JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: Dec. 14, 2014

Jurrell Casey

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to David Harrison…

* If you are trying to figure out why the Titans are 2-11 going in to today’s clash with the NY Jets, you need not look any deeper than the current leaders in Pro Bowl voting.

The only Titans player mentioned among the top 10 players named at every position was defensive tackle Jurrell Casey.

Casey is No. 7 at that position.

Which makes my stance on they have no game-changer players on their roster even more valid.

* The top fans vote recipients in the Pro Bowl voting is close, and predictable.

Peyton Manning tops the list with 789,608 votes. Second is Aaron Rodgers with 760,130 and third is Pats QB Tom Brady with 659,677 votes.

Dallas RB DeMarco Murray tops all running backs. Steelers Antonio Brown tops the wide receivers. Patriots Rob Gronkowski is the top choice for tight ends.

* Everyone recognizes Boise State’s football field because of its blue artificial turf.

Many a bird has given its life by mistaking the field for a body of water, diving head first in to it, only to discover it was not water.

I saw a recent picture of the field. There was a lone goose just sitting on the field. It looked as if it was trying to paddle, or perhaps it was just resting with no other animals around him.

* I have watched football players who play without regard to their body described as playing with their “hair on fire.’’

Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer’s wife Shelley took it to the extreme at her 50th birthday party. She was trying to blow out the candles on her cake and her long hair came too close to the candles and briefly caught her hair on fire.

* So how did Texans defensive end J.J. Watt handle the news that he was given a six-year, $100 million contract in September?

Watt was not sure what to do, but he told a Fox reporter that the first thing he did was hop on Google and hit the search engine with the question: What do rich people buy?

He responded that Sunday with recording a blocked PAT, a sack, a fumble recovery and two tackles for loss. Granted it was against the Redskins, but still not a bad day at the office.

* Former Ravens All-Pro Ray Lewis should know. Talking about former teammate Ray Rice on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Lewis basically said there are some things you can cover up and some things you can’t.

Of course Lewis was implicated in a case involving a death that occurred by stabbing in a fight outside an Atlanta nightclub the night after the Titans lost the Super Bowl to St. Louis.

It has been reported that the Ravens knew of the details of a second video of what happened in a hotel elevator when Rice knocked out his girlfriend, now wife, Janay Palmer.

That made it impossible to cover up and eventually the truth came out.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was among those who pushed for a lenient punishment with Commissioner Roger Goodell.

He later wrote a 900-word letter of apology to Ravens fans for the way the franchise handled the Rice case.

He finished it with “I’m sorry we let you down.’’

* I was saddened to hear of the recent death of St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Bryan Burwell, who lost a brief battle with cancer last week. He was 59.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead was among those who attended Burwell’s memorial service. It was a packed room, where friends came from both coasts to pay their respects.

Bryan was one of the good guys in our business. He called it like it was, not sugar-coating anything. But he was also compassionate in his writing and his life.

He worked for a variety of papers, including the Detroit News, USA Today, New York Daily News and Newsday.

* Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi sometimes runs off the road with his writing.

He opined that the SEC should boot Ole Miss and Mississippi State out and replace them with Central Florida and South Florida.

I wanted to recommend that SEC Commissioner Mike Slive drug test Bianchi. What a forward thinking suggestion Bianchi recommended. Replacing Ole Miss and Mississippi State with two Florida directional schools.

Maybe the B-man needs some more fodder for his columns. It would give him access to two more state schools.

* ESPN’s A Football Life featuring former Navy and Dallas Cowboys QB Roger Staubach reveals a football star that had many layers of attributes and character.

After graduating from the Naval Academy, Staubach did a tour of Vietnam, where he was an artillery officer. He was the man during his career in the NFL with the Cowboys.

He is one of the all-time NFL greats. He went on to become a highly successful businessman in Texas.

In the documentary, former teammates Thomas “Hollywood’’ Henderson and Charley Waters, credited Staubach with “saving their lives.’’

Henderson broke down when he talked about Staubach’s effort to get him straight when he was addicted to crack cocaine. For Waters, Staubach reached out to him after Waters’ young son died in his sleep. Devastated and depressed. Staubach brought Waters to Dallas, gave him a job, an office, a salary and told him he didn’t even have to come to work.

A devout Christian, husband and father, Roger Staubach has lived a life we all should strive for.

* Will Muschamp has chosen Auburn to become their new defensive coordinator. Actually it is just a homecoming for the recently fired Florida head coach.

Muschamp served as Auburn’s defensive coordinator in 2006-07 under former head coach Tommy Tuberville.

Muschamp said Auburn was the only school to give him a firm job offer. Texas A&M, South Carolina and Auburn were considered the front-runners for Muschamp’s services.

* NBA players are often caught taking too many steps on the court. Officials seem to let it go, even when it is visible to everyone.

But Portland native and former Florida star Corey Brewer may have gotten away with the most amount of steps in a recent Minnesota-Washington game.

Brewer swiped the ball from Kevin Durant and headed down court. On a video, I counted seven steps that Brewer before he took flight for a rim-shaking dunk.

* As expected Titans right tackle Michael Oher has been placed on the injured reserve list, his season over.

He started the first 11 games of the season, but had missed the past two weeks with a toe injury.

Even though he was a starter, the former Ravens lineman is considered soft. Pro Football Focus ranked Oher 74 among 78 offensive tackles in the NFL by Pro Football Focus.

He signed a four year-$20 million contract and his future with the Titans is uncertain.

Contact WKRN.com Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at joebiddle11@gmail.com.

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