AFC South: 2013 Week 10 NFL Buzz

Locker Room Buzz: Houston Texans

November, 10, 2013
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Observations from the Houston Texans' locker room after a 27-24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals:

Reed's opinion: Safety Ed Reed, who saw little playing time on Sunday, said he couldn't reveal all his thoughts after Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, but he did say that at times the Texans were "outplayed and outcoached."

Quiet coach: Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips spoke so softly, he was barely audible after the game. "We had the ball with two minutes left in the game three points behind. That's where you need to come through."

Watt pensive: Most of his teammates got right to work getting showered and changed after the game. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt spent quite a bit of time sitting at his locker in the corner of the visiting locker room, scowling.

Kicking-game struggles continue: "It was just a guy who got a jump off the edge, got in, got his hand on it," said kicker Randy Bullock, who made one field goal and had one blocked. "It still had a chance, but it fell short. It’s frustrating when we lose by three. Forty-yard field goal, and it’s blocked. It’s frustrating, and it hurts."

Locker Room Buzz: Indianapolis Colts

November, 10, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- Observed in the locker room after the Indianapolis Colts’ 38-8 loss to the St. Louis Rams:

An emotional surprise: The Inocencio family thought they were getting a new Toyota at halftime that was donated by Colts punter Pat McAfee. It turns out the family got something better than the car. Army Sgt. Jeremy Inocencio surprised his family by being inside the car after returning home from an overseas deployment. Inocencio’s emotional surprise caused a lot of hugs and tears of joy. “Those things are so awesome," McAfee said. "Anytime you see a kid going up to his dad, who he hasn’t seen in months. His dad is a hero fighting for our country. It’s an unbelievable moment, and I hope they will remember it forever because their dad is such a hero.”

Wanted to continue playing: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said his preference was to finish the game despite being down by 30 points midway through the fourth quarter. Coach Chuck Pagano pulled Luck because the outcome had already been decided and they play again on Thursday at Tennessee. Sunday was only the second time in Luck’s career that he did not take every offensive snap. “I think any competitor is going to want to stay in the game,” Luck said. “You understand at the end of the day, Coach Pagano is making the decisions, and he’s thinking on a much more macro scope of things. Understand his decisions are final.”

Injury update: Guard Mike McGlynn left the game in the second half with a thumb injury. He’s scheduled to get an MRI. Safety Larry Asante went out with a hamstring injury. Pagano said he didn’t know the extent of his injury.

Locker Room Buzz: Tennessee Titans

November, 10, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Observed in the locker room after the Tennessee Titans' 29-27 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at LP Field:

Tick, tick: The extra time Mike Munchak took getting to his postgame interview didn’t give him time to come up with any answers, but it did buy some of his players time to make a getaway before another, bigger wave of tough questions arrived. Typically the locker room doors open as the coach heads into his news conference. Munchak took quite a bit longer than that after a loss he couldn’t explain. Kenny Britt, a receiver the Titans are going to need if Damian Williams misses time with a quad injury, was out of the locker room as quickly as anyone.

Bad sign: Jake Locker is awaiting further tests, but his right foot injury had him on crutches in the second half and after the game. He said he was praying it’s not a season-ending injury, which means there is potential it might be. I’m often uncomfortable with the injury-prone label. But Munchak said he can’t imagine Locker’s ready to play in four days, which will mean in two seasons the quarterback has suffered three injuries that will have cost him at least a start. It’s hard for a young team structured to grow around a quarterback to do so when he’s in and out.

Truly miserable: A lot of the team was out of the room when tight end Delanie Walker was still in a towel sitting in front of his locker. How long guys lament a terrible day in the locker room isn’t the surest sign of how much they care. But it’s hard to make a case that he’s not near the top of the list in terms of how upset he was over a result that dropped his team to below .500 again. Stay tuned for some of what he said.

Old friends: Former Colts GM Bill Polian, now of ESPN, and Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell chatted at halftime in the Titans' press box. Caldwell came up as part of Polian’s Indianapolis staff. Check out my Instagram for a picture.

Locker Room Buzz: Baltimore Ravens

November, 10, 2013
BALTIMORE -- Observed in the locker room after the Baltimore Ravens' 20-17 overtime win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Sigh of relief: It was a celebratory locker room following the Ravens' first win since Oct. 6. But, after failing to hold a 17-point lead, the Ravens felt fortunate to pull out the victory. "I don't know if it was as much exciting as one of those where you wipe your forehead and say, 'Whew, Thank God, we got out of this one,'" quarterback Joe Flacco said. "Having said that, it is a big win."

Shaking off the Hail Mary: The Ravens were able to come back to win in overtime after allowing a 51-yard Hail Mary touchdown to tie the game at the end of regulation. How was the atmosphere on the sideline? "It's disappointment, but you don't get disheartened," coach John Harbaugh said. "The game is not over. I'm proud of the fact that our guys looked at it that way. It's not something you have to go walking up and down the bench to make the point. We've got leadership all the way across the board. I'm really proud of them."

Looking to be a playmaker: Ravens safety James Ihedigbo didn't mince words when talking about his big game. "I look at myself as a great player, and that's what I aspire to be," he said. Ihedigbo had the first two interceptions of his career before tipping the pass on the game-tying Hail Mary touchdown. But he bounced back in the fourth quarter when he helped slow down Giovani Bernard on fourth down.