Plugging the holes: AFC South

Most pressing offseason needs for the Texans, Colts, Jaguars and Titans

Updated: February 20, 2014, 10:46 AM ET
By Rivers McCown | Football Outsiders

Brian CushingThomas Campbell/USA TODAY SportsAside from the injury-prone Brian Cushing, the Texans have a dearth of talent at linebacker.

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Welcome to the 2014 version of Plugging the Holes, an eight-part examination from Football Outsiders of the biggest needs for every NFL team, division by division, going into the offseason.

Earlier in the week we examined the AFC East and AFC North. The series continues Wednesday, with Outsiders' look at the AFC South. The AFC West will follow on Thursday.

Houston Texans: Linebacker

Obviously, the Texans' biggest issue is their desperate need for a quarterback with an NFL future, but chances are they will select one with the No. 1 overall pick. So let's go ahead and put a check in that box for now, as it is a pretty well-identified need by this point.

The biggest non-QB problem last season was at linebacker. The Texans signed a six-year extension with Brian Cushing in September, only to watch him end a second consecutive campaign on injured reserve with a torn LCL and a broken fibula. Cushing returned from his first injury in good shape, and though his medical history is starting to make the contract look a little scary, LCLs and broken fibulas aren't devastating injuries in the long run.

Rivers McCown

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Rivers McCown is an associate editor for Football Outsiders.