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RTC: Colts kids on defense hitting hard

9/28/2011

Reading the coverage …

Houston Texans

The Texans released Steve Slaton, writes John McClain. In Sunday's 40-33 loss at New Orleans, he carried four times for 8 yards and showed little quickness when trying to make the cuts that are so essential to the Texans' running game.

My take: He has never really been the same since suffering a neck injury in his second season. It’s amazing how quickly things evolve. He went from being one of the most productive, quick backs in the league in 2008 to being fifth among Houston backs in 2011.

Indianapolis Colts

Nate Dunlevy says Pat Angerer and Drake Nevis were every bit as good as advertised. "Anyone saying the Colts are bereft of young talent from the draft either has an agenda or hasn't been paying attention. Both players are every bit as good as anyone Indy has had at linebacker and DT in the past 10 years. This defense hits and hits hard. It was the hardest hitting I've seen from an Indy D since '96."

My take: They’re both good players, for sure. But imagine if they were playing with a home run first-rounder from 2010 instead of Jerry Hughes.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jack Del Rio is the only person of note with the Jaguars who’s under contract beyond this season, says Pete Prisco. It’s a surprise that GM Gene Smith and his people are in the final year of their deals. “If Smith is going to remain in charge with building this team into a contender, he needs more job security. If he isn't, then is begs this question: Is Weaver ready to turn to a coach/general manager type?”

My take: Who knows what Wayne Weaver is thinking? I understand it’s hard to provide job security to people when you don’t know if your team is really heading in the right direction. Guys need to set aside the air of uncertainty and do work that demands new deals.

Tennessee Titans

Not quite the sort of statistical news Chris Johnson is trying to make: “According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other player in NFL history to have that low a yards-per-carry [2.1] through his first three games of a season -- coming off even two-or-more consecutive 1,000-yard seasons -- was the Bengals’ Corey Dillon in 2000.” The blog post from ESPN Stats and Info.

My take: As much as the Titans have to be encouraged about, if they can’t figure out what’s up with Johnson and get him going, they’re ultimately doomed.