Sunday, December 29, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Tennessee Titans
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rapid reaction from the Tennessee Titans' 16-10 win over the Houston Texans at LP Field.
What it means: The Titans finish the season 7-9 with a two-game winning streak against the two worst teams in the AFC South, Jacksonville and Houston. The record is a one-game improvement over last season but a far cry from the pledge of dramatic improvement the team made as it built for 2013. The Titans finish four games off the pace of AFC South winner Indianapolis.
Stock watch: Running back Chris Johnson ran hard and ran well in what might have been his last game with the team. He was clearly motivated to reach 1,000 yards and has now done so in his first six seasons, an impressive streak. He’s just the sixth NFL back to reach 1,000 yards in his first six seasons. He topped 100 yards for just the second time this season with 127 on 27 carries.
Stumbling: Left guard Andy Levitre had a rough day, getting pushed backward by a variety of Texans, including Antonio Smith and Earl Mitchell. His knee issue from last season meant he missed the offseason after he signed with Tennessee, never got his strength back, and he’s hardly been the player the Titans had expected. I expect a giant jump next season, but Year 1 was poor. Chris Spencer finished the game at left guard as Levitre was hobbled.
What’s next: Titans head coach Mike Munchak will address the media in a season wrap-up news conference Monday. His fate will be determined in the days after that, and we should get a verdict on him from president and CEO Tommy Smith by the end of the week.