AFC South: Robert Irsay

Rapid Reaction: Indianapolis Colts

December, 15, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- A few thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts' 25-3 victory over the Houston Texans:

What it means: The Colts didn't wait until the second half to get going offensively. They started on their first offensive series of the game. The Colts mixed up the run with the pass to go 80 yards on 11 plays on their opening drive. The drive ended with quarterback Andrew Luck finding receiver Griff Whalen for a 14-yard touchdown. That was the first time the Colts scored a touchdown in the first quarter since doing it against Denver on Oct. 20. Slow starts have been a problem the past seven weeks for the Colts, but they went into the half with a 20-3 lead. They were 5-of-8 on third down in the first half after going 0-for-6 in the first half against Cincinnati on Dec. 8. The one downside about the Colts on offense is that they started the game 5-for-5 on third down but failed to convert on their final 10 attempts.

Whalen steps up: Whalen has been an afterthought this season after having a strong training camp. He was elevated from the practice squad Saturday because of the injury to fellow receiver LaVon Brazill (foot). He took advantage of the opportunity. Whalen, a college teammate of Luck's at Stanford, caught four passes for 45 yards, returned three punts for 67 yards and a kickoff for 22 yards.

Being honored: Former Colts running backs Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk were inducted into the team's Ring of Honor at halftime. Dickerson rushed for 5,194 yards and 32 touchdowns during his five seasons with the Colts. He won the league's rushing title in 1988, when he gained 1,659 yards to go with 14 touchdowns. The Colts traded Dickerson to the Los Angeles Raiders following the 1991 season. Faulk rushed for 5,320 yards and 42 touchdowns to go with 297 receptions and 2,804 yards in his five seasons with the Colts. He was traded to the St. Louis Rams after the 1998 season because he thought he deserved a raise. Dickerson and Faulk join Robert Irsay, Bill Brooks, Chris Hinton, Ted Marchibroda, Jim Harbaugh, the 12th Man, Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James in the team's Ring of Honor.

Injuries: Colts guard Joe Reitz left the game in first half after being tested for a concussion. Starting running back Donald Brown sat out the second half with a stinger. He ran for 38 yards on five carries. Linebacker Daniel Adongo (hamstring) and safety Sergio Brown (groin) also left the game.

What's next: The Colts go on the road to take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The Colts and Chiefs have a chance to face each other in the playoffs in Indianapolis.

Colts will honor Faulk and Dickerson

October, 9, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – Lost in the news of running back Ahmad Bradshaw deciding to have season-ending knee surgery Tuesday was that the Indianapolis Colts plan to add former running backs Marshall Faulk and Eric Dickerson to the Ring of Honor together during the Dec. 15 game against Houston.

They will be the 10th and 11th members of the Ring of Honor, joining Robert Irsay, Bill Brooks, Edgerrin James, Marvin Harrison, Tony Dungy, Jim Harbaugh, Chris Hinton and Ted Marchibroda and the 12th Man.

Faulk, the No. 2 overall pick in the 1994 draft, rushed for 5,320 yards during his five-year career with the Colts. Dickerson rushed for 5,194 yards during his time with Indianapolis.

The city of Indianapolis also received some good news Tuesday, as it joins Minneapolis and New Orleans as finalists for the 2018 Super Bowl. Indianapolis hosted a successful Super Bowl in 2012.

RTC: Texans can get mojo back

January, 5, 2013
Reading the coverage…

Houston Texans

The Texans might have lost their mojo, but history shows you can get it back, writes Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle.

The Texans might win this game, but they aren’t going to the Super Bowl, says Randy Harvey of the Chronicle.

“This is Texans country, and my painstaking research shows the Texans don't lose home playoff games. Ever,” writes Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle. “They lost the last three games of the regular season a year ago then rolled Cincinnati 31-10 in the playoffs. So book this one. Texans will handle the Bengals on Saturday.”

Matt Schaub’s ready, finally, for his playoff debut, writes Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle. “I think Matt knows exactly what he needs to do right, and we’ve told him that and I’ll just leave it at that,” offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. “He needs to sharpen his game, and everybody needs to.”

The Texans need pass-catchers other than Andre Johnson to show up and produce, says John McClain of the Chronicle.

Arian Foster is at his best when the Texans need him the most, says Ganguli.

Tim Dobbins is on injured reserve and Barrett Ruud will be a starter at inside linebacker against the Bengals, says Ganguli. The Texans activated linebacker Cameron Collins from the practice squad.

A guide to the game from McClain.

A “Know Your Enemy” scouting report on the Bengals from Lance Zierlein of the Chronicle blog.

Indianapolis Colts

Vick Ballard has steadily gotten better and earned the Colts’ trust, says Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star.

Baltimore might be over the Colts’ move to Indianapolis, but Phillip B. Wilson of the Star writes the city might never forgive the late Robert Irsay for orchestrating it.

The Eagles have joined the Bears as suitors for Bruce Arians as their next head coach, says Mike Chappell.

Former Colts linebacker Gary Brackett looked at film for the Star and offers his thoughts on what will unfold tomorrow in Baltimore.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Mike Mularkey told his assistant coaches they are free to look for other jobs, which doesn’t bode well for the future of the current staff in Jacksonville, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

“The last thing (Shad) Khan needs in hiring a GM, especially one pursued by other teams, is handcuffing him to a coach he might not want,” says Gene Frenette of the Times-Union.

Tennessee Titans

Kamerion Wimbley knows he didn’t meet expectations and intends to work diligently to be more productive next season, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

It was a disappointing second season for defensive tackle Karl Klug, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.