Tuesday, September 22, 2009
How I See It: AFC South Stock Watch
By Paul Kuharsky
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
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1. Michael Griffin, S, Titans: He twice bit on a run fake allowing a dangerous Texans receiver to make a giant play. It was hard to understand his thinking and priorities and he didn’t stick around after the game to explain or talk about his mistakes.
The Titans’ secondary has been shaky and he’s not alone. But heading into his third year, he should be communicating better and not making gigantic mistakes.
2. Jaguars defense: Zero sacks and only one hit on Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner, who set a record with his completion percentage from a nearly spotless 24-of-26, 243-yard day with two touchdowns and a 131.2 passer rating.
If the Jaguars can’t generate any pressure, Matt Schaub will be the next signal-caller to pick them apart.
3. Colts interior defensive line: They were exhausted for how many snaps they had to play. But the Indianapolis tackles need to be more productive collapsing the pocket and stuffing the run when the ends draw attention as they did in Miami.
Ed Johnson, Antonio Johnson, Eric Foster, Raheem Brock and Daniel Muir need to do more. The bulkier Johnson and Johnson are supposed to have more impact against the run.
1. Dallas Clark, TE, Colts: When Anthony Gonzalez went down in the opener, one of the common reactions was that the Colts would have to lean on their tight ends more to help offset the loss.
Clark was spectacular in Miami as the Dolphins concentrated on limiting Reggie Wayne. With seven catches for 183 yards he produced the fourth biggest game for a tight end since 1970. His ability to run after the catch was fantastic.
2. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans and Matt Schaub, QB, Texans: A couple of early drops and missed plays last year at LP Field led to Johnson disappearing. This time against the Titans Johnson's early miscues seemed to make him more determined. Schaub rebounded in a big way -- he was "Falling" last week.
He was a nightmare for the Titans’ secondary all day, and showed why the offense must flow thorough him. Schaub threw in his direction twice as much as anyone else, finding him 10 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
3. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: His 284 yards from scrimmage, the most for the franchise since 1961 and the 12th most in the league since 1970. Unfortunately for him and for the Titans, it came as part of a loss.
He did so much so fast that the quick production almost hurt the Titans’ chances to establish an offensive rhythm. If he keeps it up, they’ll happily adjust.