We noted last week that Mike Holmgren was the man who built Matt Hasselbeck from scratch, and that might be an advantage as the Browns game planed for us. Turned out that wasn't the case. Still, Holmgren showed up in the Titans' locker room before the game to say hello to Matt (and probably other folks he knows from his Seattle-area days like Babineaux, Locker and Reinfeldt), but Hass refused to talk to his old mentor. It wasn't a personal slight against Holmgren, Hasselbeck just feared that Holmgren might get in his head:
"It was good of me not to talk to him before the game because he would have gotten into my head," Hasselbeck said. "He just has the ability to do that. ... Mike's an intimidating person, just being in the same room as him. He's got a presence about him. He's meant a lot to me."
Hey, this Matt Hasselbeck fella is pretty good.
The Titans are still flying under the radar in terms of national attention, but as the wins keep piling up and the stats get more and more impressive the rest of the league is starting to take notice. Honestly, it's a familiar position for every good Titans team we've ever seen, outside of the team 2000 team that followed up the Super Bowl run with a 13-3 record. We're a smaller market, and haven't had the kind of year-over-year success. That being said, Munchak should know how to take advantage of that dynamic.
Yesterday's dominating win was all about big plays going our way on both sides of the ball.
Most Titans defenders had no idea that the Browns threw it over 50 times until the game was over.
It wasn't an explosion, but Sunday's performance was definitely a little bit of a step forward for Chris Johnson.
Chris Hope broke his forearm on Sunday. No official prediction on how long he'll be out, but I know when Vinny Fuller broke his forearm a few years ago it took 4-6 weeks to heal. Munchak also indicated that injuries to Craig Stevens and Leroy Harris aren't serious.
Peter King named Mike Munchak the Coach of the First Quarter of the NFL season. Given that he was hired in such a tough spot, but he's fielding a team that's explosive on offense and the league's best defense (so far), I don't really see how anyone could argue with that. There's also a nice write-up on Mike Heimerdinger's tragic passing.
Ben Roethlisberger has a sprained left foot, and his status for next Sunday's game against the Titans is up in the air.
Bravo Jim Schwartz. Bravo. It's been really exciting to see things go well for him in Detroit, and you can really tell when you see clips of the crowd that they're on board with that team in a way they haven't been for a long time.
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