Too bad our best runner is busy playing QB.
If there really are players 'grumbling' about Chris Palmer, and it's making it outside of the locker room, it spells potentially huge trouble for one guy: Mike Munchak. There's no way the quiet dissent is coming from anyone involved in the passing game, so you have to assume it's either the running backs, offensive linemen or both. Regardless of who it is, Munch has to circle the wagons and get everyone on board with his philosophy. Palmer's teams haven't been great at running the ball, but lets not forget that Mike Munchak was in charge of the run game when CJ ran for 2,000. If Munch and Matthews need to take over the running game, then Palmer has to OK with that. Either way, anyone who is complaining needs to STFU and take a long look in the mirror.
Marc Sessler of NFL.com points to comments made by, of all players, Leroy Harris, as evidence of the frustration with Palmer. I can't think of a single Titan who has less room to complain about a damned thing than Harris. Hopefully we've seen the last of him as a starter after he was benched late in yesterday's game.
Anyone who came out of the preseason questioning the Titans' decision to start Jake Locker should be a bit quieter after yesterday's game. Locker wasn't perfect - the fumble in the end zone is the kind of play you just can't let happen - but overall Locker was decisive, made throws all over the field, limited his mistakes and made some big-time plays. The TD pass into a tight window while being drug down showed those special skills you just can't teach. Plus, for a guy who had accuracy issues coming out of college, you have to be happy with his 71.9% completion rate and no interceptions outside of the long bomb, which was a calculated risk I can accept.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment yesterday was the atrocious tackling. Gray has to get that fixed pronto. Hopefully it was just opening week rust, but we won't win 5 games this year with that many missed tackles.
Colin McCarthy told reporters after the game that his ankle injury was not serious, and pointed out that he actually started the third quarter before being replaced for the rest of the game by Will Witherspoon. It looked to me like McCarthy probably just rolled his ankle, perhaps resulting in a minor sprain. Hopefully it isn't anything more than that, and he's back on the field next Sunday in San Diego.
I'd be hard pressed to pick whether Chris Johnson or Michael Griffin had the worse game yesterday. Both guys made mistake after mistake and never came up with the big plays to make up for those gaffes. CJ gets a little bit more of a pass since it's not his fault that on his 11 carries, he was hit behind the LOS 8 times. Not a good sign for two guys who have gotten big paydays over the past 14 months.
PFT reports that the Titans plan on getting Britt in for around 20-25 snaps in San Diego. My guess is that number could creep upwards depending upon Nate's health.