AFC South: Adam Seward
Handicapping wild-card contenders including Jacksonville and Houston with Clark Judge.
Gary Kubiak defended his end-of-game strategy, said Eugene Wilson will miss time, said he’s sticking with Kris Brown and explained why he went with Chris Brown, from John McClain.
McClain tells Texans fans to be careful what they wish for.
Respectable is no longer good enough, says Richard Justice.
Brian Cushing denied tweeting complaints about the officiating in the Titans game, says McClain.
A replay of McClain’s chat.
By winning four consecutive games in the same season by a total margin of 10 points or fewer, the Colts have done something that’s never been done before, says Chappell.
Clint Session and Eric Foster have helped set the tone for the excellent defense, says Phillip B. Wilson.
Does Peyton Manning get too much respect from opposing coaches? John Oehser examines the question in two pieces: Part I and Part II.
Oehser reviews Polian on the radio. Peaking isn’t an issue; Anything that’s said or written is absolutely meaningless to the team; Joseph Addai is having a terrific year; Though what’s written or said about the team is absolutely meaningless, he was gratified that he didn’t see anything about the Colts being a finesse team after the win in Baltimore.
Yes, Manning has been this good before, says Deshawn Zombie.
The Colts waived Mike Hart and re-signed John Thomas, says Mike Chappell.
The Jaguars are about civic pride.
Can you feel the planets aligning for the Jaguars, asks Gene Frenette.
Rashean Mathis is out for San Francisco, meaning Tyron Brackenridge likely keeps a bigger role, says Vito Stellino.
A Q&A with Ernest Wilford from Michael C. Wright.
The Jaguars waived Adam Seward and signed Lamar Myles and James Wyche to their practice squad.
Why the Bills were able to slow the Jaguars’ run game, from Vic Ketchman.
The Jags’ identity and future are still unclear, says Gil Samson.
A late look: Richard Collier is at peace, says Jason Cole.
Vince Young ran like a rookie again, says Jim Wyatt.
A different Young is steering the Titans on a different course, says David Climer.
Young is rewarding Bud Adams’ faith, says Alex Marvez.
David Barron provides an explanation of the Young-Jerome Boger high five.
Jeff Fisher rated Nick Harper’s return as solid, say Gary Estwick and Jim Wyatt.
The Titans had little intention of returning a punt in Houston, says Terry McCormick. How ambitious.
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Here are the inactives for Jaguars at Colts:
- Linebacker Cody Glenn
- Safety Bob Sanders
- Tight end Tom Santi
- Defensive tackle Fili Moala
- Center Kyle DeVan
- Tackle Dan Federkeil
- Defensive back Jamie Silva
- Quarterback Curtis Painter
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Adam Seward didn't cut it as depth for the Colts, but the Jaguars will now give him a try.
The team just announced they signed the veteran free-agent linebacker, who was a fifth-round pick by Carolina in 2005, where he played in 40 games in four seasons.
Seward signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts on March 20 and was waived on August 22.
The Jaguars like their starting linebacker trio -- Daryl Smith, Justin Durant and Clint Ingram -- but don't have fantastic depth behind them. They are also playing some 3-4, which gives Quentin Groves opportunities to function as a linebacker.
I didn't notice Seward much when I watched the Colts practice. It will be interesting to see what sort of impression he can make with the Jaguars.
The Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew and Thomas Williams, Indianapolis' Adam Seward and former Jaguar Kyle Brady are among 24 current and former players who will take part in the annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films, which features instructors from each of the league's broadcast partners.
This is from a release sent out by the Jaguars:
It will include hands-on work in areas such as tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, control room operation, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation. Each player will tape segments as a studio and game analyst and take part in a networking session with television executives. Each player also will serve as a live radio host on SIRIUS NFL Radio.
Of the 40 players who took part in the Broadcast Boot Camp in 2007 and 2008, 21 have already earned broadcasting jobs as a result of their participation in the program ...
The NFL Broadcast Boot Camp is part of an ongoing NFL-NFLPA initiative to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers. Over the past four years, more than 470 players have participated in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program. Each offseason, with the support of team and league player development departments, more than 100 NFL players independently enroll in college courses as they work towards Master's or Bachelor's degrees while more than 130 others pursue career development opportunities.
This is one of many areas where the league is smartly proactive. Players and former players who have polished broadcast presences always seem to be in demand, even when we might think there isn't possibly a niche for another.
I don't know Brady, Williams or Seward at all. But it's not difficult to picture Jones-Drew, who's media-friendly and thoughtful, as a broadcaster after he's done with football.
FRANKLIN, Ind. -- Some observations and thoughts from Saturday afternoon's public minicamp practice at Franklin College's Faught Stadium:
Outreach: Bill Polian spoke to the crowd before things started and told those in attendance that owner Jim Irsay had charged the team to create more outreach and more interaction with fans, which was the impetus for a practice like this one.
Boomer: New special teams coach Ray Rychleski has a booming voice that carries. He's got some enthusiasm for sure and offered critiques and compliments with equal fervor. Rookie punter Pat McAfee bombed a couple, but was inconsistent.
Stumble: Tyjuan Hagler provided some comic relief, tripping over his own feet during a linebacker drill where players zigzagged in a back pedal before breaking on a ball.
Third wide: I tried to read into how the receivers deployed, but there is no telling at this stage how the candidates for the No. 3 job -- Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie and Roy Hall -- stack up. My eye -- which has no experience training receivers, just lots watching them -- puts them in that order right now.
It got even harder to gauge Garcon against Collie when Anthony Gonzalez dropped out, seemingly with a right thigh issue. Those two worked in three-wide with Reggie Wayne. That might tell us something about Hall, though.
Clyde Christensen is working as the offensive coordinator now, but is still with the receivers as their position coach. The Colts are creative in some of the drills they use when the wideouts work alone. I don't recall seeing other teams, for example, run short stuff where they cut behind a blocking bag that interrupts their view as they angle back to collect a pass. But it seems a smart way to recreate some real-world experience in this sort of mild setting. I saw Collie, Hall and Taj Smith drop short passes in that segment.
Details: While special teams work went on at one point, quarterbacks worked alone. Peyton Manning lined up in the spot where he imagined a defender would be on a specific play and looked to offer detailed commentary/advice/coaching to Curtis Painter before he took a few drops envisioning the full 11 that could be opposite him.
Protection: The first offensive line that worked in front of Manning in a team drill was, left to right: Tony Ugoh, Jamey Richard, Jeff Saturday, Dan Federkeil and Ryan Diem. (Charlie Johnson and Mike Pollak didn't work and Ryan Lilja didn't work that deep into the session.)
Scrambled backers: I tried to look at linebackers the same way, but it seemed like there was a lot of mix and match going on. One early group had Jordan Senn and Philip Wheeler bracketing Adam Seward. Of all the things not to read much into -- which is virtually everything here -- I'd rank this first.
Coming back: Watched Lilja, who's coming off a season lost to a knee injury, a little bit. He wore sleeves on both knees and seemed comfortable firing off the line and cutting down a blocking bag/tackling dummy as the O-line concentrated on some individual technique.
Off day: Among those who sat out at spots other than the O-line: Running backs Joseph Addai and Mike Hart, defensive end Dwight Freeney, cornerback Marlin Jackson, safety Bob Sanders and linebacker Gary Brackett.
Catches: In work with just quarterbacks and wide receivers, Gonzalez ran on to a nice line drive post from Manning, stopping it with one hand and then catching up to it as he accelerated. In the same period, Austin went to the ground to collect a pass from Chris Crane.
The break-up: Third-round cornerback Jerraud Powers made what I thought was the standout defensive play of the afternoon. In the team period, matched up with Wayne and with Manning, Powers broke well on mid-range pass to the left side, got a hand in front of Wayne and broke it up.
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|USC tackle Fili Moala could become a starter for the Colts sooner rather than later.|
We examined each AFC South team's "weak spot" based on its 2008 performance. In this post, we explore the Indianapolis Colts' defensive tackle position.
Defensive tackle has been a long-standing area of concern for the Colts. Indianapolis has dedicated the majority of its offensive resources to surrounding Peyton Manning with the pieces needed to succeed. Indianapolis rarely is a player in free agency; the Colts have a tough enough time retaining their own players, let alone winning bidding wars for free-agent tackles.
Because this formula has been so successful over the years, the Colts also consistently draft near the end of first round. It's rare that great defensive tackle prospects are available when the Colts come calling. Plus, Colts president Bill Polian rarely reaches for need.
The Colts have subpar talent at defensive tackle. The Colts also appear to adjusting their approach to the position. Former head coach Tony Dungy's penetrating-but-undersized interior defensive linemen are being replaced by bigger space-eaters. This was especially apparent with the Colts' recent draft selections of USC's Fili Moala and Michigan's Terrance Taylor, two stout run-stoppers who do not offer a lot of instant penetration or pass rush to the mix. Taylor, in particular, has a nose-tackle's build, strength at the point and overall skill set. The days of starting players such as the 265-pound Eric Foster or the 275-pound Raheem Brock seem to be numbered. I would not be surprised if both Moala (303 pounds) and Taylor (319) became starters side by side at some point during their rookie season.
Obviously, starting two rookies at such an important position against the likes of power-running division foes like the Jacksonville Jaguars and especially the Tennessee Titans is a less-than-ideal scenario. But having powerful tackles that can gobble up blocks surely will make life easier on starting MLB Gary Brackett, another vastly undersized player at his position in the middle of the defense. Getting bigger in this interior defensive triangle probably will remain a priority going forward, but it seems unlikely that anyone on the Colts' current roster would beat out Brackett for his starting spot.
However, the free-agency addition of Adam Seward from the Carolina Panthers was curious. He certainly is not a big-name player and should not be considered starting material, but he is a heavier take-on player with limited range. Seward is more or less the exact opposite of what the Colts used to look for at the linebacker position. It could be a sign of things to come, but in the meantime, Indianapolis once again appears weak up the middle on defense.
It is somewhat subtle, but there are changes going on with the Colts. And, like most changes in schematic philosophy, there probably will be growing pains.
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The NFL will be more active in Washington now that it has a full-time lobbyist, says the AP.
- The Titans will wear throwback Houston Oilers jerseys three times in the upcoming season, once in the preseason -- once at home in the regular season, once on the road, writes John McClain. (See more in Titans section.)
- The Texans need to improve their replay challenge process, says Alan Burge.
- John Oehser points us to NFL Network's list of Peyton Manning's top 10 moments.
- Jim Caldwell sees new linebacker Adam Seward as Gary Brackett's backup in the middle, Oehser says.
- Richard Collier will share his story at a charity golf tournament Monday, says Scott Butler.
- A look at the Titans' offseason program so far, which is missing just two unnamed players, according to Terry McCormick.
- Jovan Haye is still getting settled back in Tennessee, writes Gary Estwick.
- Keith Bulluck said on SIRUS Radio that he'd like the Titans to add Torry Holt, says Estwick.
- A Vince Young status report from Jeff Fisher, which amounts to the status quo, from McClain.
- Tuesday's blog entry on when the Titans will wear Oilers jerseys this season has been updated with a picture of Jeff Fisher holding one of them.
The addition of Shaun Cody tells John McClain that the defensive line won't be the area addressed by the Texans with the 15th pick.
McClain says Cody gives the Texans flexibility and depth.
Lance Zierlein says Cody is just a guy.
Alan Burge: "Only two players from the Detroit Lions' 2005 draft remain active in the NFL, and both of them now play for the Texans."
Dallas won't be on the Texans' preseason schedule, says McClain.
John Oehser points to a PFW whisper that assistants Tom Moore and Howard Mudd considered retiring with Tony Dungy and may be heading into their final seasons.
In the Colts.com position-by-position series, Jim Caldwell discusses the offensive line.
Coltscap.net thinks it's got Adam Seward's contract figured out.
Peyton Manning has stage presence, but maybe not the greatest voice.
Fred Taylor was emotional at a farewell speech in Jacksonville, reports Vito Stellino.
From an e-mail from tight end George Wrighster: "I found out the Jaguars will make a move on me before the start of offseason program on April 6th. Either trade or release."
It's Titans at Steelers for opening night 2009, writes Gary Estwick.
Terms of the deal weren't immediately available. As a restricted free agent a year ago, Seward signed an offer sheet with the Patriots. The Panthers matched the offer and kept him for the season.
Seward, 26, spent four seasons in a backup role for the Panthers. He played in 40 games and had two starts. The Colts were down a couple of starting linebackers from last year. The addition of Seward started to replenish the team's linebacker depth.
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Marvin Harrison and Fred Taylor are on Alex Marvez's 'Dirtied Dozen' -- players who were let go or not re-signed after long and successful tenures with one team.
- John McClain's new mock draft has the Texans using the 15th pick on Clay Matthews.
- Alan Burge considers the Texans' likely options at No. 15.
- Free-agent linebacker Adam Seward is scheduled to visit the Colts Monday, according to a Boston Globe report found by John Oehser.
- Matt Jones was released from jail Saturday, a day earlier than scheduled, says The Florida Times-Union.
- Free-agent receiver Torry Holt isn't planning any quick decisions, says Terry McCormick.