AFC South Question Marks

With the lockout nearing its end and free agency nearly upon us, we are going to examine each team in the AFC South and what their biggest issues are heading into training camp.

Jacksonville Jaguars



The Jaguars must find a way to fix their pass defense which was leaky at best last season. Jacksonville will have to fix this via free agency as they concentrated much of their draft on offense. Jacksonville could spend big money on the defensive line, linebacking corps and secondary in free agency.

Jacksonville will also have to deal with an impending quarterback controversy as incumbent David Garrard will eventually be replaced with rookie Blaine Gabbert. If Jacksonville decides to start the season with Garrard under center, anything less than stellar play by the veteran quarterback will have fans clamoring for the future to begin immediately.

Houston Texans



The Texans had one of the worst defenses in the history of football last season despite having an athletic, talented roster. Houston hired former Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips to install a 3-4 and that will be a learning process for the team with the lack of offseason workouts.

Houston drafted almost entirely on defense and they are banking on quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson to stay healthy. The biggest obstacle the Texans will face, especially early on will be learning a new system on defense. A veteran cornerback would certainly help a struggling secondary, and the team is reportedly eyeing former Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

Indianapolis Colts



The Colts seemingly always look good entering the season but coming off their worst year in terms of wins and losses in quite some time, Indianapolis may be declining just a bit. The Colts biggest concern is the health of quarterback Peyton Manning, who is recovering from neck surgery.

If Manning can't go immediately, the division is truly up for grabs. Without Manning, nobody really has any idea what the Colts will be like as Peyton has never missed a game in his entire career.

Tennessee Titans



Tennessee is clearly in rebuild mode as they are expected to jettison quarterback Vince Young and potentially sign a veteran or go with first-round pick Jake Locker. The Titans will certainly have questions in the passing game no matter who starts at quarterback, as even a veteran would have to get used to new receivers.

Speaking of receivers, Kenny Britt may have to miss some time as he led the NFL in offseason arrests. Tennessee has questions all over their defense as they are expected to lose Stephen Tulloch in free agency and the secondary severely underperformed a season ago.

Charlie Bernstein is the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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