AFC South: Sean Considine

I’m sorry to say I’ve not been keeping up with this series by Rob Rang. But I found what he had to say about two AFC South newcomers at major positions of need to be quite interesting.

In short: He likes Shiloh Keo as a Texans safety and he’s not all that fired up about Chris Prosinski as a Jaguars safety.

Keo is rated a quality fit:
"I have my reservations about how well Keo will be able to cover against NFL speed, but the primary issue in the Houston secondary the past few seasons hasn't been speed -- it has been a lack of instincts and reliable open-field tackling. In these areas, Keo ranks among the elite safeties in the entire 2011 draft. Keo's initial impact will almost certainly be felt on special teams - where he could prove to be a demon. A playmaking punt returner in college, watch for Keo to make the adjustment to special teams coverage, rather than returning, to be his NFL [specialty]. One might argue that in the fifth round, the Texans should have been looking for a future starter (which I don't know that Keo will ever become), but at pick No. 144, there were few players more guaranteed to make a more immediate impact on special teams, so I see the pick as having good value."

Prosinski is rated a questionable fit:

"It is perhaps a little unfair to characterize Prosinski as a questionable fit considering how badly the Jaguars needed help at safety and the former Wyoming standout's unique athleticism. A three-year starter for the Cowboys, it was a bit of a surprise when Prosinski wasn't invited to the Combine considering his high level of play and the relative weakness of the position. He answered all questions about his athleticism at his Pro Day when he registered a 4.39 40, 39 1/2-inch vertical, 4.28 short shuttle, and 11-foot-2-inch broad jump. That said, I do have some concerns about his ability to transition to the NFL. Jaguars' general manager Gene Smith might be the NFL's most aggressive draft-day talent evaluator. This pick might turn out well like some of his past selections, but in my conversations with other teams' scouts, this was viewed as a legitimate reach."

More interesting stuff on what may be the most interesting position in the division, and by interesting I mean weak. (Indianapolis’ Antoine Bethea is a stud. Tennessee’s Michael Griffin can be good but is very inconsistent. Indianapolis’ Melvin Bullitt is reliable. Beyond that, what’s to like?)

According to Pro Football Focus, Bethea ranked ninth in the NFL in tackle attempts per missed tackle. Remarkably, Reggie Nelson, who couldn’t tackle at all at the end in Jacksonville, ranked 16th in his first year in Cincinnati. People must have been falling down at his feet.

On the other end of the spectrum: Jacksonville’s Sean Considine was the sixth worst safety in the league with a missed tackle every 5.1 attempts, Indianapolis’ Aaron Francisco (who was about fourth string) was eighth at 6.2 and Griffin was 19th at 7.0.
After he read this post Tuesday, alert reader @thezachlyons asked me via Twitter if I could flip the numbers inside-out.

So in following up an entry about how quarterbacks benefited from dropped interceptions in 2010, we look at the guys from the division who did their best to help out quarterbacks.

Bill Barnwell of Football Outsiders was kind enough to share. As with the flip sides of the stat, Football Outsiders judges a drop only when a very catchable ball hits a defender in the hands or the chest.

The division didn’t boast a primary offender -- Miami’s Sean Smith, Tampa Bay’s Aqib Talib and Kansas City’s Derrick Johnson each had five. No AFC South defender had more than two.

Team-by-team here are the muffed turnover chances:
They need to be caught, of course. But they all counted as passes defensed. And while they could have been huge plays, at least they weren’t huge plays against, right?

I mean it’s bad the Texans and Colts had a lot, because they shouldn’t be dropped. But the Titans probably wouldn’t have minded a few more.
With the season over for the AFC South, I thought I’d collect all the decisive moments we highlighted on Tuesdays.

You were giant contributors to this weekly award with your responses to my weekly post seeking input. I appreciate that.

So I'm going to ask for your feedback on this once more -- let's sort through the 17 moments recapped below and debate the merits of the one you think outranks the rest.

Make your case in the comments here or in a note to my mailbag. I will sort through what you have to say and revisit this to award the AFC South Decisive Moment of 2010.

If it's a positive play, think how much that trophy or plaque may mean to the winner? And you'll have influenced the selection. So powerful.

Here's a quick refresher course. Feel free to click through them all to assist in your recollection.

Week 1-- Houston running back Arian Foster's fourth-and-1 conversion in the Texans’ win over the Colts.

Week 2 -- Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson's 34-yard touchdown catch on fourth-and-10 late in regulation during the Texans' overtime win at Washington.

Week 3-- Titans safety Michael Griffin's downing of a New York Giants’ punt at the goal line that set up the Titans for a quick nine points.

Week 4 -- The pass interference penalty against Titans safety Chris Hope that gave Denver 49 yards and set the Broncos up for a winning touchdown.

Week 5 -- Titans return man Marc Mariani's 74-yard kickoff return that set up Tennessee’s go-ahead touchdown last in Dallas.

Week 6 -- Johnson’s 11-yard touchdown catch with 28 seconds left that gave the Texans a win over Kansas City.

Week 7-- Titans defensive tackle Jason Jones and cornerback Alterraun Verner combining on a forced fumble and recovery deep in Titans territory to help keep the Titans in range of the Eagles.

Week 8 -- Jacksonville linebacker Justin Durant's big goal-line stop that capped a goal line stand against the Cowboys and preserved the Jaguars’ lead.

Week 9 -- Michael Vick of the Eagles keyed two plays that converted a second-and-26 for Philadelphia in its win over Indianapolis.

Week 10 -- Jaguars safety Sean Considine's hit and forced fumble on Houston tight end Joel Dreessen that was recovered by Durant and allowed for the Hail Mary pass that won the game for Jacksonville.

Week 11-- The Jaguars defense made a big stand and forced a three-and-out by Cleveland late in Jacksonville’s win over the Browns.

Week 12-- Kassim Osgood's offensive pass interference penalty on a short throw to Mike Thomas that did a lot to stall the Jaguars against the Giants.

Week 13 -- Reggie Wayne's drop in overtime that forced a Colts’ punt and gave the ball to the Cowboys, blowing a chance to move to the winning points.

Week 14 -- Osgood’s forced fumble and Montell Owens' recovery that set up the Jaguars for a go-ahead touchdown against Oakland.

Week 15 -- The Titans two fourth-down conversions and a fourth-down stop of the Texans in a Tennessee win over Houston.

Week 16-- Jacksonville return man Deji Karim's mishandling of the overtime kickoff against Washington left the Jaguars pinned deep and helped lead to a David Garrard interception that lost the game.

Week 17 -- Indianapolis receiver Blair White's 20-yard catch of a Peyton Manning pass that helped the Colts take advantage of a late Titans’ turnover and kick a game-winning field goal late in the fourth quarter.

Jaguars regular-season wrap-up

January, 5, 2011
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Arrow indicates direction team is trending.

Final Power Ranking: 16
Preseason Power Ranking: 25

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Scott A. Miller/US PresswireMaurice Jones-Drew had more than 1,300 rushing yards for the second season in a row.
Biggest surprise: Speedy growth by the kids. Terrance Knighton and Tyson Alualu are not yet approaching the standard the team set for imposing defensive tackles back when John Henderson and Marcus Stroud were at their peak. But their development this season ranks as the Jaguars’ best story and they may be able to give the team that identity again in time. Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton, before he was hurt, were better in their second years as the starting offensive tackles as well. Mike Thomas is a reliable play-maker and once Derek Cox got out of the doghouse, he was a good cornerback on a team with safety issues.

Biggest disappointment: The offense gave the ball away too often (21 interceptions, 12 fumbles) and the defense didn’t take it away enough (13 interceptions, five fumbles). The Jaguars simply weren’t high-powered enough to be able to overcome a minus-15 take-away, give-away ratio -- 43 turnovers off the standard set by New England at the top of the lead. The offense needs to protect the ball better, but the lack of plays by the defense may have been even more disappointing. To be effective in the team’s chosen style -- a run-first offense and physical defense -- turnovers need to be more in balance.

Biggest need: Safety times two. Courtney Greene was a pretty sure tackler after he took over at strong safety, but the team’s lack of defensive playmaking traces back to both safety spots first. Converted corner Don Carey was too inconsistent and Sean Considine is too slow -- and even the better in-the-box guy has to be able to run well in today’s league. They traded Reggie Nelson early, cut Gerald Alexander twice and traded Anthony Smith. The team’s miss with the Nelson pick in the 2007 first round really hurt the Jaguars. Now they will have to do more work in the draft and free agency to make up for it.

Team MVP: Maurice Jones-Drew. Despite a knee issue from the summer, he worked his tail off and keyed the stretch where the team re-established its identity as a running force and got into contention for the division crown.

Lame ducks: Jack Del Rio is signed through 2012, but Wayne Weaver made it clear there will be a house-cleaning if the Jaguars are not in the 2011 playoff field. The assistant coaches have only a year remaining and will operate as lame ducks. I’d hope it would motivate some guys as opposed to causing problems for them. If they do good work, they’ll get a new deal if things go well on a broader scale. At least they'll be marketable if things don’t. Players will know, too. If they like the guy who runs their room, they need to produce for themselves and for him.

How I See It: AFC South Stock Watch

December, 22, 2010

1. Jacksonville’s execution at a critical time: Down four points in the third quarter, you can’t go for it on fourth-and-1 in your own end and not convert. I didn’t like Jack Del Rio’s call. But fact is, if David Garrard snuck it, there was room, and if Maurice Jones-Drew didn’t fumble the pitch he had room to convert it too.

2. The Texans’ perspective: Explain it away all they like, but the Brian Cushing-Antonio Smith on field scuffle looked horrible. It almost matched Bob McNair’s weak praise of his team last week for the comeback against the Ravens. Never mind they lost in overtime. McNair shouldn’t follow the instructions of his team’s fans, but he also can’t be that disconnected. And after he shared that enthusiasm about the team’s direction, it rewarded him with a dud in Nashville.

3. Don Carey and Sean Considine, Jaguars safeties: Angles, tackling and reliability have been an issue for the team from the safety position all season. In the Jaguars’ biggest game of the year, the two starters were glaringly poor. Gene Smith couldn’t fix all the personnel problems at once. Courtney Greene may be OK at one spot going forward, but this team needs to add at least two safeties in the offseason.


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AP Photo/Paul SpinelliJaguars linebacker Daryl Smith is flying under the radar and making plays.
1. Daryl Smith, Jaguars linebacker: He was all over the place against the Colts, and if it came in a win, I think it may well have been an AFC defensive player of the week worthy performance. Smith’s backers have touted him as one of the most underrated players in the league. He was the best linebacker in the AFC South on Sunday.

2. Fernando Velasco, Titans center: Subbing for Eugene Amano, who went on IR last week, Velasco got high praise from Jeff Fisher and was part of the team’s best offensive line effort in recent memory. He’s a strong guy who seemed ready to perform, just as he did in a spot start for Leroy Harris against Dallas. Velasco could be injecting himself into the mix for a front-line spot in 2011.

3. The Colts' run-blocking: Donald Brown was our High Energy Player of the Week Tuesday, but we failed to give enough credit to the guys in front of him. It was a quality game plan which was well-executed and stopped the more powerful Jaguars. Holding up a couple times when the Jaguars needed only a yard was impressive work.
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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 15.

The Colts turned all of the pregame thinking about their ground game inside-out in their win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. They shut down the Jaguars' physical run attack. And they churned out over twice as many rushing yards.

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AP Photo/Darron CummingsSecond-year RB Donald Brown had the breakout game against the Jaguars that many fans had been waiting for.
For his part in that, second-year running back Donald Brown is the AFC South High Energy Player of the Week. He carried 14 times for 129 yards and a touchdown, posting his first 100-yard game in the NFL. He had an early 49-yard bolt up the middle that featured a stiff-arm to the outreached hand of safety Sean Considine, and a 43-yard touchdown run up the left side.

Brown has struggled while Joseph Addai and Mike Hart have been missing because of injuries, often looking tentative. But he ran with authority against the Jaguars, who have a pretty physical front, and it’s a development that could pay big dividends going forward. I don’t know if any doubt had crept in for him, but he knows he can do it now.

“I think that would shoot a guy’s confidence through the roof,” said Dominic Rhodes, the recently re-signed veteran running back. “Because when you see that you can do it in this league, that turns a light on in your head.”

The Colts could well be without Addai and Hart again Sunday in Oakland, and the Raiders are a big, physical running team like the Jaguars. If Brown can provide a similar boost for a second game in a row, the Colts will stand a far better chance of winning.
BrownScott Boehm/Getty ImagesDonald Brown had the best game of his season Sunday when he rushed for 129 yards on 14 carries.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Sunday’s 34-24 win over Jacksonville put the Colts back in control.

Win at Oakland and against Tennessee, and the Colts will be AFC South champs.

Though both teams are 8-6 and they split the season series, Jacksonville would lose a common-opponents tiebreaker if they both finish 10-6. The Jaguars could win a division-record tiebreaker if the two teams knot at 9-7 with the Colts' loss coming to Tennessee and the Jaguars' win coming at Houston.

Five things I learned while watching the big AFC South showdown unfold:

The Colts can stop a physical run game, and Donald Brown can be an effective running back.

I believe even the Colts expected they’d give up more than 67 rushing yards. In honest moments, they would have expressed doubts about cranking out 155 yards on just 24 carries -- a good share starting up the middle against a physical Jags' front.

Joseph Addai and Mike Hart have been out hurt, but Brown had been tentative as their replacement. In the win at Tennessee, Brown pirouetted more than once in the backfield, costing himself valuable time and faking out no one.

He was much more efficient this time, particularly on his fluid 43-yard touchdown run.

“[The Colts] heard all week how they couldn’t stop our run game and they did a pretty good job,” Jags coach Jack Del Rio said. “...They’ve had issues stopping the run against us and against others. They got it done [Sunday], you’ve got to give them credit.”

Brown praised his blocking: “When you are in the secondary and it is the first time you are getting touched, that makes for a great day.”

Jags tailback Maurice Jones-Drew said it was the best run-stopping work he could remember from the Colts against his team. He rushed 15 times for 46 yards, ending his streak of consecutive 100-yard games at six with his worst game ever against Indy.

“They were at their gaps all the time and they tackled well,” he said.

Austin Collie is an absolute difference-maker.

The Jaguars had no answer for the Colts receiver while he was in the game. Peyton Manning found him eight times for 87 yards and two touchdowns before a hit by Daryl Smith left Collie with another concussion in the second quarter.

If Dallas Clark or Addai was around, Collie might be less vital. But without either of them available, Collie simply gives Manning a prime target who is reliable and has great instincts. That's a quality otherwise missing.

“He was good in the first half, I don’t know if we stopped him,” Del Rio said. “He certainly gave them a life and they were excited to have him back, I think. He must have something going there. He came back slowly over a long period of time and there was a good shot and he’s down again. That’s usually not good for a guy.”

The Colts need two wins to assure themselves of the division title. They’ll have a harder time getting them without Collie.

“He said it wasn’t as bad as the last one, so that’s good news,” Reggie Wayne said. “But they are all bad.”

The Jaguars' issues at safety are too difficult to overcome until they get to add new talent.

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AP Photo/AJ MastAustin Collie scored two touchdowns against Jacksonville before leaving the game with a concussion at the end of the first half.
At least they’d built some continuity with six games of Don Carey and Courtney Greene side-by-side. But Greene sprained a shoulder at Tennessee. Indy took advantage of Greene replacement Sean Considine’s relative lack of speed and tackling abilities.

Both Carey and Considine were unable to get to the middle of the field on Collie’s second touchdown, when he ran away from Smith. Carey couldn’t catch up to the receiver and Considine didn’t arrive in time from the other side of the field.

“There were a few times, yeah, where we had shots in the middle of the field,” Colts tight end Jacob Tamme said. “That second touchdown to Austin, they were taking away certain things and the middle of the field was there, it was a great call, a really nice throw by Peyton.”

Jags cornerback Rashean Mathis said not to point too much at Considine, who let Brown hold him off with a hand-to-hand stiff arm and got beat by Collie on the first touchdown -- to point to just a couple plays.

“I actually felt Sean had a very good game,” Mathis said. “We all could have made more plays. I don’t think he actually gave anything up. What looked like his fault it probably wasn’t. I know it’s a busted coverage and he was the main guy that was back there, but it wasn’t his fault.”

David Garrard was one big mistake away from a potentially fantastic game.

He made some very good throws and really did well to pick up for what the run game could not do.

He averaged 12.3 yards per completion, compared to 7.9 for Manning.

But then came the game's crucial moment. Garrard drove Jacksonville to the touchdown that closed Indy’s lead to 24-17 with 3 minutes, 54 seconds left in the third period. The Jags' defense forced a Colts' punt about two minutes later. But from the Colts' 38, Garrard overthrew Jason Hill and got picked off by Antoine Bethea. The Colts drove for a Adam Vinatieri field goal and had a 10-point cushion with 9:57 to play.

“It was a little high,” Garrard said of the throw, after which he got crushed by Dwight Freeney. “Pressure or no pressure, I still have to be able to make that throw. I have to be able to stand in there and deliver.”

Given a chance to clarify things, referee Mike Carey didn’t, did he?

It was not a good day for Carey and his officiating crew. The non-fair catch call on the Jags' Mike Thomas prior to his 78-yard punt return for a touchdown was a judgment call. The Colts thought it was a signal, Thomas said it wasn’t and the officiating crew agreed with him.

But other stuff took too long to sort out and was not sufficiently explained.

On a Jacksonville third-and-3 from the Indy 40-yard line in the first quarter, the Jaguars ran a play and Rashad Jennings got stuffed. There was a flag, Carey announced there was no foul and Jacksonville was allowed to replay third down.

“I blew it dead for a false start and we picked up that flag,” Carey told a pool reporter. “That means there was no play. So I shut it down, a dead ball foul.”

Was it an inadvertent whistle?

“No,” he said. “It was just a foul that wasn’t there."

If you follow that, you’re doing better than I am.

The muffed punt call where the Colts recovered it was ultimately hashed out correctly. The Colts didn’t technically interfere with a fair catch as Taj Smith was blocked in the back by the Jags' Derek Cox and that pushed him into Thomas. The Jags' returner failed to make the catch as a result of a penalty against his own team. The Colts’ Kavell Conner had recovered, so they declined the penalty. But the play helped put the Colts into position to expand their lead to 24-10 with a field goal in the third period.

Carey and crew got it right, which is most important. But it took entirely too long to sort it out. (More on officiating here.)

Rapid Reaction: Colts 34, Jaguars 24

December, 19, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS -- Thoughts on the Colts’ win over the Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium.

What it means: The Colts have caught the Jaguars at 8-6 and have gained control of their own destiny. If Indianapolis wins its final two games, it’s assured of the AFC South crown. Jacksonville had such control but lost it late in the season for the fourth time in seven years.

What I liked: Indianapolis ran it with a good deal of success against a run defense that’s been quite stout. The Colts found the Jaguars’ weakness and abused it, making plays against the Jaguars’ safeties, particularly Sean Considine, who struggled against both the run and the pass. Tyjuan Hagler did great work to ice it, snatching a weak onside kick with 1:47 remaining and sprinting to a 41-yard touchdown.

What I didn’t like: Far too many confusing calls by referee Mike Carey and his crew. Two of them in the first half benefited the Jaguars.

Decisive moment: Marcedes Lewis made a great play to pull in a high David Garrard pass on a big touchdown drive late in the third quarter. But Garrard’s next too-high pass couldn’t be saved. It sailed over Jason Hill and was intercepted by Antoine Bethea. The Colts drove to a field goal that gave them a two-score lead.

Injury concern: Austin Collie provided a huge boost to the Colts' offense while catching two touchdown passes, but Daryl Smith delivered a hard hit in the second quarter. Smith’s arm banged Collie’s helmet. The team announced the receiver had a concussion. It’s his second of the season and he had just made it back from the first.

What’s next: The Colts head to Oakland to face the Raiders. The Jaguars host the Washington Redskins.

Greetings from Lucas Oil Stadium

December, 19, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS -- Greetings from Lucas Oil Stadium. It’s cold out, and the roof is closed as you’d expect.

The Colts are holding Kelvin Hayden (neck) out, which means Justin Tryon at left cornerback. Kavell Conner will be at weakside linebacker for the injured Clint Session and Donald Brown starts for Joseph Addai.

Austin Collie (concussion) is active and could be a huge piece to this game. Jerry Hughes is healthy but inactive.

The Jaguars are healthier, but without two starters on defense. Linebacker Justin Durant will be replaced by Russell Allen, but Allen won’t be part of the nickel package we will see a bunch that brings William Middleton on the field. Safety Sean Considine fills in again for Courtney Greene, and the Jaguars endure a drop-off there in sure tackling.

I tweeted this picture of the view from my seat. But don’t worry, I have binoculars.

The complete inactive lists:

Jaguars: QB Todd Bouman, WR John Matthews, WR Tiquan Underwood, Greene, Durant, OT Daniel Baldridge, DE Aaron Morgan, DT Nate Collins.

Colts: Hayden, Addai, RB Mike Hart, Session, G Jamey Richard, G Jacques McClendon, G Jaimie Thomas, Hughes.

AFC South Week 10 decisive moment

November, 16, 2010
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The Jaguars wouldn't have had the chance for David Garrard's Hail Mary pass to be knocked down by Glover Quin to Mike Thomas for the game-winning touchdown if the Jaguars hadn't gotten a huge takeaway just before that.

After tight end Joel Dreessen's false start backed them up and Matt Schaub threw an incomplete pass, the Texans faced a hopeless situation: Third-and-15 from the Jaguars’ 45-yard line with 16 seconds left and no timeouts.

They needed about 10 yards to give Neil Rackers a chance at a field goal, and coach Gary Kubiak said Monday they were basically playing for overtime there because that gain would have taken too long to be able to get the field goal team out.

They ran a play anyway, and Kubiak said Schaub went to the right place with the ball. He found Dreessen over the middle for an 8-yard gain, but Sean Considine hit him as he turned upfield and stripped the ball. Justin Durant recovered.

Garrard then hit Marcedes Lewis for an 11-yard gain to set up the final-play heroics.

Considine played 11 plays on defense as part of a dime package.
Having watched the replays from multiple angles for a good 15 minutes, I came away with some thoughts on Mike Thomas’ miraculous Hail Mary catch that won Sunday’s Texans-Jaguars game for Jacksonville.

1) Glover Quin’s “knockdown” of the pass from David Garrard has broached the topic of whether it’s the right play to try to knock that sort of pass down, as we always hear players are coached to do. He obviously would have been better off catching it. But Quin knocked the ball away more than he knocked it down. The angle was more out of the end zone than it was down to the ground, and that’s what created the possibility of Thomas catching the ricochet.

“That’s what you’re taught to do,” said Jaguars safety Sean Considine, whose forced fumble got the Jaguars the ball seconds earlier. “I think there might be some coaches reconsidering that right now.”

Jack Del Rio said Monday that his take on the knock-it-down philosophy is “being re-evaluated right now.”

2) Officials might have missed a penalty against the Texans on the play, though I know they are loathe to throw a flag against the defense in such circumstances. Side judge Mike Weatherford was stationed right at the front corner of the end zone and he understandably focused on the ball. But right in front of him, struggling Houston rookie cornerback Kareem Jackson face-guarded Mike Sims-Walker all the way into the end zone.

That’s OK, but the bump that knocked the receiver down and Jackson’s failure to ever turn his head could have been judge pass interference. If the ball fell incomplete and the call was made, Jacksonville would have gotten one untimed down from the 1-yard line.

3) Thomas is fourth in receptions in the AFC South with 41 catches, trailing only Reggie Wayne (63), Andre Johnson (52) and Austin Collie (45).

4) From ESPN Stats & Info, context on Mike Thomas’ Hail Mary catch for the Jacksonville Jaguars that beat the Houston Texans:

David Garrard’s 50-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Thomas as time expired was retribution eight years in the making for Jags fans. Jacksonville was victimized at home by the last game-winning pass of 50 yards or longer in the last 10 seconds of the fourth quarter, from Tim Couch to Quincy Morgan, giving the Browns a 21–20 win in 2002.

From Elias Sports Bureau:

Game-winning touchdown catches of 50 or more yards with 0:00 left on clock in the fourth quarter of regular season games:
  • Mike Thomas, 2010 Jaguars, 50 yards
  • Quincy Morgan, 2002 Browns, 50 yards
  • Kevin Johnson, 1999 Browns, 56 yards
  • Jim Gibbons, 1960 Lions, 65 yards

5) Here’s Gus Johnson’s energetic call of the play for CBS.

RTC: Hail Mary heroics in Jacksonville

November, 15, 2010
Reading the coverage ...

Houston Texans

The stunning loss came courtesy of a Hail Mary, says John McClain.

If you’re dumbfounded, imagine how the Texans feel, says Richard Justice.

Joel Dreessen lamented his fumble, says McClain.

The playoff hopes are almost gone after this stunner, says Dale Robertson.

The Jaguars all have their roles on the Hail Mary, says McClain.

Offensive inconsistency continues, say McClain and Robertson.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts feasted on Cincinnati turnovers, says Phil Richards.

It wasn’t artistically satisfying, but it was good enough while awaiting reinforcements, says Bob Kravitz.

The offense is staggering without weapons, says Mike Chappell.

Kravitz’s report card.

This is why they are called the Bungles, says Phillip B. Wilson.

Pierre Garcon is convinced he had possession of the onside kick, says Chappell.

It was an important win in difficult circumstances, says John Oehser.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Hail yeah: the Jaguars won with a last-second bomb, says Vito Stellino.

Mike Thomas is about to become a dad, but he wasn’t expecting this, says Gene Frenette.

Sean Considine’s strip set it all up, says Garry Smits.

Maurice Jones-Drew is finding his groove, says Tania Ganguli.

Zach Miller vexes the Texans again, says Jeff Elliott.

Thomas had to convince himself “it happened,” says Ganguli.

Gene Frenette and Ganguli review the game. (Video.)

Josh Scobee is already over his first bad game, says Elliott.

Is Monday off a good idea? Collin Streetman ponders.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans and Randy Moss struggled in Miami, says Jim Wyatt.

The Titans scrambled to find a healthy quarterback, says Wyatt.

Two Miami quarterbacks got knocked out, says Wyatt.

Moss did impact the running game, says Wyatt.

Moss gave himself a bad review, says Wyatt.

Wyatt’s report card.

Moss was tired for the Titans’ last-chance play, says Wyatt.

Tennessee got no jump start from Moss, says David Climer.

If this is why they wanted Moss, they should have skipped him, says Bob McClellan.

Tyler Thigpen came through for the Dolphins, says Pete Prisco.

Thigpen sunk the Titans, says Alex Marvez.

It was a quiet day for both Moss and Brandon Marshall, says Jason Cole.

Vince Young dismissed a report of bye-week absence, says Darren McFarland.

A shortage of turnovers and sacks caused problems for Titans, says Terry McCormick.

How I See It: AFC South Stock Watch

October, 20, 2010
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1. Jack Del Rio, Jaguars coach: His team fell flat on its face on national television, appearing to lack playmakers, creativity and fire. And his timeouts at the end to extend the misery and create a situation where the Titans could add a touchdown didn’t make a lot of sense.

2. Pat McAfee, Colts punter: A public intoxication charge from early Tuesday morning is a blow for a guy who’s been an effective punter and kickoff specialist for the Colts since he was drafted in the seventh round in 2008. It’s not a large-scale crime, but it draws the wrong kind of attention to a team that prides itself on being squeaky clean. He’s a free-spirited, fun guy. I suspect he’ll be less so with the public and the press going forward.

3. Veteran Jaguars safeties: Anthony Smith and Gerald Alexander had five starts between them this season. Now they are both gone. Smith was traded to Green Bay Saturday for a conditional seventh-rounder and Alexander was cut for a second time after the Titans game. Sean Considine must be healthy, and we’ll see if Don Carey and/or Courtney Greene prove an upgrade.


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AP Photo/Dave EinselTight end Owen Daniels had some key catches in the Texans' win over the Chiefs last Sunday.
1. Owen Daniels, Texans tight end: Six games into his return from his third ACL operation, he looks to be running better. He’s clearly hungry to prove he’s all the way back and worthy of a new contract. He had five catches for 79 yards in the win over the Chiefs, including key 24- and 27-yard catch-and-runs that helped set up one of the fourth-quarter touchdowns.

2. Alterraun Verner, Titans cornerback: The rookie is playing very solidly as the Titans' second starter. In fact, he’s outplaying the team’s No. 1 cornerback, Cortland Finnegan. Jason McCourty edged Verner out for the starting job in the preseason, but once McCourty recovers from a fractured forearm, Jeff Fisher’s going to have to find a way to keep Verner in the lineup.

3. Pierre Garcon, Colts receiver: Drops and some route problems or miscommunications caused some early concerns, as did a hamstring injury that cost him some games. But he was an X factor in Indianapolis’ win at Washington, with the 57-yard touchdown early and the one-handed, leaping grab -- a catch-of-the-year candidate for sure. The potential for those sort of big plays is why they like him.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars’ weak spot is safety. The expectation is it’s a position they’ll target in the draft in April right along with quarterback.

We could see a complete overhaul at the spot akin to what the Jaguars did this offseason on the defensive line.

For the second time this season, Gene Smith has taken a player at his team’s worst position and turned him into something for later.

First, he sent Reggie Nelson to Cincinnati for cornerback David Jones and a conditional draft pick. On Sunday, Smith shipped Anthony Smith to Green Bay for a conditional seventh-rounder.

Late picks aren’t gold, but stockpiling whatever he can get for players who don’t have long-term futures here is smart and smooth.

In the meantime, the Jaguars will try to stay competitive this season with what they have. Gerald Alexander, who was cut but later re-signed, will remain at free safety tonight against the Titans. Courtney Greene and converted corner Don Carey are expected to see time at strong safety.

The Jaguars also have Sean Considine and Tyron Brackenridge and recently added Mike Hamlin to their practice squad.

They hope Nelson and Smith will do what’s needed to meet the conditions that net them the picks, and that they'll be able to use those picks to maneuver for guys they like in April, or to find a late-round surprise or two.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- No surprises in inactives for the Colts or Jaguars except maybe left guard for the Colts.

Jamey Richard, questionable with a shoulder injury, is out, with Kyle DeVan taking his place.

For Jacksonville, Gerald Alexander will take the place of the injured Sean Considine at free safety.

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