The Titans came out with a new (interim) head coach, the return of their franchise QB, and an offensive coordinator given a chance to call his game. The result, a real sense that no matter the circumstances they can still win; and they did.
Marcus Mariota is still growing as a quarterback in the NFL, but he is so much further along than any young QB we've seen, and yes I'm including Steve McNair. I'm not saying he is going to be better than McNair, but there is a real calmness to his leadership. I will say that he doesn't appear to be the athlete that McNair was, but his quick release and maturation to this point is a little ahead of where McNair was at this stage.
The "brilliant" move by Mike Mularkey to make changes to this offensive line was something that every Titans fan was begging for. There were 7 sacks in the last game and zero in this game. There was also a more consistent run game too. Maybe it was obvious to everyone, but it was nice to see the Titans do something to help their offense.
Speaking of brilliance, some say lucky, Delanie Walker was in the right place at the right time on multiple occasions. He had 2 TDs, 7 receptions, and 95 yards receiving. He already was the stand out veteran on the offense, and while everyone else stepped up their game to match his previous intensity, but he took it to a new even higher level.
What else can be said for this defense? Yes, we know the DB's need to be changed, but we are working with what we got. The addition of B. W. Wells from the practice squad came at the exact right time. Although I love the intensity on defense, it needs to be under control. Orakpo came close to being ejected from the game. What I'm saying is that it wasn't pretty or perfect, but it was good enough to win.
The Titans are now 2 - 6, but the division leader is only 4 - 5 and are still within range. Let's all hope that this is something that can be built on and not just an anomaly.