RTC: Afternoon edition

Reading the coverage of the Tennessee Titans...

Hello Kuharsky's people. I am here for the week while your fearless leader ponders the meaning of life.

In his honor, we'll start with a World Cup read today. If you missed yesterday's gut-wrenching 2-2 draw (it turns out draws can be gut wrenching), the US Men's National Team had a chance to advance out of group play with a win. Instead, nothing is decided in their group. They'll play Germany next and Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated has a great feature on the American team's German influence. Five of the team's players are German American with American military fathers and German mothers.

Titans linebackers Wesley Woodyard and Avery Williamson developed a connection while Williamson was still in college. Now the two former Kentucky linebackers are bonding with the Titans, writes John Glennon of The Tennessean. "He accepts all the coaching I give him, but one thing I also tell him is to coach me," Woodyard said. "If there's something I'm not doing right, I tell him to tell me, and I think that's a good way to keep him tuned in all the time."

The NFL's dark period is upon us (which doesn't make RTCs easy) and Titans players know they have to spend their time off wisely, writes Megan Grindstaff of the Tennessean. "It boils down to taking care of your body and doing whatever you can to stay accountable to these guys here," safety Bernard Pollard said.

Will Lomas of MusicCityMiracles.com wonders just how thin the Titans are at wide receiver. Beyond Justin Hunter, Nate Washington and Kendall Wright, he has concerns. Having three productive receivers isn't bad, though.