Reading the coverage…
“The Texans were eliminated in the divisional round because they didn’t make enough plays when they needed them, made too many mistakes at the worst time, failed to take advantage of opportunities, and consistently failed on third down,” says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
The way Matt Schaub played in December and January will not get it done, says Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle.
Given the limited choices of Super Bowl or bust, the Texans wound up with B, says Randy Harvey of the Chronicle.
The lack of third-quarter execution stopped the Texans from completing a momentum shift, says Dale Robertson of the Chronicle.
Even without Rob Gronkowski again, the Patriots offense steamrolled the Texans, says Don Banks of SI.com.
The Patriots reminded the Texans who the boss is in the AFC, says Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com.
The gap between the Patriots and Texans only widened, says Nancy Gay of Fox Sports.
The Chronicle’s notebook: Danieal Manning did well returning kicks, Rick Dennison thought his meeting with the Bears went well, inconsistency plagued the Texans offense and other notes from the Chronicle.
Owner Bob McNair thinks the Texans need more depth to take the next step, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle.
Receiver DeVier Posey’s got a torn Achilles, says Ganguli.
J.J. Watt explains his pregame spitting “controversy,” from Ganguli.
Wes Welker let his play speak for him, says Seth Lakso for the Chronicle.
Jim Irsay’s decisions to change things proved awfully smart, says Michael Marot of the Associated Press.
The Jaguars will have to wait on the 49ers playoff run to talk to offensive coordinator Greg Roman about their head coaching job, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.
CFL quarterback Mike Reilly recently worked out for the Jaguars, says O’Halloran.
New Jersey police want to talk to Kenny Britt about an incident in which a close friend was stabbed, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
Wyatt says Mike Munchak wants to lure Sherman Smith back to Tennessee to coach running backs.
Alan Lowry may have lost his job as special teams coach because of a perception that players had begun tuning him out, says Wyatt.