AFC South: Josh Thomas

Houston Texans

Bob McNair wants to see how Gary Kubiak handles this critical time, writes John McClain.

McNair backs Kubiak, says Mark Berman.

“They commit penalties at the worst time. They can't make a big play when it's needed the most. They have this false bravado that turns to falsetto when the pressure's on.” McClain says the Texans’ finish is crucial for Kubiak.

Dunta Robinson hasn’t played like a top-five corner, says Alan Burge. Robinson plays a prominent role in this play I detailed.

Indianapolis Colts

The revolving door continues for Josh Thomas, says Phillip B. Wilson.

Let’s appreciate what the Colts have done so far, says John Oehser.

Pierre Garcon is on the rise, says Deshawn Zombie.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Rashean Mathis won’t play against the Texans, says Jay Gray.

The Jaguars have one of the toughest remaining schedules for wild-card contenders, says Michael C. Wright.

A Q&A with Marcedes Lewis, from Wright.

All teams go through cycles, says Vic Ketchman.

Tennessee Titans

Chris Chase says the Music City Miracle was the play of the decade. Thanks to the Music City Miracles blog for the link.

A look at Chris Johnson’s pace.

Merril Hoge’s opinion on Vince Young is evolving, says Jim Wyatt.

An improved defense has helped key the turnaround, says Terry McCormick.

Five things Wyatt knows about the Titans, including Kenny Britt being the best option at kick returner.

Young is AFC offensive player of the week, says McCormick.

Stampede Blue is not sold on Young, yet.

Joe Biddle is unimpressed with special teams.
Luis Deloureiro adds third-down efficiency to passer rating.

Handicapping wild-card contenders including Jacksonville and Houston with Clark Judge.

Houston Texans

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.

Indianapolis Colts

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.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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.

Tennessee Titans

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.

Injury news on several Colts

November, 6, 2009
Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

The Colts just sent out a release packed with injury news. Here it is:

The Indianapolis Colts have signed veteran free agent defensive end Josh Thomas and have placed defensive back Marlin Jackson on injured reserve. Wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery yesterday to clean out loose particles, and safety Bob Sanders visited with Dr. James Andrews yesterday to gather additional information on the left elbow injury he suffered last Sunday against San Francisco, the club announced today.

Jackson suffered the left knee injury during a non-contact drill early in Wednesday’s practice. He is out for the remainder of the season. Gonzalez suffered a recent setback in practice that led to yesterday’s procedure. A timetable for his return is not determined.

Thomas played 2004-08 with the club, starting 12 of 68 appearances. He totaled 172 tackles and six sacks. He had a brief stint with the club this past training camp.

Colts' cuts

September, 5, 2009
Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

Here are the roster moves just announced by the Colts:


RB Lance Ball

WR Sam Giguere

DT John Gill

DT Adrian Grady

RB Mike Hart

DE Marcus Howard

DB Dante Hughes

C Steve Justice

WR John Matthews

WR Brett McDermott

RB Walter Mendenhall

OG Tom Pestock

WR Taj Smith

LB Michael Tauiliili

DT Terrance Taylor

OT Jaimie Thomas

DE Josh Thomas

OT Michael Toudouze

Waived Injured:

DB Nick Graham

DB Travis Key

TE Jamie Petrowski

Does Not Count on Active Roster:

DT Ed Johnson (suspended Week 1)

Tracking free agency a week in

March, 6, 2009
Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

Our NFC West ace Mike Sando has been keeping track of free-agent movement by division and put together this excellent chart, which doesn't factor in any deals that may have been completed Friday morning.

Division Starting UFA Current UFA
Percent Still Unsigned
NFC North
40 33 .825
AFC West
34 28 .824
NFC West
58 45 .776
NFC East
33 25 .758
AFC North
46 32 .696
AFC South
39 26 .667
AFC East
45 28 .622
NFC South
41 22 .537
Who's still out there from the AFC South teams?

The most significant names by team, with asterisks denoting players still believed to be of interest by their current clubs:

Houston Texans

Cornerback DeMarcus Faggins, safety Nick Ferguson*, defensive tackle Jeff Zgonina*, fullback Cecil Sapp*.

Indianapolis Colts

Safety Matt Giordano, linebacker Tyjuan Hagler, cornerback Keiwan Ratliff, running back Dominic Rhodes*, punter Hunter Smith, defensive end Josh Thomas.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tackle Khalif Barnes, guard Chris Naeole, linebacker Mike Peterson, safety Pierson Prioleau, safety Gerald Sensabaugh, receiver Reggie Williams.

Tennessee Titans

Corner/returner Chris Carr*, punter Craig Hentrich*, cornerback Reynaldo Hill, tackle Daniel Loper*, receiver Justin McCareins.

Indianapolis UFAs to be

January, 16, 2009
Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

A look at the members of the Colts who are heading toward unrestricted free agency, in rough order of importance and standing.

Center Jeff Saturday: He'll be 34 next season, but continues to be a crucial cog for Peyton Manning and the offense.

Cornerback Kelvin Hayden: With Marlin Jackson coming off knee surgery, Hayden is even more valuable. There have been indications they think they can get him back and he still has upside.

Running back Dominic Rhodes: Reunion was good, he's not going to be real expensive and Bill Polian has expressed confidence the team can re-sign him.

Punter Hunter Smith: Solid guy. They'd like back, but his future could depend on the market.

Linebacker Tyjuan Hagler: Didn't really break back into lineup after missing first six games on PUP. Would be nice to have, but he's the kind of guy they are good at replacing.

Defensive tackle Darrell Reid: Time on defense only came when they were thinned, but he was top special teams tackler.

Cornerback Keiwan Ratliff: Did some good work when called on, but he's only depth.

Safety Matt Giordano: Also quality secondary depth, but the fourth guy at his position at best.

Defensive end Josh Thomas: They'd like to upgrade, but he could be back late for a minimum deal if he's still out there.

Rapid Reaction: Colts 23, Titans 0

December, 28, 2008
Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

INDIANAPOLIS -- Rapid Reaction is supposed to tell you what a game meant.

We knew going in this game was going to mean nothing.

It had no bearing on playoff positioning for the Titans or Colts.

As for carryover, we'll have to wait and see.

The Colts got three key offensive players to significant milestones before sitting them down: Peyton Manning eclipsed 4,000 passing yards for a record ninth time; Marvin Harrison moved into second place in all-time NFL receptions; Dallas Clark set a single-season receiving yardage mark for a Baltimore/Indianapolis tight end.

The Titans didn't have their top defenders on the field for much of that, but even the Colts backups were sharp.

And Tennessee mustered very little on offense, with Vince Young taking over early for Kerry Collins. Young was erratic in the first half, throwing behind receivers on several attempts. While he seemed to settle down after halftime, he rolled out once and was the only person at Lucas Oil Stadium who didn't know defensive lineman Marcus Howard was about to catch him and strip him of the ball.

Chris Simms got a late look, too.

The Colts now watch what amounts to the AFC West Championship Game Sunday night to learn if they'll play next weekend in San Diego or Denver.

The Titans will work on some basics and Jeff Fisher and his staff will likely hit on some points of emphasis in a practice week before a bye.

When they get back to work after that, they'll know if the fourth, fifth, or sixth seed will be coming to Nashville and what time they will be playing on Jan. 10 or 11.

Lineup changes for Titans at Colts

December, 28, 2008
Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

INDIANAPOLIS -- You'll find the inactives from Titans-Colts at our league-wide link.

But here are the resulting lineup changes as a result of inactives we didn't know before this morning: