Defense: he had it yesterday.
Chris Johnson has a message for everybody out there, especially those who call him selfish for some of his proclimations:
"I feel like if I do my job and do my situation that in any game I can get over a 100," Johnson said. "I’m really not going into any game right now thinking about any records, making sure I get over a 100 and this and that. My main focus is winning.’’
Will Witherspoon went through a terrible tragedy when his mother dies unexpectedly last week, and on Sunday he played a great game in her honor. In his Titans debut Witherspoon racked up six tackled and a sack despite appearing in fewer packages than planned after missing several practices this week. Playing that game had to have been tough, but knowing that he has some good news and something to be proud of should help ease the pain for a minute, I hope.
John Oehser at Fanhouse has the best wrap-up I can find from any of the big-boy sites (other than MCM, or course!).
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The Titans did well enough to make the FIne Fifteen of a certain lazy sports columnist, but that's not the notable part of his column:
4. Tennessee (1-0). I don't know if the Titans can keep it up, but I will make this prediction: Albert Haynesworth will play for Tennessee by the trading deadline.
"Look at (Haslett's) tenure in New Orleans," one NFL executive said under the cloak of anonymity. "He ran off eight Pro Bowlers when he was there. Willie Roaf, Kyle Turley, Ricky Williams, Sammy Knight, LaRoi Glover, Joe Johnson, Chris Naeole and Mark Fields. In three years, eight Pro Bowlers were all gone.
Michael Griffin's bounce-back was one of the more reassuring surprises yesterday. I still want to see what he does against better teams, but that game should help boost his confidence if nothing else. That alone would be a big help because, like Blain Bishop likes to say, without confidence, you're nothing in the NFL.
One more quote I loved from CJ2K came when Don Banks asked him about his stated desire to reach 2,500 yards:
"Of course it's a realistic goal''
You can completely see CJ2K saying that without a smirk or batting an eyelash, and I love that.
The Tennessean has a good rundown of how players with local connections fared in week one of the NFL.
I bet your fantasy football weekend went better than mine: I started Kevin Kolb over Jay Cutler in a league that includes my wife. You have no idea how happy I am that she wasn't my match-up for this week.
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