How I See It: AFC South Stock Watch
September, 15, 2009
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
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Schaub needs a big bounce-back effort Sunday against the Titans. They’ve relished rattling him in the past, though his top nemesis is gone now that Albert Haynesworth is in Washington. They will be more physical with him than the Jets were.
He’s two for his last six field goal attempts over his last three games, and while misses from 51 yards (in the playoff loss to Baltimore) and 48 (in the meaningless regular-season finale at Indianapolis) were hardly Cardinal sins, it’s fair to wonder if there is a trend emerging.
Jack Del Rio said there was no issue, that the Colts’ offense didn’t allow for frequent substitutions and kept Harvey out of the flow and that he played fine. He’ll need to make more noise for the Jags' defense to be effective.
Deep, short, in the middle of the field and on the perimeter, he was getting a steady diet of throws from Peyton Manning and making the most of them. He’ll need to continue that production while rookie Austin Collie and second-year man Pierre Garcon work as the second and third wideouts.
2. The Jaguars: They lost and made a lot of mistakes. But they were a two-point conversion away from pulling even with the Colts. They talked about how hard work and commitment were going to make a big difference for them, and I thought they underestimated the hard work and commitment of the teams they will play.
But even out of a loss, they showed a lot of good signs with regard to effort and fight. And if they can duplicate that effort, they could be much more competitive than many of us suspected.
The Titans typically roll through four or five receivers, keeping people fresh. In the opener they stuck with three, which means they weren’t worried about his ability to handle anything and everything.