Tennessee Titans Morning Links: Stronger, Faster, Defensier Edition

Tennessee_titans_30x21 FO put out the new DVOA rankings, and the Titans are a beastly 2nd in defense. That just further confirms that our D is probably the biggest surprise in the NFL, and one of the more acknowledged units in the game. I mean even serious fans like ourselves expected this defense to continue to struggle, but instead they're looking stronger, faster and smarter than any defense we've had outside of 2008 and 2001.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 The Sporting News breaksdown this weekend's tilt against the Broncos. Good stuff here, and they spotlight our guy Alterraun Verner as one of the Titans to watch. Of course, they say also Kyle Orton should be 'licking his lips' at getting to play our defense (Ed. note: see above) because Eli Manning threw for a ton of yards. Lets be real here: Orton isn't Manning, and his receivers are nowhere near as good as Nicks, Smith or Manningham. I mean congrats on throwing all over a crappy Colts secondary at home, but lets keep things in perspective here.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 I retweeted this last night from Clay Travis, but man I really wish I'd have heard the coach's show last night (I'm assuming that's where this came from):

Asked by name about @espn_afcsouth and his VY opinions Jeff Fisher jokingly suggested fans read books rather than listen to Kuharsky.

Jump!

Tennessee_titans_30x21 None of the Giants was more disappointed with the loss to the Titans than Keith Bulluck, and Bulluck was one of the few Giants not directly responsible for the loss. Still, Bully is keeping everything in perspective and keeping the way his departure from the Titans went down as his motivation for a big year in New York.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Knowshon Moreno is not expected to play on Sunday, so the Broncos will rely on ex-Patriot Lawrence Maroney and ex-Eagle Corell Buckhalter.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 LeGarrette Blount made his debut for the Bucs last week, and he ran for  27 yards on 6 runs, including a TD. In related news, we still have Donnie Nickey!

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Kevin Mawae reacted to Bill Polian's omnipotent decree that the 18 game season (an idea Polian actually doesn't like) is a lock for the next CBA by a bit of disbelief:

"From a players’ perspective, this is not a done deal,’’ said Mawae. "We spent three hours in the bargaining session talking about this and, as players, the thing that concerns us the most is the toll this will take on a player’s body. Look at someone like me, a 16-year vet — that’d be 32 more games.


"Of all the things we’re trying to sell to other players, the 18-game season is the hardest thing to sell.’’

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Peeking ahead at week 5, we will have a tough road game against the Cowboys, who will also have the advantage of coming off a bye week.

 

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