Derrick HenryNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- I'm sorry you had to endure that.

I know you are miserable.

Our conversations after losses sometimes seem cathartic, so we gave it a shot Saturday night.

Nine sacks and the Titans still found a way to lose as the AFC's No. 1 seed for the third time in what is now Nissan Stadium.

Ryan Tannehill threw three interceptions in a performance that will prompt a ton of fans who may have had faith to lose it. 

That wonderful regular season, with a 12-5 record, the No. 1 seed and the bye that put a healthy and well-rested team on the field against the conference's worst remaining franchise didn't mean a thing on Jan. 22, 2022.

It was a good conversation during which we hit on virtually everything.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Last year’s column in this space about the Titans’ home loss to open the playoffs called it a waste.

After this year’s dream crashed to a halt with a 19-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, A.J. Brown chose a different, equally apt, word.


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All that work, struggle, endurance and fight paid off with the best path the Titans can ever get: Two home games for a trip to the Super Bowl.

“Pointless,” said Brown, who caught five passes for a game-high 142 yards, including a half-spin, left-handed, one-handed catch on his left hip inside the right pylon while well covered by Chidobe Awuzie.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Happy divisional round.

I know you are exceedingly anxious, so I put together this mailbag to help you pass a bit of time as you countdown to kickoff.

Thanks for the questions.


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Scouting preview: Evenly matched talent puts premium on Titans and Bengals coaches

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The more tape I watched of the Bengals and Titans leading up to this game the more one thought kept entering my mind.

The game will be less about the players and more about the coaches.

The Bengals and Titans are very similar talent-wise, and the strengths and weaknesses are almost a mirror image.I Believe In Tennessee

Both have capable and efficient quarterbacks, who distribute the ball well when they have all their weapons. They each have running games that can be impactful and force defenses to adjust and take away that running threat.

Each team has top-level wide receivers who must be focused on by coverage and have serviceable tight ends who will help in the short passing games and the red zone.

Each of the offensive lines is solid with the Titans holding a slight advantage as run blockers.

On the defensive side of the ball, everything starts up front.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Things are set up perfectly.

But the Tennessee Titans seem to be working hard to be conscious that a No. 1 seed and a home game guarantee nothing.

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Kevin Byard was eloquent about how the Titans, as a sixth-seed, knocked out top-seeded Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium and how Tennessee can’t be lulled into any sense of security from being the AFC’s top team and earning the week off.

Others are banging the same drum.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – He gave up coaching after the 2017 football season.

But this week Jay Roth’s phone has been ringing and buzzing with texts.

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Ja'Marr Chase, and Kristian Fulton with their high school coach, Jay Roth/ Courtesy Jay Roth

Now athletic director at Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, La., people want to know about two stars he coached near the end of his tenure as the school’s football coach: Titans cornerback Kristian Fulton and Bengals receiver Ja’Marr Chase, who are sure to face off some in a divisional-round playoff game at Nissan Stadium Saturday.

“It’s pretty cool how those guys are in the NFL, how many people are calling,” Roth said. “It’s pretty exciting. Those guys are keeping me relevant.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Happy wild card weekend! 

If you're in Nashville I suspect you've bought up all the bread and are ready to hunker down and watch all the games. I know you've bought all the sleds. There is not one to be found. I am fortunate that my son's friends are a sharing people.

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Thanks for a nice mailbag full of good questions. Here's a good read to hold you over with some Titans info and thoughts.

I'll do a members broadcast once we know the opponent for next weekend, which will probably be at the half of the Steelers-Chiefs game. I'll send the text message.

Here we go...

DeWayne Gee What is going on with the developments with the Titans’ land project and stadium lease? Why is it so quiet on that news front?

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