I re-watched the Titans game and listened to every interview and press clip available, To a man, every single guy on defense insisted that Lou Anarumo did not change things up.
After you re-watch the game, you tend to believe the players. There weren’t a lot of fancy new stunts or blitzes. Reshad Jones’ interception came from his studying the Titans’ previous games. Cameron Wake didn’t seem to do anything different than weeks past.
So how could these guys play so much better? Is Dan Campbell’s attitude really THAT infectious? It really might be. But I don’t think it was the D feeding off of Campbell as much as it was feeding off the offense. And vice versa.
Jamar Taylor even got his hands on a ball, if you can believe that! You know things are going well for you when Jamar Taylor, who is normally getting burned 20 yards away from the ball, got near one, let alone picked it up! Of course, he had a certain touchdown and no one ahead of him but them tripped on his own two feet. But that’s just Jamar being Jamar, a Dolphins liability who they were able to overcome Sunday. Also, on the play right before Jones’ pick 6, the Titans faced a 3rd-and-20 or so. Taylor’s man caught the ball about 3 yards short, and then ran over Taylor for the first down. Block the pass. Or at least tackle the guy after he catches it. Jamar did neither as usual. The only two times I saw Taylor all day, and both times he made bad plays. Meanwhile, Nolan Carroll is scoring touchdowns for Philly and Vontae Davis is a Pro Bowler and….ah, the ones who got away. Anyway, we’re all in too good a mood to keep picking on Jamar. He didn’t cost us the game, so we’ll give him props.
That being said, it’s refreshing to only pick on one player this week, instead of a whole slew of guys on both sides of the ball. And it’s refreshing to not criticize coaching decisions. It’s even refreshing to not criticize owner Stephen Ross. Although he barely knew Campbell last week and hired him over the phone, it might turn out to be Ross’s best decision.
Then again, when your previous decisions were hiring Joe Philbin and allowing Gloria Estefan’s husband to become a “celebrity” owner, the bar is pretty low.