A former first round pick of the Titans, linebacker Keith Bulluck takes a few minutes to discuss the upcoming game for the Houston Texans and Tennessee
The Houston Texans (2-1) host the Tennessee Titans (1-2) this Sunday in an AFC South showdown. In advance of the game we were lucky enough to catch up with a former member of the Tennessee Titans, Keith Bulluck.
An 11-year NFL veteran, the linebacker out of Syracuse was the 30th overall selection for Tennessee in 2000. He recorded over 1,000 tackles with 21 interceptions and 18 sacks in his ten seasons on Tennessee and one year as a New York Giant.
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Now a member of the Titans broadcast team, Bulluck is able to give Houston fans a different look at the team they are about to face.
RG: Keith, thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us. First question, is there any extra emotion in these type of games considering that the Titans originally came from Houston? Or is that too far in the past now?
"KB: There’s probably not a lot of emotion from the players involved in this game because they are too young to remember the Houston Oilers organization being in Houston. When I played there was more of a rivalry because we had guys like Steve McNair Eddie George who were actually drafted by the old Oilers organization and played some years in Houston."
RG: Houston just lost J.J. Watt. How tough is it to lose such an emotional leader and hard will it be for the Texans to get their defense going?
"KB: It’s always tough when your team loses a player in the starting lineup let alone an MVP caliber player like Watt. JJ’s absence forces the entire front seven to step their games up. Most especially former first round picks Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney who were drafted to raise the heat factor of the Texans pass rush."
RG: What are your feelings on Marcus Mariota? He looks legit to me, but there have been some hiccups. Will he get things turned around and how quickly?
"KB: Anytime a rookie is forced into the learn on the run starting QB role it’s gonna be a process. The Titans are young team and Marcus Mariota is in his second year. He obviously is still learning his offense as well as how defenses will defend against him. As long as Mark continues to learn from his mistakes week in and week out, I think that he will have a successful career as the Titans quarterback."
RG: If there were one player from Houston you could steal and put on the Titans roster, who would it be?
"KB: If the Titans had the opportunity to steal one player from the Texans roster it should be DeAndre Hopkins. He is already a top 10 NFL wideout, he would help the maturation process of Marcus Mariota in the passing game and complement DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry very well."
Thanks again to Keith for taking some time out of his busy schedule to discuss some NFL Football. Make sure to follow Keith on Twitter, @kbull53.