Titans' D vs. Rams' O produces multiple fights
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE -- Maybe some of St. Louis' short throws would have turned into big gains in a game situation.
But in a joint-practice situation, those completions that are such a big part of what the Rams do were hardly the highlight.
I thought Tennessee's defense manhandled the Rams for the most part, and the Titans set the tone in that side of practice Wednesday morning. They got the better of most of the fights, too.
A run down out of my notebook:
- I watched a lot of Albert Haynesworth versus former Titan Jacob Bell. Bell did pretty well in the big one-on-one matchup. In nine-on-seven and team drills he got a lot of help from tackle Adam Goldberg as the Rams sometime neutralized Haynesworth at the expense of leaving Kyle Vanden Bosch with matchups he could win. (Check out this George Walker picture of Haynesworth and Bell going at it).
- Torry Holt caught a pass over the middle and got leveled by Calvin Lowry, who popped his helmet off. The official nearby told Holt: "If you buckled your chin strap, that wouldn't happen."
- Reserve defensive back Chris Carr had a good morning running as the second-team left corner, getting his hands on multiple balls and delivering a few nice hits, including one in run support on back Travis Minor.
- Corner Cortland Finnegan went for a sideline kill shot on Holt on a short ball and missed, flying by.
- Linebacker Stephen Tulloch continues to make flashy plays. He leveled Keenan Burton. And after a big stick on Randy McMichael, the tight end popped up and threw the ball in to Tulloch's back as he walked away.
- DB Vincent Fuller pulled in two interceptions, both of Brock Berlin. On the first, Fuller timed it up beautifully, jumping a short pass for Shaine Smith on the sideline in the red zone. It would have a touchdown return for sure.
- During a field goal period, Titans special teams coach Alan Lowry pointed out to an official that Rams long snapper Chris Massey was flinching and tensing his arms before the snap to try to prompt someone to jump.
- Vanden Bosch was frustrated after he worked part of a two-man rush in the one-on-one period, as guard Roy Schuening pushed him back and forced him to take a lengthy looping route to the quarterback.
On to the fights:
- Finnegan wrapped receiver Reche Caldwell in his arms and wrestled him to the ground for a scrap. Finnegan has scratches above and below his right eye.
- After Michael Griffin crushed Dane Looker, Bulluck and Caldwell went at it. Bulluck's one-two swipe took off Caldwell's helmet. "It's his third team in two years, that's what I told him," Bulluck said.
- After Joe Klopfenstein ran under a deep ball down the middle and into the end zone on a play where the Titans busted coverage, a big bout broke out near the sideline at the line of scrimmage -- Vanden Bosch and Goldberg's fight spilled into a full-team melee. Both teams were huddled up as their coaches tried to calm things down.
- Rams tackle Mark LeVoir and Titans end Sean Conover weren't finished, however, and went at it with LeVoir getting the upper hand. Vanden Bosch, who wasn't in the play and didn't have his helmet on, came flying in as support staff.
Holt's take on all the extracurriculars:
"As excessive as that got, it does take away from the work," he said. "Now you're totally getting away from your technique and what you're trying to do as a football team. But as far as the mixing it up and the physicality, I think it's great for both football teams. Your macho comes out and you see where you are. There is some give and take there, but we were able to settle those differences and finish up on a good note."