AFC South: Gene Huey

Coaching staff check-ins

January, 19, 2011
1/19/11
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Checking in on the coaching staffs around the division…

Houston Texans

Wade Phillips replaced Frank Bush as defensive coordinator. Vance Joseph replaced David Gibbs as secondary coach. Reggie Herring interviews today and is the top candidate to replace Johnny Holland as linebackers coach. Assistant offensive line coach Bruce Matthews is not signed for 2011 and is talking to Dallas.

Indianapolis Colts

Gene Huey was fired as running back coach after 19 years with the franchise. We’ve heard nothing about the potential for further changes or about who could be in line to replace Huey.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The staff remains intact as Jack Del Rio predicted it would, largely because the team declined to give St. Louis permission to talk with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter about the same post with a more secure deal. After they signed defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, the assistants have one year remaining, Jack Del Rio has two.

Tennessee Titans

Jim Washburn left to take over the defensive line in Philadelphia. Jeff Fisher, a lame duck, will now have to lure a replacement with just a one-year deal. Mike Heimerdinger is the only assistant under contract. Fisher hopes to have his staff together by week’s end. It’s unclear if there will be any further shuffling and no one will get a contract longer than his.
Reading the coverage ...

Houston Texans

The Texans' run-game turnaround proves even the defense can be fixed quickly, says John McClain.

At least the Texans aren’t getting ripped like the Falcons and the Ravens, says Richard Justice (sarcastically).

Indianapolis Colts

Gene Huey was surprised to be fired, says Phil Richards.

Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady is closer than you think, says Mike Chappell.

Checking in on the timing of contract talks for Manning with John Oehser.

Jacksonville Jaguars

At an East-West Shrine Game practice, Jack Del Rio declined to comment on the Jaguars' refusal to let the Rams talk to Dirk Koetter, says Tania Ganguli.

Tennessee Titans

Michael Griffin is a Pro Bowler if the Steelers win Sunday, says Jim Wyatt.

Chad Pennington could be another quarterback in the mix for Tennessee, says Wyatt.
The Colts will head into the 2011 season with a new running backs coach.

Gene Huey, who’s been with the franchise for 19 years, confirmed the news to the Indianapolis Star.

We don’t know what went on behind the scenes here or if other changes are to come.

While the 63-year old Huey helped develop Marshall Faulk, Edgerrin James and Joseph Addai, the run game has too often not served to supplement Peyton Manning and the pass offense.

Donald Brown, the first-rounder from 2008, has not developed into much of a threat. But I felt the Colts got reasonable work out several backs when they were healthy including Addai, Mike Hart and late addition Dominic Rhodes. Those three all averaged at least 4.3 yards a carry.

The line, more than the backs, has been the issue.

Bill Polian conceded this season that the team erred in its assessment of Rodger Saffold, the tackle who was solid for the Rams. The Colts passed on Saffold in favor of defensive end Jerry Hughes, a virtual non-contributor whose effort on a crucial kick return in the Colts' playoff loss to the Jets should be a major concern.

Huey’s been a loyal part of a culture that’s produced great success for the Colts.

It’s a cliché but correct to say that only time will tell us if his departure is part of broader changes that produce results or if he's some sort of sacrificial scapegoat.

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Off to Jacksonville this morning. Look forward to talking with you from there...

Houston Texans

  • DelJuan Robinson's overcome heart surgery and the death of his brother, writes Jerome Solomon.
  • The Texans defense is locking down on third down, says Megan Manfull.
  • Houston added cornerback David Pittman and wide receiver Darnell Jenkins, according to Manfull.
  • Richard Justice says the Texans are growing up fast.
  • Alex Marvez makes a Pro Bowl case for Steve Slaton.

Indianapolis Colts

  • Tony Dungy can become the first coach to go to the playoffs 10 consecutive years with a win tonight, says Mike Chappell.
  • Running backs coach Gene Huey will work his 271st game as the Colts running backs coach tonight, the longest stint as an assistant in franchise history, writes Phil Richards.
  • A look at some guys Huey has had ready to step in, from Richards.
  • Safety Bob Sanders, tight end Dallas Clark, center Jeff Saturday and punter Hunter Smith were named alternates to the AFC Pro Bowl team.
  • Maurice Jones-Drew brings the Jaguars major versatility, says Phillip B. Wilson.
  • A look at Mike Pollak's high school career, from Chappell.
  • A win tonight means Dungy will rest people against Tennessee next week, says Richards.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Tonight in prime time the Jaguars can sweep a division rival, snap the Colts' seven-game winning streak and prevent them from clinching a playoff spot, writes Vito Stellino.

Tennessee Titans

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