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Locker’s Passing Yards Most for the Team by a Rookie Since 1960

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 15, 2011 – 1:29 pm

Jake Locker’s 282 passing yards against New Orleans rank as the second-highest total in franchise history by a rookie quarterback and the highest since 1960. Jacky Lee passed for 331 yards at Boston on Nov. 25, 1960

Most single-game passing yards by a rookie, franchise history

1. 331 – Jacky Lee 11/25/60 at Boston
2. 282 – Jake Locker 12/11/11 vs. New Orleans
3. 281 – Jacky Lee 11/20/60 vs. Denver
4t 260 – Brent Pease 10/4/87 at Denver
4t 260 – Dan Pastorini 11/7/71 at New England

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Klug Turning in one of NFL’s Top Rookie Performances of 2011

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 14, 2011 – 10:44 pm

Defensive tackle Karl Klug continued his impressive rookie season last Sunday when he notched a pair of sacks against New Orleans Saints perennial Pro Bowl QB Drew Brees, giving him a team-high six sacks in 2011.

Klug downplayed his accomplishments to reporters during Wednesday’s open locker room session, giving credit to his teammates for keeping plays alive. But Klug certainly has had something to do with his success.

The numbers don’t lie.

His six sacks are the most by a Titans/Oilers rookie defensive tackle since sacks became an official NFL statistic in 1982.

Klug’s performance on Sunday moved him into a tie for fifth place in sacks among all NFL rookies, while placing him atop the leader board of all rookie defensive tackles.

Here’s a look at the numbers:


1 – Von Miller (LB) Denver – 11.5

2 – Aldon Smith (LB) San Francisco – 10.5

3t – Adrian Clayborn (DE) Tampa Bay – 6.5

3t – Ryan Kerrigan (LB) Washington – 6.5

5t – Karl Klug (DT) Tennessee – 6.0

5t – Pernell McPhee (DE) Baltimore – 6.0

5t – Brooks Reed (LB) Houston – 6.0

8 – Jabaal Sheard (DE) Cleveland – 5.5

9t – Sam Acho (LB) Arizona – 5.0

9t – Robert Quinn (DE) St. Louis – 5.0


1t –  Geno Atkins Cincinnati – 7.0

1t – Henry Melton Chicago – 7.0

3 – Tommy Kelly Oakland – 6.5

4t – Karl Klug (Rookie) Tennessee – 6.0

4t – Richard Seymour Oakland – 6.0

6 –  Cullen Jenkins Philadelphia – 5.5

7t – Phil Taylor (Rookie) Cleveland – 4.0

7t – Amobi Okoye Chicago – 4.0

9t –  Ahtyba Rubin Cleveland – 3.0

9t – Cam Thomas (NT) San Diego – 3.0


1 – Karl Klug – 6.0 (2011)

2 – John Thornton – 4.5 (1999)

3 – Ray Childress – 3.5 (1985)

4t – Pratt Lyons – 2.5 (1997)

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Hasselbeck’s Injury not Considered Serious, Will Start Sunday if Healthy

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 12, 2011 – 3:56 pm

Matt Hasselbeck’s strained left calf is not considered to be serious, and the veteran quarterback will start if healthy when the Titans play at Indianapolis on Sunday, head coach Mike Munchak said during Monday’s news conference at Baptist Sports Park.

Munchak quickly squashed any notion of a quarterback controversy.

“We’re in the middle of a playoff run and we have to win these three games,” Munchak said. “If Matt’s healthy, then Matt will quarterback us. As far as Jake, he’ll have plenty of time to be our guy, so we wouldn’t put him in just to gain experience.”

Hasselbeck was hurt in the second quarter of yesterday’s game after Saints tackle Shaun Rogers tipped his pass into the air. Locker replaced him and threw for 282 yards before being sacked on the final play of the game to end the comeback bid.

Hasselbeck said he wasn’t in any pain after the game and MRI results were not back yet as of Monday afternoon.

“He’s walking around pretty good,” Munchak said. “He’s sore but like most things we’ll talk about, it’s more waiting to see how he is until tomorrow and Wednesday. We haven’t heard anything yet but we’re assuming it’s on the mild side.”

Hasselbeck wasn’t the only Titans player injured Sunday. Linebacker Gerald McRath was carted off the sideline after hurting his left knee and ankle on kickoff coverage. Running back Javon Ringer hurt a hand, and linebacker Akeem Ayers has an injured shoulder.

Munchak said Monday that all of the injured players are considered “questionable” until more information is available.

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The Titans’ Playoff Formula: Win Out With Some Help

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 12, 2011 – 11:12 am

Despite Sunday’s loss to New Orleans, the Titans are still very much alive in the AFC playoff race.

If the playoffs were to start today, division leaders Houston (10-3), Baltimore (10-3), New England (10-3) and Denver (8-5) would all be in. The two wild card teams would be Pittsburgh (10-3) and the New York Jets (8-5).

Tennessee (7-6) is currently in the hunt for the final wild card spot, along with Cincinnati (7-6), Oakland (7-6) and San Diego (6-7).

If the Titans win their final three games at Indianapolis, at home vs. Jacksonville and at Houston — coupled with one loss by the Jets — they would make the playoffs in a three-way tie with Cincinnati, New York or Oakland based on a better conference record.

Tennessee would lose a two-way tie with Cincinnati since the Bengals won the head-to-head matchup in Nashville earlier this season.

So a definite playoff scenario for the Titans would include them winning out and the Jets and Bengals losing once.

Here’s a look at the remaining schedules for teams in the AFC playoff hunt:


Sun, Dec 18 @ Philadelphia

Sat, Dec 24 New York

Sun, Jan 01 @ Miami


Sun, Dec 18 @ St. Louis

Sat, Dec 24 Arizona

Sun, Jan 01 Baltimore


Sun, Dec 18 @ Indianapolis

Sat, Dec 24 Jacksonville

Sun, Jan 01 @ Houston


Sun, Dec 18 Detroit

Sat, Dec 24 @ Kansas City

Sun, Jan 01 San Diego


Sun, Dec 18 Baltimore

Sat, Dec 24 @ Detroit

Sun, Jan 01 @ Oakland

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Saints Hold on for 22-17 Win in Wild Finish at LP Field

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 11, 2011 – 3:25 pm

Drew Brees passed for 337 yards and 2 TDs, and the Saints sacked Jake Locker on the final play of the game to hold on for a 22-17 victory in a wild finish at LP Field.

You can watch Tennessee’s final drive of the game right here.

The Titans trailed 22-10 with 7:01 remaining, but Locker connected with Nate Washington on a 40-yard TD and led the Titans down to the New Orleans 5-yard line before coming up short in the final seconds.

The Titans fell to 7-6 with three games remaining at Indianapolis, home vs. Jacksonville and at Houston.

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Locker’s Quick TD Strike Pulls Titans Within 22-17

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 11, 2011 – 2:50 pm

Jake Locker has answered quickly for the Titans. After running 17 yards to pick up a first down, Locker dropped back and fired a perfectly-thrown 40-yard strike to Nate Washington, who spun away from a defender and reached the end zone.

You can watch Washington’s touchdown catch right here.

The touchdown pulls Tennessee within 22-17 with 5:58 remaining in the fourth quarter at LP Field.

It was Locker’s third TD of the season. It marked Washington’s fifth TD of the season and 29th of his career.

Locker is now 8-of-18 passing for 180 yards with one rushing and one passing touchdown (99.3 passer rating).

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Colston’s Second TD Extends Saints’ Lead to 22-10

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 11, 2011 – 2:45 pm

Marques Colston scored his second touchdown of the day, this one on a perfectly-thrown 28-yard pass from Drew Brees. The two-point try failed, but the Saints now lead Tennessee 22-10 with 7:01 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Brees led the 7-play, 50-yard drive, which saw the Saints convert a pair of third downs to keep their offense on the field.

After holding New Orleans out of the end zone for the first three quarters, the Saints have reached pay dirt on their last two possessions.  The Titans need to score one of their own if they want to get back in this game.

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Brees TD Pass Gives Saints 16-10 Lead

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 11, 2011 – 2:30 pm

The last time Drew Brees did not throw a touchdown in a game came during the 2009 season. The Titans had him on the ropes for three full quarters, but the Pro Bowl QB and former Super Bowl MVP found Marques Colston over the middle for a 35-yard touchdown, giving the Saints a 16-10 lead with 12:39 remaining in the fourth quarter at LP Field.

The scoring drive covered 72 yards on nine plays and consumed 4:40 on the clock.

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Locker’s TD Run Gives Titans 10-9 Lead

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 11, 2011 – 2:19 pm

Jake Locker’s 6-yard touchdown run has given Tennessee its first lead, 10-9, with 2:19 remaining in the third quarter at LP Field.

You can watch Locker’s touchdown run right here.

Faced with a 3rd-and-10 at Tennessee’s 34-yard line, Locker threw a short pass to Damian Williams, who broke a tackle and raced 54 yards before Saints safety Roman Harper tackled him by the helmet at the 12-yard line. You can watch Williams’ 54-yard reception right here.

The 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty gave Tennessee the ball at the 6-yard line, and Locker scored on the ensuing play.

It marked the first rushing touchdown of Locker’s career. The 54-yard pass play was a career-long for both Locker and Williams.

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Titans Hold Saints to Another Field Goal, Trail 9-3

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 11, 2011 – 2:10 pm

For the third time today, Tennessee’s defense came up big inside the red zone. New Orleans had first-and-goal at Tennessee’s 10-yard line, but settled for its third field goal, a 22-yarder by John Kasay to extend its lead to 9-3 with 3:51 remaining in the third quarter.

Drew Brees led the Saints on the 15-play, 86-yard drive that consumed 8:00 on the clock.

So even though the Saints own a 289-132 offensive advantage and have dominated time of possession (26:48 to 14:21), they have been held out of the end zone and lead by just six points late in the third quarter.

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