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Bad news, Jaguars fans. The Houston Texans may not stay in the AFC South basement for long.
ESPN.com's Jeffri Chadiha writes that the Texans could pull the same kind of turnaround the Kansas City Chiefs did this season, where they went from 2-14 in 2012 to the playoffs. All the Texans need to do is hire the right coach and draft the right quarterback and they could again be a dominant team in the AFC.
Lovie Smith and Ken Whisenhunt are two good candidates for head coach and Kirk Cousins and Josh Freeman are possible options at quarterback, although the hot rumor has Jay Cutler leaving Chicago and heading to Houston.
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Now, some good news. The Jaguars obviously need a franchise quarterback and one of the possibilities is Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, who still has not declared whether he'll leave early or return for his redshirt junior season. He offered a clue on Thursday when he said that he's ready for the NFL. CBSSports.com's Rob Rang has the Jaguars drafting Manziel at No. 6 in his latest mock draft.
Friday's the day that Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) and Cecil Shorts (groin) are expected to test their injuries.
Mark Long of The Associated Press writes that Jones-Drew wants to re-sign with the Jaguars when his contract expires after this season. That's a move that would be beneficial to both parties, especially the Jaguars because Jones-Drew can help bridge the gap between the last five disappointing seasons and the new regime.