My apologies for not posting anything in the past several days, but our Christmas is largely spent in a car zooming from one part of the family to another all over the mid-state. It was actually bad enough that I had to DVR the game and review it later, which makes it only the second or third Titans game I've not been able to catch live. At least when I sat down to review this one, I knew it was going to be good news.
Jared Cook absolutely destroyed the Jags' defense on Saturday. That was the break-out performance we've wanted to see for the past three years, and it propped up his numbers on the season enough that Cook looks like a top 10 pass catching TE on paper. The next step for Cook is to be more consistent on a weekly basis. It was amazing to see Cook show Palmer and Hasselbeck what he can really do, and we should see more targets than usual for Cookie in Houston next week.
While it doesn't make up for a season full of pedestrian performances and weak pressure, it was definitely nice to see Derrick Morgan repeatedly make an impact out there. The Titans will certainly look to upgrade the talent at DE, but if Morgan can manage to
ounce bounce back fully from that ACL injury the whole defense starts to look completely different.
So after the game, Michael Griffin Tweeted "My Last Game at LP Field. Got to make it a good one.", but when asked about it, Griff says he meant it more like 'last game of the season' rather than 'last time I steal Bud's money in his own house'.
Cortland Finnegan makes PFF's ACF Pro Bowl squad, and the praise is pretty high:
What's remarkable about Finnegan this year is that he's taken slot duty in the Titans' nickel. Normally that's a recipe for completions and yardage and about as tricky a thing to do as there is. He's been great from the get go, bringing the heat in run defense, as well as his coverage, and has also cut out all the stupidity. Maybe Richard Seymour could get some pointers.
Tom Gower gives a one-man recap of the Titans' win for FO's Audibles at the Line.
An unofficial survey of current NFL players shows that, unsurprisingly, tons of them will still try to hide a concussion. Despite all of the education and awareness efforts, along with improved testing procedures and mandatory benching handed down by the league
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