Reading the coverage…
“(Rex) Ryan has known (Wade) Phillips since he was a senior at Southwestern Oklahoma. His father, Buddy Ryan, was Philadelphia’s head coach in 1986, and Phillips was his defensive coordinator. Ryan knows what he’s up against, but so does Phillips.” John McClain of the Houston Chronicle takes a first look at Texans-Jets.
Taking shots at Kareem Jackson has become a sport in Houston, writes Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle. Now the cornerback might be hoping the ball comes his way so he can make a play.
Writes Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report: “There aren't any easy answers for why Houston has labored more than usual running the football. It's true the offensive line has been retooled, but many of the problems have come running to the left where Duane Brown still resides.”
Jackson’s improvement is a reason for optimism, says Battle Red Blog.
Among the primary storylines of the Packers-Colts game on Sunday, Jeff Saturday returns to Indianapolis, says Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star.
The brotherhood of NFL coaches is rallying around Chuck Pagano, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
On Bruce Arians and “testitude,” from Brad Wells of Stampede Blue.
The first month of the season has been rocky for the Jaguars, with injuries, inconsistency and collective steps back, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. But there are no indications any major changes are afoot.
To which I say: The talent isn’t panning out.
A look at playing time against Cincinnati and what it meant, from O’Halloran.
Woes up front continue to set the Jaguars back, says Gene Frenette of the Times-Union.
“Despite a 1-3 record, the Jaguars managed to not look capable, effective or even hopeful in two full games (Texans and Bengals) while managing only spurts of effectiveness in their other two games (Vikings and Colts),” says Brandon Clark of Big Cat Country
A look at several ugly projected numbers the Titans need to change course on to have any more success, from Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. After four games they’ve been outscored 41-13 in the first quarter alone.
To which I say: The first-quarter struggles are a giant issue that speak to game-planning, and if the Titans can't fare better at the start they'll fare poorly against lesser teams, too.
Kendall Wright is struggling, and Dunlevy has some pictures to illustrate it.
The snap report from the Texans game, via Tom Gower of Total Titans.