2010 NFL Training Camp Questions – AFC South

One big question for 2010 is whether Colts QB Peyton Manning will be able to spread the ball around to his many receivers including Austin Collie

Houston Texans

After posting their first winning season ever (9-7), is it “playoffs or bust” for head coach Gary Kubiak and GM Rick Smith?

Can QB Matt Schaub start 16 games for the second season in a row and will he be able to duplicate his Pro Bowl passing numbers from 2009 (396-583, an NFL-leading 4770 yards, 29 TDs and 15 INTs)?

Now that the Texans have jettisoned CB Dunta Robinson and given LB DeMeco Ryans a new deal, who is the next player in Houston in line for a big contract?

Who is going to be the Texans feature running back (rookie Ben Tate, Steve Slaton, or Arian Foster) and will they keep the position for all of 2010?

How will the Texans deal with Rookie of the Year LB Brian Cushing’s 4 game suspension for PEDs?

Indianapolis Colts

Can the Colts new revamped offensive line improve on protecting QB Peyton Manning in 2009?

Are there enough balls to go around to Peyton Manning’s plethora of offensive weapons (Garcon, Clark, Gonzalez, Wayne, Collie, and others)?

Who is going to be the Colts’ starting running back (Joseph Addai or Donald Brown) and can the starter be consistent enough to rush for 1,000 yards or more?

Will the addition of rookie DE Jerry Hughes (1st Rd from TCU – 31st) be the motivation that contract-hungry veteran Robert Mathis needs?

How healthy are the Colts defensively, especially SS Bob Sanders (shoulder) and DE Dwight Freeney (ankle) and will their unit be able to rebound from a Super Bowl loss where they could stop the Saints at times?

Jacksonville Jaguars

If the Jaguars have another losing season will it be the final push to send on-the-hot-seat head coach Jack Del Rio out the door?

Should the Jaguars continue to wait for quarterback David Garrard to look like the same guy from 2007?

Who is going to get defensive pressure for Jaguars’ DC Mel Tucker (only produced 14 sacks as a team in 2009)?

Can Pro Bowl RB Maurice Jones-Drew have another season of almost 400 touches (rushing and receiving) without wearing down?

If the Jaguars continue to have difficulty in selling tickets and not winning games on the field, will they be moving to L.A in the next couple of years?

Tennessee Titans

Can the Titans’ defense rebound after allowing 402 points including a 59-0 bludgeoning at the hands of the New England Patriots?

Now that RB Chris Johnson has received an almost $2M escalator early, will be a happy camper in 2010 and is he durable enough to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record (2105 yards)?

Who is going to replace MLB Keith Bulluck (NY Giants) as the leader of the Titans’ defense?

Is QB Vince Young ready to be the “consistent” leader that the Titans need and will continue with his 2009 success (8-2 as a starter)?

Who is going to replace RB LenDale White as CJ2K’s tag-team partner (Javon Ringer, LeGarrett Blount, Stafon Johnson or someone else)?

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

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