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Eye on the Prize: AFC South Standings Week One

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 10, 2013 – 12:47 pm

Each week will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.

Here is a look at the AFC South after Week One:

Titans 16, Steelers 9

-The Titans defense was dominant all Sunday long, not allowing a point until 1:23 left in the fourth quarter. Defensively, Tennessee sacked Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times and picked him off once. Tennessee’s scoring came from three Rob Bironas field goals and a three-yard touchdown run by Jackie Battle. The Titans out-rushed the Steelers 112-to-32 and held the ball for nine minutes longer than the home team.

NEXT GAME: @Houston, Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST

Chiefs 24, Jaguars 2

-The Jaguars got off to a fast start on Sunday afternoon with a safety but after that it was a struggle. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert struggled with a 16-of-35, 121-yard, two-interception afternoon. Backup quarterback Chad Henne replaced Gabbert following an interception returned for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Maurice Jones-Drew was held to just 45 rushing yards on 15 carries and the Jacksonville offensive line allowed six sacks on the afternoon.

NEXT GAME: @Oakland, Sunday at 4:25 p.m. EST

Texans 31, Chargers 28

-Down 28-7 late in the third quarter, Houston looked to be staring at an 0-1 record to start the season. That would quickly change though as Matt Schaub threw two touchdowns in a little over five minutes and outside linebacker Brian Cushing had a pick six of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. That tied the score at 28 with over 9 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Houston would then complete the comeback with kicker Randy Bullock converting a 41-yard field goal as the clock struck triple zeros in San Diego.

NEXT GAME: Tennessee, Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST

2013 AFC South Standings

Houston 1-0

Indianapolis 1-0

Tennessee 1-0

Jacksonville 0-1

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Chuck Pagano talks defending the read-option, the need for T.Y. Hilton and Andrew Luck’s will to win

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:45 am

With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights.

Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show on Monday night:

Pagano on defending the read-option a lot early in the season:

“I’m glad it happened this early in the season. They were going to make some plays. That’s a very, very talented quarterback. It’s a tough scheme to defend so seeing it now is only going to help us down the road. We are going to make the corrections. We are going to be better down the road when we have to face it again. It has to go back to discipline football, being in the right spot, doing your job and we will play better next time we face it.”

On the final drive poise from the Colts:

“I don’t want to be in it. I don’t think any of us do but they certainly understand that if you keep playing hard, you keep giving effort, you take it one-play-at-a-time, there’s going to be plays to be made. Just make sure that you’re playing hard enough and you’re in position so when the play shows up you are there to make it.”

On Andrew Luck in close game situations:

“I guess he’s just a calm, cool, calculated, very talented guy. It’s never too big for him. As long as there is a few ticks left on the clock, whether it’s a minute or a minute and a half and we’ve got a timeout or we don’t have a timeout, he walks in there with such a calmness to him, such a coolness to him that he’s able to look each one of those men in the eye and say, ‘Okay, this is what we are going to do. This is how we are going to go about our business and we are going to take this ball down the field and we are going to score a touchdown, we are going to kick a field goal to win this thing. And everybody believes in him and he’s got the ability and the innate athleticism, the arm talent, all those things to be able to make those types of plays and get us down the field. If he’s going to run it in himself, he’s going to run it. He’s a great, great competitor and he’s got the will to win. ”

On T.Y. Hilton having three catches for 20 yards against the Raiders: 

“It doesn’t take much to get him going and we need to get him going earlier in the ball game. We will do that and we’ve talked about that. He’s not one of the guys that will sneak up on you now after the year that he had last year. Everybody is well aware of what he can do and how he can hurt you so they are doing things to take away our playmakers. We will do better to get him involved.”

On the parity in the NFL:

“I kept hearing all week long about, ‘These guys are you guys last year. They’re ranked No. 32 in the Power Rankings.’ I just kept telling our guys, ‘Don’t read anything. Don’t listen to anything. Just go about your business. Get prepared. Come in Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and let’s have a good mock game on Saturday.’

These guys are in the NFL for a reason, players and coaches. If you don’t strap it up and you don’t prepare and you don’t get ready to prepare week-in-and-week-out, it doesn’t matter. It was set up perfectly by everybody and we were eight yards away from this thing going south. Fortunately, our guys had enough fortitude and resiliency with Robert (Mathis) getting the sack and the huge interception by (Antoine) Bethea to pull that thing out.”

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Colts Daily Headlines: September 10th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:36 am

The Colts news on Monday looked back on their 21-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders. The highlights were Andrew Luck’s running ability, the pregame coin toss and the play of LaRon Landry.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, September 10th.  

Colts QB Andrew Luck is faster than you – and the opposition – think

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

The talk around the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on Monday was the running ability of Andrew Luck.

While the quarterback doesn’t agree with a “running” label many might argue with that personal evalution.

But does he consider himself a viable read-option quarterback?

“No, no, no, no,” Luck said. “Absolutely not.”

Rather, he’s a pro-style, dropback quarterback who can do damage with his legs. He ran a 4.59 40 at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, matching Cam Newton from the previous year.

Luck isn’t hesitant to tuck the football and run, but it’s not his first, second or even third option.

“Situationally, it depends,” he said. “I want to get the ball out of my hands 99.99 percent of the time. We’ve got great receivers on this team. We’ve got great tight ends. We’ve got running backs that are hard-nosed, (that can) make guys miss.

“I definitely think (mobility) is a good option, but I’d much rather throw the ball, get it into true athletes’ hands.”

Colts prefer to defer when they win toss

By: Mike Wells,

The pregame coin toss might not get a ton of attention from fans each week but Chuck Pagano was asked about his choice to defer on Sunday.

For so long, the Indianapolis Colts would elect to receive the ball when they won the toss because they had Peyton Manning at quarterback. Manning often led the Colts on opening-scoring drives, putting pressure on the opponent to counter the score.

Those days are numbered as long as Chuck Pagano is the coach.

Pagano, a defensive-minded coach, prefers to defer so that his defense is on the field first and the Colts get the ball at the start of the second half.

“I’m a defensive coach, defensive mindset, can’t help it,” Pagano said. “I know what our offense can do, I know what the quarterback can do, but we like to defer. We like sending our defense out there.”

From the Colts Complex: On S LaRon Landry’s 15 tackles and the decision to defer

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

LaRon Landry had played just two and a half quarters during the 2013 preseason.

However, any perceived rust for the new Colts safety was quickly put to rest on Sunday.

That blur you saw flying across your television screen Sunday was Colts safety LaRon Landry. In his first regular-season game since joining the team as a free agent from the Jets, Landry seemingly was in on every tackle Sunday.

He finished with 15 stops, 10 of them solo. In doing so, he brought a demeanor the Colts defense has needed.

“He’s a force out there,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “He’s a presence. He’s a guy who Miami is going to look at and say, ‘We better know where No. 30 is.’ He had a heck of a ballgame. He brings a ton of energy and he’s a force to be reckoned with out there.”


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