Tuesday, November 10, 2009
How I See It: AFC South Stock Watch
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky
1. Ryan Moats, Texans RB. No. 1 riser a week ago flips all the way to No. 1 faller. The one thing he couldn’t do against the Colts is the one thing he did -- lose a fumble. That it came right on the doorstep of a touchdown made it an even bigger sin.
However the Texans are coaching their running backs on ball security isn’t working and they need to find a solution during their bye week.
2. Mike Pollak, Colts G. Pollak had been sharing time with Kyle DeVan. But it’s one thing to yield to a former afl2 player and another thing entirely to have him start in front of you, as DeVan did on Sunday against Houston.
Bill Polian said after the Colts beat San Francisco that someone on the interior had been run over a couple of times. There is little doubt who it was now.
3. Houston special teams: Yes the coverage was good. But Kevin Bentley got a flag on a Texans punt, Jesse Nading was penalized on a Houston kickoff return and Connor Barwin was whistled on a kickoff return.
Penalties on special teams have hurt the Texans this season and the problem is far from solved.
1. Vince Young, Titans QB. His supporting cast has been great, making defensive plays and actually holding on to passes and paving the way for Chris Johnson to go crazy.
But Young’s done his part in the two wins since taking over for Kerry Collins, posting a 105.3 passer rating, which is 36.5 points better than his career rating coming into the season.
2. Clint Session, Colts LB. In the team’s first game since losing strongside linebacker Tyjuan Hagler for the season to an injury, Session was a big presence from the weakside for Indianapolis in its win over Houston.
Game statisticians credited him with a game-high 14 tackles and he snatched a key interception when Gary Brackett’s blitz forced a bad throw by Matt Schaub.
3. Jaguars’ defensive philosophy. Give Jack Del Rio and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker credit, I suppose, for pulling out all the stops in an effort to maximize their defensive talent. But their 3-4 front wasn’t productive in the pass-rush department.
A return to the 4-3 is the right move, and while it won’t transform a group that’s far from loaded, the defense was solid for a day with three sacks that upped the season total to eight.