Titans Tuesday: How You Like Me Now?

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I’m not sure what else needs to be said about the Tennessee Titans’ absolute dismantling of the Green Bay Packers. We could talk about how good the running game looked. We could talk about Delanie Walker and the stiff arm of doom. We could talk about the weapon Rishard Matthews has become in the offense. We could talk about the game plan the coaches constructed that kept the Packers’ defense on its heels the entire game. But, as I have made it clear on numerous occasions, I have a massive man crush on Marcus Mariota, so we are going to spend a little time on him today.


At this point in the season, if there are still doubters about Mariota, they need to skulk quietly into the night. They have no place at this table. Marcus Mariota is playing at a Pro Bowl level. In the past six games, he is putting up numbers that are in line with only the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He is the leader of an offense that is scoring more points than almost any other team in the league during that time frame as well. In fact, the Tennessee Titans just scored over 35 points in three consecutive games for the first time in franchise history. (That includes their time as the Houston Oilers.) Mariota is in complete command of the offense. He is accurate. He is decisive. He has the arm strength to make any throw required. He has a glorious moustache! He will still have games where he makes mistakes. He is only 22 games into his career after all. But it’s clear to anyone that has eyes and a brain that he is the future of this team. He can absolutely take the Titans to the Super Bowl. It won’t happen this year, but the talent is there. Rejoice Titans’ fans! Your long winter of failure is over!


As I watched the Titans physically, emotionally and strategically dominate the Packers, I realized how much I missed seeing my favorite team play at a high level. It’s been way too long. This team is still missing too many pieces to be a great team, but they have just enough to claw their way to become a good team. I can’t wait to see what they will look like with one more offseason and draft under Jon Robinsons’ leadership. We’ll see how it all plays out, but at this point, they have to be anticipating and expecting a playoff run in 2017. I don’t see how anything less could be in play.


I’ll end this article with some quick fire bullet points to highlight a few things that stood out to me on Sunday:

  • Valentino Blake pointing the wrong direction after the fumbled punt was the funniest thing that happened during the game. My kids got a huge kick out of that. Way to go Valentino. I’m glad the referees aren’t influenced at all by players pointing in a direction.
  • The Titans need a number one cornerback. Jason McCourty can be a really good two. Perrish Cox can be a serviceable three. Brice McCain and Valentino Blake can be fantastic practice squad players. This needs to be a draft or free agent move this offseason.
  • The Titans need to keep Jurrell Casey, Brian Orakpo, and Derrick Morgan around for a long time.
  • Was Jeff Triplette drunk on Sunday? Man did he struggle explaining the flags!
  • Delanie Walker played angry and it was amazing! I’ll leave you with a good look at the stiff arm of doom he unleashed on the Packers.

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Phill Lytle

I love: Jesus, my wife, my kids, my church, my family, my friends, Firefly, 80’s rock, Lost, the Tennessee Titans, the St. Louis Cardinals, Brandon Sanderson books, Band of Brothers, Thai food, music, books, movies, TV, writing, Arrested Development, pizza, vacation, etc…

5 thoughts on “Titans Tuesday: How You Like Me Now?

  • November 15, 2016 at 4:28 pm
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    I’m so encouraged for you guys. I am eager to see what next year brings with another draft and year of potential moving and shaking. But I’m also ready to see how these last 6 games go. Potential for something great but I know in the NFL you never really know.

    The ref having trouble with the calls (which I could not see) reminded me of Ron Cherry of the ACC in college calling a 15 yard personal foul on NC St once for “giving him the business”. He got it from an NFL guy in the 80’s but Ron’s call was so much funnier because of his voice.

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  • November 16, 2016 at 11:13 am
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    I’m not familiar with the Ron Cherry incident.

    If Mariota continues to progress, they could make a nice little run to end the season. I’m hoping for the best.

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  • November 16, 2016 at 6:35 pm
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61eq-KjHGfQ

    There it is if anyone wants to see it. My brothers and I have laughed at it many, many times. I was stunned to find out recently that it is not original with him.

    I understand Titans fans wanting to be cautiously optimistic. If they come up on games in these last 6 like they had where they lost close by giving up def return TDs (Minn and SD are two I am thinking of), but do not have those plays (which honestly, are rare scoring plays for the other team’s defense), then I think they are in very good shape. I’m trying not to say “woulda shoulda coulda” but instead hope for what will be.

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  • November 18, 2016 at 11:16 am
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    I am always optimistic when it comes to my teams. Always. I have to try to rein in that optimism when it comes to the Titans due to their recent track record. This team does feel different though. It has since the offseason when they got rid of Whisenhunt and Webster. If they can play as mistake free as possible, they have a chance to really surprise a lot of people by the end of the season.

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    • November 18, 2016 at 12:45 pm
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      I definitely lean positive as well unless there is really no reasonable reason to be. I don’t think sports are serious enough to be so negative. And I think I take them fairly seriously. I’m eagerly anticpating the Titans game each week since my team is out. It was a hard Bears team to like. The Cubs helped make it less awful.

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