RTC: How Phillips fixed Texans' D

July, 9, 2012
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Reading the coverage, catching up edition…

Houston Texans

A great read from Bucky Brooks at NFL.com about how Wade Phillips transformed the Houston defense. Some very interesting tidbits like this: “Houston's defensive ends [or outside linebacker] would stay in their assigned rush lanes on the edges until they reached the depth of the quarterback's drops. If they were unable to get to the QB utilizing a speed or bull rush technique, the edge players would slip inside of the offensive tackle and meet the quarterback as he stepped up into the pocket.”

Arian Foster set Twitter abuzz when he announced he was a week into eating as a vegan, says The Houston Chronicle. Despite the doubts of many who reacted, I’m confident such a diet won’t ruin him as a player.

Don’t expect the Texans to talk contract with Matt Schaub until after the 2012 season, says Arthur Arkush of Pro Football Weekly.

Indianapolis Colts

“If the Colts can win 5 to 6 games this year, that would be a good stepping off point for a franchise that reportedly has $43M in salary cap availability in 2013,” says the Boston Globe in a run through of the Colts as a Patriots’ opponent.

The Colts like the progress of their rookie tight ends, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, says Charlie Campbell of Walter Football.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars are still working on finding the right idea for doing away with the tarps at EverBank Field without expanding the capacity of the stadium, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

Could this year be similar to 1996 for the Jaguars? John Oehser of Jaguars.com thinks so.

If the Jaguars are without Maurice Jones-Drew, a passing game that has to make up for running deficiencies might be a good thing, says Luke N. Sims of Black and Teal.

Tennessee Titans

The Oct. 7 game against Minnesota now has a late-afternoon kickoff, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

David Givens has refilled his lawsuit against the Titans, claiming the team didn’t inform him of a medical report that his knee couldn’t withstand the rigors of NFL play, says Glennon.

Titans players who will head into camp on the hot seat, per Alberto Gonzalez of Titan Sized.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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