If Chris Johnson came from Texas I guarantee you he'd be swimming in a pool of gold coins with super models under the direction of a member of the Adams family shoveling in more every hour.
RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE. Look, the fact that Jamie Harper and Herb Donelson had great performances last Saturday is great to see, but acting like they'd do half of what CJ can do against the best teams in the league is just crazy. What those runs showed me is that our offensive line is back to being one of the best in the league. There were whispers that Munchak was openly unhappy with Heimerdinger's blocking schemes last season, and if you've seen the dumptruck-sized holes over the past two games I'd have to say Munch was dead right. He and Matthews have taken the same group of 5 guys and forged them into a dominant unit. If CJ had hit any one of those holes he'd have been to the house before you had a chance to jump off of the couch. How do I know that? Because that's what CJ does. I was happy to see Harper justify the potential the staff saw when they drafted him. He has some nifty feet for a big guy, and he showed some of the vision he didn't display against the Vikings.
As everyone is quick to point out, Jake Locker struggled Saturday night much more than he did last week. Of course he was also victimized by drops and shaky playcalling. Not to Senor Palmer: If you call very similar looking bootleg passes three out of every four plays, teams are going to blow it up. That being said, Locker, along with every other rookie ever, has to learn when to just take the sack and not force a turnover. I still believe Locker is further along than any of us expected, but after seeing some of those weak spots on Saturday I'm especially happy that we have Hasselbeck to man the helm while Locker adjusts to the NFL game. Locker will be great sooner rather than later, but right now everything has to go right on the field for him to give us a chance to win, and that's not going to cut it in this division.
If Larry Fitzgerlad's contract is a benchmark Chris Johnson's agent is using to judge CJ's market value, then Reinfeldt must have gotten sick when the breakdown of Fitzy's new deal came out...
Jason Jones will indeed miss the rest of the preseason after tweaking his knee on the first play from scrimmage, but he won't need surgery and should be ready for the first regular season game. As long as it's not a serious knee issue, I'm just glad to hear it's not the shoulder and ankle injuries that have plagued Jones so far in his career.
Myron Rolle got screwed on the helmet-to-helmet call, but he isn't the first and he won't be the last to get popped by the refs like that. It's just life in the modern NFL, and Munchak knows it.
While I agree that it would've been nice to see some of those drives that stalled-out be touchdowns, it was certainly heartening to see Rob Bironas get back to being the money kicker we've come to expect.
Paul K guesses what the Titans might be thinking, and it's a wish to keep flying under the radar.
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