Hasselbeck says he's had more passes tipped at the line than in any other year of his career, and he's not sure why. Munchak thinks it's a by-product of Hasselbeck's willingness (and since Britt went down, need) to throw more check down passes that has created this issue. I'd say the answer is somewhere between there and the fact that Scott, Amano and Harris have allowed guys to get too much penetration, even when the defender doesn't completely collapse or break into the pocket.
Wyatt talks with the Titans' skill players about end zone celebrations, and covers the letter of the NFL law on the subject. Of course, Munch has his own take on the subject, which everyone seems to be following so far:
"I've talked about that: ‘Let's not do that. You scored the touchdown. You got enough attention. You are not the special guy because you are the one that scored that play,' " Munchak said. "So I think we made the point very clear we don't do that, we are not going to do that."
Once again, Mike Munchak's name has come up on Penn State some fans/media wish lists, but it ain't gonna happen. Why would he leave an organization he's been with for just shy of 30 years and is the head coach of for a school he attended for four years? Penn State fans putting Munchak on their wish list is kinda like my wife putting a vacation home in the Hamptons on her Christmas list.
Boclair says late-season playoff implications are about par for the course when the Titans/Oilers and Bills meet.
The Bills' defense has been terrible lately, but Glennon says to beware of their opportunistic secondary. To wit: The Bills secondary has run back two turnovers for 14 points in the past two weeks. Mistakes like that are what keep bad teams in the game against good teams, especially at home.
Jerry Gray's defense has picked it up a lot over the past several weeks, and he's showering his rookie LBs with praise. It's remarkable that this unit has been able to turn it around after such a horrid start to the season, in which they looked exactly like the crap group that sunk us last season.
Paul K has much love for rookie stud Colin McCarthy, and says all indications are that the MLB spot is McCarthy's for the long haul.
The Fifth Down blog brings the funny in picking us to beat the Bills at home:
If he scores a touchdown this week, Steve Johnson will lampoon the injured Titans receiver Kenny Britt with an end zone dance interpretation of a two-hour wait in the violations line of New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission branch in Bayonne. He will also spoof Nate Washington if he can discover anything noteworthy about Nate Washington. Bob Costas will chide Johnson for his antics and all of us for watching them, and the Titans will win after Johnson drops three easy touchdown passes and Matt Hasselbeck sets up Rod Bironas for a game-winning field goal with his longest pass of the day: a 4-yard screen to Javon Ringer.
Late addition to the links: Sunday's game has been blacked out in Buffalo. Guess they don't all hate us like they used to...
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