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When I started to think of my broad reflection of Jeff Saturday I circled to this piece.

"I've played 10 years man, it's only ended good once," Saturday said, referring to Super Bowl XLI at the end of the 2006 season. "It's awful. What are you going to say? How do you make that finish good? You come out with full expectations to beat this team and play bad. That sums it up."

That quote about the Colts’ staggering loss at San Diego was quintessential Saturday to me: candid, no-nonsense, real, revealing.

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AP Photo/AJ MastJim Irsay signed Jeff Saturday to a one-day contract so that Saturday could retire a Colt.
History will always link Saturday to Peyton Manning, and there isn’t a center in football who wouldn’t be pleased to be tied to a quarterback of that quality. ("I rode his coattails for a long time,” Saturday said, per a transcript provided by the Colts.)

History too will remember his role in the CBA solution in 2011, and the picture of him hugging Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Saturday came out of contentious negotiations looking fantastic, something that's not easily done.

The classy Saturday was sure to hit on trainers and equipment men right along with family, fans, ownership and teammates as he offered thanks Thursday at an official retirement news conference at Colts headquarters.

He talked about all the guys he played with, listing 14 specifically, from Manning to Justin Snow.
"Those men had a tremendous impact on my life. This is why we play the game, right? The players, the camaraderie we have in the locker room is unlike anything else on this planet. How much fun I’ve had in that locker room, how much fun I’ve had on plane trips on the way back from wins, on events you have to do in the community, you name it. All the things that we get to do together as a group, it made this job a family for me. I loved playing with each and every one of those guys and all the players that I had the opportunity to play with. I’ve played with a number of men who truly made a marked difference on my life. I encourage people to be a part of this game for that reason. I've played other team sports, I’ve been involved in a lot of other things, but football is the ultimate team sport. These men became my family and made this thing a true sport. We made it happen and we watched the city turn into a football city and I watched all these men mature and have families. We began to do life together and that’s unparalleled and that’s something I will never forget and I always will remember."

He'll function as some sort of ambassador for the Colts as he figures out life in retirement. It will be fun to see how that role evolves and to see him around the team.

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Houston Texans

Houston Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon has the Texans winning the Super Bowl.

Chronicle columnist Randy Harvey takes the other side and tells us why the Texans will not win it all.

Says the Chronicle’s Dale Robertson: “Since 1999, when the franchise formerly known as the Houston Oilers finally, and improbably, landed in the Super Bowl as the Tennessee Titans, a head coach has led his team into the playoffs for the first time on nearly 40 occasions. Yet only six of those teams took the next step the following year -- and just one of them, Pittsburgh in 2008, went on to win a title.”

John McClain of the Chronicle assesses the final 53.

A look at the Texans’ competition in the AFC South from McClain.

Trindon Holliday gives the Texans a special spark, says Nick Scurfield of the team’s website.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts used their No. 1 spot in the waiver claim order to add three players, says Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star.

Cornerback Vontae Davis now has a second chance to get it right, says Michael Pointer of the Star.

Long snapper Justin Snow, the team’s longest tenured player, wasn’t surprised when he didn’t make the team, says Mike Chappell of the Star.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coach Mike Mularkey’s heard rumors that Maurice Jones-Drew will show up, but he hasn’t heard directly from MJD, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times Union.

What’s ahead for the Jaguars? Links to all the Florida Times-Union’s preview section stories.

In Gene Frenette’s piece on Blaine Gabbert, guard Uche Nwaneri said this of the quarterback: “That’s the difference in Blaine from last year. He’s gained tons of composure in the pocket. It’s been very noticeable that he hasn’t gotten jittery. He’s not worried about what’s going on around him. He’s worried about doing his job. You can’t put a price tag on that.”

From Vito Stellino’s story on Mularkey in that section: “His knack of getting the players on board with his program without alienating them is a key component of his coaching style”

Jaguars scout Marty Miller shares his story of living with Parkinson's disease, from Ryan Robinson of Jaguars.com.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans are comfortable with just four wide receivers until Kenny Britt’s suspension is over, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

The Titans decided not to use the recall option on defensive lineman Leger Douzable when they put him on injured reserve, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

Dan Koppen isn’t a guy the Titans are considering now that the Patriots have cut the center, says Glennon.

Reviewing the final 53 with Tom Gower of Total Titans.
Click here for the complete list of Indianapolis Colts' roster moves.

Most significant move: I didn’t expect they were doing anything with Dwight Freeney, but his $19 million salary had stirred up a new round of rumors that the Colts could let him go. He’s on the team, and there were no real cuts of note aside from the team’s most senior player, long-snapper Justin Snow. It’s not as if they were so deep there was no room, but the Colts held on to several players who weren’t drafted -- tight end Dominique Jones, offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe, linebackers Mario Addison and Mario Harvey and long-snapper Matt Overton.

Onward and upward: The Colts kept both Drew Stanton and rookie Chandler Harnish as backups to Andrew Luck. I understand that Stanton’s been with the Colts through Bruce Arians' installation and there is value in that. But last season showed the value of a decent backup quarterback. If Luck gets hurt and the Colts need an alternative, I suspect there are some guys who just became available who qualify as more talented. General manager Ryan Grigson should have insight into one of them, Mike Kafka, who was released by Philadelphia. Grigson was hired by the Colts from the Eagles personnel department.

What’s next: Every player who is not a vested veteran is subject to waivers. And as the worst team in the NFL last season, the Colts still retain the first pick in the waiver order. That means they will get anyone they claim, so long as the claim comes with a corresponding roster move. That means guys who are feeling good tonight might still be in position to turn in their playbooks Saturday, or in the days to follow. Grigson could do a lot of work to upgrade the last five spots on his roster. Or more. I’d expect some turnover on the offensive line, in the secondary and perhaps at linebacker and quarterback.
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Houston Texans

Left tackle Duane Brown is the anchor in the Texans’ trench wars, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Ben Tate doesn’t begrudge Arian Foster for his big contract, says Dale Robertson of the Chronicle.

Indianapolis Colts

Dwight Freeney gave Andrew Luck some early camp advice, says Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star.

Only two players in Colts history -- Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning -- have longer tenures than long-snapper Justin Snow, says Mike Chappell of the Star.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Rashad Jennings won’t say that Maurice Jones-Drew’s absence is good for him, writes Tania Ganguli. (More on Jennings from me in a bit.)

Guard Will Rackley suffered an ankle injury during the Jaguars' Tuesday morning practice, says Vito Stellino.

Tennessee Titans

Tommie Campbell has persevered to get his big chance at corner for the Titans, says David Climer of The Tennessean.

Kendall Wright and the Titans finally struck a deal for the rookie receiver, says Jim Wyatt.
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Houston Texans

Dorin Dickerson is a guy a lot of people are pinning hopes on. Nick Scurfield writes about the receiver here.

Indianapolis Colts

Justin Snow (family fun center) and Ryan Diem (high performance auto shop) are tackling the world of small business, writes Phil Richards.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Catching up with Eddie Robinson, from John Oehser.

Considering key questions on offense that the Jaguars may be asking when camp opens with Andre Hofheimer.

Tennessee Titans

Mike Munchak is reconnecting with Carl Parlavecchio, writes Jim Wyatt.

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Houston Texans

When the Texans need a big play, they’re going to turn to Andre Johnson, says Jeffrey Martin.

Jerome Solomon looks back at the best Dallas-Houston game.

A 400-yard day by Tony Romo would put the Texans in the record book, says John McClain.

The Texans are working to beat the blitz, says McClain.

Houston is just better than the Cowboys, says Richard Justice.

This battle of Texans actually matters, says Mike Silver.

Indianapolis Colts

Jeff Saturday loves protecting Peyton Manning, says Mike Chappell.

Bob Kravitz dreams of a son who’s a long snapper, and gets words of wisdom from Justin Snow.

Phillip B. Wilson talks matchups.

Dwight Freeney has an issue with Sports Illustrated, writes Wilson.

Brian Dawkins plays young, says Curt Cavin.

Kavell Conner did good work filling in for Clint Session and could be needed again, says Phil Richards.

Banged up Broncos’ cover guys are hoping to play.

Adjusted line yards correlate to success, says Nate Dunlevy.

A look at all sorts of Colts' numbers from Jacob Crocker.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Derek Cox may be thinking too much, says Vito Stellino.

Stellino and Tania Ganguli analyze Eagles-Jaguars. (Video.)

Maurice Jones-Drew was limited but is OK, says Ganguli.

The defensive backfield is in a hard transition, says Vice Ketchman.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans are getting big production out of inexpensive additions Jason Babin and Will Witherspoon, says John Glennon.

Cortland Finnegan will appeal a $5,000 fine for his role in a fight in the Steelers game, says Jim Wyatt.

Jeff Fisher’s looking to extend his recent mastery over Tom Coughlin, says David Boclair.

Mike Heimerdinger had a big hand in the stuff that got Vince Young benched, says Mike Tanier.

Phil Simms says playing the Titans is a slamfest, writes Glennon.

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Peyton Manning, Chris Johnson and Brian Cushing get year-end award votes from Clark Judge.

Houston Texans

Bob McNair should know Gary Kubiak’s fate already, says Jerome Solomon.

The Texans can make history and erase a lot of bad moments with a win over New England, says Dale Robertson.

Bernard Pollard and Tom Brady revisit the battle of the wounded knee, says John McClain.

Mario Williams’ potential has been unmet, says Richard Justice.

Matt Schaub has some history against the Patriots, says McClain.

Where the Texans would land if they did make the playoffs, from Alan Burge.

Indianapolis Colts

Jeff Chadiha sees a silver lining in the Colts’ storm clouds.

Curtis Painter is in line to get a lot of work, says Mike Chappell.

Snow is expected in Buffalo, says Chappell.

Adam Vinatieri won’t play, says Chappell.

Justin Snow has added tackling to his repertoire, says Phillip B. Wilson.

The NFL will look into teams pulling starters, says Chappell. But what can it do?

John Oehser’s preview includes consideration of the vibe around the team and town.

The 2009 draft class has been hit and miss, says Tom James.

Pat McAfee has worked to be ready as an emergency quarterback, says James.

Seven things to look for in Colts-Bills, from Deshawn Zombie.

Who to root for from the Colts’ perspective, from 18to88.com.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars will be without Rashean Mathis, Marcedes Lewis, Torry Holt and Attiyah Ellison (who’s on IR) says Michael C. Wright.

A look at Jags who could be involved in their final game Sunday, from Wright.

GM Gene Smith returns to his home state for the season finale, says Ryan Robinson of Jaguars.com.

The playoff scenario may not be as crazy as you think, says Big Cat Country.

Tennessee Titans

The Seahawks stand between Johnson and several records. Jim Wyatt’s matchups.

Johnson’s pursuit is a rare individual record that matters, says Mike Tanier.

His players want to pay Chuck Cecil’s $20,000 fine, says Jim Wyatt.

His knee injury won’t affect Keith Bulluck’s asking price, according to his agent, says Wyatt.

Sacks have been scarce, says Gary Estwick.

Matt Hasselbeck is looking for a big finish.

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