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Texans Left With QB Questions After Divisional Playoff LossKRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans overcame the loss of J.J. Watt to reach the divisional round of the playoffs. But mistakes by Brock Osweiler doomed Houston in a loss to the New England Patriots and leaves questions about whether he'll be the starter next season. The Texans signed Osweiler to a $72 million contract in the offseason in hopes of upgrading the position after Brian Hoyer accounted for five turnovers in a 30-0 loss to Kansas City in the wild-card round of the playoffs last season. Instead of being the answer to their longtime woes at quarterback, Osweiler struggled throughout the season and was benched before returning for the postseason. He was turnover-free in a wild-card win over the Raiders before throwing three interceptions in the second half on Saturday to allow New England to pull away for the 34-16 victory . Less than 48 hours after the loss, coach Bill O'Brien wasn't ready to make any proclamations about who will start next season or say if Osweiler will have to compete with Tom Savage for the job. "Before I talk about those types of things, I have to evaluate it myself," he said. "I have to talk to our coaching staff and get their input, our personnel people and get their input. I wouldn't be a good head coach if I stood up here and told you, 'Hey, this is what we are planning to do.'" O'Brien also refused to discuss whether the Texans would consider drafting a quarterback in April after Osweiler threw more interceptions (19) than touchdowns (17) this season. "We're so far from — absolutely so far removed from even answering that question ... we evaluate everything we do. Then we get with the personnel people," O'Brien said. "We talk about all the things we need to do to improve — coaching, playing, everything. So that's not even a question I can begin to answer." EARLY CHANGE: While the Texans need more time to decide on what to do with Osweiler, they made a big decision on offense on Monday afternoon when they announced that offensive coordinator George Godsey wouldn't return next season. The Texans said they and Godsey "mutually agreed to part ways." Godsey was in his second season as offensive coordinator after working as quarterbacks coach in his first year with the team in 2014. His work came under fire this season as Houston's offense ranked near the bottom of the league behind the struggles Osweiler. Godsey called the plays at the beginning of the season, but O'Brien took away his play-calling duties and began calling them himself in late September after the offense failed to move the ball consistently. STRONG DEFENSE: Houston finished ranked first in yards allowed in the regular season despite losing Watt to season-ending back surgery after just three games. "The future looks bright," outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus said. "We've got a great group of guys who stepped up their game this year and did a great job for us to be in the position we were in. To have J.J. back next year is going to be great. He's going to add that much more." The unit received a boost from a breakout season by defensive end Jadeveon Clowney . The top overall pick in the 2014 draft shook off two injury-filled seasons to finish the regular season with 16 tackles for losses, 17 quarterback hits and six sacks. He continued his strong play in the postseason when he joined Watt as the only defensive linemen in franchise history to get an interception in a playoff game when he grabbed one against the Raiders to set up Houston's first touchdown. His big season helped him morph into a leader for the group. "When you have success on the field, you're able to instill more of your personality in the locker room," O'Brien said. "I think you guys got a chance to see that this year. The guy's a great guy. Loves football, loves his teammates, loves playing, plays hard." READER IS READY: Houston got another solid season from nose tackle Vince Wilfork, who was in his second year with the Texans after spending 11 years with the Patriots. Wilfork is contemplating retirement , but the Texans should be OK at the position if he does hang it up because of the development of rookie D.J. Reader. Reader, a fifth-round pick, appeared in every game this season with seven starts. "D.J. Reader is one of the better young defensive linemen I've been around in the NFL," O'Brien said. "He's tough. He's built low to the ground. He's hard to move. He's got good pass rush skills." LOOKING AHEAD: Despite the tough end to the season, O'Brien is encouraged by the progress the team made this season. Houston won its second straight AFC South title and its win over the Raiders was the team's first playoff victory since 2012. "I'm very proud of this team," O'Brien said. "This team fought hard ... when you lose in the playoffs, it's a terrible feeling ... it's an empty feeling. Give a lot of credit to the Patriots, they executed better than we did (but) we can build on it."
Jaguars Hire Tyrone Wheatley As Running Backs CoachJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former Michigan standout Tyrone Wheatley as running backs coach. Wheatley spent the past two years coaching running backs at his alma mater. Before that, he spent five years working for new Jaguars coach Doug Marrone. Wheatley coached running backs with the NFL's Buffalo Bills (2013-14) and on the collegiate level at Syracuse (2010-12). Marrone was the head coach at both stops. The 44-year-old Wheatley rejoins Marrone, who is working with executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin to build his staff. They previously hired Todd Wash as defensive coordinator, Perry Fewell as secondary coach, Pat Flaherty as offensive line coach and Joe DeCamillis as special teams coordinator. Wheatley inherits a running backs group that features Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon.
Bell Carries Steelers Into AFC Title Game In New England
Steelers' Brown Rolls Live Locker Room Video After WinAntonio Brown filmed the postgame scene in the Steelers' locker room on Facebook Live after an 18-16 win at Kansas City on Sunday.
Boswell's Six Field Goals Help The Steelers Advance To AFC Championship, Steelers Defeat The Kansas City Chiefs 18-16Who needs to reach the end zone when you have Le'Veon Bell chewing up yards and the clock, and Chris Boswell setting an NFL playoff record with six field goals?
The Green Bay Packers Edge Out The Dallas Cowboys In 34-31 Victory, Advance To NFC Championship GameAaron Rodgers didn't need another Hail Mary this time. Maybe just call it a "Half Mary." Rodgers threw a 36-yard pass to a toe-dragging Jared Cook on the sideline, and Mason Crosby kicked a 51-yard field goal on the next play as time expired, sending the Packers to the NFC championship game with their eighth straight win while thwarting a Dallas rally in a 34-31 victory in the divisional round of the playoffs Sunday.
Prescott, Cowboys Look To End Packers' Winning StreakAaron Rodgers has been unbeatable on a seven-game run that carried Green Bay to the divisional round. So was Dallas rookie Dak Prescott for 11 straight in the regular season, a surge that ultimately benched 10-year starter Tony Romo and led to the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the quarterback's playoff debut Sunday against the Packers.
Chiefs Looking For Redemption Against PittsburghBen Roethlisberger threw five touchdown passes. Le'Veon Bell starred in his return from a three-game suspension. The Steelers scored 22 first-quarter points, led 36-0 before the Chiefs finally scored and they proceeded to route the eventual AFC West champions 43-14 that October night.
The New England Patriots Back In The AFC Championship With Victory Over The TexansThe New England Patriots are headed back to a familiar spot: the AFC championship game. Dion Lewis had a 13-yard touchdown reception , a 98-yard kickoff return for a score, and a late 1-yard touchdown to help the Patriots hold off the Houston Texans 34-16 on Saturday night and advance to an NFL-record sixth straight conference title game.
The Atlanta Falcons Advance To NFC Championship Game With Dominant Victory Over SeahawksMatt Ryan looked very much like an MVP, and the Atlanta Falcons are headed to the NFC championship game. Ryan threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Falcons to a 36-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round Saturday.
Matt Bowen Breaks Down Browns Defensive Coordinator Gregg WilliamsFormer NFL DB and current ESPN NFL writer Matt Bowen joined Mike "Chico" Bormann on Saturday to talk about new Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Bowen played for Gregg Williams for two years.

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