Jackson used to be an assistant in Cincinnati — he helped revive Andy Dalton’s career — and Thomas always admired him from a distance. After games, they’d find each other on the field and chat about football.
Jackson is brash and detail-oriented and has a good feel for his players. He knows how badly Thomas wants to win, and that motivates Jackson. “I hate that he’s part of any struggle,” the coach says.
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From the headlines, at least, tension appeared to be brewing between Thomas and the front office in late November. Cleveland had just been clobbered by Pittsburgh, and Kessler was knocked out of the game because of that shaky new line that does not include Mack and Schwartz.
Alford was in the last year of his deal. Because of his speed and athleticism, he was destined to attract some type of attention had he hit the open market. Although Alford has struggled at times with penalties, the Falcons think he can thrive in Quinn’s defense.
Jason Verrett Mens Jersey “It’s the speed that he plays with out on the outside and the ability to match up on different guys,” Quinn said. “He’s got the versatility to also play nickel. … He’s got a real awareness for the football in terms of going after it and ballhawking.”
Alford leads the team with 12 passes defended to go with two interceptions. He is fifth on the team with 47 combined tackles.
He has 14 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions. He’s averaging a dreadful 5.8 yards per attempt. Anything below 6.4 is considered terrible. The Texans are averaging only 17.3 points per game, which is 3.9 points below their numbers from last season, when Brian Hoyer was playing quarterback. Houston has scored 24 points or more in only three games this season.