For four years the Jaguars have been rebuilding. The Indianapolis Colts only just started this past offseason.
So why are the Jaguars 1-6 and the Colts 5-3?
Today's article of the day comes from Mark Long of the Associated Press, who points out this disparity.
Ultimately, the answer comes down to an under-performing roster put together by embattled general manager Gene Smith.
Smith's 2012 draft has been a disaster early on. Justin Blackmon isn't producing. Andre Branch hasn't made an impact. And we haven't mentioned the fact that he drafted a punter in round three yet.
The Colts seem to have hit home runs with most of their early picks.
The 2012 draft isn't a lone example. So much of Smith's tenure has been about controversial and unproductive draft-day decisions.
At this point, is there any reason to keep Smith on in Jacksonville?
The question seems to be at the heart of the long talk that Shad Khan had with the media yesterday (transcribed here by Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union).
That's the right course of action for now, but come January 1, Khan will have to move on from the Smith regime.
Scott Kacsmar of NBC Sports gives five big surprises of 2012.
Kacsmar tells us who are the pretenders and contenders in the NFL.
Tom Gower and Mike Kurtz of the Football Outsiders scramble for the ball.
Chase Stuart of Football Perspective isolates QB play on third and fourth down.
Brad Gagnon of Sports Radio Interviews transcribes a J.J. Watt interview (hat tip to Paul Kuharsky).
Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle says Shaun Cody is day-to-day.
Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle reports that Darryl Sharpton is back after a year.
Rick Reilly of ESPN.com profiles Chuck Pagano.
Ben Savage of Colts Authority looks at tape of Dwight Freeney.
Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star says the Colts aren't forcing turnovers.
Andrew Luck Specific
Kacsmar on Colts Authority breaks down Luck's day statistically.
Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth gives insight into Luck's play.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post looks at All-22 on Luck.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com rates Luck as the top rookie QB.
Kacsmar, this time on Bleacher Report, reviews Luck at the midseason point.
Tyler Brooke of Bleacher Report says the Colts obviously chose correctly.
Kerry Byrne of Cold Hard Football Facts writes that Luck had one of the great days ever for a rookie.
Kuharsky of ESPN.com outlines how Mike Munchak could get an extension.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean says Jake Locker will likely start.
Kuharsky says Shad Khan has a long-term view.
Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union writes that it has been a quick turn around for the Jaguars.