A few years ago, the AFC South was the laughing stock of the NFL as one of the worst divisions in the league. That is no longer the case, and the Colts are a big reason for that.
For most of the late 2000s, the AFC South was one of the toughest divisions in the NFL. With the Colts, Titans, and Jaguars, it was tough to win in the division. There were times where all three teams made the playoffs. But then Peyton Manning left the Colts.
Once that happened, the division started to falter. The Texans began to rise and were the only good team in the division for awhile. Tennessee fell off once Jeff Fisher was fired and Jacksonville became a perennial bottom feeder in the league.
Now, that narrative has changed. The Colts and the Texans both made the playoffs this year, with the Titans fighting for a playoff spot in that last game again the Colts. Even the Jaguars made the AFC Championship game two years ago. The division has had a resurgence.
The Colts have turned their franchise around, so now they have contributed to the resurgence too. They weren’t expected to be any good for a few years. The same could happen for the Jaguars this season. They just need a quarterback to be better than they were last year.
It will be interesting to see how the offseason moves help the division. All of the teams in the division should improve and make it a dog fight yet again for the division crown.