AFC South: Chris Harrington

Three things: Titans at Seahawks

August, 14, 2010
Three things I’ll be looking for in Titans at Seahawks:

Vince Young and Michael Griffin: I consider the two veteran first-round picks from Texas to be the keys on each side of the ball. No, they won’t play much. But a show of poise and production from each could provide the very first kernels of confidence in them for 2010. Let’s see some rhythm from Young and no mistakes from Griffin.

The new ends: Thinned by injuries, the Titans just added Raheem Brock and Chris Harrington. They could get a lot of work chasing Seattle quarterbacks. Will they start to make a charge for roster spots, or are they going to turn out to be bodies the Titans can plug in for a time while they await the return of William Hayes and Derrick Morgan.

Young cornerbacks: Cortland Finnegan won’t play, which means expansive opportunities to put things down on film for all the candidates to start opposite him -- Jason McCourty, Ryan Mouton, Alterraun Verner and Tye Hill. Make some plays, create or expand your buzz. Verner, in particular, has been getting good practice reviews as of late.
Adding former Colts defensive lineman Raheem Brock gives the Titans one thing they need and one thing they’ll take:
  • A defensive end capable of playing a lot of snaps.
  • The experience to play both end and tackle.

A day after Brock visited the Texans, he went to Nashville and signed with Tennessee.

He was a great fit for the Colts, who released him after the season because of circumstances that never became clear. And he drew no interest that came to light in a long offseason until now, when a couple of his old division rivals suffered injuries at end and needed help.

The Titans are currently without rookie Derrick Morgan (calf) and William Hayes (knee), and Jacob Ford has been limited.

To make room for Brock and another defensive lineman, Chris Harrington, the Titans cut defensive end Marcus Howard (who Jeff Fisher said had season-ending triceps surgery) and receiver Phillip Morris.

I mistakenly confused Marcus Howard with seventh-round defensive tackle David Howard in the original version of this post. Apologies to readers and the remaining Mr. Howard.

Reading the coverage: Jags thinned out?

December, 13, 2009
Houston Texans

The Seahawks are the last team to visit Reliant Stadium and the last seven first-timers have lost, says Dale Robertson.

Gary Kubiak wants to get Arian Foster five touches and have the rookie running back give him reason for another five, says John McClain.

During Friday’s practice, Vonta Leach wore a Santa suit.

Fans are dragging, says Alan Burge.

Indianapolis Colts

Will it be an afternoon for the ages for the Colts? Mike Chappell looks at the possibilities.

Two head coaches, Jim Caldwell and Josh McDaniels, followed in big footsteps, says Chappell.

The defensive tackles made a big push to get better and have been a big key to the Colts’ success, says Phil Richards.

John Oehser’s pregame walk-though.

The Colts can lock it all up with a win over Denver, says Tom James.

Who to root for from the Colts’ perspective, from Deshawn Zombie.

Eyes in the backfield with 18 things to watch for in Broncos-Colts, from Zombie.

A look at everyone not named Peyton Manning who has thrown a pass for the Colts this decade, from Stampede Blue. Fun piece.

Jacksonville Jaguars

In the game of the year, the Jaguars may be playing without John Henderson, Mike Sims-Walker and Rashean Mathis, says Michael C. Wright.

The Jaguars are ignoring distractions and focused on their playoff chance, says Damon Hack.

The robust rookie class is a big part of the Jaguars’ playoff push, says Wright.

The Jaguars have not heard from anyone in Los Angeles, says Vito Stellino.

Jacksonville signed Chris Harrington, a defense end from Arizona’s practice squad, says Rich Jones.

What to watch for in Dolphins-Jaguars, from Collin Streetman.

Tennessee Titans

Center of piles? Yes. Center of attention? No. A look at Stephen Tulloch from Gary Estwick.

Vince Young plans to play, says Jim Wyatt.

Wyatt breaks down Rams-Titans.

Tony Brown wasn’t fined $10,000 for his eye poke of Kyle DeVan last week, he was fined $20,000, says Wyatt.

Jacob Bell returns to LP Field as a Ram.