011 campaign and a wild card loss, the Texans decided to part ways with their star Linebacker: Demeco Ryans. Ryans had a total of 637 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 6 forced fumbles; was well decorated in the stats department.
After their 2012 loss in yet again a wild card matchup it felt like deja vu in Houston. Only this time the Texans released Connor Barwin & James Casey. These two players shortly found a home though. Can you guess where? Oh yes! Philadelphia!
So what am I getting at? The Texans had the team to beat. They had the roster that teams like Jacksonville, Tennessee, and many others would dream of. This AFC South division belonged to them. If they keep getting rid of the players that are doing them justice and getting them this far they should not be getting rid of them.
Now Indianapolis on the other hand is only gaining the upperhand. After a playoff appearance last year they have only improved their roster. Like we were discussing earlier the Colts were on the Texans' heels last season and now they are bettering their team! Watch out Houston!
The notable additions to this Indianapolis Colts' roster include running back Ahmad Bradshaw (Giants), safety LaRon Landry (Jets) and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (Raiders). All of these moves caught my eye this offseason and put me in a “wow” factor.
With all of that being once again, Indianapolis will own the AFC South and take the crown off of Houston’s horns.
The main reasons being Indianapolis adding depth; Houson subtracting their depth. You might say Houston has made some great acqusitions with Ed Reed and a few others but do these guys really supply depth? Not at all.
Houston needs to stop removing key defensive players and just make additions to what they already have. They might have a few tricks up their sleeves but, when the 2013 season rolls around the tricks will be on them. That being when Indianapolis wins the AFC South
-Frank Frombach @TheNFLFan