AFC South: Vernon Gholston

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September, 21, 2011
Houston Texans

Houston’s special teams have made great contributions so far, says Jeffrey Martin.

The Texans took a look at six free agents Tuesday, including Vernon Gholston, according to John McClain.

Find a podcast of Gary Kubiak's show here.

Indianapolis Colts

Antoine Bethea noticed the crowd thinned out considerably before the end of the Browns game. Phillip B. Wilson looks at how fans are dealing with a big dip. My tip to fans of Indianapolis: Remember the past nine years of playoff trips.

A Steelers-Colts breakdown from Wilson.

At Grantland, Mark Titus talks about jumping off the Colts’ bandwagon.

In the context of Peyton Manning’s reported European stem cell treatment, Jason Whitlock says we need to understand performance enhancing drugs and try to figure out the best way to use them safely and responsibly.

Some doctors chime in on the stem cell procedure possibilities.

Considering Jamaal Anderson, Melvin Bullitt and Robert Mathis, from Sam Monson.

Jacksonville Jaguars

How top 10 rookie quarterbacks have performed under fire, from Gene Frenette.

The Jaguars added receiver Chastin West, says Tania Ganguli.

Going with Blaine Gabbert should be the easy decision, says Hays Carlyon.

The Jaguars have been here before and know how to bounce back, says John Oehser.

Oehser answers a lot of Gabbert questions.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans boosted their sellout streak to 128 and will be full for the Broncos on Sunday, says Jim Wyatt.

A look at the relationship between Chris Hope and Michael Griffin, from David Boclair.

Five things John Glennon knows about the Titans.

How the Titans shut down the Ravens' pass attack, from Tom Gower.

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

The situation: The Texans trail just 3-0 and face and third-and-6 from their own 46-yard line with 13:34 on the clock in the second quarter.

Houston lines up three wide receivers, two to the right and Andre Davis, who started for the injured Kevin Walter, to the left. The Jets counter with five defensive backs.

Here’s what I saw unfold after the snap:
  • The cornerback on Davis’ side, Lito Sheppard, lines up nearly 10 yards off. He never really moves forward, only heading to his left as Davis gets open, approaching from well behind the first-down marker.
  • Safety Eric Smith blitzes from the right side, but left tackle Duane Brown gets his hands on linebacker Vernon Gholston and passes him off to left guard Chester Pitts, then Brown is able to turn his attention to Smith and get in the extra rusher’s way.
  • Tight end Owen Daniels is lined up next to Brown at the snap, but doesn’t concern himself with the rush and takes off upfield, heading five yards beyond Davis, turning left and taking safety Kerry Rhodes with him.
  • Schaub takes a three or four step drop, has sufficient room to work and lets go of the ball quickly.
  • Davis runs three hard steps, then turns inside, still angling deeper but facing Schaub at the Jets’ 46- or 47-yard line. He gets his hands up but clearly peeks at linebacker David Harris who is closing on him. The ball goes right through Davis hands and Harris puts his shoulder into Davis’ side, knocking him to the ground.
Result: Failed third down, punt to the Jets who go three-and-out.

Ultimate outcome: The Davis drop illustrates the physical style the Jets brought to Reliant Stadium and the way the Texans failed to match it in an uninspired 24-7 loss to a rookie quarterback (Mark Sanchez) and rookie coach (Rex Ryan).