The Future Is Now for the Indianapolis Colts and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistOctober 29, 2012

This guy leads the NFL in receiving. Wow.
This guy leads the NFL in receiving. Wow.Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

So much for rebuilding.

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star bangs out the article of day in which he says the Colts are much further along than anyone would have thought.

The irony of these Colts is that when you break down the component parts, there's not much to see. The defense is right where everyone expected it to be, even a little worse.

The offensive weapons are just as suspect as previously thought.

There are just three areas the Colts are visibly better than analysts like me expected.

Reggie Wayne is leading the NFL in receiving. Raise your hand if you saw that coming.

Andrew Luck isn't just "rookie good." He's verging on "actually good."

Finally, this team has been galvanized by the tragedy surrounding their head coach. They play hard every play, spending themselves on behalf of their mentor.

I always expected the Colts to rebuild quickly. Any rebuilding project that takes more than two years in the NFL is one that wasn't well executed. This was never going to be a slow process.

It's now clear, however, that the Colts' "reloaded" at a fortuitous time in the life cycle of the AFC. There are enough "down" teams that the Colts didn't have to improve dramatically to find themselves in games, and ultimately, the playoff hunt.


General Interest

The Football Outsiders discuss the weekend's games.

Judy Battista of the New York Times writes that teams are pulling off big comebacks more than ever.


Houston Texans

J.J. Cooper of the Football Outsiders looks at the rush design on Connor Barwin's safety.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says the Texans are focused on the Bills.


Indianapolis Colts

Paul Kuharsky of says the Monster is ahead of schedule.

Conrad Brunner of 1070 the Fan says Bruce Arians coached to win.

Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star has a must-read article on Chuck Pagano.

Phil B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star details a stunning play to win the game.

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star says Reggie Wayne made a big speech at halftime.


Tennessee Titans

Andrew Strickert of Total Titans says Tennessee missed opportunities.

David Boclair of the City Paper says Mike Munchak defended his strategy.

David Climer of the Tennessean says the defense did in the Titans.

John Glennon of the Tennessean says the Titans posted nice stats, but few points.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union says Blaine Gabbert took a step forward.

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union says Mike Mularkey takes the blame for a blocked punt.

Stellino says improved play still led to a loss.