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Who's better at LB, Jaguars or Texans?

7/28/2011

Jacksonville reached agreement with former Colts linebacker Clint Session on a 5-year, $29 million deal that includes $11.5 million guaranteed.

I think he’s a fantastic player with upside and the Colts will miss him as they did Mike Peterson and David Thornton when they left for division rivals in the past. It is more money than I expected him to make.

In our chat and then on Twitter, I angered Houston fans (as usual) by saying I believe the Jaguars now have the best set of starting linebacker in the division.

Daryl Smith was underrated and probably tried to do too much. Now with Paul Poslusznybeside him and Session opposite him, he will shine. Posluszny is instinctive and can thump and Session is a big hitter who’s still going to get better. It’s an experienced group playing for a former linebacker in Jack Del Rio.

The Texans also have quality people, but they are transitioning to a 3-4. Mario Williams and Connor Barwin, the outside backers, have not played there before. DeMeco Ryans is a great player coming off a major injury that many never come all the way back from. And Brian Cushinghas yet to prove he’s the standout guy he was as a rookie without the cloud of PEDs.

I exclude rookie Brooks Reed, because we are already measuring four against three. (It might be a more reasonable comparison if I left Williams off, too, since as a primary rusher he’s expected to drop like a backer once or twice a game.)

There are more Texans fans than Jaguars fans out there, so I know which way this will go. But have at our little poll anyway.

One last aside: Here's something recent on lack of production from linebackers across the division last season.