Reading the coverage…
Gary Kubiak is still very popular in Denver, where he played and coached with great success, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
A look at the Texans’ muddle huddle, or sugar huddle as Kubiak prefers to call it. “Nearly 30 years ago, the Cincinnati Bengals began running a sugar huddle or muddle huddle — an evolution of the no-huddle offense — that confounded and infuriated their opponents so much that they tried to get the NFL to intervene. Since then, no-huddles and variations of them have permeated the league.” Tania Ganguli’s story.
Edgerrin James was determined to leave a mark, and Sunday his name will go up in the team’s ring of honor, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
Bob Kravitz of the Star says there should be no debate about who’s next: Bill Polian. “He was, quite simply, one of the best football executives ever to walk the planet, if not the greatest ever. I would go beyond the Colts Ring and say this: If the Football Hall of Fame is going to make room for more executives, Polian deserves serious consideration in the voters' room.”
Andrew Luck’s not playing like a 23-year old, middle linebacker Paul Posluszny tells Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. A look at what awaits the Jaguars as they ready for the Colts rookie quarterback.
Cornerback Derek Cox (hamstring) could be ready to rejoin the defense, though O’Halloran suspects Cox could get limited snaps.
Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray is working to fix things, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. “First thing you do is you look at yourself. I always look at myself and say, ‘What did I do to cause what we are doing?’ ” Gray said. “And then if we practiced things we’ve done wrong and I know we have proof, I’ll show those guys, ‘Hey we did this on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in practices — what is going on on Sundays?’ ”
John Glennon’s notebook leads with Chris Johnson’s review of the Titans’ stagnant run game.