AFC Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Texans, Titans


Colts HC Frank Reich said that their offense going to an uptempo no-huddle system in Week 10 against the Titans proved very beneficial. 

“It worked really well (against the Titans),” Reich said, via Kevin Bowen of 1075TheFan. “It really gave us a good spark, good energy. The guys handled it really, really well.”

Reich pointed out that he has experience with Colts veteran QB Philip Rivers running an uptempo offense while with the Chargers from 2013-2015. 

(Rivers) does thrive in it,” Reich says. “We basically were no-huddle for three years to tell you the truth – for the better part of three years. We weren’t always up-tempo, but we basically didn’t huddle for three years.”

Reich said he does not intend on using a no-huddle offense every game and that it will be a “game-by-game decision.” 

“What is the danger of doing it all the time?” Reich said. “I’ve played and coached in offenses where we did it for 16 games and for most of the game in all 16 games. It can catch up to you a little bit. I just think it has to be a tool and you keep mixing it in. How much or how little, it is by design but it’s also by feel. That will be a game-by-game decision.”

  • Ian Rapoport reports that Colts OT Braden Smith sustained a thumb injury in Thursday’s practice that required stitches but he is not expected to miss any time. 
  • Colts ST coach Bubba Ventrone will also miss Week 11’s game after coming down with COVID 19-related reasons.
  • Stephen Holder notes that ST assistant Frank Ross will fill in for Ventrone on the sidelines on Sunday. Ventrone conducted meetings virtually in recent days. 
  • The Indianapolis Colts are bringing in three tight ends for tryouts, according to Aaron Wilson. The players trying out are Cheyenne O’Grady and former quarterbacks Nick Fitzgerald and Tyree Jackson.
  • QUESTIONABLE for Week 11: TE Jack Doyle (concussion), CB Isaiah Rodgers (knee), T Braden Smith (thumb), TE Noah Togiai (knee), DE Kemoko Turay (ankle)



A report came out this weekend that said the Texans were considering keeping interim HC Romeo Crennel in 2021 due to the pandemic possibly complicating their coaching search this year. However, CEO Cal McNair said Houston plans to cast a wide net searching for the team’s next coach. 

“We’ll interview offensive and defensive coaches,” McNair said via the Houston Chronicle. “We’re going to cast a broad net. We’ll leave no stone unturned.”


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