Reading the coverage ...
Rick Smith says he’s stood on the shoulders of Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome, writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “In this business, there are people you lean on, and I’ve leaned on Ozzie. I admire so much what he’s been able to accomplish in this league, first as a tight end for the (Cleveland) Browns and then as a personnel director and general manager with the Ravens,” Smith said.
The main reason the Texans are underdogs is T.J. Yates, but the Texans believe their rookie quarterback can play well, says McClain.
Joe Flacco gets an awful lot of criticism considering his record, says Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle.
Lance Zierlein of the Chronicle’s blogs breaks down the game.
The cap implications of paying Peyton Manning his big bonus and then trading him make doing so impossible, says Greg Cowan of Colts Authority.
Don’t expect Ryan Grigson to get bogged down in sentimentality, says Anthony Schoettle of Indianapolis Business Journal.
Bob Bratkowski needs players to buy in, says Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union. “We will run the ball and we will be physical, but we’re also going to open it up and spread it out so that we can spread the field, get the ball pushed down the field and try to generate some big plays. But it really starts with those players buying into it.”
As he picks the ingredients, Gene Smith will make or break the 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars, says David Johnson of the Florida Times-Union.
Analysts who watched the 2011 Titans believe that Matt Hasselbeck should remain the starting quarterback ahead of Jake Locker going forward, writes John Glennon of The Tennessean.