Both Coach Mike Munchak and Derrick Morgan downplayed words between Morgan and defensive tackle Shaun Smith after Smith's facemask penalty in Sunday's 17-14 win over Denver.
But the usually loquacious Smith had very little to say about the incident, where a TitansRadio's sideline report indicated that Munchak had to step in between the two linemen. There was no pushing or shoving, according to Morgan, just words exchanged.
“Nothing really. It's football. Emotions are high. Sometimes things happen like that,” Morgan said. “But it's not a big deal. Everybody was saying to guys to be smart. The same thing goes for me. I lined up offsides. We were just trying to be smart because we were in critical situations.”
After the incident, Smith did not go back into the game, although Morgan did, and came up with a big fourth-down stop from the 1-yard line to stifle a Broncos drive.
“I don't know. I don't know. Ask him,” said Smith about the matter with Morgan.
Asked if the altercation was just the emotions of the game, Smith said, “I guess, I don't know. I don't got no comment, man.”
On being benched, Smith said, “Take that up with the head coach. I don't know.”
“To be honest, I wasn't even aware that he didn't go back in,” Munchak said. “Sometimes, it just depends on what they're doing out there, if they're throwing the ball, which they were. But I think we just need to move forward.”
Munchak said he did not want the situation to escalate.
"I knew it was an emotional game," Munchak said. "Jerry (Gray) talked to them, and I talked to them. It's just one of those things that happens. I just didn't want it to get out of hand.."
One source indicated to TitanInsider that Smith left the sideline immediately after the game, rather than going to mid-field with his teammates to shake hands with the Broncos players.
Smith, who came to the Titans, has had a history of wearing out welcomes, most notably a weightroom fight with Brady Quinn, when both were with the Browns, that eventually led to his release there.