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Andrew Luck's Rookie Year Was Fantastic and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Luck gave the Colts plenty of heroics.
Luck gave the Colts plenty of heroics.Rob Carr/Getty Images
Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistJanuary 9, 2013

Now that it's done, it's safe to say Andrew Luck's debut season with the Indianapolis Colts was a smashing success.

Aside from numerous records, Luck's greatest accomplishment was helping to steer the Colts back into the post season.

Scott Kacsmar of Bleacher Report goes into great detail on Luck's numbers, having spent the year studying the rookie.

Nowhere will you find a more complete and detailed observation of every aspect of his game. One of the factors that jumps out when examining Luck was just how weak his supporting cast was. As Kyle Rodriguez of Colts Authority points out, even in the playoff game against Baltimore, Luck got little to no help from his wide receivers.

As good as Luck legitimately was, he'll need to take a major step forward for the Colts to ascend to the next level in the NFL. While they won 11 games in 2012, they were never a threat to win the AFC and played more like a second-tier team than an elite contender.

Luck will want to follow a similar trajectory to Peyton Manning in Indianapolis. After a similar rookie year to Luck, Manning broke out in his sophomore campaign. In his second season, Manning slashed his interceptions and dramatically raised his completion percentage on his way to helping the Colts attain a first-round playoff bye.

Luck will likely become a Pro Bowler by next week. If the Ravens lose to the Broncos, Luck will be guaranteed a spot on the AFC team. While that's a nice honor and fitting considering everything he accomplished, the next jump will be toward All-Pro caliber.

On that front, Luck still has a long way to go, but there is little doubt he'll get there.

 

General Interest

Vince Verhei of the Football Outsiders looks at the Wild Card Quick Reads.

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective reviews the season in the AFC South.

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com lists cap space for the AFC South teams.

 

Houston Texans

Kuharsky rightly thinks the Texans need to throw into the end zone when in close.

Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle has thoughts on the Houston Offense in the red zone.

Reid Laymance of the Houston Chronicle looks at Vince Wilfork and Ben Jones as a key matchup.

 

Indianapolis Colts

Collin McCollough of Bleacher Report runs down the Colts' dream season.

Kacsmar, writing for Colts Authority, has a must-read on the Colts in the playoffs in the Peyton Manning era.

Phil B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star has 10 things the Colts need to know.

 

Tennessee Titans

Tom Gower of Reading and Thinking Football has an updated salary cap page for the Titans.

David Boclair of the City Paper says it was a season to forget for the Titans.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean says John Zernhelt, tight ends coach, has been fired.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union has advice for new general manager David Caldwell. 

Kuharsky wonders if Greg Roman would be on Caldwell's radar.

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