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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
RTC: Did Pagano play it right at the end?

By Paul Kuharsky

Reading the coverage ...

Houston Texans

The Texans aren’t the best team in the league quite yet, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, who has Atlanta No. 1.

Practice squad running back Jonathan Grimes was signed by the New York Jets, says McClain.

When the Broncos went after Matt Schaub, he countered effectively, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report. "Schaub was under duress most of the game. From the opening safety all the way through to the fourth quarter, the Broncos were coming for Schaub. And he made them pay."

Indianapolis Colts

New addition Darius Butler is eager to help the Colts’ secondary -- he just wishes he didn’t have another bye week, says Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star.

Surveyed on the way the Packers-Seahawks game ended, some Colts were pretty outspoken, say Richards and Mike Chappell.

An interesting take from Dunlevy on the idea the Colts were too conservative late on offense in the loss to Jacksonville: “When it comes to weighing decisions, coaches too often make choices that depend on perfect execution of special teams and defensive units, while expecting miscues on offense.”

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blaine Gabbert has only four completions for double-digit yards in the past two games, an astonishingly low number, says Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union. “Maurice Jones-Drew accounted for 58 percent of the team's yardage against the Colts, but that's not a road paved with success in today's NFL. An effective offense needs the quarterback as its focal point. Gabbert must learn to take over games and trust that his weapons can deliver.”

Who played how much in Indianapolis and what does it mean? Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union takes a look.

Gabbert’s improvements are modest and “turnover avoidance is important, but it's coming at the expense of running a viable offense,” says Dunlevy.

Tennessee Titans

First-year quarterbacks generally offer a strong indication of what’s to come, says David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper.

What should have happened in the final seconds of regulation for the Titans Sunday against Detroit, from John Glennon of The Tennessean.

Defensive lineman Keyunta Dawson is going to miss multiple games with a hamstring injury, says Glennon.

“If the Titans can figure out how to make a stop defensively, they could get on a nice run through to December and, with a few breaks, beyond,” says Dunlevy.