The Tennessee Titans have been one of the more quiet teams in the NFL this season but are battling their way to not only their first winning season since 2011 but are also looking for a playoff berth in the AFC South. The Titans made a statement win against last year’s Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos on Sunday by winning 13-10.
The Titans defense was relentless all game only allowing 18 rushing yards total and one offensive score through the air. A large part of this defensive force in Tennessee who has reeled off wins in three of their last four weeks is former Bronco Wesley Woodyard. With a lot of extra-curricular activity going on including a brawl and many words said after the game, Woodyard expressed his opinions being familiar with guys on both teams.
“Man, it felt really good especially with everything that we’re trying to accomplish here with that being the step and statement that we needed to make as a team,” Woodyard told revealed on CBS Sports Radio’s Doug Gottlieb show. “On a personal level? I was extremely happy. I can relate that win to almost like a Christmas feeling. Like, for the first as a child it was like Christmas day so it was an exciting win for me.”
Woodyard went undrafted out of Kentucky but would go on to sign with the Broncos in 2008. He would go on to win the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2013 while a member of the Broncos and signed a four-year deal with the Tennessee Titans in 2014 just before the Broncos took home a Super Bowl.
“It was tough,” said Woodyard. I had a bunch of mixed emotions not being there and seeing some of my old teammates and old coaches there but at the end of the day, I found it so hard to root for them but I still couldn’t go against them. I was happy that a couple of my ex-teammates got a chance to get a ring especially Danny Trevathan being that he was a Kentucky Wildcat and a guy in Von Miller who came in as a rookie that I took under my wing. It was exciting seeing some of those guys win.”
During the rematch this past weekend, the game had a play where Titans’ wide receiver Harry Douglas executed a low cut block on Broncos’ cornerback Chris Harris Jr. On the following play, Douglas and Aqib Talib got into it causing tempers to flare on both sides. Much of the news following the play was whether the play was, as Talib said, a dirty play or not.
“It’s within the rules. If you turn on our film of our offensive plays, you’ll see that play over and over again of Harry doing the same blocks and you’ve gotta watch film. Harry is a guy who’s not taking a play off and is not going to show everybody any kind of love just because you’re an established player in the NFL. That’s why he’s been playing nine years in the NFL.”
Talib often carries the tag of being a hothead and creating headlines both on the field for his play but off the field for some of his other actions. Most notably, the cornerback shot himself in the foot during the offseason and was part of a scandal as he lied on the initial police reports. Woodyard couldn’t help but playfully make light of the situation likening him to 8 Mile character Cheddar Bob who shoots himself during the movie.
“I’m not paying any attention to that crap. It’s funny, we were joking the whole game. I was calling him cheddar bob and everything. These so-called tough guys and gangsters, nobody in the NFL is a gangster or a tough guy. We all went to college and we all have our degrees and, at the end of the day, we strap on our pads the same way and we’re professionals on the football field.”