Anybody know why I couldn't find the Titans game on TV yesterday?
Since Stephen Tulloch took over the MLB spot against Minnesota he's been flying around the field, but now he finally produces the player quote of the week:
Said Titans linebacker Stephen Tulloch: "We are not looking to lay an egg. It's not in the game plan.''
The Titans can prove to the league that they're legit tonight, but even if we win the next day's story line will be about Peyton and the Colts I can assure you.
Jim Schwartz has this defense back on top after a few years of struggling. He seems to have finally harnessed the Power Of The Schwartz!
I think Peter King actually took the time to learn a little about our boys this week, because this is the most educated, involved analysis of the Titans I've ever seen from him:
Three reasons for the success of the [Titans offensive] line. One: competence and stability of coaching, with Hall of Famer Mike Munchak being on the Oilers/Titans coaching staff since he retired as a player in 1993. He became the offensive-line coach in 1997, and he'll be there as long as Jeff Fisher is the boss.
Two: Kerry Collins and the skill players help. Collins knows when to get rid of the ball instead of taking a sack; he has excellent feel in the pocket. "You never see Kerry take a cheap sack,'' said Mawae. The backs are trained to be good chippers and blockers in pass-protection. Rookie Chris Johnson will get offensive-rookie-of-the-year votes this season, justifiably, but Munchak says an unknown part of Johnson's game to the public is his unselfish pass-blocking.
Three: They're talented players who work well together. This is the third straight year the tackles, Roos and Stewart, and Mawae have started together. One guard, Scott, came from Indianapolis in free-agency this year and is a smart veteran who adjusted to a more mashing style quickly. The other guard, Amano, a seventh-round pick in 2004, has been an extra guy until winning the job this season with the loss of guard Jacob Bell to St. Louis in free-agency.
Running backs coach Earnest Byner tells Pro Football Weekly that Chris Henry has been making improvements to his game while being deactivated so far: he's learned how everyone on the first team likes their coffee, I'm guessing. But seriously, he needs to keep at it because if LenDale of Crazy Legs hurt I'm banking on Henry being the guy promoted.
Paul Kuharsky and Albert Haynesworth opine on the differences between what Peyton Manning is asked to do and what Kerry Collins is asked to do for their teams
Here's this week's Yahoo! Team Report.
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