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Jason McCourty, Nate Washington: Delanie Walker should have called a team meeting

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Last week, Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said that he wished tight end Delanie Walker would have voiced his feelings about “cancers” on the 2013 Titans team to the team rather than airing them publicly.

Two of Walker’s teammates feel the same way. Cornerback Jason McCourty and wide receiver Nate Washington said they have no problem with Walker personally although they felt that their teammates played hard and that Walker should have raised his concerns in a team meeting rather than air them during a radio interview.

“Every single man on that totem pole played hard. Now whether his habits specifically could be the talent to get us over the bar for that day, that’s a totally different story. That’s not a cancer, that’s him still giving his effort,” Washington said, via Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com. “Like J-Mac said, I just wish, as one of those guys that was in that locker room and heard that statement, I wish that initiative would have been taken up by Delanie during the season. We should have had a players meeting. This initiative should have came from him back during the season when these things were going on, if he thought that that was an issue.”

Both men spoke about the reality that 53 players on a roster aren’t always going to be pulling in the same direction, but neither felt that there were players whose attitudes or efforts stood out as a reason for the team’s 7-9 record. McCourty also said that the team “we could probably get some better guys in at certain positions to help us win” and there isn’t likely to be talk about cancers this time next year if the Titans succeed on that front.

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7 Responses to “Jason McCourty, Nate Washington: Delanie Walker should have called a team meeting”
  1. jimmyjamm03 says: Feb 25, 2014 3:18 PM

    Walker is probably the one smoking the cigarettes.

  2. doe22us says: Feb 25, 2014 3:31 PM

    Yep the cancers CJ …02 and K. Britt, enough said.

  3. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 25, 2014 4:51 PM

    Heath Miller is 100x better than this guy in every aspect.

  4. monkeesfan says: Feb 25, 2014 7:20 PM

    For a team that fought harder to win than some championship teams I’ve seen, the notion that six or so players were cancers in the locker room is at least a little baffling. The reason the Titans fell to 7-9 is simple – Jake Locker was lost for the season and Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t play well enough.

  5. dukeblue12 says: Feb 25, 2014 10:39 PM

    I understand why Titans players wish he wouldn’t have said that, but what did he really say? He didn’t call anybody out by name, which would’ve been particularly divisive (and entertaining)

    If Jonathan Martin, 3 months ago, had said in a radio interview “yeah, we really got some tough guys in our locker room that like to bully the rookies,” I don’t think NFL players would view him the way they do now.

    Without naming names, the comments have no teeth.

  6. Kaz says: Feb 25, 2014 10:52 PM

    It’s Pollard. Seems like everywhere he goes, the team has this problem. Great player, but no team wants him more than a couple years. Somethings up.

  7. slobberknocker says: Feb 26, 2014 12:55 AM

    “Every single man on that totem pole played hard.

    Nate Washington: You are either a liar or you don’t think Kenny Britt is a man.

    I’ll be honest, I don’t think you are a liar.

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