Lack of Replay, Angles Hurts Titans for Second Straight Game

By: Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press
By: Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Television production and replay angles have not been helpful to the Tennessee Titans the past two weeks.

They lost the chance to overturn a fourth-down catch by the San Diego Chargers on their game-tying dive because only one angle was available to officials, who couldn't overturn the ruling of a catch on the field.

On Sunday, Vince Young showed he hadn't forgotten how to option when he flipped the ball off to LenDale White, who picked up 8 yards on what would have been a 24-yard pickup to the Chiefs' 6. But officials flagged the play for an illegal forward pass.

One replay showed Young tossed the ball as he fell forward with it going backward to White. Not that the Titans coaches in the press box could tell.

"Apparently, the screen just went blank," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Monday. "Then they didn't have any replays after that point. They didn't get any footage on their monitor in the booth."

Fisher said they will report the matter to the NFL, which will check into it. He said it was likely an issue at the stadium or with a production truck. But Fisher had no doubt that the play was a lateral.

Neither did Young.

"All I know is that it looked like he was on the side of me or behind me a little bit, but you can't do nothing about the refs because they are going to make that call," Young said. "I told referee Bill Leavy that wasn't a good Christmas gift to give anybody."

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MIKE WILLIAMS' FUTURE: The Titans deactivated receiver Mike Williams against Kansas City, and he has not been active for two of the three games since he was signed to the roster for a two-year contract.

That doesn't mean the Titans, who will have to cut someone with the return of rookie running back Chris Henry from his four-game suspension, don't like the receiver.

"Mike has improved weekly," coach Jeff Fisher said. "He's working hard. We like what we see. We're going to have a difficult decision. At this point, I'd say that Mike is not a potential for creating room for that spot. I think Mike has a future. We're going to continue to work Mike."

Fisher said Williams was not active because they kept rookie Chris Davis up to help with returns. Davis muffed a punt early in the fourth quarter and recovered his fumble. He now has six fumbles, three lost. That ranks second only to Vince Young who has fumbled seven times -- losing two.

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NO HOLDING: Vince Young and the Titans had an 18-yard touchdown pass wiped out by a penalty two plays after the lateral was erased. Officials flagged left tackle Michael Roos for holding, and coach Jeff Fisher said that was not a hold.

"There are two offensive penalties yesterday that should not have been called, the lateral and then the hold," he said.

Fisher said he asked referee Bill Leavy during the next stoppage what he called and was told a hold. Fisher said he thought the referee had signaled unsportsmanlike conduct. The play involved Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen, and Fisher said they turned protection to that end.

"So the center came that way, which allows Jacob (Bell) to turn that way. Jacob turned outside. As Allen turned inside to the crease, Jacob closed the gap and the ball was out. It was not a hold. It's just one of those things that happens," Fisher said.

"Fortunately, it didn't hurt us in that case. It did cost us points. It took a touchdown away, but it's not a hold. It's not something I have to correct Mike Roos about."

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PRO BOWLING: The AFC roster for the Pro Bowl will be announced Tuesday afternoon. The Titans have not had a player voted as a starter since 2003 -- their last playoff season. Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch went in 2005 as a reserve and injury replacement, and Vince Young did the same last year.

Does coach Jeff Fisher expect that to change Tuesday?

"We'll have to wait and see. Every year we have players that are worthy of that recognition," he said.

Kicker Rob Bironas, who finished second in fan voting for his position, has kicked more field goals than anyone else in the NFL, converting 31-of-35. He also is tied for second in the NFL with 15 touchbacks. Vanden Bosch ranks ninth in the AFC with nine sacks, a total that is fifth among defensive ends.

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was the top vote-getter among the fans at his position in the AFC. His six sacks lead all AFC tackles.

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CHARITY TIME: Linebacker David Thornton teamed with Genesco on Monday to fit approximately 350 children with new shoes and warm hats as part of his third annual "Cold Feet, Warm Shoes" event. He teamed with the Martha O'Bryan Center for a second straight year, and he also was giving each child a new T-shirt.

He also has bought more than 200 hams to be distributed to families using the Martha O'Bryan Center.

Teammate Vince Young did his own Christmas giving Monday night through his foundation, giving 50 children chosen from the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA and Centerstone-Hart Lane Group home to receive a $100 gift card to buy gifts for their families.

"I love to buy gifts for all those who I love, and I wanted to help some kids in our community to do the same," Young said in a statement.


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