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<!-- body { font:12px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000; background-color: #EEF2FB; margin: 0px; } --> A lot of fans were stunned by Denver Broncos general manager John Elway's decision to replace quarterback Case Keenum with Joe Flacco.Count Keenum among them.Appearing on the Sports Spectrum Podcast this week with his wife J.J. Watt Jersey , Kimberly, Keenum said he was caught off guard when he was informed the Broncos and Ravens had the framework in place for a trade that will end Keenum's stint as the Broncos starting QB after just one season.Neither the Broncos nor the Ravens, or even Flacco, can formally acknowledge the trade until it becomes official when the new league year begins March 13.Keenum is under no such gag order."Elway called me that morning and we had a great conversation, which he didn't have to do, and I appreciated that," Keenum said on the Sports Spectrum Podcast this week."I was definitely shocked, it was a surprise for us ... we're definitely disappointed, it's not something we wanted to happen. I know that everybody's doing their job and John feels like that was a chance for him to help the Broncos out."A year ago, Keenum was a hot commodity, second only to Kirk Cousins among available veteran quarterbacks. He was coming off a breakout season in Minnesota Christian Covington Jersey White , where he went 11-3 and helped the Vikings reach the NFC championship game.When the Vikings signed Cousins, Keenum inked a two-year, $36 million deal with Denver that included $25 million guaranteed. The couple bought a home in Denver and Keenum said he hoped to turn his short-term deal into a long-term situation.He got off to a slow start last season, however, throwing interceptions in Denver's first eight games on his way to a career-high 15 interceptions, which tied for second-most in the NFL.Preaching patience became a weekly mantra of his with Keenum expressing confidence he and his new teammates and coaches would eventually adjust to each other in time to make a late-season run.By December the Broncos weren't rolling but staggering, bedeviled by an injury epidemic that had waylaid three O-line starters and the team's top two tight ends. On Dec. 5, Emmanuel Sanders, who rose to No. 1 receiving threat when Demaryius Thomas was traded to Houston, tore an Achilles at practice.The Broncos lost their final four games, finishing 6-10 for their first back-to-back losing seasons since the Nixon Administration. That led Elway to fire Vance Joseph and replace him with Vic Fangio . Keenum wasn't among the players who attended Fangio's introductory news conference because he was on vacation out of the country.As he cleaned out his locker after the final game Shane Lechler Jersey White , Keenum said, "I learned a lot this year. I learned what it is to be a franchise quarterback."Elway clearly didn't see Keenum in that way.So, he's moving on to another veteran in Flacco, 34, who will be Denver's fifth starting quarterback since Peyton Manning retired after winning the Super Bowl three years ago.Keenum is slated to count $21 million against the salary cap next season, which is actually more than Flacco's $18.5 million salary cap hit.That Broncos are hoping a trade partner emerges or that they can restructure Keenum's contract to a figure more befitting a backup. Otherwise, releasing him would cost them $7 million but save them $11 million.Keenum seems to believe his time with the Broncos is over."My time with the Broncos has been really special," he said on the podcast. "I have enjoyed every second of it. I have absolutely been so proud to wake up every day and to walk into that building to represent the Broncos as their quarterback. ... It was an honor." Coach Mike Vrabel told his Tennessee Titans what happens in the second half of an NFL season is what matters most.They listened carefully.Not only have the Titans salvaged a 2-4 start to put themselves into playoff contention, they have won four straight and six of seven to tie Houston atop the AFC South. The division rivals play twice in the final three games, starting Sunday when the Titans (8-5) host the Texans (8-5).'"It's been good to be able to put ourselves in a position now to focus and concentrate on the Houston Texans," Vrabel said Monday.The Titans had some help trimming the gap with Houston after the Texans lost 38-24 to Denver. Tennessee followed up byrouting Oakland 42-21 on the road.“Every game is big for us from here on out Braxton Miller Jersey White ," quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. ``There is no looking ahead to anything. It's one game at a time and take advantage of the opportunity that's in front of us."WHAT'S WORKINGThe offense keeps improving seemingly with each game. The Titans are averaging 31.4 points a game since Tannehill became the starter — second most in the NFL in that span. They also have 27 touchdowns over the last seven games, a big jump from the 11 scored through the first six games. It's why Tennessee now ranks 10th in the NFL in points scored per game.The Titans averaged 9.36 yards per play against Oakland, the highest single-game average in franchise history and the best for any team this season. That comes two games after they averaged 9.06 yards per play against the Jaguars.Derrick Henry is second in the NFL in rushing, just 38 yards back of Cleveland's Nick Chubb, despite being cautious with a sore left hamstring. Henry is tied with Dalvin Cook of Minnesota with 13 TDs rushing.Tannehill threw for aseason-high 391 yardsin Oakland, completing a pass to 10 receivers as Tennessee piled up a season-high 552 yards. He leads the NFL with a 118.5 passer rating“My confidence only grows when I see them make those plays," Tannehill said.WHAT NEEDS HELPThe banged-up secondary. Starting cornerback Malcolm Butler is on injured reserve, and Adoree' Jackson missed the Raiders game with an injured foot. LeShaun Sims was out for a second straight week with an injured right ankle. Then starting safety Kenny Vaccaro suffered a concussion against Oakland.STOCK UPThe offensive line has struggled mightily this season with sacks and too many penalties. But the Titans did not allow a sack against the Raiders for only the second game this season. Left tackle Taylor Lewan, who publicly apologized after his own flag-filled game Nov. 10, has not been penalized in the three games since that post-game tirade at himself.STOCK DOWNKicker Ryan Succop. He clanked a 42-yard field goal off the left upright just before halftime. Succop now is 1 of 5 on field goals since being activated from injured reserve, and the Titans still rank last in the NFL http://www.thetexanslockerroom.com/authe...son-jersey , making 47.1 percent of their field goals. The Titans signed Ryan Santoso on Nov. 27 to handle kickoffs and have some insurance, and Vrabel said they will keep working with Succop on his process and his accuracy.“He just needs to put a good swing on it, trust that he's made a lot of kicks in this league and will continue to make kicks for us," Vrabel said.INJUREDVrabel declined to give an update on his secondary, noting an injury report will be out Wednesday after practice. Vaccaro is in the concussion protocol. Henry kept his left hamstring warm during the Raiders' game with a pad wrapped around the back of his leg, the same hamstring that has had him on the injury report the past two weeks.“There's no quit in me," Henry said. “My leg would have to be halfway off for me to stop.”KEY NUMBER2007 — That's the last season the Titans swept the season series with the Texans.NEXT STEPSBeat the Texans on Sunday to take the AFC South lead for themselves before hosting New Orleans with the regular-season finale looming Dec. 29 in Houston. A sweep of the Texans means Tennessee's first division title since 2008 and first playoff game at home since January 2009.Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalker
 
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