Nearly a year ago, after starting the season 3-1, offensive lineman Taylor Lewan blasted the national media for not giving the Tennessee Titans more credit.
Taylor Lewan: “It’s ridiculous that people don’t give the Titans enough credit… You’ve got to start respecting Nashville.”
— Erik Bacharach (@ErikBacharach) October 1, 2018
The Titans lost three straight games after Lewan’s proclamation.
A year later, the message coming out of the Titans’ locker room sounds a lot different.
In week one, Tennessee absolutely destroyed the overhyped Cleveland Browns, winning 43-13.
The Titans looked good on both sides of the ball — better than probably even diehard fans expected.
But that doesn’t mean the Titans are flying high this week. In fact, veteran tight end Delanie Walker told reporters on Wednesday that the win against the Browns “wasn’t anything” and that it’s time to move to week two.
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 11, 2019
The Titans saw last season how quickly the script can flip. Any team can be beat in any given week in the NFL. There are no “gimme games”.
Walker, who has played in the NFL since 2006, knows this as well as anyone. And he’s not about to let the younger players on the roster get too comfortable just because Tennessee won by 30 points in Cleveland.
That kind of veteran leadership could help the Titans accomplish their main goal this season, which is going from good to great.
So far, they look pretty great.
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