Johnathan Joseph Is Overpaid and Other Much Better AFC South Must-Read Articles

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistSeptember 21, 2012

Raise your hand if you think Johnathan Joseph is overpaid? No one? Yeah, NO ONE THINKS THAT.
Raise your hand if you think Johnathan Joseph is overpaid? No one? Yeah, NO ONE THINKS THAT.Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images

I like to highlight smart articles and give the spotlight to people who do good work.

Today's article of the day comes from Tom Van Riper of Forbes who clearly has no idea what he's talking about.

Much of Van Riper's article about overpaid NFL stars is fine, though how he managed to forget about Dwight Freeney of Indianapolis, I have no idea.

The real egregious crime in his piece is that he ranks Johnathan Joseph of the Houston Texans as the third-most overpaid player in football.

It's utter insanity.

Not only has Joseph utterly transformed the Texans' defense, most of Van Riper's criticism of him comes from things that happened before he signed his current deal. Since arriving in Houston, Joseph has been a total star with lockdown ability.

If he had written this a year ago, arguing that Joseph didn't deserve the big deal the Texans gave him, he might have had an argument.

But given the way Joseph has transformed the defense for Houston, there's no one in football that would agree with him now. No one.

If Joseph was a free agent right now, he would get signed to a bigger deal than the one the Texans gave him. By the very definition of the phrase, he's not overpaid.

You would think a writer for Forbes would understand basic economics.


General Interest

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective says Jim Harbaugh has reshaped Alex Smith in his own image.


Houston Texans

Andy Benoit of the Football Outsiders has a must-read breakdown of the Texans.

Stephanie Stradley of The Houston Chronicle previews the Broncos.

John McClain of The Houston Chronicle says Gary Kubiak is still loved in Denver.

Tania Ganguli of The Houston Chronicle writes about the Texans' "muddle huddle."

Dale Robertson of The Houston Chronicle has a notebook.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Paul Kuharsky of says the Jaguars run after an incomplete first-down pass way too often.

Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union says Derek Cox may play against Indianapolis.

Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country looks at the film.


Tennessee Titans

Kuharsky advises Chris Johnson to keep his mouth shut.

David Boclair of The City Paper says Johnson isn't interested in casting blame, or accepting it.

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean says the defense had plenty of holes through two weeks.


Indianapolis Colts

Kuharsky says the Colts think they found a gem in Donnie Avery.

Conrad Brunner of 1070 the Fan posts memories of Edgerrin James. This is a great read.

Mike Chappell and other Indianapolis Star writers share memories of James.

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star wants Bill Polian in the Ring of Honor next.

Kyle Rodriguez of Colts Authority puts the All-22 film to work on the defense.