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As the Houston Chronicle starts a lengthy series evaluating the Texans, John McClain looks at the work of Rick Smith and the front office and the challenges ahead.
End-of-season grades and awards from McClain.
Jim Caldwell’s exit means the Colts will be moving on from Peyton Manning in the analysis of Bob Kravitz on the Indianapolis Star. “(Jim) Irsay and (Ryan) Grigson keep talking about ‘rebuilding’ and how this is a ‘new era.’ ‘Rebuilding’ and ‘new era’ sound a lot more like (Andrew) Luck than Manning to me."
Players were saddened but not shocked by the Caldwell news, says Phil Richards of the Star.
“The fate of his assistants, many of whom remain under contract and currently are scattered on vacation, remains uncertain,” says Mike Chappell of the Star.
Phillip B. Wilson of the Star thinks Grigson is “going after a strong-minded individual, perhaps someone who is different in personality than what we have been accustomed to for more than a decade” with Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell.
A lengthy list of available and/or qualified guys, from Wilson.
“The revelation that Grigson has not even spoken to (Peyton) Manning was jarring,” writes Nate Dunlevy of Colts Authority. “The fact is that if the Colts thought it was likely that Manning would be healthy next year, they would be handling things very differently. Irsay's claims about being committed to Manning 'if he's healthy' are true. But the Colts clearly don't believe he's healthy.”
Moving on from Manning is inevitable now, says Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com.
For the rebuilding Colts, change was the only choice, says Don Banks of SI.com.
It was the right move, says Clark Judge of CBSSports.com.
Will Brinson and Ryan Wilson talk replacement candidates at CBSSports.com.
The Jaguars will interview Ron Zook about an assistant job, says Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union. Two former Jaguars players, Marlon McCree and Paul Spicer, have joined the team as entry-level assistants.
Vito Stellino of the Times-Union offers a rundown of a rally where Shahid Khan and Mike Mularkey spoke.
Character played a role in Mike Munchak’s hiring of Brett Maxie as defensive backs coach, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
Jeff Fisher is the right coach for the Rams right now, but he coaches under a glass ceiling, says David Climer of The Tennessean.