RTC: Is change the end of Gabbert?

November, 20, 2012
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Andrew Johnson gets the game ball in Pro Football Focus’ refocus on Jaguars-Texans by Sam Monson.

Houston Texans

The Texans' defense must quickly shake off a poor performance against the Jaguars since they play Thursday in Detroit, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Johnathan Joseph’s hamstring injury is a slight strain, Gary Kubiak says. Injury updates from McClain.

To which I say: The Texans can lose this game with Joseph. Without him they’ll really face a challenge stopping Calvin Johnson. A less-than healthy Joseph struggled in a couple games earlier this season when he had a groin injury.

Breaking down Andre Johnson’s game-winning touchdown, with Jonathan Bales of The Fifth Down blog at The New York Times.

Indianapolis Colts

As they change their focus to Buffalo, the Colts know they are still in the thick of the playoff hunt, says Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star.

Andrew Luck didn’t make much about going against Tom Brady, says Phillip B. Wilson of the Star.

Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis didn’t produce much in New England, according to Cole Schultz of Pro Football Focus.

“The Colts surrendered 38 points on defense, but those came on just eight meaningful drives. No team has any hope of winning when it allows nearly five points per possession.” Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report with another look at the Patriots’ beatdown of the Colts.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The change to quarterback Chad Henne is a bold move for Mike Mularkey, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

The Jaguars' defense was on the field for a team-record 92 plays in Houston, says O’Halloran.

There is no pattern of excellence from Henne, just one good game. And that’s all it took for Mike Mularkey to change quarterbacks, says Dunlevy. That means doom for Blaine Gabbert. “Gabbert's play simply does not merit further investment as a potential franchise player.”

To which I say: Dunlevy looks at this from all angles and sees a no-confidence vote in Gabbert. It’s soundly reasoned. But I’m not so sure it’s that big, and I’m not so sure it matters much in the long term, which only takes us to January with this team.

Tennessee Titans

It’s not too late to do something special. That’s what Mike Munchak told the Titans as they reassembled after the bye, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Running through the AFC standings with John Glennon of The Tennessean.

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