Sunday, October 20, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Tennessee Titans
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Observed in the locker room after the Tennessee Titans’ 31-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Two conversations: Bernard Pollard had two conversations as he quickly left the field after the final snap. He ran to find 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin, a teammate on Super Bowl-winning Baltimore a year ago. Then he found an official to whom he expressed his dismay. “We played against their 11 and then some,” he said. I understand the frustrations with another rough call against them -- Akeem Ayers' unnecessary-roughness call wiped away a Pollard pick -- and Pollard hardly put all the blame on the officials. But the Titans can't think the league is out to get them, because it isn’t.
Huge crowd: Darius Reynaud drew the biggest crowd of media in the locker room after a terrible game, with four plays misjudged as the return man and a drop in one of his rare chances as a receiver. The Titans have minimized receiver Kenny Britt’s snaps because of his struggles and pulled center Rob Turner out of the lineup in favor of Brian Schwenke. Mike Munchak said they’ll now consider making a change with Reynaud.
Debut: Schwenke said he thought he fared well in the Titans' limited attempts at running the ball and came to understand a lot about pass protection on the fly in his first NFL game. “I learned it as it happened,” he said. He pledged he will be a lot better player when the Titans resume their season in St. Louis on Nov. 3.