Reading the coverage…
A nice read on the rise of the neurotic quarterback, from Johnette Howard of ESPN.com.
Looking at strengths and weaknesses, it’s not hard to predict the Texans’ plan against Buffalo: Run it. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle on Arian Foster’s potential for a big day.
In Year 5, Justin Forsett is still trying to prove himself, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle. Forsett is likely to work as the Texans’ second back on Sunday.
To which I say: I think the guy is good enough to find a better role for himself somewhere else next year.
Inside linebacker Daryl Sharpton expects to practice next week, Ganguli said.
Wade Phillips has nothing but good things to say about his time in Buffalo, says Dale Robertson.
The path to home field is frighteningly wide open, says Houston Diehards.
Architect Ryan Grigson isn’t anxious for credit and just wants to be sure his team doesn’t get caught up in all the good things being said about it right now, says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star. “The minute you stop and smell the roses, you take your eyes off the ball,” Grigson said.
To which I say: To this point Grigson’s earned an A. Sorry, Ryan, to do anything to add to the positive press. We can't help it. (Thanks to Kravitz for the unnecessary shout out.)
Robert Mathis will be back in the lineup Sunday against Miami, says Mike Chappell. The double whammy of Dwight Freeney and Mathis has not been on the field together enough, so it rates as a big development.
The Dolphins-Colts game amounts to an impromptu playoff matchup, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.
Starting cornerbacks Derek Cox and Rashean Mathis are likely to miss Sunday’s game against Detroit, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.
To which I say: William Middleton, Mike Harris and Aaron Ross did good work last week against Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. Odds of a second good game in a row? Not high, I am guessing.
Red-zone offense tells a lot about the Lions, who have struggled but have gotten better, says O’Halloran.
The Jaguars have not been good at sustained drives, so a big play or two from Cecil Shots can be crucial, says Dunlevy in a game preview.
Halfway through the season, Michael Griffin rates his play as terrible, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
To which I say: I give Griffin credit for being a lot more stand-up than he used to be. And at least the arrow is pointing up after his best game of the season, against the Colts.
“Tight end Jared Cook sounded more like a determined player than a disgruntled employee on Thursday,” says John Glennon and Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. Team officials have met with him to smooth things over after an early week trade request.
Offensive coordinator Chris Palmer has a lot of guys who want and need the ball, and said all he can do is plan game to game, writes David Climer of The Tennessean.
The Titans are badly banged up on the offensive line, says Glennon.