Tennessee Titans: End of Week 13 Notes & Links
Bringing you the best bits of news or information about the Tennessee Titans that have circulated around the internet during Week 13.
The Tennessee Titans are coming off the latter win of a sweep of the Indianapolis Colts. This week they face another division rival, one that they were embarrassed by in Week 4. But the times have changed and the Houston Texans are a much different team, with a much worse quarterback, than the one that put up 57 points on the Titans earlier this season.
Here is some of the Titans news that has been floating around during Week 13.
- The Tennessee Titans are not moving to Oakland
- Mike Mularkey says the Titans have two starters at running back, but there should only be one
- Even Kevin Byard knows how freaking good Brett Kern has been this year
- Speaking of Kevin Byard, he’s awesome at football
- Many Titans players will wear cleats that represent worthy causes, but Derrick Henry’s choice hits home
Let’s go through these in reverse order.
Derrick Henry has lost three family members to cancer, humankind’s biggest rival off the field. Henry said about it: “I want people with cancer to know that somebody is thinking about them and praying for them.” As someone who has had people close to me deal with and beat cancer, Henry’s story hits home. Henry is awesome and I hope he scored five touchdowns on Sunday.
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Kevin Byard has been arguably the Titans’ best overall player in 2017. After an impressive rookie season in which he demonstrated versatility, Byard has been a flat-out star in his second year. It’s not often a team finds a game-changing safety, but Jon Robinson found one in the third round.
If Byard hasn’t been the Titans’ best player this season, it might be Brett Kern. The veteran punter is enjoying the best season of his career, leading the NFL in average and net yards per punt. He’s second in Pro Bowl voting behind Marquette King because the Pro Bowl is a popularity contest, but Kern is on his way to an All-Pro nod.
DeMarco Murray has been running on fumes for nearly the entire season, yet the Titans’ coaches continue to give him important carries. Murray’s ineffectiveness has crippled drives, and it’s time for Henry to be given the lion’s share of the carries. That won’t happen, though, because the coaches are blinded by veteran deference.
The Titans are not moving to Oakland. Football is huge in Nashville, and it will continue to grow as a football market because the Titans are getting better and Nashville is a fantastic city.