AFC South: David Harris

Bullitt: Colts were more physical

January, 24, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts felt like they took the high road this week, hearing what the Jets were saying and not responding.

On the podium near midfield, unenthusiastically holding the Lamar Hunt Trophy when what he really wants is the Lombardi, Peyton Manning said the Colts had just kept their mouths shut and gone to work.

Implication: The Jets yapped too much.

Others expanded once the locker room doors opened.

“They did a lot of talking,” safety Melvin Bullitt said, the bridge of his nose red and swollen. “It kind of bothered us throughout the whole week, but we were like, ‘Hey let's be quiet, be quiet’ -- the calm before the storm. When we unleashed, we let them know that we had the most physical team.

“We had the more physical defense, we had the more physical offense and we just wanted to go out there and play hard and play fast. We don’t do a lot of talking. We got out there and we play with our pads. That was the whole theme.”

The Colts defensive line did well overall against the run and the run support from players like Bullitt and Antoine Bethea produced some clobbering hits. Indy's pass rush was largely stymied, and there were no sacks of rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Indianapolis saw some different looks from the Jets early as they got two quick sacks of Manning from David Harris. But once the Colts adjusted, they kept the quarterback upright and made enough room for Joseph Addai and Donald Brown that the Colts actually outrushed the Jets.

Overall it’s hard to argue with Bullitt’s assessment about physicality.

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

The situation: The Texans trail just 3-0 and face and third-and-6 from their own 46-yard line with 13:34 on the clock in the second quarter.

Houston lines up three wide receivers, two to the right and Andre Davis, who started for the injured Kevin Walter, to the left. The Jets counter with five defensive backs.

Here’s what I saw unfold after the snap:
  • The cornerback on Davis’ side, Lito Sheppard, lines up nearly 10 yards off. He never really moves forward, only heading to his left as Davis gets open, approaching from well behind the first-down marker.
  • Safety Eric Smith blitzes from the right side, but left tackle Duane Brown gets his hands on linebacker Vernon Gholston and passes him off to left guard Chester Pitts, then Brown is able to turn his attention to Smith and get in the extra rusher’s way.
  • Tight end Owen Daniels is lined up next to Brown at the snap, but doesn’t concern himself with the rush and takes off upfield, heading five yards beyond Davis, turning left and taking safety Kerry Rhodes with him.
  • Schaub takes a three or four step drop, has sufficient room to work and lets go of the ball quickly.
  • Davis runs three hard steps, then turns inside, still angling deeper but facing Schaub at the Jets’ 46- or 47-yard line. He gets his hands up but clearly peeks at linebacker David Harris who is closing on him. The ball goes right through Davis hands and Harris puts his shoulder into Davis’ side, knocking him to the ground.
Result: Failed third down, punt to the Jets who go three-and-out.

Ultimate outcome: The Davis drop illustrates the physical style the Jets brought to Reliant Stadium and the way the Texans failed to match it in an uninspired 24-7 loss to a rookie quarterback (Mark Sanchez) and rookie coach (Rex Ryan).

Titans' Carr will wear a target

November, 23, 2008
Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Chris Carr played a wonderful game last week in the Titans' win in Jacksonville.


But coming off the bench as a third-string corner is a whole different deal than being in line to start all week. With Nick Harper (ankle) on the shelf, Carr is in the lineup at left cornerback against the Jets.

It seems obvious that Brett Favre and Jerricho Cotchery and other New York receivers have studied Carr this week and will have several different approaches to going after him.

Will he play to last week's level or will he struggle in a tougher matchup and bigger game?

The Titans will be in trouble if they suffer another injury at cornerback. They just put Eric King (arm) and Reynaldo Hill (hip) on injured reserve.

Tyrone Poole joined the team late this week, but is likely rusty after a long stretch of being inactive. Tuff Harris, a safety and special teamer, got the nod for the other roster spot ahead of practice squad corner Cary Williams.

The Jets are minus two starters on defense: linebacker David Harris and safety Eric Smith.