Josh McDaniels Backs Kyle Orton on Titans ‘Dirty’ Talk

No, no, no.  Not that type of dirty talk, you pervs.  We’re talking about Josh McDaniels agreeing with his quarterback that the Tennessee Titans played dirty during the Broncos 26-20 victory over them on Sunday.  If you hadn’t already heard, Kyle Orton accused the Titans players of throwing cheap shots at his offensive lineman and called the game one of the “cheapest” he’d ever seen.

McDaniels indicated that the type of game he saw from Tennessee was the one he expected his team would be in for.  He also implied that their style of play is a product of the way their coach, Jeff Fisher, runs the team.

I was proud of our team because we knew that was the kind of game it was going to be,” McDaniels said. “You can put any tape you want to of Tennessee and there’s going to be 10 penalties. You either coach it or you allow it to happen. That’s how I look at that.

“Our guys did a great job of keeping their poise and composure and not getting drawn into a big unsportsman-like game because I know that’s what they were trying to entice us into doing.”

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Kyle Orton: Titans Are Cheap

Kyle Orton was his usual, efficient self in a 26-20 Broncos victory over the Titans on Sunday afternoon.  He completed 70 percent of his pass attempts and threw for over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns.  While surely satisfied with the victory, it would appear that Orton didn’t consider Tennessee to be a respectable opponent.  After the game, the Broncos quarterback said there was some foul play going on during Sunday’s game.

I think they are cheap, and it was one of the cheapest games that I’ve ever seen out of some of those players,” Orton said. “When we’ve got (guard Chris) Kuper getting punched with his helmet off, it’s ridiculous.”

It doesn’t sound like it was Shaun Smith ball grabbing status, but clearly something was going on that had Orton fired up.  When I first read the comments, my initial reaction was, “call the whambulance.”  After giving it some thought, I have no problem with Orton coming to the defense of the guys that protect him on Sundays.  If you’re going to say something about dirty play, you might as well do it after a win.  At least we know he’s not trying to protest the outcome of the game.

It’s common knowledge that stuff like this goes on every week throughout the NFL, so it had to have been exceptionally bad to warrant a comment after a victory.

Titans’ Marc Mariani Muffed Kick Costly Against Broncos

It was the definition of an up-and-down day for Tennessee Titans rookie receiver/special teamer Marc Mariani.  In the third quarter, the rookie registered his first career NFL score when he returned a Denver Broncos kick 98 yards for a touchdown.  The return gave the Titans a 17-13 lead, moments after the Broncos had taken a 13-10 lead on a Matt Prater field goal.

On a day when it appeared Mariani could be the hero for the Titans, he ended up costing them a win late in the fourth quarter.  After a back-and-forth game of trading field goals and coaches flipping off the refs, the Titans found themselves trailing 23-20 with less than two minutes left.  There was plenty of time left for Tennessee to get into field goal range and send the game to overtime.  Not to mention, Rob Bironas had already nailed a 50+ yard field goal earlier in the game.

The Titans never got a chance, as Mariani muffed a kickoff and the Broncos recovered the fumble.  Denver went on to run out most of the clock before kicking another field goal to seal the victory.

We’ve really gotten a chance to see how special teams can affect the outcome of a game these past two weeks.  Leon Washington almost single-handedly won the game for the Seahawks last week with his two kick returns for touchdowns.  Mariani put the Titans in position to win and lose a game in the same half.

Titans Defensive Coordinator Chuck Cecil Flips Off the Refs (Picture)

The Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos are in a tight game right now and emotions are flying — clearly.  I don’t know what the exact call was that had Titans defensive coordinator so fired up at the refs, but he’d better set a few bucks aside for the fine he has coming after showing his discontent.  Since we love our middle finger moments here at LBS, here’s a picture of Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil flipping the refs the bird:

Photo Credit: Twitter user worstfan

Chris Simms Arrested for DWB

Ah, what the heck.  We might as well continue with one of our main themes of the week — people within sports organizations getting caught doing dumb things.  I literally just finished posting about Georgia’s AD Damon Evans getting arrested for a DUI when I came across another bonehead.  Never heard of a DWB?  That’s because I made it up.  It stands for Driving While Baked.

According to the New York Post, Tennessee Titans quarterback Chris Simms was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana.  He was driving his Mercedes Benz through an NYPD Manhattan South Task Force checkpoint when cops smelled weed and said he had “red eyes, flushed face, and slurred speech.”  Maybe he was just overly tired and it was his friend’s car or he had let someone borrow it earlier that day?  Oh wait, Simms admitted to having just smoked in the car.  Nevermind.

Between Vince Young punching a guy in the face and getting arrested and now this from Simms, the Titans seem to be having a little trouble keeping their quarterbacks out of legal trouble.  I hope their court dates are spaced out so they don’t have an already pissed off Chris Johnson under center throwing passes to the first-team wide receivers when training camp opens.

Chris Simms arrested on driving while stoned charge [NY Post]
Chris Simms arrested for driving while impaired by marijuana [Pro Football Talk]

Vince Young’s Hands Tied by Norm Chow

I’m not putting words in anyone’s mouth, I’m just reading between the lines. Check out Vince Young discussing the difference between Norm Chow and Mike Heimerdinger, the Titans’ new offensive coordinator:

Vince Young certainly harped on a few themes there, saying Heimerdinger’s more aggressive and unpredictable. VY also makes it clear that under Chow he couldn’t run as much nor throw the ball downfield too much. Obviously I’m not in the Titans film room or huddle, but I can tell you a few things. For one, Chow’s track record is pretty legit. Secondly, running only lasts for so long for QBs in the NFL. I’m sure VY would have run more if he didn’t have the quad and leg injuries last year. And let’s not forget that when you run, you subject yourself to lots of punishment from the defense, not exactly something to help one’s chances at longevity. In other words, I’m not ready to join VY’s party in knocking down Chow.

Albert Haynesworth Rips the Titans

There are only a certain amount of free agents to go around. Far fewer are the free agents who will make a significant impact on a club. With that in mind, Titans defensive tackle Albert Hayneworth, who was a Defensive Player of the Year candidate last season, is pretty peeved with his team for their lack of action in the free agent market, saying the team has gotten worse.

“It’s like a repeat of last year,” Haynesworth said Tuesday. “We need more weapons for Vince (Young). Now we need more defensive linemen. We are not doing anything. We are really just making ourselves worse the way I look at it. … It doesn’t look like we’re trying to get better.”

“We have the potential to be good and we are letting so many key components go. I just don’t want to go back to another 8-8 year or worse. I want to go deep into the playoffs and compete for a Super Bowl.”

The Titans have lose two defensive ends and another defensive tackle to free agency, making Haynesworth say they’re getting worse. Meanwhile, the only player they’ve added is Alge Crumpler from Atlanta despite being 25-28 million under the cap entering free agency. I like the fire Albert displays, as well as guys like Donovan and Favre who have begged for players. One problem. There’s a reason why the players are players and the GMs are GMs. Remember what Kobe said last year about Bynum and Kupchak? Exactly. While many transactions can please players and fans, they can be bad for the team in the long run. For instance, maybe signing Javon Walker to a six-year deal, or Donte Stallworth to a seven-year deal wasn’t the answer to their problems. Someone should explain that to Prince Albert.