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Old 09-27-2012   #1
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Default WADE: Time for Locker to Feel like a Bag of Groceries......

.................SACKED!


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Titans’ struggles in run game not affecting protection of QB Locker with only 2 sacks allowed


The Tennessee Titans have been criticized for being the NFL’s worst at running the ball. Jake Locker is pretty happy about one thing they’re doing better than almost any team in the league: protecting him.

The Titans (1-2) have done a pretty good job keeping Locker upright, allowing only two sacks this season and none in two straight games. Locker was hit only twice last week against Detroit. Only Buffalo has allowed fewer sacks with just one.

Titans coach Mike Munchak said Wednesday the protection went unnoticed last week despite facing a good defensive line against the Lions.

“We all knew that coming in and we threw the ball 50 times, I think, and the quarterback got hit twice,” Munchak said. “Not sacked, not harassed, he threw for almost 400 yards. That’s a heck of an accomplishment for them, and I thought the run blocking, for the most part, was pretty good all game, for their part in this thing.”

Protecting quarterbacks has been a mark of the Titans since Munchak first started coaching the offensive line in 1997. The franchise has ranked outside the top 10 only three times since 1997 and usually finds itself among the top six.

“That’s been a strength of this team for a long time, and it continues to be,” Locker said. “Those guys are professionals. They come out every weekend, and they play really good football games. It’s a constant as far as I’m concerned.”

The Titans finished behind only Buffalo last season in fewest sacks allowed, tied with New Orleans in giving up 24 sacks. That came protecting veteran Matt Hasselbeck, who is not as fast with his legs as Locker. His ability to run was just one of the reasons Tennessee drafted Locker eighth overall in 2011, and he’s led the team in rushing each of the first three games.
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Old 09-27-2012   #2
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Default Re: WADE: Time for Locker to Feel like a Bag of Groceries......

Soooo the O-line IS blocking for the guy still playing on his rookie contract...

...but NOT blocking for the guy who held out for the multi-mega contract...

just making sure I'm getting this straight...
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Soooo the O-line IS blocking for the guy still playing on his rookie contract...

...but NOT blocking for the guy who held out for the multi-mega contract...

just making sure I'm getting this straight...
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and give an uninformed opinion. Part of the reason they may be so good at protecting him is because of his mobility.

Let's not give any part of the Titans too much credit here.
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Default Re: WADE: Time for Locker to Feel like a Bag of Groceries......

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Soooo the O-line IS blocking for the guy still playing on his rookie contract...

...but NOT blocking for the guy who held out for the multi-mega contract...

just making sure I'm getting this straight...
It's not out of the question that an offensive line is really good at pass blocking and not so good at run blocking.

Having said that, my opinion has always been that Chris Johnson stopped caring about football as soon as he got his big contract.

Either way, I think the Titans are in for a long day this Sunday.
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Default Re: WADE: Time for Locker to Feel like a Bag of Groceries......

I think CJ lost the respect of his team also, I count that in a factor in how willing they are to block for the guy.
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Default Re: WADE: Time for Locker to Feel like a Bag of Groceries......

Head coaches who played the position (OL) tend to develop strong units there as well. Taking Bruce Matthews from Texans certainly doesn't hurt them either, Locker mobility aside.
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I think CJ lost the respect of his team also, I count that in a factor in how willing they are to block for the guy.
I have trouble believing that a team coached by Mike Munchak has an offensive line refusing to give full effort to win due to some sort of intrasquad animus. I certainly hope that's true because I so hate Bud Adams, but it doesn't strike me as very plausible.
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Explanation. Chris Johnson sucks now
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Default Re: WADE: Time for Locker to Feel like a Bag of Groceries......

Munchak and Matthews against Wade Phillips. Someone get the popcorn!
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