AFC South: Todd Wash

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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

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.
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Houston Texans

The Texans “plan to build through the draft, re-sign some of their free agents, extend contracts of key veterans like linebacker Brian Cushing and defensive end Antonio Smith, and fill in with inexpensive free agents,” says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Andre Johnson needs three more big seasons to make the Hall of Fame, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.

Indianapolis Colts

Dwight Freeney terrorized quarterbacks for the Colts, but he’s slowed and the time was right for the Colts to move on, says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.

Austin Collie is looking forward to a new beginning, says Mike Chappell of the Star.

Jim Irsay has the sixth-most equity in his team among American pro sports owners, says Mike Ozanian of Forbes.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Gus Bradley and Todd Wash had to work hard to convince Seattle Coach Pete Carroll to let Wash out of his Seattle contract to become the Jaguars' defensive line coach, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. “Wash left a team that ranked fourth in the NFL in defense last season, made the playoffs and is expected to be a Super Bowl contender in 2013. In Jacksonville, he has the same job with a team that went 2-14 last year, ranked 30th in defense and was last in the league in sacks.”

Tennessee Titans

Free-agent safety George Wilson had good things to say about the Titans after he spent some time with them, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Wyatt looks at the Titans' free agents to-be and rates Jared Cook and Sen’Derrick Marks as the top two priorities.

RTC: James Baker heading Houston bid

January, 29, 2013
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Houston Texans

Ex-secretary of state James Baker will head Houston’s bid for Super Bowl LI, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Indianapolis Colts

Ryan Grigson said it’s humbling to join the list of men voted NFL executive of the year, says Phil Richards.

To which I say: He narrowly beat John Elway. Elway’s biggest move was being John Elway, and having the résumé that made him the most appealing guy for Peyton Manning to work with. Sometimes I really wonder about people asked to vote for awards, in this case coaches and executives.

Has Jim Caldwell turned Joe Flacco into an elite quarterback? Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun considers the question.

A Florida man pleaded guilty in a fraud case involving Dwight Freeney, says the Associated Press.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Gus Bradley added three assistants to his staff, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “Todd Wash, Bradley’s defensive line coach the last two years in Seattle and a fellow alum of North Dakota State, was let out of his contract by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll to join the Jaguars in the same capacity.” Also hired were Luke Butkus as assistant offensive line coach and Tony Sorrentino as offensive quality control coach.

The Ravens and Niners have blueprints the Jaguars would be wise to follow, says O’Halloran.

Tennessee Titans

Titans safety Michael Griffin and former Titans defensive lineman John Thornton like the idea of Gregg Williams joining the coaching staff, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

Matt Hasselbeck is picking the 49ers, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.