NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans head to Houston with a chance at the playoffs, and offensive line coach Bruce Matthews will be heading down a bit earlier.
He won't be scouting. He'll be in the stands at Reliant Stadium on Saturday watching son Jake, one of his seven children, play offensive line for Texas A&M against Northwestern in the Meineke Car Care Bowl a day before the Titans play the Texans on the same field.
Jake Matthews is similar to his dad at 6-foot-5 but a bit heavier at 305. The sophomore has started the past seven games at tackle, though his father has had to keep up with games from Tennessee with his family remaining in Texas this year.
Titans coach Mike Munchak, Matthews' close friend, joked that his assistant would have to have a good week in practice and put in a good game plan that definitely will work to escape a couple days early.
Then he turned serious.
"It's been a big sacrifice for him all year missing his son that's a senior in high school there, his games and his other son's at A&M, because it was a much better situation when he was in Houston for him," Munchak said. "Yeah, I think he's excited about the opportunity. This works out well where he's able to do that. Yeah, he'll get a chance because the game is right there at the stadium."