Mercury Morris, running back for the perfect 1972 Dolphins, wants the Titans to go undefeated. The only way to do that, however, is for the Titans to win the game that's in front of them so lets just keep the focus there for now.
The Titans wanted to add a play-maker who could have an immediate impact on the field in last year's draft, and there wasn't a player drafted after Crazy Legs (3rd in the AFC in rushing coming off of the bye week) who has fit the bill better.
Kerry Collins understands better than most why the league has put such an emphasis on protecting QBs, but don't ask big Albert for any sympathy:
"Quarterbacks wear pads just like we do," Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth said. "Yeah, (officials) definitely protect those guys way too much. We've got guys diving at our knees and doing all kinds of dirty stuff to us."
Gary Estwick reports that Lavelle Hawkins and/or Paul Williams could see more time this week since Gage and McCareins have missed the last 2 practices. I know I'm not alone in wanting to see the Hawk finally leave the ground this Sunday!
Boom King returned to practice yesterday, but only participated in the first half due to Fisher's orders. There was no comment on his availability Sunday.
This week's Yahoo! team report follows up on that with less encouraging news for Tony Brown:
• DT Tony Brown’s chances might not be as strong. Brown has not practiced all week because of an ankle injury, and rookie second-round pick Jason Jones indicated Wednesday that he could be in line to start this Sunday.
Larry Johnson being inactive against the Titans is starting to become a trend.
Paul Kuharsky pulls some stats to show that the Titans' are among the bottom in the league when it comes to big plays on offense. There's also some good discussion on which has a greater psychological effect on a defense: long grinding drives or quick strikes.
Former Titans LB coach Gunter Cunningham, now the defensive coordinator for the Chiefs, is pumping Ingle Martin for information on our offense. That should be devastating if our practice squad starts.
LenDale White won't reach his 303 carry total form last year, but you can expect to see him more as the winter sets in and conditions get nastier throughout the league.
The Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders are being featured on maxim.com. Well played ladies!
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