Reading the coverage…
Case Keenum will work third against Minnesota as he tries to take the No. 2 job away from T.J. Yates, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “Every year you've got to earn your position," Yates said. "Just because I finished the last year at that spot doesn't mean I've done anything to deserve it this year. It makes you be on point no matter what you're doing -- drills, team periods, anything."
To which I say: It’s hard for me to envision a guy who has not played overtaking a guy who managed a playoff win two seasons ago.
The Colts aren’t just talking run game, they are talking power run game, says Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star. “It’s about imposing our will on our opponent,” offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. “It’s going to hurt when we run the football. But we expect it to hurt our opponents more than it hurts us.”
To which I say: It’s going to hurt me if they concentrate on the run so much that it cuts too much into Andrew Luck’s drop backs. I understand the desire for balance and flexibility. But the Colts have a top tier quarterback with amazing upside, and they need to let him throw it.
Blaine Gabbert took all the first team snaps with the first team on Thursday to prepare for his start tonight against the Miami Dolphins at EverBank Field, says Hays Carlyon. “We talked about both of them, but as a staff, we just decided that on some of the reps, Blaine has shown really good progress,” coach Gus Bradley said. “We looked at it, we analyzed it and we thought this would be a good situation for us.”
To which I say: Chad Henne will also get snaps with the first-team offensive line. But Bradley declined to say Henne will start the second game. Maybe those of us saying it’s not really much of a competition are on to something?
For fans looking for any sign that the Titans are moving in a positive direction, Thursday night offered evidence of a small step, says David Climer of The Tennessean. “We’re talented enough around him now, he just needs to drive the bus and get the ball to the playmakers,” offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. “[Jake Locker] doesn’t have to do anything on his own.”
To which I say: All in all, not a bad start. The run game is as big a point of emphasis as anything, and the run game was the best thing we saw unfold in the loss to Washington. The Titans were forced to dink and dunk in the pass game. Will they ultimately have a counter move for that, or will they settle for small plays?