A few weeks ago Tony Brown was the only defensive lineman who was playing as well or better than he did last year, but now you can add William Hayes to that list. Hayes has been stellar since replacing Jevon Kearse. His quick ascension from raw D-II prospect to the starter picked to unseat a former legend just further validates the notion of Jim Washburn as one of the league's best D-line coaches.
Chris Johnson, who recently ate lunch at Swett's with Faith Hill, has had some quite tame TD celebrations this year compared to last year (think bongos), but that's all on account of our crappy record, he says:
"We’ve been 0-6, and there’s been no reason to celebrate. I can’t go play no bongos or nothing like that if we’re 0-6," Johnson said. "The more wins we get, the more things that they’ll get. I had a lot of things planned this year, but we didn’t start off like how we wanted to start off, so ain’t nobody seen none of them."
But if the Titans keep winning, Johnson is ready to jazz things up.
"I feel like if we can get a victory this week, and next week then something will be coming very soon," Johnson said.
Then just when you want to get mad at CJ for not being professional enough he makes you remember that he's a competitor who respects his opponents until they completely fail to stop him:
Johnson said he’s not taking the Bills lightly.
"We’re 2–6. We can’t look and say they got the worst run defense. We have to prepare like it is a playoff game,’’ he said. "You lick your chops but you know they are going to give you their 100 percent because they know we like to run the ball and are going to try and run it.’’
Follow is through the jump for more on Vince Young and a former Titan who may be running for Congress...
Former Titan and Eagle Jon Runyan is being touted as a possible republican candidate for South New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District... wow. So if you're a congressman from New Jersey are your main priorities the supply of Ed Hardy shirts for future generations and tax breaks on Axe Body Spray? That would make you a god in New Jersey, I'd say.
The Titans picked-up the Colbert award from Football Outsiders for the option call on the goal line. Does anyone know if that's a good or bad thing?
Ross Tucker at SI.com lumps Jeff Fisher in with other coaches he says are on the hot seat unfairly... I bet he wasn't saying that three weeks ago. Jeff Fisher is on the hot seat because he botched the first quarter of the season and hasn't won a playoff game in 6 years (including crapping the bed with a Super Bowl caliber team last year).
A tip of the ole hat to David Smith, who points us towards this article from ColdHardFootballFacts.com, who's title says it all: Move over, AP, make room for Chris Johnson. To wit:
Adrian Peterson is widely considered the best running back in the league.
The Cold, Hard Football Facts say he’s not.
They say that it’s time for AP to step aside and make room atop the RB totem pole for Tennessee superman Chris Johnson.
This story, form the same site, tracks the 8 QBs in NFL history who have won the National Championship one winter, and taken professional snaps the next fall. It's a pretty uncommon feat, and almost no one did it as well as VY did his rookie year.
Nancy Gay says Vince young is all grow'd up. I guess that means he won't chuckle at her last name anymore?
It's looking like Trent Edwards may play on Sunday... Terrell Owens, not so much.
Every time you read a great Titans-related story on the web and don't share it with the MCM community through the fanposts, fanshots or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org a Ravens (or Steelers) fan smiles. Is that what you want?!!!!?!?!