No. 2 reason the Jaguars won't win the AFC South in 2023: Their division foes are trending up
Ok, so the reasons the Jaguars can win the Afc South in 2023 are pretty straight forward but they cannot just take it for granted. For one, the season hasn't even begun. Heck, training camp is still a few weeks away, so crowning Jacksonville is a bit too premature.
And while it's true that every other team in the division either has a new head coach or a general manager in place, the Jags were in exactly the same position last year and still managed to earn the AFC South title. What's stopping other clubs in the division to contend for the title?
Head coach DeMeco Ryans (with the helping hand of general manager Nick Caserio) has reenergized a Texans team that had no direction in recent years. Despite the fact that Houston will enter the 2023 season with several weaknesses, especially on offense, Ryans will have team play until the whistle blows.
On the other hand, Shane Steichen has brought a breath of fresh air to the Colts. And if players such as left guard Quenton Nelson, running back Jonathan Taylor, and linebacker Shaquille Leonard can bounce back and once again play at an All-Pro level, Indy could give the Jags fits in the opener.
Last but not least are the Titans. Sure, they ended the 2022 season on a losing skid but they've patched several roster holes in the offseason, and general manager Ran Carthon added players that could end up filling key roles in 2023. Simply put, the Jaguars' road to the AFC South title might not be as easy as it was last year.