Reading the coverage…
Long the Texans’ brightest star, receiver Andre Johnson has finally made it to the big playoff stage, writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Slowed by two hamstring injuries this season, Johnson promised that he will be playing at a high level against Cincinnati.
How does the Texans’ lack of playoff experience factor in to what may happen, asks Steve Campbell.
Bill Polian told AP that the lack of a backup plan at quarterback ultimately cost him his job. That's true, in that if he had a better plan the team would have won more games and he probably would have survived. But there were a lot of bigger issues we've covered.
The Colts have asked permission to talk to Baltimore’s Eric DeCosta about their GM job, an Indianapolis Star report says. Colts director of player personnel Tom Telesco also appears to be in the mix. Adam Schefter says Green Bay Packers director of college scouting John Dorsey declined an interview.
A look at some GM possibilities from Phil Richards of the Star.
Owner Shahid Khan says what people are seeing about the Jaguars’ coaching search is just the tip of the iceberg, writes Tania Ganguli. But there are three primary targets and NFL Network says Jay Gruden is a favorite.
Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean hands out his awards for the Titans’ season. Toughest call, I think, was defensive player of the year where he went with cornerback Jason McCourty. There is a case to be made there, but even without starting all season I’d lean to rookie middle linebacker Colin McCarthy.