Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Careful Lendale White, You Know How The Titans Deal With "Distractions"

Posted by on Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 6:17 AM

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When you eat yourself into this level of parody, you should probably avoid making waves.

Titans' running back Lendale White had an interesting take on his team's loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. He told an ESPN reporter that a 10-game Ravens-Titans series would produce nine Tennessee wins. The implication, of course, being that the Ravens got lucky.

White's comments are certainly understandable. The Titans outplayed the Ravens in just about every facet of the game, minus holding on to the ball. And for his part, White did cop to being part of the problem; about his fumble before the end of the first half that may have cost Tennessee three points, White took full responsibility.

Still, no matter how many mea culpas he offers White is still not excused from violating Post-Game Interview Rule #1: Give credit where credit is due. Especially if you're White, who's managed to find a reason to bitch about something throughout the season, whether it be his limited role (here's a hint: Chris Johnson is just plain better) or the umbrage he took at the Carolina Panthers for "stealing" his Smash-n-Dash nickname.

This seems to be a recurring theme for White, who's dubiously combined the skills of a replacement-lever runner and the appetite of a Grizzly with the diversionary abilities of a first-rate prima donna. Not a good combo if you want to make a career out of professional football. And especially short-sighted if you happen to play for the Titans, a team that's proven time (Pacman Jones) and time again (Vince Young) that they value the group over the individual, no matter their talent level.

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