Music City Miracles: Former Browns GM Michael Lombardi's has some interesting comments about the Titans quarterbacks
Honestly, this is the last thing I really want to talk about following that sweet, sweet Titans victory over the Chiefs yesterday, but former Browns GM Michael Lombardi made some comments on his podcast The GM Shuffle that were too interesting to ignore. On his latest episode that was just released today, Lombardi began talking about the Titans win over the Chiefs around the 5:50 mark and then dropped this familiar sounding nugget about Marcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill right around the 8:30 mark.
"I was told this summer that the coaches really wanted to play Tannehill, but the front office was so endeared that they had to give this Mariota one more look.
Fansided: Titans 'optimistic' Delanie Walker and Jurrell Casey will return in Week 12
When the Tennessee Titans return from their Week 11 bye to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12, the team could see the return of tight end Delanie Walker and defensive lineman Jurrell Casey.According to Titans beat writer Paul Kuharsky, the team is "optimistic" that the two veterans will be ready to go in Week 12.
Not only are Casey (shoulder) and Walker (ankle) dealing with injuries, but inside linebacker Jayon Brown is also dealing with a groin issue that led to him being inactive in Week 10 and wide receiver Corey Davis was ruled out in Week 10 with a hip injury.
Fansided: Ryan Tannehill proving that he isn't "saltwater" for the Tennessee Titans
After a win on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs at home, have the Tennessee Titans found a quarterback for the future, or at least the short-term future?I was thinking about the metaphor of being on a deserted island or lost at sea. You are surrounded by water on all sides, but as thirsty as you are you can't drink saltwater or it will kill you even faster.
Similarly, when you are starved for a quarterback and there are backups everywhere with such low bars you can only buy in at your own peril because it could cause you to miss out on the real thing down the line.
Music City Miracles: After four starts, what do we know about Ryan Tannehill and his version of the Titans offense?
Originally expected to be high end insurance for the oft-injured Marcus Mariota, Ryan Tannehill took over for an ineffective Mariota midway through the Titans Week 6 loss in Denver. Now four starts into the Tannehill experiment, Tennessee is back even at 5-5 thanks to a 3-1 run under their new quarterback.The former Dolphins signal caller has breathed new life into both a floundering Titans offense and the team's hopes of returning to the postseason. Sure, the road to the promised land is still riddled with roadblocks, but just a half game out of the second wildcard spot with six games left is quite a bit better than where they were four weeks ago and with games remaining against the Colts and Raiders along with two matchups against the division-leading Texans, the Titans control their own destiny from this point forward.
Fansided: Chiefs failure to change cadence led to Titans blocking last-second FG
Tennessee Titans defensive back Joshua Kalu's blocked field goal to help his team win in Week 10 happened for one simple reason: the Kansas City Chiefs used the same field goal cadence the entire game.Kalu said as much following the win on Sunday in a game that saw the Titans squeak out a 35-32 victory thanks to a blocked field goal at the end of regulation.
The Titans defensive back said he recognized that the Cheifs were using the same cadence during the game, which helped him time the snap perfectly and get close enough to get his hand on Harrison Butker's kick, per Paul Kuharsky.
Fansided: Tennessee Titans: Taylor Lewan's wife roasts him for penalties
With her husband Taylor Lewan committing brutal, drive-killing penalties on a weekly basis -- the latest example of which was in Week 10 against the Kansas City Chiefs -- Mrs. Lewan roasted her husband hard for his shortcomings.On the first drive of the second half, Lewan pushed a Chiefs defender after a play was dead, resulting in an unnecessary roughness call. On the next play, Lewan committed a holding penalty that negated a 20-yard reception by Jonnu Smith, effectively killing the drive.
Those two penalties weren't Lewan's only blunders, though. He would later get pinched for a false start, bringing his penalty total up to three in the second half.
Fansided: Tennessee Titans: Taylor Lewan reacts to his drive-killing penalties
Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan once again had himself a rough game in the Week 10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.The story of Lewan's return after a four-game suspension can be boiled down to this: he has committed several drive-killing penalties in multiple games this season.
It's bad enough that he missed the first four games of the season, but for him to return and keep hurting his own team is inexcusable.
The latest example of this occurred on the first drive of the second half on Sunday. After a three-yard run by Derrick Henry on second down, Lewan was called for an idiotic unnecessary roughness penalty when he shoved a Chiefs defender after the play was over.
Pro Football Focus: NFL Week 10 PFF ReFocused: Tennessee Titans 35, Kansas City Chiefs 32
Ryan Tannehill led the Tennessee Titans back late in the fourth quarter to upset the Kansas City Chiefs at home, 35-32.[Editor's Note: All of PFF's advanced stats and grades for every NFL player are made available in PFF's ELITE subscription. Subscribe today to gain access!]
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Fansided: Tennessee Titans: Ryan Tannehill earned his stripes in Week 10 win
The Tennessee Titans pulled out a magical win in an action-packed Week 10 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, thanks in large part to the clutch play of quarterback Ryan Tannehill.Even with the Chiefs returning quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who put on a show in Nashville, the Titans fought back to seal a 35-32 victory. While the Titans needed a lot of key players to step up, Tannehill showed his mettle and earned his stripes this week.
The stats won't show Tannehill's true impact today, as he completed 13-of-19 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding three carries for 37 yards.
Fansided: Tennessee Titans: 3 takeaways from Week 10 win over Chiefs
The Tennessee Titans had a decision to make today in their Week 10 matchup against a talented Kansas City Chiefs team. They could either decide that this team still had some fight in them and they were not going to let this 2019 season become a waste without a fight, or they could have laid down and began looking towards the 2020 offseason.This Titans team chose the first option, as they came out swinging from the very beginning, letting the Chiefs and the thousands of their fans that made the trip know early on that this was not going to be an easy victory for their beloved Chiefs.
ESPN.com: Titans OT Lewan: My penalties 'screwing team'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Taylor Lewan was penalized three times costing the Tennessee Titans to lose 24 yards Sunday. Lewan's rough game was lost in an improbable come-from-behind, 35-32 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.He was happy about the win. But after the game, the veteran offensive tackle was critical of his performance during a postgame rant in the locker room.
"Before we even start this whole thing, my penalties are (expletive) awful," Lewan said. "I am 100 percent an issue with that. It is not intentional. I do not mean to do it.
ESPN.com: Titans' wild win over Chiefs costs bettors as $10 million shifts
The wild ending to Sunday's Kansas City Chiefs-Tennessee Titans game defied the odds and swung millions of dollars from bettors to bookmakers in a matter of minutes.On Sunday morning, as betting action on the NFL heated up, sportsbooks around the nation pointed to the Chiefs as the team that could do the most damage to the bookmakers' bottom line.
Kansas City opened as a 4-point favorite over the Titans earlier last week. When quarterback Patrick Mahomes was cleared to play, the line grew to as high as Kansas City -6.
Music City Miracles: 2018 NFL Draft: Leighton Vander Esch
Leighton Vander Esch isn't a household name in this part of the country outside of #DraftTwitter and a few insomniac fans of late night west coast football. That is going to change over the next couple months as the Boise State linebacker continues to rise up draft boards, a process that officially started with his fantastic combine performance last weekend. CBS Sports recently released a mock draft where they gave LVE to the Titans at pick 25 and I would expect him to continue to be slotted somewhere around the end of Round 1.
Fansided: Tennessee Titans: Derrick Henry busts 68-yard TD run vs. Chiefs
When the Tennessee Titans needed a spark on offense, running back Derrick Henry provided exactly what they needed.On and second-and-5 in the third quarter with the Titans trailing 19-13, Henry broke through the defensive line of the Chiefs and rumbled his way to the end zone on a 68-yard touchdown run.
With the extra point, the Titans grabbed a 20-19 lead with a little over six minutes left in the third quarter. After the score, Henry now has 123 yards on 12 carries, along with two catches for three yards.
Unfortunately, the Chiefs were able to re-take the lead on the next drive with a field goal.
Fansided: Titans and Chiefs Week 10 inactives: Who's in, who's out?
Coming into Sunday, the biggest name we were keeping an eye on was Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis, who was listed as doubtful after he didn't practice all week while dealing with a hip injury.We now have confirmation of his status: Davis will not suit up in Week 10 against the Kansas City Chiefs, and instead fellow wideout Cody Hollister will be active for the first time this season after he was added to the 53-man roster on Saturday.
For the Chiefs, there is one surprise inactive in running back LeSean McCoy.
Delanie Walker (Ankle) is questionable Sunday vs Jacksonville
Ryan Succop (Knee) IR
Jurrell Casey (Shoulder) is questionable Sunday vs Jacksonville
Malcolm Butler (Wrist) IR
David Fluellen (Knee) IR
Rod Smith (Hip) IR
Corey Davis (Hip) is questionable Sunday vs Jacksonville
Jayon Brown (Groin) is questionable Sunday vs Jacksonville