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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
RTC: First playoff game pitting rookie QBs

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Reading the coverage…

Houston Texans

Bengals-Texans will the first time in NFL history in which rookie quarterbacks square off as starters, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Provided T.J. Yates is healthy, he'll go against Andy Dalton.

Twelve reasons the Texans will beat the Bengals, from Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle.

Indianapolis Colts

Peyton Manning was "surprised, shocked, disappointed" upon learning that Jim Irsay dismissed Bill Polian, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.

Manning recalls enjoying playing as a rookie, which Chappell looks at from the perspective of the same possibility for Andrew Luck.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars requested and received permission to interview five NFL offensive coordinators on Monday -- Atlanta’s Mike Mularkey, the New York Jets’ Brian Schottenheimer, Carolina’s Rob Chudzinski, sources confirmed. ESPN also reported the Jaguars will interview Denver’s Mike McCoy and New England’s Bill O’Brien, says Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.

When can assistants on playoff teams be interviewed? Ganguli has the answer.

Tennessee Titans

Mike Munchak defended Chris Johnson’s drop off, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. Johnson may have lost a step as a result of wear and tear, but it’s not why the Titans ran poorly, the coach said.

The Titans are hardly ready to declare their quarterback for 2012 and Munchak said roles for Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker will sort itself out in time, writes Wyatt.

Big changes are ahead for the Titans, who’ve got a load of free agents, says David Climer.