AFC South: 2013 Week 5 NFL Buzz

Locker Room Buzz: Houston Texans

October, 7, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Observed in the locker room after the Houston Texans' 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Coach is succinct: The first question for Texans coach Gary Kubiak was whether or not Matt Schaub was his starter: "Yes, he is," Kubiak replied, simply.

Leaving the field: Prior to walking into the locker room, Schaub was the fourth player off the field as the 49ers ran out the clock. Schaub was heckled roundly by San Francisco fans as he walked but stared straight into the tunnel. Andre Johnson was one of the last players to leave the field, and as he approached the sideline, he began peeling off his jersey and shoulder pads.

Support of a friend:Center Chris Myers is one of Schaub's closest friends on the team, and Myers offered support for Schaub postgame. He stressed that Schaub helped lead the Texans to a 20-3 halftime lead last week. "He's in a slump a little bit, but he's got the whole team at his back."

Locker Room Buzz: Indianapolis Colts

October, 6, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- Observed in the locker room after the Indianapolis Colts' 34-28 victory over the Seattle Seahawks:

Fired up: The Colts were struggling, were down 12-0 and the offense had had three straight three-and-out possessions. That's when safety Antoine Bethea got the players together on the sideline and gave them earful that wasn't meant for young children to hear. “He called everybody over and told us to wake up,” receiver Reggie Wayne said. “A couple of expletives in there. That's what leaders do.”

Taking one away: Speaking of Wayne, he plans to take fellow receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey out to dinner after he took a catch away from him in the fourth quarter. Heyward-Bey was in position to make the catch when Wayne stepped in and hauled in the 19-yard pass along the sideline at the Seattle 3. The Colts scored on the next play to take a 31-28 lead. “It was one of those things where we both were open,” Wayne said. “I got a little hungry. That's my mistake. I'm glad I at least caught it."

Had no idea: Receiver T.Y. Hilton, who finished with a career-high 140 yards, had no idea quarterback Andrew Luck threw the ball to him on his 73-yard touchdown catch until the crowd started cheering when the ball was in the air.
ST. LOUIS -- Observed in the locker room after the Jacksonville Jaguars' 34-20 loss to the St. Louis Rams.

Feeling bad: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew said he felt terrible about left tackle Luke Joeckel's injury because he was one of the players that ended up rolling on Joeckel's right leg. "It's always tough to see a guy that you count on go out. It's tough when you're the guy who probably hurt him, too, which was me," he said. "You never want to run up anyone's back like that."

Run down: The Rams entered Sunday ranked last in the NFL in rushing yards per game (47.3) but they put up a season-high 143 yards. "We felt like we were well-prepared and we did a solid job for the most part," Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny said. "Then we let up a couple runs, missed a couple tackles, let a guy fall forward after hitting him ... the next thing you know they are over 100 yards."

Minus-3: The Jaguars elected to take a field goal off the board in the third quarter when St. Louis cornerback Janoris Jenkins lined up offside. Blaine Gabbert's fouth-down pass in the end zone was intercepted. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he made the decision because they trailed by 14 points and needed some momentum.

Locker Room Buzz: Tennessee Titans

October, 6, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Observed in the locker room after the Tennessee Titans' 26-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at LP Field:

Expectations: Last week’s locker room was somber after a win because of Jake Locker's injury. This week’s was sober because the Titans have graduated to a place where they expect to win a game against a team like the Chiefs, even if Tennessee is bad for long stretches. It's good to have those expectations, and maybe it’ll have a positive impact somewhere down the road, but this loss was the difference between 3-2 and 4-1. Gigantic.

Still struggling: Kenny Britt continues to struggle. They gave him more chances in this game and he caught one of six balls thrown his direction. One of the misses came on a third-and-2 with the Titans trying to hold on to a 17-13 lead. That’s’ the one offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said upset him the most. As for Britt going forward, Loggains said: “We have to reassess everything at this point.”

Minty fresh: I had a good, solo conversation with center Rob Turner after the game, primarily about the call against Moise Fokou that was instrumental on the Chiefs' drive that put them ahead for good. (More to come on that.) Turner was brushing his teeth at his locker and I thought he might ask for a second, but he talked right through it, excused himself to spit in a nearby garbage can and kept right on going. He and his guard help had a tough time with defensive tackle Dontari Poe, who has seven tackles and a sack and is a handful for anyone these days.