AFC South Blog: Where Head Meets Heart (Before Beating Each Other to a Pulp)

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistMarch 15, 2012

These people are already pumped for the AFC South Blog
These people are already pumped for the AFC South BlogThomas B. Shea/Getty Images

The four teams that comprise the AFC South are short on history, but fans of the Texans, Colts, Jaguars and Titans are long on passion. The newest divisional blog from Bleacher Report is dedicated to feeding that passion with a healthy diet of smart, numbers-based analysis and informed commentary.

If you are a Titans fan, I probably can't tell you a lot about the Titans you don't already know. Jaguars fans know the backup replacement long-snapper's major in college. Texans fans know every right guard who has ever taken the field in Houston. I'm not going to pretend that I can educate you about your team.

Here's what I will do:

- Give you a rundown of the best content on the web about your favorite club. 

- Give you the stats and figures about your team that you crave.

- Help you understand the rest of the division quickly and concisely but with depth.

- Give you enough facts, figures, logic, and research to make you the smartest guy in the room anytime and anywhere people are arguing about the AFC South.

The AFC South is a division for passionate fans, and the AFC South blog is where they come to load for bear.

I'm not going to lie to you (not now, not ever): I'm a Colts fan. I live in Indianapolis, where I was born and raised. I've been writing about the Indianapolis Colts for five years now. I actually wrote the book about them.

If you are a Texans, Jags or Titans fan and are wondering why you should read me every day, the answer is simple: I know what the hell I'm talking about.

Do I have biases? Abso-freaking-lutely.

Here's a secret: everyone has biases. There is no such thing as "unbiased." It's a myth the big media sells for their own purposes. A writer without biases is ignorant at best and boring at worst. I make this promise to you: I will not waste your time. I will be painfully honest about your team and mine. I will base my arguments on the facts and the truth.

I love football. I love the Colts. Come Sunday, I want the Colts to win, and I want your team to lose. Why lie?

Come Monday, you'll get nothing but straight talk backed up with facts and figures. Plus, given the state of the Colts, I doubt you'll see much celebration from me on Monday morning anyway.

For the record, here is a sample of what I believe about football.

- "Run the ball and stop the run" is sure way build a crappy team.

- "The eye test" is for people who are bad at math.

- If you don't have a quarterback, you aren't rebuilding. You are just losing in perpetuity.

- Maurice Jones-Drew has been the most underrated player in football, but his best days are behind him.

- Teams win games, not quarterbacks.

- The Titans are more than a big-time quarterback away from the Super Bowl.

- David Carr would have been terrible even it the Texans had protected him.

- Teams that draft running backs high in the first round are wasting picks.

- Pass rushers are like gold and should be hoarded.

- Jack Del Rio was a terrible coach. Jeff Fisher was a great one.

- Byron Leftwich wasn't a great QB, but he was one of the toughest men I've ever seen.

- Wade Phillips is a genius coordinator. The Texans had the best team in the AFC before their injuries took them down.

- Spending in free agency is a trap and should be avoided.

- If the Colts aren't competitive by 2013, they probably won't be for many, many years.

- If you measure a team by yards, you are doing it wrong.

- Don't underestimate the power of regression to the mean.

- You aren't what your record says you are.

- Making the playoffs is about skill. Winning in the playoffs often comes down to luck.

- If you haven't bookmarked, you aren't a real football fan, yet.

I'm Nate Dunlevy, AFC South Correspondent. Pleased to make your acquaintance.