Sunday, September 22, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Tennessee Titans
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Observed in the locker room after the Tennessee Titans' 20-17 win against the San Diego Chargers at LP Field:
And they danced: Jake Locker wasn’t the only one jumping for joy after he connected with Justin Hunter for a game-winning, 34-yard touchdown with 15 seconds left to beat the Chargers. Locker leaped and pumped his fist as he headed toward the sideline. First-round guard Chance Warmack, listed at 323 pounds, was jumping himself as he headed the other way to block for the extra point. “That was probably better than my combine vertical,” Warmack said.
Big breakup: Tight end Delanie Walker nearly lost the game for the Titans when a second-down pass bounced off his hands on Tennessee’s final drive. He saw defensive back Marcus Gilchrist closing on him and took his eye off the ball. But Walker knew once he didn’t catch it that Gilchrist might, so he rammed him and broke up an interception. “That’s a huge play, if he quits on that play, feels sorry for himself because he dropped it, the game is over,” Locker said. Catch video of Walker talking about Locker at my Instagram account.
Hesitant: San Diego went up 17-10 late in the third quarter on a drive keyed by Ladarius Green's 34-yard catch. Titans safety Michael Griffin arrived early and went low to make the tackle when a high hit might have separated the tight end from the ball, or when Griffin might have had a play on the ball himself. He admitted the thought of a fine is in his head in such situations, and said he felt like he was in a lose-lose situation.