How I See It: AFC South Stock Watch

November, 3, 2010
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FALLING

The Titans in the fourth quarter of close games: They did well to pull away from Philadelphia with a 27-point fourth in what had been a close game. But against Pittsburgh, Denver and San Diego when they were in range, the Titans have not had the execution, ability or killer instinct to win.

Gary Kubiak’s play calling: I hear the explanations. Convert some third downs and stay on the field and they would have been balanced. But Kubiak outsmarted himself. The Texans ran all over the Colts the first time; the obligation is to make them show they can stop it before you turn to what you prepared for them stopping it. Also, you get into a lot more third-and-shorts if Arian Foster is running for 4 or 5 yards on first and second down.

Vincent Fuller, Titans defensive back: The team’s feisty full-time nickelback since 2007 was reduced to a role in the much less frequently used dime package. The Titans love Alterraun Verner, who’d been playing outside with Jason McCourty injured. With McCourty back, Verner started outside, and moved inside in the nickel, with McCourty taking his place.

RISING

[+] EnlargePat Angerer
AP Photo/Nick WassPat Angerer has played his way into the Colts' starting lineup.
Pat Angerer, Colts outside linebacker: He’s a middle linebacker in their eyes, but he played so well filling in a couple of weeks ago for Gary Brackett that the Colts decided they needed to keep him on the field. Out went strongside starter Philip Wheeler, in went Angerer on Monday night. He didn’t light up the stat sheet but Jim Caldwell sang his praises.

David Garrard, Jaguars quarterback: The good is outweighing the bad to the tune of a 98.8 passer rating, the fourth best in the NFL. He put the Cowboys to shame on Sunday with a sterling performance. But here’s a helpful hint: Don’t say how the team you just beat up gave up -- it takes a little shine off of what you just did.

The Colts' backups: We’ve covered it extensively (here and here), but the performances of tight end Jacob Tamme, running back Mike Hart and cornerback Justin Tryon were key in the Colts’ win over Houston. They keep calling on the depth and it keeps giving the team what it needs.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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