AFC Notes: Colts, Texans, Titans


Colts HC Frank Reich is confident new OC Marcus Brady is “more than ready” for the role after being their quarterbacks’ coach from 2019-2020. 

“Marcus is more than ready for the job,” Reich said, via Mike Wells of ESPN. “I have the utmost confidence in him. I knew the day we got Marcus in the building he was ready and I figured it would come to this. I knew Nick would eventually get a head [coaching] job pretty quickly because of the kind of the coach he is and there was never a doubt in my mind that Marcus would be that next man up.”

Colts new QBs coach Scott Milanovich mentioned that he coached Brady while he was Montreal Alouettes offensive coordinator and QBs coach back in 2007-2008.

“He’s really a brilliant guy, just thinks through everything, very competitive in terms of just hates to lose, hates to be wrong,” said Milanovich. “He’s going to do everything he can to not let that happen. When he first became a coach, I think his first two years we won the Grey Cup. It went pretty well for him from the start. I just had no doubt that, first of all, he’s a worker. No. 2, he’s really bright. No. 3, he played the position and I knew, personality-wise, he’d be a fit for NFL talent.”

Brady plans on working with Carson Wentz in developing the Colts’ offense but mentioned that their system is created for quarterbacks to easily adapt. 

“The way we built it is being able to adapt to quarterbacks,” Brady said. “Obviously, we had to do it the last three years with different quarterbacks. So, we’re doing that this offseason, seeing what meshes, what (Wentz) is going to be comfortable with, how he reads different schemes that we have — because I mean a lot of the schemes are very similar to what he has done in the past, but just trying to get on the same page so we kind of talk the same language. I think that has gone very well.”


Texans DT Brandon Dunn said he’s fully recovered from a fractured hip he sustained in Week 14 of last season.

“I had a fracture in my hip. It’s been a long journey and I’ve handled it and basically taken care of it the whole offseason. I feel 100 percent now and I’m ready to compete,” said Dunn, via Aaron Wilson


Titans OLB Derick Roberson said he’s looking to make a larger impact going into his third year in the NFL and is “hungry as ever” for success. 

“I really haven’t made big noise like I want to yet,” Roberson said, via Jim Wyatt of the team’s official site. “What I have done to this point, that’s cool. But I want do to more, and I want to build up that trust with the coaches, so they know when somebody goes down, I can go in and fill the spot like the starter. I am as hungry as ever. It is year 3, so I am real hungry.”

Titans DC Shane Bowen said he’s been pleased with Roberson during the offseason program and thinks the linebacker is “more committed” this year. 

“I think Roby has had a really good spring; I’ve been pleased with him,” Bowen said. “I think he came back, and he’s changed his approach a little bit. He has been more serious about everything, more committed. I think as he’s gotten older, he’s matured, and started to figure out what the league is. You are not just swimming from one meeting to the next. I think that things have slowed down for him in that regard. The thing I always preach with him is consistency. I need the same guy every day, play in and play out. We have to know who we are putting out there. If I am going to put you out there for 20 plays, I can’t have 5 to 10 of ‘I don’t know what you’re going to do, how this is going to be.'”

Bowen added that they want more “consistency” out of Roberson this season. 

“So the consistency is what we’re looking for with him. But I have been pleased with Roby. I think he has had a good spring, and I am excited for the fall to see how he keeps progressing.”

Roberson confirmed that he is taking his craft “more seriously” this year and now has a better understanding of the playbook. 

“I would say growing up, being in the league going on year three, I’ve just been working on maturity and taking everything more seriously,” Roberson said. “Just locking on and buying in completely. In my first couple of years, I’ve kind of struggled learning the schemes and stuff, and now I’m learning the playbook better. When you are a rookie, you mess up a few times and then you get it right. Now, you have to learn it. No excuses at all. I am really just trying to find a spot, and I’ll do it to the best of my ability.”

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