AFC South Notes: Colts, Texans, Titans

     

Colts

When asked what makes a successful quarterback in the NFL, Colts HC Frank Reich specifically mentioned “elite accuracy” and “elite cognitive ability” as the two most important qualities. 

I have always categorized one of the traits as being elite accuracy,” said Reich, via Kevin Bowen of 1075TheFan. “If you want to be an elite quarterback you have to have elite accuracy. I think elite accuracy is at the top. Also, elite cognitive ability and being able to process information really quick.”

Colts OC Nick Sirianni said he evaluates quarterbacks by their ability to make good decisions, accurate throws, and escapability. 

“It always comes down to can he make good decisions with the football and can he make accurate throws?” Sirianni says. “Those are the two main things and then after that can he escape pressure and create on your own?”

Texans

Titans

Titans WR A.J. Brown didn’t win offensive rookie of the year in 2019, but there’s a case to be made that he should have. Brown hit the ground running after Tennessee took him in the second round, finishing the year with 52 catches for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns. He was a menace with the ball in his hands, averaging more than 20 yards per catch and also rushing for 60 yards and a touchdown. With most players making a leap from their first to their second year, the ceiling is tantalizingly high already for Brown. 

“I think we are looking at probably one of the next best great receivers in our National Football League,” former Packers WR James Jones said via Jim Wyatt of the official team website. “When I watch A.J. Brown, what I get from it is, no matter where the football is, it’s his ball. If you don’t wrap him up, you aren’t going to tackle him – his yards after catch are special. But the most impressive thing about it all is – inside, outside, in the backfield – he went to work. And for you to be that big of a body and to be able to move around like that as a rookie, and be able to make all the plays that he made, that is special. And when I watch him as a rookie, knowing that he still has a lot to learn, knowing that when he comes in in year two the game is going to slow down for him that much more and they can move him around and use him in so many different ways, that is scary, man. You are looking at one of the next best in A.J. Brown.”

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reports the Titans offered their linebackers’ coach job to University of Cincinnati DC Marcus Freeman, but he elected to remain at the school.

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