Jaguars: 4 things that must happen to win the AFC South in 2021

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3. The Jacksonville Jaguars must monitor the Colts’ QB situation.

Even though the Jaguars will control their own destiny in 2021, they will need some help from within the AFC South if they want to win the division crown. Head coach Frank Reich helped the Indianapolis Colts transition from the Andrew Luck era and is now at the helm of a well-rounded team.

Despite the fact Indy has lacked elite quarterback play, they have won at least ten games in two of the last three seasons. Last season, Phillip Rivers was the Colts’ starting quarterback. He was solid but far from an upper-echelon player. He retired this offseason and Indianapolis traded for Carson Wentz to take his place. As recently as 2019, the North Dakota State product was one of the best signal-callers in the NFL. Furthermore, he had an MVP-like season in 2017 and played a key role in Philly’s Super Bowl run even though he missed the playoffs that year with a torn ACL.

Alas, Wentz regressed last season. He was erratic and made some head-scratching decisions throughout the season. The fact the Eagles’ offensive line couldn’t block didn’t help matters and neither did Doug Pederson’s coaching. Either way, the 2016 second overall pick will have a clean slate in Indy. Having Reich, his offensive coordinator in 2017, should help him get back on track.

If Wentz is able to leave his struggles behind, the Colts could make a run for the AFC South title in 2021. On the other hand, if he flops, the Jaguars will have a chance to make up ground in the division.