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JOE BIDDLE: Titans defense takes care of Dolphins

Posted: Updated: Nov 11, 2012 06:10 PM

Memo to Bud Adams:
Bud, your message last week came through loud and clear at Baptist Sports Park.
You can take this week off, but would you please deliver a similar fire and brimstone warning to the Titans players and coaches before every game?

Thanks in advance
-- Joe Biddle

You have to admit. Something worked.

Either those were neighborhood kids using Titans uniforms for Halloween costumes when they played the Bears, or the threat of players and coaches losing their jobs in these economic straits made them think they might have to get real jobs if the owner put them out on the street.

So the Titans stole the Bears game plan and hit the Dolphins over the head with it.

Early in the game, Titans cornerback Jason McCourty did his best Charles "Peanut'' Tillman imitation when he popped the football out of Reggie Bush's hands and recovered it on the Miami 28. Four plays later, quarterback Jake Locker hit rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright for a nine-yard touchdown and the 4-6 Titans were on their way to a 37-3 laugher.

Seven days earlier, the Titans were left for dead. Last week they were looking at selling newspapers on the street to now having an off-week to concentrate on the remaining six regular season games.

While the Titans defense has been pretty much a disaster to this point, it sparked the Titans dunking of the Dolphins.

Starting linebackers Colin McCarthy, Akeem Ayers and Zach Brown scored a trifecta, picking Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill's pocket three times, accounting for 20 of the Titans points.

The defense got four turnovers, the offense played error free.

Once again, running back Chris Johnson continued to show some life. He put up 126 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown with a long run of 21 yards. Locker got in his licks through the air and on the ground. Just his presence seemed to elevate the Titans energy level.

I guess when the boss calls you on the carpet, you become more mentally immersed in the film room, on the practice field and in the game plan.

The Dolphins were in the wrong spot, wrong time. It was the worst home loss since 1968, the year before Woodstock and man walking on the moon.

Funny how familiar their postgame quotes were when compared to the ones uttered in the Titans locker room a week ago.

"We have to accept responsibility for the performance today,'' Coach Joe Philbin said. "It's not one person's fault. It's a team loss.

"It's not a finger-pointing game, but obviously we need to do better.''

Bush, who was benched for the remainder of the game after his first quarter fumble, talked about putting the loss behind them with a Thursday night game against the Bills just around the corner.

"We have got to get back to work very quickly,'' Bush said. "We've got a game Thursday and we don't have time to sulk and think about this loss.''

Some of the Dolphins sensed the Titans would come out trying to get that bad taste out of their mouths that the Bears game left.

"They came out playing fast from play one,'' said Miami's Jake Long. "We knew they were going to come out like that. We just couldn't get the momentum going and that's on us.''

I guess it proves that one day the bear eats you, and other days you eat the bear. 

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