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Jaguars-Texans battle of running back titans |
The next novel Arian Foster plans to read is a story about second chances and making the most out of every moment in life. "Aleph" is the newest work by Paulo Coelho, whose most famous novel is "The Alchemist," and its message is an apt one for the Houston Texans running back.

Jaguars Notebook: QB Blaine Gabbert took step back in Monday night win |
Blaine Gabbert got his first NFL victory Monday night, but he's still suffering the growing pains of a rookie quarterback, according to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. "It starts with the quarterback," Koetter said of the problems the Jaguars have experienced with their passing game. "I thought he was making steady progress, and he went up against a top-end defense [Baltimore], and he regressed a little bit."

Is Peter King trying to fuel the Jaguars? |
Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King, one of the nicest guys in the business, is clearly not enamored with the Jaguars' chances of being a relevant football team in 2011. You can't blame him. A five-game losing streak tends to prevent an NFL ballclub from building any kind of a national bandwagon.

Houston Texans Scouting Report | Jaguars Blog
Inconceivable. Although I’m not personally familiar with any Houston Texan fans, I can only imagine that was their sentiment last November when David Garrard connected on a 48-yard Hail Mary to Mike Thomas as time expired. After all, the game was tied and looked to be headed to overtime. The Jaguars were even content to let it come to that, since they were out of Scobee’s field goal range. That is, until Antonio Smith jumped offsides and gave the offense five more yards of field position, which was just within Garrard’s range. "Rebound", insane catch, Texans lose.

Pressing forward
Dirk Koetter said the situation is clear. Koetter, the Jaguars’ fifth-year offensive coordinator, said while Blaine Gabbert is going through a learning process expected for a rookie quarterback, that doesn’t change his answer when asked the No. 1 issue with the Jaguars’ struggling offense. "Quarterback," Koetter said Thursday as the Jaguars (2-5) prepared to play the Houston Texans (4-3) at Reliant Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m.