Titans Notes: White sounds off after loss

Monday, November 24, 2008 at 10:59pm

In the wake of the Titans' first loss of the season, running back LenDale White let his feelings known that he wasn't happy about his limited role in the offense.

White was stuffed for a one-yard loss on his only carry of the day, and dropped a screen pass from Collins in the flat. After that, White did not return to the offense again, and at one point in the first half appeared to show some displeasure over something on the sideline.

Chris Johnson and White each were held to season-lows for rushing attempts.

"I only played three plays so I really couldn't tell you what happened, I don't really know, I wasn't paying attention, I didn't care really," White told ESPN.com.

White told ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky that he didn't know he wouldn't get many carries coming into the game.

"You never know, man," he said. "I can't tell you that. I don't know if I would have gotten the ball 30 times if we would have won the game or not. I would like to be involved more, or if I am not involved I would like somebody to tell me what's going on. Coming into these games, you expect to get certain carries or expect to see certain things going on, or at least that's what they tell you.

"And then you get in these games and then randomly you only play three plays. I just wish somebody would let me know what's going on before I go out there. Three plays, I don't know what you want me to do with three plays. I don't know what three plays is helping me do."

UP AND DOWN DAY: Last week, Chris Carr came in off the bench and was the hero for the Tennessee Titans short-handed secondary in Jacksonville.

In Sunday’s 34-13 loss to the New York Jets, Carr, normally Tennessee’s punt and kickoff return man, made his first start since last year when he was with the Oakland Raiders, and had six tackles, but was also whistled for two pass interference penalties on Jets receiver Laveranues Coles on the Jets’ final touchdown drive.

Both penalties helped to keep the drive alive, as the first one for six yards on third down, as replays showed Carr briefly grabbed Coles around the waist as he was trying to catch a Brett Favre pass.

The second play came on fourth-and-4 from the Titans 30 where Carr and Coles were battling each other for position with a late flag coming in from side judge Jeff Lamberth, who had flagged the earlier play.

“I’m not going to comment on those calls. When you’re down by 14, even if you get the ball, it’s not certain that you’re going to be able to come back. … We lost the game before that. The Jets deserved to win that game,” Carr said.

“The game didn’t come down to those penalties,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “Jeff is one of the better side judges, I think, in the game. So he must have seen something we didn’t see.”

IN THE POOLE: Tyrone Poole, signed Friday when the Titans needed help at cornerback due to injuries, played one snap on the defense in a dime package and helped on special teams.

Poole, who last played for Oakland in 2006, said he doesn’t look or feel his 36 years of age.

“Chronologically, hey, it is what it is. But my mindset is that I take care of myself. A lot of people that are 25 and they look 40. Got some guys who are 45 and they look 25,” Poole said. “I’m the person that the fountain of youth is poured on. Come ask me about it, and I’ll tell you all about this fountain of youth.”

The Titans also elevated Tuff Harris from the practice squad to the active roster, and he had a tackle of Leon Washington on the first punt of the game.

IDENTITY THEFT: When equipment managers arrived at LP Field during the weekend to set up the Titans’ locker room they discovered that the nameplates above the lockers of defensive end Jevon Kearse and quarterback Vince Young had been taken. They were replaced with temporary ones written in magic marker.

Kearse also had to go with a backup jersey. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive end had to wear one previously used by defensive tackle Randy Starks, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound defensive tackle who wore Kearse’s No. 90 from 2004-07.

“It was all loose,” Kearse said of the jersey. “Everything went bad right from the pre-game.”

INJURIES: Fisher said the team had no injuries to report, though several players were shaken up and had to leave momentarily. Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth got hit in the head and was shaken up just before halftime.

“I got hit in the head from the front and the back,” Haynesworth said. “It kind of made me woozy for a second, but I was all right.”

Kearse and receiver Brandon Jones were both shaken up but finished the game.

FEELING BETTER: Kyle Vanden Bosch returned from his groin injury after missing three of the past four games and was able to finish a game for the first time since Oct. 5.

Vanden Bosch combined with Albert Haynesworth for a sack Sunday.

“Mentally, I had some questions, but it held up and it felt good,” said Vanden Bosch, who was credited with six tackles, half a sack and one quarterback pressure.

FIRST-TIMER: Fullback Ahmard Hall scored his first career touchdown on a six-yard reception with 9:43 to play in the fourth quarter. The former undrafted free agent was playing in his 36th career contest.

“I would love to have had it been in a winning effort,” Hall said. “It probably would have been more exciting. We didn’t win the ball game so I’m not really concerned with that.”

BRIEFLY: The Titans were held without a first-quarter touchdown for the fifth straight game and were shut out in the first 15 minutes for the second time in three games. … Kicker Rob Bironas made field goals of 43 and 49 yards. That gave him 20 field goals for the season, 10 of them from 40 yards or longer. … Haynesworth was credited with a one-and-a-half sacks and extended his career-high to 8.5.

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By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

No cheeseburger for you!

By: blktenn on 12/31/69 at 7:00

No Cheeseburger for you!!!! When I saw that on news channel 5 this morning, I knew fans like you would have a smart ass response. Like many titans fan most of you never played ball or have any knowledge of what it takes to play on a professional level. You are the kind of guys would make rules like the “mercy law” You have no killer instinct. You don’t understand a “Great” back like Mr. White want to play and contribute to his team. Especially after coaches promise him the playing time. Like most titans fans when they are winning everything is ok but when they lose where are they FANS? MR. No Cheeseburger for you!!!! I put LenDale White up against your lazy ass any day.

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I am surprised that the "whale" has contributed as much to the offense this year as he has. I certainly offer my thanks and appreciation for that. However the "whale" has hands like bricks and the offense that was required yesterday called for a receiver in the flats. The "whale" was out of water for an offense like that.

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

LenWhale needs to look at his own performance before talking about anyone else's. He wasn't the only who played poorly yesterday but he's the only one who wants to whine and cry.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

blktenn, I have been a fan of Lendale and still am, but if you have a problem with your playing time or with anything else, sit down and talk to your coaches in private instead of mouthing off to the press. I know two different people who said at one point during the game his running back coach was trying to talk to him and Lendale shoved him away. I don't know if that happened or not but I do know what he told espn.com. He also admitted that he wasn't paying attention to the game and didn't care what was going on on the field. Sorry, you didn't like my little joke, but it sure as hell does not surprise me.

By: blktenn on 12/31/69 at 7:00

He is getting paid to play football. This is a free country. A MAN HAS THE RIGHT TO TALK. Maybe not in tenn. (LOL_)

By: blktenn on 12/31/69 at 7:00

frank brown you are a punk. When I call a man a name out side of his real name. I'll do it to his face. ( Where is your sheet ?)

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 7:00

He should realize that Titans fans don't want you to be honest, they want you to repeat talking points.

By: blktenn on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Titans Fans are the best fans in the world as long as you are winning, but lose one or two games and the true blue comes out. You would think most of them would get use to losing Vanderbilt and UT.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

blktenn, you think that anyone who says something about a black player, they are a racists, e.g. your comment about "Where is your white sheet. BTW, I have been a fan of this team sine they moved here and have attended all the home games. Take your race crap and spew it somewhere else.

By: MrT on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Lendale is just being a big baby. He may be a good football player but has a lot to learn about life. How can he expect to get play-time while he is throwing a temper tantrum on the sidelines. Even worse, dissing his team and the coaches to ESPN. Sounds like Lendale needs a little timeout in the corner...and no snack!

By: OneTimer on 12/31/69 at 7:00

why does everyone think "go have a cheeseburger" when they read this? I know i did. calm down, blktenn. he's fat. don't try to change the subject. and he blew up to the media. if he would have kept his fat mouth shut, which as we can see by his spare tire that he has problems in that area, then we wouldn't be here now, would we? i feel sorry for the delivery man who came to his house last night. probably took two trips.

By: slacker on 12/31/69 at 7:00

blktenn, you have a serious inferiority complex, you need counseling.

By: Rocket99 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Think I have missed 3 games since the 2nd season in the current stadium and those misses had nothing to do with the win/loss record. Yes, there are fair weather fans. Most of the fair weather fans don't have PSLs. I may not always be happy with them but I'm there thru the good and the bad. A lot of fair weather fans left at the start of the 4th quarter. I was there to the end.As far as LenDale goes, if he's not paying attention and not wanting to talk to his coaches, why should they play him. His head was obviously elsewhere.Personally, I think, for whatever reason, most of the players on the field wern't into the game. Think that had a big part of why we lost. Had nothing to do with who the QB was.