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RTC: Pondering losing Kareem Jackson

Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...

With combine week here and free agency pending, we'll bring back the RTC for at least until the stories dry up.

We begin with a smart piece by Sports Radio 610's Paul Gallant, in which he ponders the potential of losing cornerback Kareem Jackson to free agency. Though he acknowledges Jackson is the most talented free agent the Texans could send into the market this year, Gallant argues against giving Jackson a big contract -- the kind he might be able to get elsewhere -- because of Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's track record.

Smith and O’Brien have to draw a line in the sand somewhere. If Jackson gets an offer North of that figure? Then let him go. Odds are, they’ll be just fine.

Why? Because over the last 14 years, Romeo Crennel has a LONG track record of getting the most out of his cornerbacks. You can credit his ability to coach players up. Or attribute the success to his defensive schemes. Either way, the track record below has to be more than a coincidence.

Follow the link above for his recent Crennel/cornerbacks timeline.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle takes a look at Gary Kubiak's future with Peyton Manning, a thought that I know will infuriate some Texans fans. Manning's return for next season isn't official yet, but Kubiak certainly sounded like someone who would want him back. "No doubt I want him to be," Kubiak said about Manning being his starting quarterback. "He's had his self-assessment, and I think all indications are that, (through) everything he said and his conversations with John [Elway], he feels good."

Washington coach Jay Gruden coached the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League before returning to the NFL. During his time in Orlando, Gruden got to know quarterbacks coach George Godsey socially, and offensive assistant Pat O'Hara through coaching. Marc Vandermeer recounts his thoughts on HoustonTexans.com.