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The Texans defense has a lot of fun in the locker room and beyond, says Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle. “I think it comes to a point where you have to show your coaches that you can handle having fun when it’s time to have fun and working when it’s time to work,” safety Glover Quin said. “Long as you do that, long as you take care of your business, they’re all for it. This league is so hard, this job is so hard, you’ve got to have fun.”
To which I say: You hear things like this about most good teams. Playing well and getting results creates an atmosphere that’s a lot of fun.
Running back Ben Tate (toe) practiced on Saturday and looks like he will be good to go Monday night against the Jets, says Ganguli.
Is Arian Foster getting overworked? Lance Zierlein and Adam Kaplan discuss in this podcast for SportsTalk 790.
“All is good,” Chuck Pagano emailed the Indianapolis Star from his hospital room. Writes Mike Chappell: “Pagano’s Colts carry on in his absence Sunday afternoon when the Green Bay Packers visit Lucas Oil Stadium. He urged the sellout crowd to help inspire his team to an upset.”
Every week, left tackle Anthony Castonzo draws a tough matchup, says Mike Chappell. This week it’s Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews.
To which I say: Castonzo has held his own against some top rushers and his growth is one bright spot for a team that has few good offensive linemen at this stage.
The Jaguars lack edgy leaders, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. He talked to safety Dwight Lowery who told him: “I think we need to have an attitude off the field and on the field, and a little bit of edginess,” he said. “That will definitely translate onto the field. And it’s a mind-set. It’s not getting mad at each other. The reason I feel like this is … because I’ve been on a team that’s won games and played in big games. What separates those teams is attitude."
To which I say: A lot of guys talked about leading by example. No matter how good your example is, it’s not been contagious. A locker room needs a mix of guys, and some of those guys need to be louder leaders.
The Jaguars can expect problems protecting Blaine Gabbert considering how effective Chicago’s defensive front has been, says Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country.
Writes David Climer in The Tennessean: “While (Jake) Locker needs all the experience he can get, the switch to (Matt) Hasselbeck might provide a boost in the near term. At 1-3, the Titans need to shake things up. In particular, his leadership skills can be an asset for a team that has been outscored 151-81.”
To which I say: Maybe Hasselbeck does provide a jolt. But Locker was playing fine. The team’s troubles are more about the people who surround him and the defense.
Tom Gower of Total Titans takes a close look at the how the Vikings are working and what the Titans will have to do to win Sunday in Minnesota.