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Tennessee Titans Morning Links: Team Coco Edition

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Why does the embattled Conan O'Brien get the pic today?  Because the funniest man in the history of late night TV (yeah I said it) ripped off a classic last night: "Doing the Tonight Show has been a dream come true, and now I can tell my kids, 'Kids, you can do anything you want in life... unless Jay Leno wants to do it too'."

Tennessee_titans_30x21 If you do one thing today, make sure it's heading on over to and voting for the Titans' O-line in the Madden Most Valuable Protector Award, which is given to the top unit in the league.  If anyone else wins this award, after what our guys accomplished with CJ and VY, then it's a travashamockery.  The winner will be announced on February 3rd.  Big 'ole tip of the hat to our former colleague Will Leon for pointing out the opportunity!

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Diligent reader-commenter Randolph Winston points us to this Wall Street Journal article about the sudden increase in long runs in the NFL.  They only get three paragraphs in before dropping this gem (emphasis added by me):

During the regular season, the number of running plays from scrimmage of at least 35 yards reached its highest point since at least 1991, with the number of 50-plus-yard runs jumping by 33% over last year's figure.

Some of this increase is due to the electrifying performance of running back Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans, who broke six touchdown runs of more than 35 yards this season.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 CJ2K is dead-set on getting back over the 2,000 yard mark, but luckily the coaching staff knows they're playing with fire by giving him the workload it took to get there this year.  Fisher was said ever since CJ hit that mark that they plan on lessening his load next year by working in another back, which  is good news to CJ2k and Titans fans alike.

Follow us through the jump for a little love for Gary Estwick...

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Gary Estwick (who I must commend for definitely doing more to earn his paycheck here lately) has an article that's much along the same lines, but he has a few stellar quotes from Eddie George among others:

"He can still do 1,500 or 1,700 yards on half of those carries because he's that good of a running back. … It's still going to be more than any other running back because of his skill set."

Tennessee_titans_30x21 The Titans signed a small group of players to futures contracts for off-season work-outs yesterday.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 I love the guy's quotes, but LenDale White sounds like a real tool when he's talking about Lane Kiffin's pathetic departure to USC. I'm by no means a UT fan, but that lame excuse for a press conference he gave, complete with a cowardly refusal to answer any questions afterwards, should offend anyone who enjoys college athletics.  Even NBC executives think that's some slimy maneuvering.  At some point Lane is going to have to earn one of these jobs he keeps getting.  Still, I can understand White's loyalty to Kiffin given his role in bringing LenDale to the Trojans.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 UT Alumnus and former-Titan Albert Haynesworth is much more diplomatic about the Kiffin situation, but a lot of that is because he knows what it's like to be offered stupid money to go somewhere else.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 I think I speak for the Titans fan-base as a whole when I extend our sympathy and best wishes to the Hatian people as they struggle with the horrific earthquake that hit yesterday.  Closer to home, Colts WR Pierre Garcon is one of many Hatian athletes who are anxiously awaiting word on the condition of family members who may have been affected.


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