Jaguars GM Gene Smith Is on Notice and Other Must-Reads from the AFC South

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistOctober 1, 2012

Jones-Drew looks at the scoreboard in disbelief.
Jones-Drew looks at the scoreboard in disbelief.Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

For four years, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been rebuilding.

Today's article of the day comes from Gene Frenette of The Florida Times-Union, who writes about the feeling that the Jaguars have to do more, and soon.

Frustration is mounting with this team after another lackluster performance. The scariest part is, there is nothing about this team which looks better than a year ago.

Blaine Gabbert has improved on the margins, but still has a sack-rate near 10 percent. Meanwhile, Maurice Jones-Drew has shown flashes, but fans know that excellence from him is no guarantee of anything better than 5-11.

The defense has completely imploded, the offensive line is a mess and the "weapons" that Gene Smith acquired look more like Soviet-era left-overs than high-powered WMDs.

The sense around Jacksonville is that the match has been lit, and the team is sitting on a keg of dynamite.

Unless something happens to stamp out the fuse, the whole team could be blown up at the end of the year.


General Interest

Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth writes an article you simply must read on the pass dominance of the NFL.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland debunks myths about Joe Flacco.

Football Outsiders combine for their Audibles column.

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective breaks down offensive fumbles.


Indianapolis Colts

Paul Kuharsky of asks questions about the Colts.

Phil Richards of The Indianapolis Star says Andrew Luck doesn't get "emotionally hijacked".

Todd Smith of Bleacher Report ranks surprising Colts players.

Richards examines the Colts corners.

Richards talks to Ben Ijalana, who is recovering from knee surgery.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union says frustration is setting in.

Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union says the offensive line looked bad.

Don Coble of The Florida Times-Union says the run game was a non-factor.


Houston Texans

Tania Ganguli of The Houston Chronicle says the secondary stole the ball and the show.

Dale Robertson of The Houston Chronicle says Owen Daniels had good effort.

Jerome Solomon of The Houston Chronicle says it was a memorable September.

John McClain of The Houston Chronicle says J.J. Watt is proving Wade Phillips prescient.

Randy Harvey of The Houston Chronicle thinks the rest of the world is catching on.


Tennessee Titans

Kuharsky wraps up the Titans-Texans game, then questions if the Titans' run game is back.

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean recaps the loss.

John Glennon of The Tennessean says the team needs more from the defense.

Wyatt says Matt Hasselbeck struggled.