Chuck Pagano Was Released from the Hospital and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistOctober 22, 2012

News that Pagano is out of the hospital is a blessing.
News that Pagano is out of the hospital is a blessing.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts got a big win on Sunday, and it wasn't against the Cleveland Browns.

Today's article of the day comes from Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, who reports that head coach Chuck Pagano was released from a local hospital early on Sunday and watched the game from home.

Pagano is battling leukemia.

While the former Baltimore Ravens coordinator is still a ways away from returning to coaching, word that he's out of the hospital is welcome news. Furthermore, it is a relief for his players and the many fans who have been praying for his full recovery.

Pagano still has a long, difficult road ahead of him, and his team will continue to suffer in his absence. However, there's no question that his early progress should be celebrated by all. His plight has served to raise awareness of the need for continued research to find cures for the devastating illness.

His team has rallied in his absence, going 2-1 since he was diagnosed during the bye week. Make no mistake, the Colts need him back. Bruce Arians has filled in admirably, but has been erratic in his decision making.

When Pagano does return to the sidelines, it will be the biggest boon of all to a young team.


General Interest

Carson Cistulli of Fangraphs has a podcast with Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats. You must listen to this. It's brilliant on every level.

Scott Kacsmar of Cold Hard Football Facts asks fans how to determine the best quarterbacks ever from a single stat.

Keith Goldner of Advanced NFL Stats looks at questionable coaching from around the league.

The Football Outsiders post their Audibles at the Line.


Houston Texans

Paul Kuharsky of says the Texans' captains responded.

Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle revels in the win.

Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle says hopes are soaring.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says the Texans made a statement.

Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle reports that Andre Johnson made a speech.


Indianapolis Colts

Michael MacCambridge of Indianapolis Monthly has a must-read profile of Andrew Luck.

Kyle Rodriguez of Bleacher Report grades out the game.

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star says the Colts count any win as beautiful.

Phil B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star does call it ugly.


Tennessee Titans

David Climer of the Tennessean says the Titans fought to stay alive.

Jim Wyatt and John Glennon of the Tennessean write that Nate Washington made a "money" catch.

Glennon says the old Chris Johnson returned.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union says the Jaguars are wasting Bryan Anger's punts.

Frenette posts his report card.

Frenette calls the game "another dose of misery."

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union says Chad Henne was ineffective.

Stellino reports on injuries to Blaine Gabbert and Maurice Jones-Drew.