RTC: So what if Indy not as good as record?

December, 14, 2012
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Reading the coverage …

A preview of the crucial Colts-Texans matchup from Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report. He also tells you who to root for to help your team.

Houston Texans

Like many before him, Gary Kubiak sees Ben Roethlisberger in Andrew Luck, says Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle.

Tight end Garrett Graham is ready to return to action, says Dale Robertson of the Chronicle.

Where things stand going into Week 15 for the Texans, from Dunlevy.

Back when it was posting dominating victories, the Texans harassed quarterbacks and ran well. The Colts give up pressure and don’t defend the run real well, says Battle Red Blog.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts are nowhere near as good as their record, writes Bill Barnwell of Grantland.

To which I say: Of course they’re not. And I understand all the math he uses to show us what they really are beneath that 9-4 exterior. But the fact is they have a 9-4 exterior. Barnwell says vote for Arians for coach of the year if you would vote for him if they were 6-7. But they are not 6-7. As for the weak schedule -- should they apologize? They play who they play, and they’ve won games, close or not. I agree they are an early out in the playoffs. That won’t be the measure of this team’s success.

Arians should be coach of the year, says Bob Kravitz of the Star. I agree. I’d vote Chuck Pagano/Arians if I had a vote.

Arians has rolled to the Colts’ rescue, says Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.

Jerraud Power’s future with the Colts is in doubt, says Mike Chappell.

Some fundamental teaching points from Tony Dungy still seem to resonate with the Colts, says Phil Richards.

Arian Foster’s yards-per-carry average is likely down because he’s gotten the ball when the Texans have been sitting on leads, says Marcus Dugan of Colts Authority.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Montell Owens is adjusting to a new role: feature back. Ryan O’Halloran’s story from the Florida Times-Union.

Eben Britton can’t find a productive spot, says Vito Stellino.

To which I say: The Jaguars were really counting on him coming into the season. He’s one of the most interesting guys in the division. But if he’s not a bust for the Jags, he’s on the verge.

Where things stand going into Week 15, from Dunlevy.

Cecil Shorts is eyeing a 1,000-yard season, says O’Halloran.

Tennessee Titans

Warren Moon says Jake Locker needs to take fewer chances and not try to do too much, writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Wyatt picks up on this, and adds some important financial detail. Mike Munchak’s salary is between $2.75 million and $3 million over the next two years but none of his assistants are under contract past 2013.

The Titans have to be better on third down, and the Jets are good at stopping people, says John Glennon of the Tennessean.

Munchak didn’t want to talk about a report that Jerry Gray interviewed for the Texas Tech job, which is now filled, says Glennon.

Jason McCourty knows where to go for help on the Jets -- to his brother, Devin, who plays against them twice a year. David Boclair’s story from the Nashville City Paper.

Dunlevy previews Jets-Titans.

 

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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