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Coach Gary Kubiak was asked about the Jaguars’ accusations that the Texans are dirty, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. "It doesn't bother me," Kubiak said. "We're going to put 46 guys out there and play as hard as we can play. Other than that, I've got no comment on it." I understand that defenders to not like being cut. They need to understand cutting is legal. If it’s legal, how is it dirty?
The Colts’ 13-1 edge over the Falcons is the most lopsided record by one team over another in a series involving at least 10 meetings. So, perhaps the Falcons, who visit Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, are the right opponent at the right time. Or not. Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star looks into it. I don’t know that there is a favorable matchup to be found for the Colts the rest of the way.
In the past three games, the Jaguars passed for 76 net yards against Pittsburgh, 73 against Baltimore and 90 against Houston. Vito Stellino of the Times-Union writes it’s the worst three-game stretch in franchise history. And there are no statistics for the number of inaccurate passes Blaine Gabbert has thrown while going 1-5 as a starter since replacing Luke McCown. I understand the slow progress, but I see a lot more from rookies Andy Dalton, Cam Newton and even Christian Ponder.
Coach Mike Munchak took offense to suggestions that Chris Johnson has lost his desire or isn’t running as hard since signing a $53.5 million contract extension in September, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. “Everyone is trying to figure out what’s wrong,” Munchak said. “There is nothing wrong with him.” I understand Johnson’s not the kind of back who regularly takes on big defenders at the first level with great success, but I do think there is something wrong with him when he gets hit early.