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If you have to crawl before you walk, then the Texans are perfectly positioned, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Brooks Reed is "touch-and-go” with his groin injury according to Gary Kubiak, says John McClain,
To which I say: You sure hope he doesn’t suffer a setback Saturday against Cincinnati.
Young players have been making a difference for the Cincinnati Bengals, and nine other things to know about the Texans playoff opponent, from Ganguli.
Five problems the Texans have to fix, starting with penalties, from Dave Zangaro of CSN Houston.
Ignorance can be bliss for the Colts as they head to Baltimore, since 28 of their players have never participated in the postseason before, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
With all the head coaching openings around the league, Bruce Arians may be about to become a hot commodity, says Phil Richards of the Star. Bill Williamson of our AFC West blog thinks San Diego and Kansas City should seriously consider Arians.
How Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton broke the Texans’ back on third-and-23. A breakdown of the 70-yard touchdown from Zak Keefer of the Star.
While general manager Gene Smith was fired, coach Mike Mularkey is in limbo and his fate could be decided by Smith’s replacement, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.
To which I say: When Mike Holmgren got to Cleveland, he inherited Eric Mangini and stuck with him. It turned out to be a largely wasted year.
O’Halloran runs through some potential candidates. Two the team is definitely interested in: Tom Gamble of the 49ers front office per Adam Schefter and Dave Caldwell of the Falcons front office, per Jay Glazer.
Smith had a lot more misses than hits, says Vito Stellino of the Times-Union.
“Just because the maligned Smith is an ex-Jaguars employee, that doesn't mean this franchise will be printing playoff tickets anytime soon,” says Gene Frenette of the Times-Union.
“Over four years, Smith made a series of ill-fated draft and personnel decisions that ultimately resulted in a 2-14 record, tied for the worst in the NFL. Since Smith became the top dog in Jacksonville, the Jags went 22-41 and were outscored by 413 points.” Dunlevy’s thoughts on Smith’s departure.
Mike Munchak wants to prove Bud Adams right for keeping him in place, writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. Said Jake Locker: “He’s a great football coach and we’re a lot closer (to turning things around) than everyone might think we are.”
To which I say: Please, please, please don’t let Locker and the Titans actually think that they are close. They aren’t close. All those blowout losses? Not close.
We don’t yet know the fate of Titans assistants, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
Free-agent-to-be tight end Jared Cook said the Titans should be well ahead of where they are, says Glennon.
Where did it go wrong for the Titans? Dunlevy shares his thoughts.