It was shock to many that the Titans ended up 2nd in overall DVOA through week 10, and 1st on defense. The reason for that high ranking is that the way we looked at the schedule in the preseason has been the exact opposite of what we expected (I detailed some of this in last Wednesday's MCM Radio):
The flip side of the [overrated] Falcons/Jets would be the Tennessee Titans, second in DVOA despite a 5-4 record. That one can be summarized succinctly: fourth-hardest schedule. Note that the Titans actually dropped in DVOA after losing to Miami, even though their ranking goes up one place.
Now that Kerry Collins will be unavailable for at least two weeks, Vince Young will be operating without a safety net for the first time in his career. The coaches won't be putting Rusty Smith in for a spark, and if Vince gets dinged up he's going to have to deal with it and find a way to be productive through the pain. It'll be next in a seemingly endless series of 'tests' for Vince.
Add Vince Young to the list of Titans Fisher allowed to stay in Miami rather than fly home with the team. If Fisher was actually upset with Vince regarding anything that happened over the past two weeks there's no way in hell that would happen.
Terry McCormick details the play-calling in Miami.
I've been saying all year that Patrick Bailey has been a beast in special teams coverage, and now he and Shaw, who has also been a noticeable asset, are getting little love. It's amazing to think that you can get studly special teams players who can at least fill in at their regular positions... unlike someone we know too well.
Big Albert is excited to come back to Nashville for Sunday's game, but then again anything would be exciting compared to what happened to them on Monday night.
Rob Bironas is teaming up with the Nashville Symphony to get instruments in the hands of kids.
Donvan McNabb's much ballyhooed $40 million extension could be worth as little as $3.5 million if the team opts to cut the 34 year old QB at the end of the year.
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