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Delanie Walker: "Cancers ruined Titans"

NEW YORK -- The Tennessee Titans were dragged down by up to six players who qualified as "cancers" and didn't care that the team wasn't winning, tight end Delanie Walker said in a Radio Row interview at the Super Bowl.

"When we started losing more games, we got to see it more and more, it was just like it was falling apart," he said. "And the players that were the cancer were dragging other players into that box with them, and the box was getting bigger and bigger. At first, it was just a small box. The box just got bigger and bigger.
"You would hear them talk about it, 'I can't wait to get up on out of here.' And I always told guys, 'If you can't play here, what do you think you are going to do with another team?'"

Walker stopped short of naming names and said he understood there were money issues in play for some. He said everyone in the locker room knows who the problem players were.

In his first year with the Titans, Walker didn't feel it was his role to confront players. He will be more likely to do so going forward and will be candid with the new coaching staff if he's asked about teammates.

"I met with [Munchak], we actually talked after a walk-through and he was like, 'I don't want you to say any names, but we know,'" Walker said. "Munchak knew. But there wasn't nothing he could do at that time.

"I felt like that is why Munchak is not back with the Tennessee Titans, because we had players like that that really let him down. They didn't show up to play for him. They really didn't care if Munchak had a job or not."

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10371761/delanie-walker-says-cancers-tennessee-titans-ruined-team-cost-mike-munchak-coaching-job

Good to see Delanie taking a leadership role with the Titans during this transitional period although its unfortunate to see Munchak lose his job over it. I'm kinda curious to see who the 6 players are. Kenny Britt and Chris Johnson are obvious but I'm not sure of other four.
Originally posted by NinerFanMT:
NEW YORK -- The Tennessee Titans were dragged down by up to six players who qualified as "cancers" and didn't care that the team wasn't winning, tight end Delanie Walker said in a Radio Row interview at the Super Bowl.

"When we started losing more games, we got to see it more and more, it was just like it was falling apart," he said. "And the players that were the cancer were dragging other players into that box with them, and the box was getting bigger and bigger. At first, it was just a small box. The box just got bigger and bigger.
"You would hear them talk about it, 'I can't wait to get up on out of here.' And I always told guys, 'If you can't play here, what do you think you are going to do with another team?'"

Walker stopped short of naming names and said he understood there were money issues in play for some. He said everyone in the locker room knows who the problem players were.

In his first year with the Titans, Walker didn't feel it was his role to confront players. He will be more likely to do so going forward and will be candid with the new coaching staff if he's asked about teammates.

"I met with [Munchak], we actually talked after a walk-through and he was like, 'I don't want you to say any names, but we know,'" Walker said. "Munchak knew. But there wasn't nothing he could do at that time.

"I felt like that is why Munchak is not back with the Tennessee Titans, because we had players like that that really let him down. They didn't show up to play for him. They really didn't care if Munchak had a job or not."

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10371761/delanie-walker-says-cancers-tennessee-titans-ruined-team-cost-mike-munchak-coaching-job

Good to see Delanie taking a leadership role with the Titans during this transitional period although its unfortunate to see Munchak lose his job over it. I'm kinda curious to see who the 6 players are. Kenny Britt and Chris Johnson are obvious but I'm not sure of other four.
For all the jokes we had with his questionable hands, he was always contributed in every game in the Harbaugh and when he actually caught the ball. I wish we kept him.
wasn't chris johnson playing with a torn meniscus?
Kenny Britt, Chris Johnson, Alterraun Verner, Bernard Pollard, Rob Turner would be my guesses.
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So Kenny Britt is Cancer #1. Wonder who the other 5 are...
Delanie went into Tenn. and was basically the only guy who knew how it was on a SB contending team so he was the main veteran leader almost by default IMO. I'm sure he was the first player to pick up on the locker room cancers. I mean he'd spot the toxic teammates pretty quick, having come from the Niners. He became the best offensive player on their team with a few weeks left in the season which isn't a shock, but is still sayin' something for a 2nd tier TE. We missed his SAK utility last year.
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Kenny Britt, Chris Johnson, Alterraun Verner, Bernard Pollard, Rob Turner would be my guesses.

Johnson and Britt for SURE.
Wish we kept him. Turns out McDonald's hands are just as questionable.
Why Verner tho??, dude is a scholar, and never had character issues..
Had the "Why Verner?" question too.

The list suspiciously looks like a list of Titans players that anyone has ever heard of. :)
Britt and Chris Johnson (Sadly) are the obvious ones. Hard to say who else, but I hope the players that were like that get out of there so that team can function better. I actually like the Titans, they used to be one of the most feared home-field teams around back when Eddie George and McNair were there.
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Amazing the main local paper here don't have a big write up about it.
Originally posted by ninerjok:
Delanie went into Tenn. and was basically the only guy who knew how it was on a SB contending team so he was the main veteran leader almost by default IMO. I'm sure he was the first player to pick up on the locker room cancers. I mean he'd spot the toxic teammates pretty quick, having come from the Niners. He became the best offensive player on their team with a few weeks left in the season which isn't a shock, but is still sayin' something for a 2nd tier TE. We missed his SAK utility last year.

Yea kap definitely misses his SAK
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Originally posted by marshniners24:
Originally posted by ninerjok:
Delanie went into Tenn. and was basically the only guy who knew how it was on a SB contending team so he was the main veteran leader almost by default IMO. I'm sure he was the first player to pick up on the locker room cancers. I mean he'd spot the toxic teammates pretty quick, having come from the Niners. He became the best offensive player on their team with a few weeks left in the season which isn't a shock, but is still sayin' something for a 2nd tier TE. We missed his SAK utility last year.

Yea kap definitely misses his SAK

Kap has no balls?