AFC South: Cedric Smith

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Houston Texans

For the second week in a row the Texans beat a weak sister from Florida, says Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle.

The Texans did what they were supposed to do: easily handle a middling team. John McClain’s story from the Chronicle.

A 17-play touchdown drive in the third quarter signaled that the Texans had retaken control and weren’t going to be denied, says McClain.

A confident J.J. Watt and the Texans defense performed to their potential, says Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle.

The Texans' one-two punch of Arian Foster and Ben Tate worked just like they expect it to, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle.

Houston’s defense was hardly on the field, says Jeff Elliott of the Chronicle.

The Texans' muddle huddle was a success and strength and conditioning coach Cedric Smith got a game ball for having the Texans ready, says Elliott.

Houston’s run game was so good, they hardly had to use stud receiver Andre Johnson, says Pete Prisco of CBS Sports.

Indianapolis Colts

Bob Kravitz’s column off the game in the Indianapolis Star: “Even after the Colts' understandably conservative offense had fallen on hard times throughout the second half, even after all those three-and-outs, coach Chuck Pagano, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and the staff felt comfortable putting it in the hands of a quarterback who turned 23 years old last week. The result: A Colts' last-second 23-20 victory, the first victory of the [Andrew] Luck era.”

Avoiding 0-2 was big for this young team, says Mike Chappell of the Star.

A knee injury to starting center Samson Satele meant Mike McGlynn moved to center and Trai Essex took over at right guard, says Phillip B. Wilson.

Bulletproof Adam Vinatieri saved the day for the Colts, says Phil Richards of the Star.

Kravitz’s report card ranges from A to D.

With this interactive feature from the Star, you can compare Luck to other quarterbacks.

Luck shined in the clutch, says Dunlevy.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville was simply manhandled by the Texans, says Ran O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “People will judge us by what they see,” guard Uche Nwaneri said.

The Jaguars’ optimism was washed away with one of the most dismal performances in franchise history, says Gene Frenette of the T-U.

Blaine Gabbert took a step back before leaving the game with an injury, says Vito Stellino of the T-U.

With Andre Johnson well covered, the Texans simply turned to other weapons, says Garry Smits of the T-U.

Injuries on the offensive line meant a start for left guard Herb Taylor, says Stellino.

Frenette passes out F's to run offense, pass offense and coaching.

This team isn’t deep enough to survive its current injuries, says Luke Sims of Black & Teal.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans need to make some major adjustments, and soon, writes David Climer of The Tennessean. “With their defensive shortcomings, the Titans aren’t going to scratch out any 13-10 victories. They might as well ditch the idea of establishing the run and instead put the ball in (Jake) Locker’s hands and see where that takes them.”

The Titans don’t want to be known for this, but so far they’ve got no traction this season. Jim Wyatt’s game story from The Tennessean.

Tennessee made a third-string tight end, Dante Rosario, look like an all-star, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

Sustaining drives was a virtual impossibility for the Titans’ offense, says Glennon.

Poor execution means “the run game ain’t working,” Chris Johnson told Wyatt and Glennon.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt says he’s ready to go after missing the preseason with an injured elbow. He dislocated it on Aug. 2.

“It feels great, it feels really good, I’m very happy with it,” he told Houston reporters after practice Monday. “I have to thank our trainers. They did a heck of a job getting me back working hard with me so I really appreciate them.

“I’ll feel really good (Sunday against Miami). I think I’ll be 100 percent. Had my first full-padded practice today. It felt really good. I’m really excited about it. It doesn’t really feel like it’s going to hinder me at all.”

He’s wearing what he called a standard elbow brace, and said he will shed it as soon as he’s allowed.

Watt’s got no concern about his conditioning and the Texans strength coach, Cedric Smith, has worked him hard while he’s been out, running him and putting him through drills. He’s been doing football drills for roughly 10 days.

The first focus against the Dolphins will be stopping running backs Daniel Thomas and Reggie Bush to get the game on rookie Ryan Tannehill’s shoulders.

“That’s always our first priority, stop the run, make them throw the ball; especially with a rookie quarterback, you want to make them throw the ball so we can get our pass rush after him,” Watt said. “We have so many guys that can attack the pass. We’re really excited. As long as we do what we do, we run Wade’s (Phillips) defense and we execute our assignments, we should have no problem.”
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Houston Texans

The Texans' goals for organized team activities in the form of a slideshow from Dale Robertson. Building on the good vibe from last season is one item here. The question is: Can it be built on or does it have to be rebuilt from the ground up in a new season?

Strength and conditioning coach Cedric Smith spoke with Nick Scurfield of the team’s website about where the team stands as OTAs commence.

Indianapolis Colts

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post sees the Colts' addition of seventh-round offensive lineman Justin Anderson as telling about their new direction.

Six overrated storylines from Colts offseason camps of the past, from Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Some Jaguars consider the concussion issue but decide the risk is worth it, writes Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.

Tennessee Titans

Titans rookies are coming into the league during an unprecedented time of concern over concussions, says John Glennon.

Tracking win probability over the course of the Titans-Saints game last season, with Dunlevy.
Houston Texans

The Texans have their third strength and conditioning coach in three years. Alan Burge looks at the change and a article on the new guy, Cedric Smith.

Indianapolis Colts

A status report on the safeties from John Oehser.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags must draft on value, not sentiment, says Gene Frenette as he looks at Tim Tebow.

Vic Ketchman shares his best games by decade.

Tennessee Titans

Vince Young talks about the Titans' offseason program at

Young needs to make the Titans his team, says Terry McCormick.

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February, 9, 2010
Houston Texans

Bud Adams was inducted into the Texas sports hall of fame, says John McClain.

The Texans hired Cedric Smith as their new strength coach, says Mark Berman. Smith is Gary Kubiak’s third coach in the post in three years.

Top draft prospects by position from Lance Zierlein.

The Redskins hired another former Texans assistant, says Alan Burge.

Indianapolis Colts

Their winning culture will help the Colts rebound, says Mike Chappell.

Bob Kravitz’s Super Bowl report card.

Only 11 people were at the airport to greet the Colts, but the setup was hardly fan friendly.

An Indianapolis plant makes New Orleans championship T-shirts, says Dana Hunsinger.

Disappointment now becomes fuel, says John Oehser.

Missed opportunities will haunt the Colts for a long time, says Tom James.

What the Colts need to do to get better, from Deshawn Zombie.

Matt Snyder looks at how the officials did in Super Bowl XLIV.

Peyton Manning won’t live it down, says Terence Moore.

Joseph Addai’s solid game didn’t get him a second ring, says Nancy Gay.

Manning took a serious hit, says Mike Freeman.

Three cures for the Colts from Clifton Brown.

What’s next for the Saints and Colts? Don Banks looks at the questions.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags have told Tra Thomas and Torry Holt they will be released and Tim Mingey won the scout of the year award, says Michael C. Wright.

Dropping Thomas and Holt is a good sign for the Jaguars, says Gene Frenette.

Vic Ketchman addresses the possibility of eliminating the three-point stance.

Tennessee Titans

Ten years later, Gregg Williams got his ring, says Jim Wyatt.

The Saints showed the Titans how to beat the Colts, says Joe Biddle.