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Dwight Freeney Has Struggled and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Dwight Freeney hasn't looked comfortable all year in Indy.
Dwight Freeney hasn't looked comfortable all year in Indy.Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistNovember 30, 2012

Six tackles. Two sacks.

So says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.

$14 million is the other relevant number.

No one has ever accused Kravitz of being a homer or overly kind to the Colts, but his defense of the play of Freeney is surprising considering the limited impact the venerable pass-rusher has had.

On one hand, the Colts are 7-4, so you could argue that whatever they've done this season can be defended.

On the other, neither the numbers nor the tape that Kravitz claims exonerate Freeney can be defended.

Does Dwight Freeney have some value to the Colts this season? Obviously, he does. A young locker room has thrived under the veteran leadership the Colts have around.

Was it a mistake for the Colts to pay $14 million to bring Freeney back this year?

While there is still time for him to make a memorable impact play, there's little doubt that on a roster full of holes, Ryan Grigson could have made better use of his resources.

It never made any sense for Freeney to re-sign with the Colts, and bringing him back has been one of the few inefficient decisions for a front office that has had an outstanding year.

Freeney's play has mattered on a couple of occasions. He visibly wreaked havoc in games against Miami and Buffalo, but two games worth of impact doesn't merit what the Colts invested in him.


General Interest

Scott Kacsmar of Bleacher Report has his weekly guide to the NFL weekend.

Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times examines what makes incredible athletes recover quickly.

Paul Kuharsky of talks the draft and the AFC South.


Houston Texans

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has harsh things to say about the Houston pass rush.

Kuharsky talks about why the play-action bootleg pass is so effective for the Texans.

Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle talked to Nick Lachey.

Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle says injuries have forced a shakeup of the linebacking corp.

Robertson says Johnathan Joseph is still missing practice.


Indianapolis Colts

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star says Dwayne Allen and T.Y. Hilton have been outstanding rookies.

Tyler Brooke of Bleacher Report has five pleasant surprises for the Colts.

Chappell, writing for the Sporting News, profiles Reggie Wayne.

ESPN's Outside the Lines looks at the Colts. This is a great listen.


Tennessee Titans

Kuharsky of thinks the Titans were smart to bring Tom Moore in as a consultant.

David Boclair of the City Paper says Dowell Loggains is a disciple of Mike Heimerdinger.

John Glennon of the Tennessean says Kamerion Wimbley is getting used to a new role.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union says Jason Babin understands the business side of football.

David Bauerlein of the Florida Times-Union looks back at Shad Khan's first year as owner.

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