AFC South: Chan Gailey

Quick thoughts on the Jacksonville Jaguars' 35-32 overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills in Ralph Wilson Stadium …
  • On a night when he could have done much to ease concerns heading into the season, David Garrard managed a 66.8 passer rating. He did his best work of the night against the Bills second teamers and on a nice 4-yard touchdown run. But 11-for-21 with a sack seemed shaky. Blaine Gabbert wasn’t better, with a touchdown and a pick in relief.
  • Meanwhile, while Ryan Fitzpatrick is better than a lot of people think, should he be completing 11 of 12 passes for 165 yards, two touchdowns and a 158.3 passer rating against your first-team defense even if you’re missing a couple key pieces? Aaron Kampman didn’t play again and Jeremy Mincey and Tyson Alualu were also out, but the Jaguars went without a sack again and game statisticians credited the Jags with just three quarterback hits.
  • I expected the team would look to sort through three rookie receivers, Jamar Newsome, Armon Binns, and Dontrelle Inman. The three were targeted four times and had one catch between them -- a 22-yarder by Inman. Not too much to help sort through them there.
  • Backup quarterback Tyler Thigpen gave Jacob Cutrera a gift with a pick-6. He threw it straight to the linebacker who had an easy 13-yard return.
  • I am completely anti-preseason overtime. If the league refuses to insert a rule allowing for ties, then a coach has to do what he can with 2-point conversions during the game to ensure no overtime scenarios can arise. Chan Gailey didn’t do so early, so he has to take the grief that comes with kicking a late extra point to lose rather than going for 2 to force extra time.

RTC: Fisher defends run-pass ratio

September, 28, 2010
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Houston Texans

Gary Kubiak spelled out defensive difficulties and expects immediate improvement, says John McClain.

Reviewing Rashad Butler’s first start with Anna-Megan Raley. (Video.)

Andre Johnson’s rehabbing his ankle again, says McClain.

Lance Zierlein reviews four plays from Cowboys-Texans.

Arian Foster reminds Matt Bowen of Eddie George. (Colts and Titans stuff in here, too.)

Indianapolis Colts

Bill Polian says the 18-game regular season is a done deal.

The Colts aren’t looking at the standings, says Phillip B. Wilson.

The running game is a work in progress, says Phil Richards.

Wilson’s preview of Colts-Jaguars.

A look at roster depth in light of injuries from Brett Mock.

Austin Collie is a rising fantasy guy, says Eric Karabell. (Insider piece.)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jack Del Rio is staying calm in the middle of a lot of criticism, says Vito Stellino. It's the right demeanor, but this is a panic kind of week.

Safety Gerald Alexander is back, says Tania Ganguli.

Gene Frenette wonders why people aren’t blaming Wayne Weaver more.

The Jaguars have gone far too long without drafting a quarterback, says Chat Fussman.

If Chan Gailey doesn’t like Trent Edwards, that’s a red flag, says Vic Ketchman.

Brian Fullford moves from “what if” to “what now?”

Tennessee Titans

Jeff Fisher defends the Titans' run-pass ratio, writes Jim Wyatt. I have absolutely no problem with the distribution when they are winning like they did Sunday.

Jason McCourty may need surgery, say Johns Glennon and Wyatt.

Fisher’s decision on Vince Young against Pittsburgh makes more sense now, says Wyatt.

It’s no surprise the Titans' defense looks first rate in Chuck Cecil’s second year.

Michael Griffin thought the Giants were “stat-grabbing,” says Wyatt.

Former Houston Oiler George Blanda died.