RTC: Hasselbeck wants Cook happy

November, 1, 2012
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Happy November.

Houston Texans

Writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle: “For some reason, Mario Williams believes Houston fans do not understand why he left the Texans and signed with Buffalo.

To which I say: Seems to me he should be more focused on giving the Bills what they paid for than setting the record straight with Houston, especially when Houston understands exactly what went down.

Indianapolis Colts

“Andrew Luck has been the epicenter of the Indianapolis Colts' expedited return to relevancy,” writes Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. But the more he throws the less success the team has. The running game is a big key to the team’s performance.

To which I say: Donald Brown and Vick Ballard have set the bar higher, and need to continue to produce if the Colts are to continue to contend. The run-blocking of the O-line is key, of course, as well.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The careers of receivers Mike Thomas and Cecil Shorts were moving in opposite directions in Jacksonville, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. So the Jaguars traded Thomas and are counting on even more from Shorts.

To which I say: The surprising element here is that Stellino says Shorts outranks veteran Laurent Robinson, who’s healthy now and really needs to begin to give the team a return on its big investment.

Tennessee Titans

Matt Hasselbeck wants to do his part to keep Jared Cook happy, writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. Cook’s people requested a trade early this week, and he didn’t talk on Wednesday.

To which I say: The best Cook could hope for out of the request is to spark the coaches to play him more and call more plays for him. But as dangerous as he can be as a target, he’s not a complete tight end and won’t be on the field when blocking is at a premium.

 

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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