AFC South: Balancing act

Balancing act: Houston Texans

July, 16, 2012
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In an ideal world, an NFL team is balanced.

I think coaches and GMs would like to have a team that can rely on its offense and defense equally. (I know they love to say special teams is a third of things. Count the plays. It’s a much smaller piece.)

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When considering the Texans' offensive-defensive balance...

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How balanced are the teams of the AFC South?

Our final team in this exercise is the Houston Texans.

Houston has two of the league’s best offensive weapons in Arian Foster and Andre Johnson. They alone could slant a lot of teams to offense.

But last year’s team saw Foster miss a bit of action and Johnson and starting quarterback Matt Schaub a lot of action due to injuries. And while the offense was still effective, it was very much a defensive football team with a swarming front keyed by J.J. Watt, Connor Barwin, Brian Cushing, Antonio Smith and Brooks Reed.

Though the offense has gotten healthy, I think it remains a defensive football team. And by a decent margin. I’ll say it’s 65 percent defensive.

Independent of my number, I asked Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. for his.

“This is a tough one because last offseason was obviously all about defense -- and it worked,” he said. “This offseason seemed to be all about not going too far backwards on either side of the ball. But I guess I will go with 55 percent defense.”

What do you think?
In an ideal world, an NFL team is balanced.

I think coaches and GMs would like to have a team that can rely on its offense and defense equally. (I know they love to say special teams are a third of things. Count their plays. It’s a much smaller piece.)

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When considering the Colts' offensive-defensive balance...

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How balanced are the teams of the AFC South?

Next up is a look at the Indianapolis Colts.

A lot of people are presuming the Colts defense will be horrible. I think it may be really bad, but short of horrible. It does have playmakers in Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Antoine Bethea and Pat Angerer.

Still, in the early stages of rebuilding, this team is keyed around Andrew Luck and his weapons -- Reggie Wayne, Coby Fleener, Austin Collie, Dwayne Allen and perhaps T.Y. Hilton and/or LaVon Brazil. We don’t know how the offensive line will be, but we know the team added veterans Samson Satele, Winston Justice and Mike McGlynn. That list includes seven new players at receiver, tight end and offensive line.

Which means this should be an offensive football team. I’ll say they're a team that should be categorized as 75 percent offensive.

Independent of my number, I asked Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. for his.

“The Colts are tough,” he wrote. “But considering how they have used their resources since this regime took over: 80% offense”

So we’re close.

What do you think?
In an ideal world, an NFL team is balanced.

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When considering the Jaguars' offensive-defensive balance...

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I think coaches and GMs would like to have a team that can rely on its offense and defense equally. (I know they love to say special teams is a third of things. Count the plays. It’s a much smaller piece.)

How balanced are the teams of the AFC South?

Next up is a look at the Jacksonville Jaguars.

I rate the Jags as 70 percent defensive. I really don’t see a hole on defense beyond end, where they don’t have a crop of pass-rushers who are certain to create pressure.

But on offense they are overly reliant on Maurice Jones-Drew, they have an very unproven quarterback in Blaine Gabbert, and while they’ve worked to fix wide receiver, we don’t yet know how much better they will be with Laurent Robinson and Justin Blackmon on the team and Jerry Sullivan coaching the position.

Independent of my number, I asked Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. for his. He also said 70 percent defense.

What do you say?

Balancing act: Tennessee Titans

July, 16, 2012
7/16/12
1:30
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In an ideal world, an NFL team is balanced.

I think coaches and GMs would like to have a team that can rely on its offense and defense equally. (I know they love to say special teams are a third of things. Count the plays. It’s a much smaller piece.)

SportsNation

When considering the Titans' offensive-defensive balance...

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How balanced are the teams of the AFC South?

Today we take a look, starting with the Tennessee Titans.

Looking at the team’s roster, schemes and coaching, I view the Titans as currently constructed as 65 percent offensive.

The best thing this team has going for it is that it will be choosing a quarterback who has a great training camp and he will be throwing to what should be an impressive array of weapons in Kenny Britt, Chris Johnson, Nate Washington, Kendall Wright and Jared Cook.

If Johnson bounces back to run better, the Titans can have a balanced offense. And offense should carry a team that has a lot of unproven players on defense and questions about its ability to rush the passer.

Separate of my number, I asked Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. to consider the question.

“Tennessee is 65 percent offense,” he said. “l think this just really switched to make Jake Locker’s life easier -- drafting of Wright was huge in my decision here.”

So we agree on our number. What about you?

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