AFC South News and Rumors
profootballtalk.com Updated 10 hours agoNo team hosting a Super Bowl in its own stadium has ever played in the game. Some think there’s actually a curse associated with hosting the game. Regardless, with the torch now passed from San Francisco to Houston, Texans owner Bob McNair wants his tea…Share Tweet
Willie Richardson, Baltimore Colts’ All-Pro Receiver, Dies at 76nytimes.com 10 hours agoMr. Richardson was an All-Pro receiver for the Baltimore Colts and their leading pass-catcher in Super Bowl III, when the Jets otherwise stymied their offense in a huge upset victory.Share Tweet
Hasselbeck is “strongly leaning” toward playing againprofootballtalk.com 11 hours agoA quarterback who’ll turn 40 next month apparently is leaning toward retiring. A quarterback who’ll turn 41 later this year is leaning toward not retiring. Colts quarterback Matthew Hasselbeck, who started eight games in 2015, could be back again in 201…Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 12 hours agoColts Coach Chuck Pagano is keeping two assistants from last season on in new roles for 2016. Veteran coach Jim Hostler will be the tight ends coach, and Tim Berbenich will stay as offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach after being a defensive…Share Tweet
Duane Brown off crutches in recovery from torn quadprofootballtalk.com 19 hours agoThe Texans played without left tackle Duane Brown in their playoff loss to the Chiefs last month after Brown tore his quadriceps in the regular season finale. While his presence probably would not have been enough to overcome the team’s poor play at qua…Share TweetIndianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is about to start the final year of his rookie contract. And team owner Jim Irsay is going to throw some huge numbers at Luck to keep him in Colts blue. Luck will be playing 2016 under a $16.1 million one-year …Share Tweet
Colts' in-house free-agent priorities No. 3: Jerrell FreemanESPN.com Feb 11 (yesterday)Colts' in-house free-agent priorities No. 3: Jerrell FreemanShare Tweet
Texans hire female head of communicationsprofootballtalk.com Feb 10 (yesterday)The Texans have promoted Amy Palcic to senior director of communications, making her the only woman in charge of an NFL media relations department. “We don’t discriminate or give preferential treatment,” Texans owner Bob McNair said, per John McClain of…Share Tweet
Colts add a few more coachesThe Colts let go of several assistant coaches last month after reaching a deal to keep head coach Chuck Pagano and they announced some of the new faces on the staff on Tuesday. Lee Hull will be the team’s new wide receivers coach, replacing Jim Hostler.…Share Tweet
Colts waive Ryan LindleyThe Colts needed to bring in a couple of veteran quarterbacks for the end of the regular season due to injuries to Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck, but there’s no need for so many of them on the offseason roster. Indianapolis parted ways with one of the…Share Tweet
Super Bowl 50 audience gets embellishedThe 2015 football season included an apples-to-paperclips comparison of normal TV ratings to Internet numbers generated by the Bills-Jaguars stream on Yahoo. The 2015 football season ended with a little (or a lot) of embellishment of the Super Bowl audi…Share TweetTitans cut ties with 2-time Pro Bowl safety GriffinShare Tweet
Colts raise ticket prices, promise they’ll stay the same in 2017The Colts went with continuity when it came to making a decision about keeping head coach Chuck Pagano and General Manager Ryan Grigson after a disappointing season, but there will be changes for the 2016 season. Those changes go beyond the tweaks to th…Share Tweet
Colts owner Jim Irsay: We'd like to retain Adam VinatieriESPN.com Feb 9 (3 days ago)Colts owner Jim Irsay: We'd like to retain Adam VinatieriShare Tweet
Marcus Mariota was not interested in being near the Super BowlESPN.com Feb 8 (4 days ago)Marcus Mariota was not interested in being near the Super BowlShare Tweet
See you on September 8profootballtalk.com Feb 7 (4 days ago)The 2015 season is over. Which means that it’s time to start thinking about the 2016 season. The 2016 season will begin on Thursday, September 8 in Denver. And the Broncos will be hosting one of eight potential opponents: the Chargers, Raiders, Chiefs, …Share Tweet
Rivera’s handling of Manning helped him become a head coachprofootballtalk.com Feb 7 (5 days ago)Before Ron Rivera became the head coach of the Panthers, PFT regularly pointed out that anyone in the AFC South who is looking for a new coach should consider Rivera, because Rivera had done very well against Manning as the defensive coordinator of the …Share TweetIn the wake of a debate (real or contrived) regarding whether and why Cam Newton is so polarizing, another guy who isn’t viewed as a lightning rod continues to periodically say things that should be drawing 50,000-degree bolts of electricity, but aren’t…Share Tweet
Leah Still presents Comeback Player of the Year, meets J.J. WattESPN.com Feb 7 (5 days ago)Leah Still presents Comeback Player of the Year, meets J.J. WattShare Tweet
Jim Irsay says Marvin Harrison in HOF, believes Tony Dungy is tooprofootballtalk.com Feb 6 (5 days ago)Terrell Owens let us know that one wide receiver among the finalists for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame fell short of the votes needed for election on Saturday. On his way into the NFL Honors show, Colts owner Jim Irsay let us know that anoth…Share Tweet
Titans confident ownership structure will satisfy NFL requirementsprofootballtalk.com Feb 6 (5 days ago)During his Friday press conference, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about league concerns about the Titans’ ownership structure. Amy Adams Strunk is the controlling owner of the Titans and controls 33 percent of the team. Another daughter of th…Share Tweet
Houston places bid for 2017 Pro BowlFeb 11NRG Stadium will be hosting Super Bowl LI next year, and city officials are hoping Houston can also host the Pro Bowl the week before.
Dante Fowler Jr.'s rehab from torn ACL on trackFeb 11What should be reasonable expectations for Dante Fowler, who missed his rookie season with a torn ACL, in 2016? The Jaguars hope Fowler can add his name to the list of players that recorded double-digit sacks in their first season.
Jemele on Peyton: Texans make more sense than RamsFeb 11Michael Smith believes if Peyton Manning still wants to play football, the two teams he should look into playing for are the Rams and the Texans. Jemele explains why Houston would make more sense for Peyton than L.A. would.
Why the Titans released safety Michael GriffinFeb 9ESPN NFL analyst Herm Edwards discusses the Titans' decision to part ways with veteran safety Michael Griffin, and why they may be looking toward the draft to fill the position.