How I See It: AFC South Stock Watch

October, 27, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky

Falling

1. Sleep for Titans’ coaches. Jeff Fisher sent his winless team away for its bye weekend and told players to clear their heads. But Monday, Fisher and a few of his assistants spotted at the team’s facility didn’t look like they had been able to get work off their minds.

Such is life while coaching an underachieving team that hasn’t found a way to win yet.

2. Frank Bush, Texans defensive coordinator. The Texans had a 21-0 lead at intermission. But facing reserve quarterback Alex Smith, the former No. 1 overall draft pick who came off the bench, Bush’s guys struggled to make adjustments and keep the lead safe.

Particularly troubling were the difficulties linebackers and safeties had in tracking 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who managed to find room three times for touchdown catches.

  Garcon
3. Pierre Garcon, Colts WR: It’s nitpicking to choose anyone in the Colts’ passing offense as falling. But Garcon has dropped off in his last couple of games.

Targeted 12 times by the NFL’s most precise and exacting quarterback, Peyton Manning, in victories over winless Tennessee and St. Louis, Garcon hass hauled in just four of the throws.

Rising

  Daniels
1. Owen Daniels, Texans TE. It’s back-to-back appearances here for Daniels, but how can he be left off? His 123-yards receiving (on seven catches) in the win over San Francisco were the second-most of his career.

And his touchdown catch was his fifth of the season, which matches his career best. Plenty of quarterbacks around the league are jealous of Matt Schaub, who’s got Andre Johnson and Daniels who rank first and tied for seventh, respectively, in AFC receiving yards.

  Lacey
2. Jacob Lacey, Colts CB. The undrafted rookie out of Oklahoma State continues to earn the confidence of the coaching staff with good work weeks and had another strong showing in the Colts win in St. Louis.

Playing as the third cornerback, he had a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown to go with three tackles and a special-teams tackle.

3. Kris Brown, Texans K. His 50-yard field goal in the fourth quarter was his longest of the season and his 17th field goal of 50 or more yards in his career.
  Brown


Duane Brown’s unnecessary roughness penalty just before the kick pushed it from a 35-yard attempt to a 50-yarder but Kris got Duane off the hook.

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ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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