Sunday, October 2, 2011
RTC: Brown better prepared for Harrison
By Paul Kuharsky
Reading the coverage…
The last time Duane Brown faced the Steelers and James Harrison, it was his first game as a pro and he got taken apart. Brown’s been very solid this season, and feels a lot more ready for the matchup this time around, says John McClain.
My take: Brown’s bigger, stronger, tougher and smarter. The Texans line can largely be overlooked, but that won’t stay the case if he and the rest of the group play the way they are capable of through the season.
Turnovers and big returns have left the Colts' defense in bad spots on the field far too often this season. And giving up 28 points a game is going to make it awfully difficult to break through, says Phil Richards.
My take: It’s easy to say, but the defense has been good enough to win when not faced with sudden-change situations. Still, like Pat Angerer said, they’ve got to put out the fire no matter when they are called on.
Since defensive coordinator Gregg Williams left the Jaguars for the Saints in 2009, he has faced nine rookie quarterbacks. They combined to throw two touchdown passes and 15 interceptions against Williams' defenses, says Vito Stellino.
My take: The Saints can be beat when blitzing, as they are not loaded in the defensive backfield. Blaine Gabbert needs to get the ball out quickly and accurately, and his targets need to get some yards after the catch.
Are NFL teams better off inserting their young quarterbacks into the lineup as early as possible and letting them learn as they go? Or is it wiser to let them sit and soak behind a veteran for a year or two? John Glennon looks at Colt McCoy and Jake Locker as the Titans prepare for the Browns.
My take: It’s easy to sit the kid if you have a veteran playing well like the Titans do with Matt Hasselbeck. It’s easy to play the kid when you don’t have a sufficient alternative, like the Browns.