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Tennessee Titans Notes, Quotes 2008-09-05

Tennessee Titans Notes, Quotes 2008-09-05
--FS Michael Griffin got an early exit from practice on Wednesday, as he was kicked off the practice field for a fight with practice-squad defensive back Cary Williams. The two had become entangled during a punt team drill, and several teammates had to restrain an irate Griffin.

Once order was restored, Williams came over to the side of the field as a gunner not far from Griffin, who again began mouthing. That's when Titans coach Jeff Fisher stepped in and ordered Griffin off the field for the rest of practice.

Griffin and LeVar Woods got into a fight last year during a special teams practice, but Fisher said it is not a pattern.

"He's very competitive. He's not the only one. That happens sometimes, but he doesn't carry them over in the game," Fisher said. "The secondary is a highly intense, very competitive place to play. You have to have edge about you to be successful. He just needs to learn as a younger player to channel it. That's all."

--MLB Ryan Fowler expects Sunday's opener against Jacksonville to be a typical matchup between two teams that like to run the football and play physical defense.

"You really need to bring your chinstrap, because it's really going to be a hard-hitting game," Fowler said. "I think the team that wears down first is going to be the team that gets beat."

--OLB Keith Bulluck was asked how to stop Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who stands 5-7. "Seeing him first, you've got to find him first. He kind of gets hidden behind the line of scrimmage, then in the blink of an eye, he can leave cleat marks on your chest."

--The Titans will unveil a "Ring of Honor" at Sunday's opener, featuring the nine members already in the team's Hall of Fame and adding a 10th on Sunday in owner Bud Adams.

Those whose names will be in the initial Ring of Honor are mostly from the franchise's Houston Oilers days: Earl Campbell, George Blanda, Elvin Bethea, Mike Munchak, Warren Moon, Bruce Matthews, Jim Norton, Ken Houston and former general manager Mike Holovak.

BY THE NUMBERS: 61 -- The most points ever scored combined by the Titans and Jaguars in a game. It happened in a 34-27 Jacksonville victory over the Houston Oilers on Sept. 8, 1996.

6 -- Number of interceptions thrown by Vince Young against Jacksonville in four games. Rashean Mathis has three of those picks. Young has only two touchdown passes vs. the Jaguars.

5 -- Number of career receptions the Titans' three backup receivers Chris Davis, Paul Williams and rookie Lavelle Hawkins have between them. (Davis has all five of those receptions).

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It was a who's who of the National Football League." -- Titans center and NFLPA president Kevin Mawae, on attending the memorial service for former executive director Gene Upshaw.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 6, 2008

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