Woooooow. Lets knock these losers off their pedestal pronto. Seriously, we're less than 1/4 of the way through this season...
It's been two months since O.J. Murdock took his own life, and the cause of death has now been officially confirmed by the Hillsborough County Florida medical examiner's office. SI's Dennis Dillon marks the occasion by giving Murdock a proper profile, focusing on the impact he had on those around him. It's a beautiful read, and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Colin McCarthy didn't officially practice yesterday, but for the first time since the season opener he was able to do some individual work on the side. The plan is to add to that workload today, and hopefully the defensive captain will be practicing full speed on Friday. You could say this every week and it would be true, but we need him this week more than ever.
Despite my mounds and mounds of cynicism on MCM Radio last night, it appears the deal to end the referee lockout is signed and sealed. The regular NFL officials will be on the field for the game tonight on the NFL Network, and on all games moving forward. This is great news, as NFL analysts everywhere can now transition into complaining about these refs, but with a whole new well of material from which to draw.
Nate Washington called his unbelievable TD catch 'routine', which is like George Carlin's Back in Town album just a 'bit'.
Tom Gower does a great job making the case that Jerry Gray is getting massively out-coached in the second half of games so far this season:
After that moment, here's what Titans opponents have done in the second half:
New England: touchdown, field goal, field goal;
San Diego: punt, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown; and
Detroit: touchdown, field goal, touchdown, punt, fumble, touchdown, touchdown, turnover on downs.
Craig Stevens did a great job stepping in for an injured Jared Cook, despite getting next to no first-team snaps in practice lately. We hit on it on the show last night, but Stevens is absolutely one of the more underrated players on our offense. Most folks like to pigeonhole him as a blocker, but Stevens has some good speed and has made some circus catches when he gets the chance.
Between our two teams, get ready to watch about 9,000,000 bootlegs on Sunday.
Ashley Swafford writes about the wily veterans of the Titans' scouting staff, who are hard at work scouring the country to find the next Tommie Campbell or Marc Mariani.
Several key cogs in the Texans' secondary sat out of practice on Wednesday, including Quintin Demps and Johnathan Joseph, though they're expected to be ready to roll by Sunday afternoon.