Tennessee Titans: Erik Walden

RTC: Defense struggling in red zone

November, 20, 2013
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Over the past month, the Titans have allowed touchdowns on 10 of 12 trips by opponents into the red zone. That red zone defense has been a big part of their skid, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

To which I say: The Titans are now giving up touchdowns 66 percent of the time in the red zone. Before this bad month, the number was 40 percent.

Delanie Walker actually feels badly that Erik Walden got suspended a game for his head-butt in the Colts-Titans game, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

John Skelton won’t be on the field anytime soon, says Wyatt.

Moise Fokou could be on track to return to action Sunday, says Wyatt.

Walker sees room for more in his game, says David Boclair of the Nashville Post.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. –- In the middle of what was a career-best day for Titans tight end Delanie Walker, he found himself face to face with Colts linebacker Erik Walden.

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AP Photo/Wade PayneDelanie Walker is restrained by tackle Michael Roos after an altercation with Erik Walden.
In the middle of a bad penalty stretch for Indianapolis, Walden yanked off Walker's helmet and then head butted Walker.

Walker did not take it well.

“That’s dirty play, there is no need for stuff like that in the NFL,” Walker said. “If you’re getting your butt kicked, get your butt kicked. Don’t rip somebody’s helmet off and then head butt them. I’m surprised he didn’t get ejected. ...

“Dang, this is a sport we all play with each other, we’re all family, this is a fraternity. For you to do some senseless act like that, that just tells me what type of player you are. There is no need to talk. I’m going to see him in two weeks and I’m going to whoop his butt again.”

Walden was contrite after the game.

“It was a selfish act,” he said of the play that drew an unnecessary roughness penalty. “It could have cost my team bigger than I did. I lost my composure. It something that can’t happen. It wasn’t really something he did, it was ticky-tack. I can’t allow myself to take it that far.”

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