- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
- 0 Shares
The AFC South has two teams in the bottom five of ESPN.com’s NFL Future Power Rankings.
In this piece, Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders looks at what the bottom five teams have to do to move up by 2016.
The Titans were 28th, the Jaguars 30th.
Schatz on the Jags: “(Blaine) Gabbert came into the league very young and is still just 23. There's room for him to continue to develop, especially if he can get better protection. The Jaguars' analytics department is correct with its research showing he was an above-average quarterback when given at least 2.6 seconds in the pocket.
“If Gabbert doesn't develop, the Jaguars feel confident they can find a quarterback in the 2014 draft, which has a better quarterback class than this year's draft had. Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd and Johnny Manziel are all more likely than Gabbert to be taking snaps for the 2016 Jaguars.”
Schatz on the Titans: “The Titans also need to understand that their strength now won't necessarily be their strength in a couple of years. The original (Future Power Rankings) noted that the Titans have "completely remade the offensive line in the image of their Hall of Fame head coach and offensive line coach." Except for rookie Chance Warmack, that offensive line is peaking right now. By the time we get to 2016, David Stewart will be 34 years old, Michael Roos 33 and Andy Levitre 30.”
My thoughts: Mike Munchak and Bruce Matthews played a lot of years. I don't think they believe 33 or 34 is necessarily the end for a quality player.