We need Cookie to carry a lot on his back this week.
Gary Kubiak is telling the Houston media that his Texans will be playing at full speed on Sunday, as opposed to taking the week to rest up for the franchise's first playoff game. That makes sense considering the Texans are coming off of back-to-back ugly losses, but they're also a team that's skating on this ice in terms of injuries. I'm betting that he's more concerned with going full speed on offense, since that's where a rash of turnovers and mental mistakes have derailed a group that is struggling without Matt Schaub or Andre Johnson.
There's absolutely no chance Mike Munchak leaves the Titans for Penn State. Period. There's a better chance of the Titans making the Super Bowl this season with a unicorn playing QB than Mike Munchak stalking the sidelines of Happy Valley in 2012.
David Boclair delivers his most insightful article of the season, in which he asks: has the Titans' coaching staff finally realized what this offense really is? Last week was the first time I can clearly remember a Titans team that made no attempt at all to run the ball. They didn't even try to put on the illusion. The game plan was to throw often, and throw deep. Given the O-line's inability to block consistently, and Chris Johnson's terrible year it's a move that, to at least some extent, should have been made much earlier in the season. Nothing we can do about that now, but like I said on MCM Radio last night: if we lose on Sunday, I at least want to lose going for big plays in the passing game. We aren't good enough to grind it out with Houston, but we're good enough to have a puncher's chance.
I didn't realistically expect any Titans to make the Pro Bowl (though Rob Bironas, Michael Roos and Cortland Finnegan were deserving candidates, IMO), but this might be the real shocker: not a single member of our outstanding 2011 draft class made Football Outsiders' All Rookie Team. Hell, only Jurrell Casey and Colin McCarthy got honorable mentions. How Karl Klug went unmentioned I can't begin to understand, and Tommie Campbell probably deserved a mention since they had a position for special teams gunners.
PFF ranks the most undeserving players to be voted to the Pro Bowl.
Speaking of which, Cortland Finnegan never had much of a shot because all fans pay attention to are INTs, but his argument for a Pro Bowl spot might be even better than I expected:
Tennessee Titans: The Titans had no Pro Bowlers, and cornerback Cortland Finnegan is one of a few men who could be considered snubbed. In eight games, he has allowed just two catches or less for 25 or fewer yards.
Where oh where will the Jeff Fisher roadshow put down stakes?
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