King of the South

One team in the AFC South is preparing for the Mariota takeover

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The Tennessee Titans are on the rise in the AFC South – and one team in the division is doing everything in their power to try to put a stop to it – the Indianapolis Colts.

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The Colts, you ask? The team that the Titans haven’t beat since they faced a Curtis Painter-led passing attack in 2011? The team that Andrew Luck is undefeated against?

Yes, the Colts.

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The evidence says so, anyways.

Making Moves

The NFL is a constantly evolving game. Teams are trying to gain any –  and every competitive edge they can, especially division opponents. New GM Chris Ballard’s goal is to return the Colts to the top of the AFC South. Ballard was busy this offseason. The Indianapolis Colts signed the following free agents to bolster their roster.

Name Position Former Team
Barkavious Mingo Linebacker Patriots
Margus Hunt Defensive End Bengals
Brian Schwenke Center/Guard Titans
John Simon Linebacker Texans
Jabaal Sheard Linebacker Patriots
Al Woods Nose Tackle Titans
Sean Spence Linebacker Titans
Robert Turbain Running Back Re-signed
Kamar Aiken Wide Receiver Ravens
Johnathan Hankins Defensive Tackle Giants
Jon Bostic Linebacker Bears
Christine Michael Running Back Packers

Three former Titans were acquired by the Colts. A versatile linemen with starting experience in Brian Schwenke, a solid linebacker in Sean Spence who was a productive member of the defense last season, and a mountain of a man in Al Woods – who spent time anchoring the middle of the defensive line.

Revealing the Secrets

They signed these players to help out weaker areas on their depth chart, no doubt. But I believe they signed these players to gain knowledge on the following: 1) How to attack the offensive line, (2) Mariota’s weaknesses and tendencies from both an offensive lineman perspective as well as two defenders who practiced against him, and (3) knowledge of how Dick Lebeau the defensive unit game plan against Andrew Luck. The Colts even signed John Simon, who will provide knowledge of how the Texans would game-plan for both Luck and Mariota.

After the Titans drafted Corey Davis with the 5th overall pick, do you think it may have affected the Colts draft strategy? The Colts selected two defensive playmakers that were high on many draft boards in Malik Hooker and Quincy Wilson with their first two picks in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Did they do that to prepare for Blake Bortles? To plan for the QB carousel in Houston? Preparing for Watson?

Nope.

King of the…South?

There preparing themselves for the new King of QB’s in the division – Marcus Mariota. Behind arguably the best offensive line in football, two grinding RBs in DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, a whole new arsenal of vertical threats in the passing game with Davis, Eric Decker, and Taywan Taylor to assist the reliable hands of Delanie Walker and Rishard Matthews – the Colts know.

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

Mariota is coming.

Keep an eye on what the Indianapolis Colts are doing this offseason. They are going to do everything in their power to regain the AFC South crown – or at least try to get in the Titan’s way.

**all credit for the photos shown above go to the author(s) responsible for taking the photos**

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