AFC South: Richard Collier

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Houston Texans

A review of the play of the Texans defensive line in 2012 from Nick Scurfield of the team’s website.

Indianapolis Colts

Texans linebacker Connor Barwin thinks the Colts could be interested in him. (Hat tip to Stampede Blue.)

To which I say: It's about if the price is right and if they think last year's big dip in production was an aberration.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jeff Elliott of The Florida Times-Union checks in with Richard Collier nearly five years after the Jaguars lineman lost his leg.

Derek Cox and Daryl Smith may not be high priorities when NFL free agency opens, says Vito Stellino of the Times-Union.

Andre Branch is excited about the chance to work with Gus Bradley and defensive line coach Todd Wash, says John Oehser of Jaguars.com.

Stellino reacts to the Jaguars pick of Ezekiel Ansah in Oehser's mock draft from the team website.

Tennessee Titans

David Climer of The Tennessean wonders whether it’s time for Bud Adams’ grandson to take over the Titans.

To which I say: Kenneth Adams has done absolutely nothing that suggests he’s ready for such a level of power. I don't share Climer's questions about who's making decisions for the Titans. On the football side, it's Ruston Webster and Mike Munchak. The question is whether or not they are making good decisions.

RTC: Bad reviews for Pierre Garcon

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Don Banks has an assessment of the current playoff picture.

Jeff Pearlman picks his worst 100 NFL players of all time.

Houston Texans

The offense is having trouble producing a 60-minute effort, says John McClain.

Of the 11 significant defensive statistics, the Texans are ranked 28th or worse in eight, says McClain.

Gary Kubiak’s task this week is to get the Texans thinking differently, says Richard Justice.

David Anderson may rename his dog.

A look at how bad the Texans’ defense is, from Alan Burge.

Indianapolis Colts

Injured players are expected to tough it out, says Phillip B. Wilson.

Mixing and matching linebackers is working for the Colts, says Phil Richards.

Mike Chappell thinks Austin Collie, when healthy, should be ahead of Pierre Garcon. I agree.

Indianapolis overcomes adversity through consistency, says John Czarnecki.

The Colts are in remarkably good shape considering their circumstances, says John Oehser.

Nate Dunlevy considers just how bad a season Garcon is having.

Delving into holding calls with Brett Mock.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The ticket office is working to avoid a blackout of Sunday’s game against Cleveland, says Vito Stellino.

Is David Garrard ready to stay at a high level, asks Gene Frenette.

The Hail Mary excitement spilled into Tuesday, says Stellino.

The pass rush sagged some against the Texans, says Tania Ganguli.

There’s not going to be a pass interference call on a Hail Mary, says Vic Ketchman.

Richard Collier plans on walking again, says Jim Henry. (Hat tip to Matt Loede.)

Tennessee Titans

Now is the time for Vince Young to show he’s the present and the future for the Titans, says David Climer.

Five things John Glennon knows about the Titans.

Patrick Bailey and Tom Shaw have done what the Titans expected on special teams, says David Boclair.

Jason Babin and Cortland Finnegan make Brian DiTullio’s list of the league’s 25 dirtiest players.

RTC: Tony Dungy still 'coaching'

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Houston Texans

Adam Rank asks which tight end would you rather have on your fantasy football team: Houston's Owen Daniels or Washington's Chris Cooley?

Joel Dreessen will show his creative side when he contributes to the Fort Morgan Mural Project.

Indianapolis Colts

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy is still coaching. His "team" is now more diverse than a 53-man football roster.

Defensive end Keyunta Dawson is adjusting to life as a veteran on the Colts' line.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Big Cat Country doesn't expect the Jaguars to make a play for Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

Former Jaguars lineman Richard Collier, paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a shooting in 2008, is getting married this weekend.

Tennessee Titans

Here's the latest on the case involving Titans quarterback Chris Simms.

Despite reports to the contrary, Chris Johnson says he didn't work out at the Titans' facility earlier this week.
Houston Texans

Gary Kubiak continues to praise Matt Schaub, says Dale Robertson.

Jerome Solomon visited Andre Johnson as he did some Christmas work.

The Rams took a day off because of the threat of swine flu, says John McClain.

Alan Burge is wondering about the Texans’ focus.

Indianapolis Colts

That was the Colts’ seventh fourth-quarter comeback, says Phil Richards.

It’s imperative the Colts take a shot at going undefeated, writes Bob Kravitz.

The Colts defense gave up plays and points, but delivered at the end, says Phillip B. Wilson.

Much maligned returner Chad Simpson scored on a big kickoff return, writes Tom Brew.

It was impressive and improbable, says John Oehser.

If they are playing, they aren’t saying, says Pete Prisco.

The Colts decided to work, says Karen Crouse.

What Vinnie Iyer learned.

Yet another come from behind win put the Colts in unfamiliar territory, says Sam Farmer.

The Colts should keep up the chase, says Jim Trotter.

Peyton Manning took a page from Dan Marino’s book, says Jason Cole.

Demond Sanders tracked the game as it played out.

No change meant similar results, says Larry Hawley.

Stampede Blue polls you about who gets the game ball.

Jacksonville Jaguars

David Garrard kept pace with Manning, until the very end, says Vito Stellino.

Maurice Jones-Drew found room and rhythm, says Michael DiRocco.

Garrard blinked in the shootout with the Colts, writes Gene Frenette.

Reggie Wayne woke up in time to sink the Jaguars again, says Garry Smits.

The Colts big kickoff return really hurt, says Stellino.

The man who shot Richard Collier got a life sentence.

Tennessee Titans

Jeff Fisher rated Vince Young’s practice participation “a huge step,” says Jim Wyatt.

Brian Orakpo is threatening Jevon Kearse’s rookie record for sacks, say Wyatt and Estwick.

David Thornton has an uncertain future, says Jim Wyatt.

Ricky Williams is powering the Dolphins, says Gary Estwick.

A couple Titans remember Chris Henry, says Terry McCormick.
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.

Reading the coverage: Slaton to start

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Houston Texans

Andre Johnson denies he will want out if the Texans don’t make the playoffs, says John McClain.

Steve Slaton will start Monday night, says McClain.

Eric Winston vows to protect teammates, say McClain and Dale Robertson.

Indianapolis Colts

The Ravens offer an unusual challenge for the Colts, says Mike Chappell.

It’s a home game for Matt Stover, writes Chappell.

Gijon Robinson didn’t travel to Baltimore, says John Oehser.

Ravens QB guru Cam Cameron has ties to Terre Haute, says Tom James.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Marcus Stroud won’t play against his old team.

Key matchup: Eugene Monroe vs. Aaron Schobel.

Justin Durant is doubtful for the Buffalo game, says Michael C. Wright.

Terry O’Brien chimes in on several Jaguars issues.

Richard Collier shares his story, says Charlie Patton.

Tennessee Titans

Nick Harper will concentrate on not getting too hyped as he returns to the lineup, says Gary Estwick.

LenDale White wants to start, but is happy for the wins, says Estwick.

Cortland Finnegan and Keith Bulluck drew big fines for actions against Buffalo, writes Jim Wyatt.

The option package is a nice changeup, says Terry McCormick.
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Indianapolis Colts
  • Justice is swift and sure on the Colts offensive line, writes Phil Richards. Fun piece.
  • The Colts will need to slow Matt Schaub, who’s making a name for himself, says Phillip B. Wilson.
  • Bob Sanders isn’t looking like he’ll be on the field Sunday against Houston, says Mike Chappell.
  • Marlin Jackson has a torn ACL and is finished for the season, says Chappell. It’s the left knee this time. Last season was cut short when he tore up his right knee.
  • Jackson, Kelvin Hayden, Sanders, and Antoine Bethea talked “of becoming the NFL's best secondary. The foursome started the first two games of 2008, and not only haven't they started together since, they haven't been on the field together since.” John Oehser’s game preview includes a look at the secondary’s issues.
  • Before the announcement of injury news, Wilson shared some thoughts on the information he was getting.
  • A look at the Colts rushing attack, from Tom James.
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Tennessee Titans
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Indianapolis Colts
  • The Colts are still striving to achieve balance on offense, which means running it better, say Mike Chappell.
  • Tyjuan Hagler is out for the year, says Phil Richards.
  • John Oehser’s weekly "Magnificent Seven" includes sections on how Jerraud Powers is mature beyond his years, considering if this is Dwight Freeney’s best year and another look at the debate about Peyton Manning resting.
  • It’s time to give props to Jim Caldwell says Deshawn Zombie. I agree and enjoyed this piece.
  • Mike Chappell takes questions, including one on Marlin Jackson.
  • Phillip B. Wilson doesn’t expect to see Anthony Gonzalez anytime soon.
  • The Colts are ready for the matchup with Houston, says Tom James.
  • A Q&A with Joseph Addai from Matt Dollinger of colts.com.
  • Take a look at Austin Collie’s numbers when considering Percy Harvin as offensive rookie of the year, says Stampede Blue.
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Tennessee Titans
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Houston Texans
  • Ten years later, Bob McNair’s Texans remain a work in progress, says Dale Robertson.
  • Will the winds of Ralph Wilson Stadium affect the game plan of Gary Kubiak and Kyle Shanahan? John McClain ponders.
  • The Texans were aggressive on first down, says Lance Zierlein.
  • How the fans graded the Texans against the 49ers in McClain’s blog.
  • The Texans are just outside looking in at the playoff field in the AFC right now, writes Alan Burge.
  • Houston took a look at John David Booty, says Burge. I wouldn’t read much into it.
Indianapolis Colts
  • The Colts are getting good mileage out of three obscure defensive linemen, writes Phillip B. Wilson.
  • Wilson’s Colts-49ers matchup page.
  • Dwight Freeney’s about a lot more than numbers, says John Oehser.
  • Passer ratings are getting inflated, at least in part because of the bad teams at the bottom of the league, says Deshawn Zombie.
  • Football Outsiders puts Pierre Garcon’s bad day into some context. Thanks to Stampede Blue for the link.
Jacksonville Jaguars
  • The Jaguars are preparing for both Kerry Collins and Vince Young, says Vito Stellino. Given any doubt, teams always do, which makes the whole competitive advantage stance from the Titans' side rather silly.
  • Mike Sims-Walker would like to be a college receivers coach some day, he tells Michael C. Wright.
  • The respect card gets overplayed, but the Jags as a three-point underdog is an occasion to play it, says Big Cat Country.
  • A broken finger might sideline Rashean Mathis.
  • Richard Collier testifies he didn’t see his shooter, writes Paul Pinkham.
Tennessee Titans
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Houston Texans
  • Andre Johnson is day to day with a lung contusion, says John McClain.
  • Steve Slaton’s fumbling is a concern, says McClain.
  • McClain: “They are 4-3, and there was a time earlier in the season when I thought they'd win six games. Now I think they can win nine and possibly 10, which is what I predicted before the season.”
  • The inside run blocking is a big issue, says Lance Zierlein.
Indianapolis Colts
  • Playing loose has been the key to the Colts’ defensive success, writes Mike Chappell.
  • The Colts’ defense is finally getting some attention, says Tom James.
  • Reggie Wayne’s injury has him day to day, says Phil Richards.
  • John Oehser has the rundown of Bill Polian’s radio show. In Part I, Polian says Dallas Clark’s a Pro Bowler. In Part II, he talks injuries.
Jacksonville Jaguars
  • John Henderson is off to his best start in three years, says Vito Stellino.
  • The jury is in place for the trial of the alleged shooter of Richard Collier, writes Paul Pinkham.
  • Vic Ketchman’s concerns are on defense.
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Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Why the Jaguars shifted to a 3-4, from Michael C. Wright.
  • The trial connected to the shooting of Richard Collier starts Monday, writes Paul Pinkham.
  • Vito Stellino’s Q&A with Gene Smith.
  • The London game in 2010 could be Jaguars-Redskins, speculates Jonathan Loesche.
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Houston Texans
  • Dunta Robinson was fined for the message on his shows Sunday against the Jets, says John McClain.
  • Kyle Shanahan makes an appearance in this look at young coaches and the box listing some up-and-comers by Jeff Chadiha.
  • Stay calm about Steve Slaton, says Clifton Brown.
  • The Texans signed running back Anthony Alridge to their practice squad, dropping linebacker Buster Davis, says McClain.
Indianapolis Colts
  • Indy worked out three receivers Tuesday according to Adam Schefter: D.J. Hackett, David Patten, and Chad Jackson.
  • Anthony Gonzalez will be out a month with a sprained right knee ligament, reports Chappell.
  • Larry Coyer gives the Colts all sorts of blitz possibilities, says Mike Chappell.
  • The Colts added Ed Johnson back to their active roster, writes Chappell.
  • A look at seven key Colts topics, including what’s up at receiver, Johnson’s return and the team’s new willingness to blitz, from John Oehser.
  • A return trip to Miami will bring Super Bowl memories for some, says Tom James.
Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Jacksonville mayor John Peyton’s plugging Jaguars tickets, says Michael C. Wright.
  • The Jags aren’t sure blackout news will spur ticket sales, says Gene Frenette.
  • Criticism comes with the job according to David Garrard, writes Vito Stellino.
  • In case you missed Wednesday’s comments from Wayne Weaver about Tim Tebow, they’re linked inside my reaction.
  • Another take on what Tebow could mean in Jacksonville, from Jonathan Loesche.
  • A team Q&A with Maurice Jones-Drew.
  • David Garrard agrees with Jack Del Rio: He should have played better. Vic Ketchman’s story from jaguars.com.
  • Ketchman takes a swipe at football technical talk and I’m with him on this one for sure.
  • The trial of the man charged with shooting Richard Collier has been postponed, says the Times-Union.
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Inside dish on all four teams from The Sporting News.

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

  • As we've long suspected, there will be no restrictions on how the Colts can use consultants Tom Moore and Howard Mudd on game days, says Mike Chappell citing an NFL.com report. Why couldn't the league have sent out this memo when this was a huge story and everyone was asking the question?
  • John Oehser considers the roles of Moore and Mudd.
  • Can Peyton Manning get better, asks Oehser.
  • A breakdown of cornerback Dante Hughes, from Oehser.
  • The Colts make Indy a football town, says Oehser.
  • Would Tony Dungy have wanted to work with Michael Vick? Larry Hawley examines the question.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Eugene Monroe overcame trying times including the death of his dad en route to becoming a top-10 pick, says Michael Wright.
  • Connect with the Jaguars via text alerts, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Blackouts are unavoidable, says Gene Frenette.
  • Even if coaches have less influence, wins will get some into the Hall of Fame says Vic Ketchman of jaguars.com.
  • The man charged with shooting Jaguars lineman Richard Collier says a secretly recorded conversation that prosecutors call his confession shows his innocence, according to letters mailed last week from the Duval County jail. The report from Paul Pinkham.
  • The Jaguars cannot afford to be average for an extended period of time, says Brendan Sonnone.

Tennessee Titans

  • "If you're going to stick around the league that long at an at-risk position like running back, you must hit the trifecta -- good genes, good luck and good preparation." David Climer looks at Chris Johnson heading into Year 2.
  • Peter King shares his thoughts on the Steve McNair/Hall of Fame "debate" in his return to MMQB.
  • Minus Albert Haynesworth, the Titans will look to a committee at defensive tackle, writes Gary Estwick.
  • The linebackers want to create more turnovers, says Jim Wyatt.
  • Depth is the question in the secondary, writes Eswick.
  • Sen'Derrick Mark's agent says talks are progressing, says Estwick.
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Houston Texans

  • John McClain's take on the Texans' absence at USC's pro day.
  • A look at how players picked in the final 10 of the first round have fared in the last decade, from Lance Zierlein.
  • Dunta Robinson needs to get over being franchised, says Alan Burge.

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • The trial of the accused shooter of Richard Collier has been postponed, writes Paul Pinkham.
  • Cole Pepper wonders about Jay Cutler to the Jaguars.

Tennessee Titans

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Houston Texans

The Texans' preseason slate includes a home Monday Night Football appearance.

Only 30 of the last 100 players drafted in the top 10 have panned out to be very good to great, says Lance Zierlein.

Part two of the Bob McNair interview done by Brooke Bentley of houstontexans.com.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts have won just three of their last 16 preseason games. Details of this season's schedule from Mike Chappell. I wonder if winning in the preseason will be more important to Jim Caldwell? I am guessing not.

John Oehser points us to a Coltpower.com report that linebacker Buster Davis has been released.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Richard Collier offers encouragement at a fund raiser for victims' group, writes Garry Smith.

Public speaking is therapeutic for Collier, says Cole Pepper.

A look at the Jaguars' preseason schedule.

Tennessee Titans

Pete Prisco considers the Titans' draft needs.

Paul Myerberg runs through gains, losses and needs for Tennessee.

Albert Haynesworth pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor traffic charges in Williamson County, Tenn.

A look at the Titans' preseason schedule from Gary Estwick.

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