Reading the coverage…
“To boo or not to boo, that is the question confronting every Texans fan at Reliant Stadium on Sunday when Mario Williams strides onto the field that was formerly his home turf.” Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle explores our instinct to let a guy like Williams have it, even if he really didn’t do anything.
To which I say: Sure "words" can hurt. But big, tough football players should be able to handle boos and put them into context or turn them into fuel, even if they are misdirected.
Owen Daniels thinks he’s a more complete tight end than he was in his Pro Bowl season in 2008, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle.
"This young bunch has the chance to do something really special,'' Bruce Arians said. "I don't think they realize how special it is because they've never done it before. They haven't played in an NFL playoff game." Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star gets Arians' point, but says 24 Colts have indeed played in the postseason.
Jerrell Freeman from the CFL was Ryan Grigson’s first signing, and the linebacker is quite a symbol of the sort of smart moves the Colts have made during their rebuild. Chappell looks at the acquisition and production of Freeman.
To which I say: When a GM is able to hit on a player the entire league could have had, it must be one of the most gratifying moves possible.
Defensive line depth is starting to pay off some for the Jaguars, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. With a healthy group, “the Jaguars had eight defensive linemen active against the Packers and all played at least 13 snaps.”
To which I say: Finally. I understand they were thinned out by injury, but teams find ways to be productive despite injuries all the time. The better pass rush can be huge for the Jaguars moving forward. Like many of the team's problems, the progress in this area has been too slow.
Jacksonville-area native Cliff Avril plays a homecoming game today as a member of the Detroit Lions, says O’Halloran.
The Titans will be best served attacking the Bears through the air, says John Glennon of The Tennessean in a game preview that also includes contributions from Jim Wyatt and David Climer.
Says defensive end Kamerion Wimbley: “I am definitely still feeling like I can have a great year even though I am not where I want to be, and we are not where we want to be record-wise.” Wyatt’s story explores Wimbley’s first season with the Titans.
To which I say: He’s gotten better and, as he says, he’s been close a lot. But the Titans didn’t dish out the big contract looking for close. They need more finishing from him.