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What was, and what could have been
OK, I’ll eat crow now that John Glennon is confirming that it was the pursuit of Peyton Manning that quite likely cost us Mario Williams. At the time, I thought the idea was absurd, and I still don’t see how you can’t pursue both guys at the same time. Now, these reports are no guarantee that we would have beaten the Bills in a bidding war, or that the Bills’ plane would have ever left the runway to head for Nashville. It does, however, confirm that Bud’s decision to meddle with the front office cost us a good chance at a special all-around DE. Sure, Williams hasn’t set the world on fire up in Buffalo, but he’s been at least as good as Wimbley, and with what Bud was willing to throw at Peyton we probably could have landed both DEs and not fielded the shallowest DE group in the league. But that’s Bud’s call, because ultimately his name is on the checks.
Much to my (pleasant) surprise Javon Ringer’s season isn’t completely over after tearing his MCL, as trainers say he could be cleared to play in as little as four weeks. Munchak confirmed that the team has no plans to put Ringer on the IR, and the running back himself said the swelling in his knee is going down a little more every day.
Merril Hoge thinks Chris Johnson should stop looking for the big play and focus on gaining consistent yardage. How does the Nobel Prize Committee pass on this guy every year? Such a great mind never gets its due in life.
Can the Titans break their ugly road trends this Sunday in Buffalo? We’ve been outscored a total of 106-27 in our past three appearances outside of Nashville, and that’s not a recipe for sustained success.
Tommie Campbell is expected to miss at least a week with a sprained ankle, so it’ll be up to someone else to draw awful, costly penalties on special teams…Luckily Jurrell Casey will be healthy enough to start on Sunday.
The Bills have struggled to rush the passer, but PFF points out that if you give rookie Marcel Darues a turnstile at guard, he can cause all kinds of problems rushing up the middle. If their line is able to get pressure, Jarius Byrd and the rest of the secondary are more than happy to take advantage.
Apparently the frequency with which Hasselbeck and the Titans’ WRs abused Ike Taylor was a major wake-up call to Steelers fans… did the watch the last play of their season last year against the Broncos?