Reading the coverage: Day after edition

Houston Texans

Of all the rotten performances, this one was the most wretched, says John McClain.

Bob McNair should do the decent thing and fire Gary Kubiak now, says Richard Justice. He’s saying the owner should put the coach out of his misery, but it’s certainly more embarrassing to not be allowed to finish the year. And this presumes, of course, that Kubiak is losing his job. Justice wants the Texans to have a head start chasing Bill Cowher, but unless they know they’re getting him, there is no reason to think a week makes a huge difference.

A tipped pass that turned into an interception ended the Texans’ chances, says McClain.

Kubiak is still popular with Broncos’ fans, says Dale Robertson.

After six games, only three teams had fewer losses than the Texans, who were 4-2. Now only four teams have fewer wins, says Jerome Solomon.

The Texans simply don't have anyone in place in a position of power that knows how to build a defense, says Lance Zierlein.

Indianapolis Colts

Run defense, once a weakness, is now a strength, says Phil Richards.

It meant nothing and, yet, they played as if it meant everything -- and here's why: They didn't know Jacksonville lost roughly five minutes into their own game. Didn't know, didn't try to know, didn't care. Bob Kravitz was impressed with that and so was I. The personality transplant in the run game and run defense is reminiscent of the 2006 Super Bowl champs.

Manning kept the plan for his bootleg run a secret like he’s done whenever he’s done it, says Mike Chappell.

The exhausted Colts have a blueprint for the playoffs, says Mike Silver.

It’s not a surprise the Colts are here, but the route the past two weeks was unforeseeable, says John Oehser.

There's nothing easy about beating a division rival at home with a playoff berth on the line, says Nate Dunlevy.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars nosedive again, says Vito Stellino.

The alibi chamber is empty and the loss to Washington casts doubt on Jack Del Rio and David Garrard, says Gene Frenette. If David Garrard can’t handle the load he was given against a terrible defense it raises serious questions. It tells you about all you need to know about the Jaguars’ status in a quarterback-driven league.

Garrard’s mistakes were killer, says Tania Ganguli.

Washington kicker Graham Gano benefitted from wind advice from Josh Scobee, says Ganguli.

A rebuilding team might lack the ability to kick into a higher gear, says Vic Ketchman of the team’s web site.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans can forget the playoffs, says Jim Wyatt.

William Hayes suffered a concussion when a throwaway by Kerry Collins hit him in the head, says Jim Wyatt. Not to make light of the injury, but it’s an occurrence that symbolizes a horrific season. Shouldn’t Haye, or someone in range of Haye, have eyes on the throw and reach for it?

Kansas City’s fast start wore out the Titans, says Wyatt.

How did the Titans win five of their first seven games, wonders David Climer.

Years from now the Titans will be an answer to a trivia question, says Don Banks.

No one is safe according to Michael Griffin, says Terry McCormick.