Tennessee Titans News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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4/17/14: While the Titans are non-committal about the future of their running game, particularly after releasing Chris Johnson two weeks ago, they are getting more active in adding depth to the defensive line. The team visited with three free agents last week. Those players are Ronald Talley, Alex Hall, , and DeQuin Evans. Talley was on the Packers' practice squad last season while Hall has not played in the NFL since 2010. He spent the last few yeas playing in the Canadian Football League where he recorded 25 sacks. That kind of production has him back in the sights of NFL executives as sacks are always desired.
4/10/14: The Chris Johnson era in Tennessee is finally over after six seasons. The team finally released CJ2K last Friday in a move that was completely expected. The Titans simply did not want to pay Johnson another $8 million, even if he is a top running back. The going rate for RBs has been about $4 million on the high side this offseason. Johnson only averaged 3.9 yards per carry last season, but did manage over 1,000 total yards as he has done in every year of his career. He leaves the team with just under 8,000 yards rushing.
4/3/14: Another week and still no answers for the Chris Johnson situation. Johnson, the talented running back, is probably done in Tennessee. There is a new regime in town and they do not seem to want to pay Johnson's $8 million salary - especially since running backs are only commanding about $3 million on the high side of the free agency market. At $8 million per year, even with no guaranteed money, the other 31 teams in the NFL are not interested in making a trade. In other news, former Titans' wide receiver Kenny Britt is evaluating his options, and many believe that he may end up in St. Louis with his former head coach Jeff Fisher.
3/27/14: The Titans are still trying to figure out the Chris Johnson situation. Johnson is among the better running backs in the NFL, and posted over 1,000 yards again last season. He is not, however, the same player who ran for over 2,000 yards a few seasons ago. He is due $8 million on his contract this coming season, and the Titans consider that too much. They do not owe him anymore guaranteed money, so trading him has become a priority. The problem is that there are not many teams that have the available salary cap space, and even less that also need a running back. The St. Louis Rams have been speculated about, but they seem pretty solid with Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham right now.
3/20/14: The Titans are still mixed up in the Chris Johnson saga. Johnson has stated that he will not come down from his $8 million salary to stay with the Titans. He will lower his salary to help facilitate a trade. This is not new news, and it seems likely that the Titans will be forced to release Johnson at some point, though they could keep him on the roster through training camp, in theory. Of course, that is not likely because they do not want to risk injury and be on the hook for the salary. A trade seems unlikely as the market for running backs is soft and there are others available for less through free agency.
3/13/14: At some point in the near future, it is apparent to most people that the Titans and running back Chris Johnson are headed for a divorce. And it could get ugly. Johnson is set to make $8 million this coming season and the Titans will probably want him to take a pay cut. He has shown no inclination to do so, which would leave Tennessee with little option other than to release him. Former teammates are already against him, claiming he does not take any responsibility for his actions. Johnson has not been terrible the last few seasons, but he has certainly not shown the ability he did when he was rushing for 2,000 yards.
3/6/14: The Titans had a pretty good defense last season and could repeat that (and improve in the standings) with a little help. While the team is doing their own best job to paint a pretty face on the franchise to entice free agents, one of their own players is doing more than his part. Cornerback Jason McCourty has been busy lobbying fellow cornerback Alterraun Verner and safety Bernard Pollard to return to the Titans. Both are free agents, but those three make the nice base for a secondary - one that can compete with Andrew Luck and the Colts.
2/27/14: To their credit, the Titans were able to land the most accomplished head coach for their team in the offseason by hiring Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt spent five years as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals and led them to their only Super Bowl appearance (a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers). He was run out of town after failing to find a replacement for QB Kurt Warner and ended up as offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers last season. He has a few big decisions to make, not the least of which is deciding what to do with running back Chris Johnson. CJ2K may have run his last play in Tennessee, and we will see what happens next.
2/20/14: Coaches generally do not like it when their players bring out their team's dirty laundry in public, and new Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt is no different. Titan tight end Delanie Walker went on the radio a few weeks ago and said there were a few guys in the locker room who were a 'cancer' on the team last season. Whisenhunt spoke about the situation last week and said he has since spoken with Walker about keeping team issues private. He also added that everyone on the team has a clean slate with him, so there is no telling now if those 'cancers' will be back or not.
2/13/14: The Titans got the most coveted available head coach candidate this offseason with Ken Whisenhunt. Many experts figured he would take the Detroit Lions job, which seemed to offer more of an upside. The Titans, however, are in a winnable division (AFC South) and are not that far away. The biggest question mark for the team is QB Jake Locker. No one really knows if he is a franchise QB or not because he has been injured so often. While Tennessee does not have a top five pick, there are still a few good QBs out there, including A.J. McCarron and Zack Mettenberger.
2/6/14: A very disturbing report came about in the last week as former Titans and Jag's defensive end Renaldo Wynn went on the radio and said that former Titans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had the Jag's playbook in the 1999 AFC Championship Game. That led to the Titan's beating the Jags for the right to play St. Louis in the Super Bowl (which the Rams - AKA: The Greatest Show on Turf) won). If true, that could get Williams expelled from the league permanently. Williams was hired by the Rams (ironically) for the second time to be the DC. He never coached for the Rams previously, as he was suspended by the league for BountyGate.
1/30/14: The Titans look like they are becoming the San Diego Chargers East. First, they hired the Chargers offensive coordinator, Ken Whisenhunt, as their new head coach. That was a great hire and probably the best available candidate. They also took the Chargers' tight ends coach, Jason Michael, who will be the new offensive coordinator. Whisenhunt has not publicly endorsed or dismissed QB Jake Locker. Locker has three years in the league but has not progressed the way many had hoped. However, he does have talent and has been limited by several injuries and possibly past coaching.
1/23/14: The Titans hired San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach. Whisenhunt was really the cream of the crop of potential coaches, so the Titans lucked out with him. There will be some issues to take care of this offseason - 1. Is Jake Locker a franchise QB or just another wasted first round draft pick. 2. What will running back Chris Johnson's role be. CJ2000 wants to be the workhorse or be released. Considering his salary and lack of production the past few years, the new regime may opt to go in a different direction.
1/16/14: The Titans are still looking for the replacement for former head coach Mike Munchak. It is now getting reported that Munchak had a chance to stay with the team, but would not make the major changes to his coaching staff that ownership wanted. That may be both good and bad for Munchak going forward. It does show any assistants he may hire that he is loyal and has their back. On the other hand, it would be very difficult to hire assistant coaches if other management teams do not hire him because he is too headstrong in his beliefs.
1/9/14: It took the Titans a few extra days, but they finally came to the same conclusion that most expected and fired head coach Mike Munchak after three seasons on the job. Munchak has been with the organization as a player or coach for decades, so this is like losing a member of the family. As head coach, he went 22-26 and never got QB Jake Locker fully developed as the starting QB. Munchak is part of the Jeff Fisher coaching tree and there is a lot of speculation that he may join Fisher in St. Louis in some capacity, but that has not been announced yet. Tennessee must look for a new head coach now, and the other teams have a head start on them.
1/2/14: Head coach Mike Munchack survived Black Monday, despite posting a 7-9 record and missing the playoffs again. Munchack said that the Titans would be a playoff team had they had a healthy Jake Locker. While that may be a stretch, it also may not sit well with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick came in for Locker after the injury and played quite well. Another theory may be that the team could have made the playoffs if they had not lost to the Jaguars and other teams with less talent. The Titans have a few holes to fill in the offseason and will have a mid-round pick in the draft.
12/26/13: The Titans stopped their three game losing streak by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-16 last Sunday. Wide receiver Nate Robinson scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter and the defense provided a game saving stop to secure the victory. The win improved the Titans to 6-9 on the season. With only one game left - a home game against the 2-13 Houston Texans - the big question is if head coach Mike Muchack will be back next season. He has been with the organization for over 30 years, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
12/19/13: The Titans may be out of the playoff hunt, but they are playing hard for themselves and their coach. Tennessee took the visiting Arizona Cardinals to overtime, but fell 37-34. Arizona actually had a 17 point lead in the fourth quarter before the Titans stormed back to tie the game. Ryan Fitzpatrick had one of the best days of his career by throwing for over 400 yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately, it was simply not enough. The Titans sit at 5-9 and head to Florida to face the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10) in Week 16, and hopefully get vengeance on their earlier loss to the Jags.
12/12/13: Any longshot hope the Titans may have had about rallying, saving the season, and pulling off the improbable rise to the top of the AFC South died in Denver last Sunday when the Titans were blown out by the Broncos 51-28. Tennessee had no answer for Peyton Manning who threw for almost 400 yards and four touchdowns. Titans' QB Ryan Fitzpatrick may have the Harvard degree, but he could not solve the Broncos and the cold - only throwing for 172 yards and one score. The loss puts the Titans at 5-8 and ensured that Indianapolis will be win the AFC South this season.
12/5/13: Tennessee, unfortunately, looks like they have given up on the season. The loss to the Jags a couple weeks ago seems to have demoralized the team, and that carried over in a 22-14 loss to the division leading Indianapolis Colts this past Sunday. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is actually playing quite well, though. He only threw for 201 yards and a touchdown, but seems to be better suited for the team than the injured Jake Locker. The loss left the Titans at 5-7 on the season. They are not out of the playoff hunt yet, but they need a big win at Denver this Sunday for any chance of moving forward this season.
11/28/13: The Titans are not going easy into the abyss. Tennessee has squandered chances to move up on the Indianapolis Colts, but not this week, as they rallied for a last minute touchdown to beat the host Oakland Raiders 23-19. Backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick did a fine job filling in for the injured Jake Locker, going 30-42 for 320 yards and two TDs. Rob Bironas added three field goals as the Titans improved to 5-6 on the season and two games behind the Colts. The Titans can make up more ground this Sunday when they head to Indy to face the Colts (7-4).
11/21/13: The door was wide open for the Titans. The Colts had a one game lead on Tennessee but were upset at home by the St. Louis Rams. All the Titans had to do was beat winless Jacksonville to make the AFC South interesting. They lost to the Jags. Then they had a 17-6 lead over the Colts at halftime last Thursday night. The Titans allowed the Colts to rally for a 30-27 win. Tennessee is now three games back of Indianapolis and must pull everything together in short order to try to get a wildcard spot in the playoffs. Hopefully that will come this Sunday when the Titans head west to face Oakland.
11/14/13: The Titans had played well enough to start earning some mid-season respect to go with a 5-3 record heading into a divisional matchup against the winless Jacksonville Jaguars. Perhaps the Titans overlooked the Jags or simply were not prepared, but Jacksonville earned their first (and possibly only) win of the season at the Titans expense. Once again, Tennessee QB Jake Locker left the game with injury - which is so common it may be a designed play at this point. Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick tried to lead the Titans back and scored a couple late touchdowns but it was too little too late. Tennessee (5-4) hosts Indy (6-3) who lost to the Rams on Thursday.
11/7/13: The Titans ended a three game losing skid with a 28-21 win in St. Louis over the Rams last Sunday. Jake Locker was under center for the Titans and was not very effective. He finished 13-22 for 185 yards, no touchdowns, and an INT. But the big story for the Titans was the re-emergence of running back Chris Johnson. Johnson had 23 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns - easily his best game of the year. The win puts the Titans at 4-4 on the season and in the thick of the AFC wild card hunt. Tennessee can make it a winning streak this weekend as they host the winless Jacksonville Jaguars.
10/31/13: Sad news out of Tennesse camp in the past week as franchise owner and founder Bud Adams died at 90 years of age. Adams founded the Houston Oilers in the early 1960's to compete in the AFL. The Houston Oilers were a fixture in the league and had great players like Earl Campbell and Warren Moon. Adams moved the team to Tennessee after failing to get a new stadium, and renamed the team the Tennessee Titans. The Titans made the Super Bowl following the 1999 season, but lost to the St. Louis Rams. Tennessee had a bye in Week 8 and plays at St. Louis in Week 9.
10/24/13: Titans' QB Jake Locker returned to action after missing a few games with a hip injury. He actually had a pretty good game and out-dueled Colin Kaepernick in a 31-17 loss to the 49ers. Locker was 25 of 41 with 326 yards and two TDs and one interception. The running game, however, was non-existent. Chris Johnson only got nine carries (39 yards) as the Titans were forced to throw early and often - that tends to happen when you are down 17-0 at halftime. The Titans managed 17 points of their own in the second half, but it was simply too little, too late. Tennessee is now 3-4 heading into their bye week.
10/17/13: This could have been a nice homecoming for QB Jake Locker, but he was injured and not available to play against the Seattle Seahawks. Tennessee lost 20-13 to a team that has arguably the best homefield advantage in the NFL. The Titans actually led at halftime and were tied going into the fourth quarter, but could not sustain their effort against Marshawn Lynch's two touchdowns. The loss dropped Tennessee to 3-3 on the year. They are in second place in the AFC South, trailing 4-1 Indianapolis. The Titans return home this Sunday to host the 4-2 San Francisco 49ers.
10/10/13: Tennessee suffered a tough loss last Sunday, falling to the Kansas City Chiefs 26-17 at home. The Titans started Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB in place of the injured Jake Locker. Locker will miss a few weeks with a hip injury but will not require surgery. In the meantime, the Fitzpatrick is a respectable backup with plenty of starting experience. KC had to rally and scored half of their points in the final quarter. The Titans will need more time to get Fitzpatrick in sync with his offense. They went three and out on their first five series. The task gets tougher this Sunday when the Titans (3-2) head to the Northwest to face Seattle (4-1).
10/3/13: Tennessee is one of the surprise teams of the season at 3-1. They are tied for the AFC South division lead with Indianapolis at this point and have been led by their defense. The Titans' defense forced four turnovers against the Jets on Sunday. Alterraun Verner had two interceptions on his own as the Titans rolled to a 38-13 win. QB Jake Locker was hurt in the third quarter and left on an ambulance. He will be evaluated through the week. Maybe Tennessee will take a look at Josh Freeman now. The Titans have a far greater test in Week 5 when they host the 4-0 Kansas City Chiefs.
9/26/13: A big step for any developing quarterback is being able to rally his team and snatch a win from defeat. Jake Locker took that step last Sunday when he threw a game winning touchdown to rookie wide receiver Justin Hunter with only 15 seconds remaining in the game. The Titans won 20-17 and improved to 2-1 on the season. Locker's line was 299 yards passing and one TD, and the Titans defense proved they are for real this season. Tennessee stays at home in Week 4. The Titans host the New York Jets (1-2) on Sunday.
9/19/13: The Titans are better than expected. They dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers physically in Week 1 for the win and played the Houston Texans extremely tough in Week 2. Make no mistake, this defense is for real. The Texans won 30-24, and much of that was due to the heroics of rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. The Titans benched WR Kenny Britt and hope that he can get his act together, but Britt has always been a bit of a problem child. The Titans host San Diego (1-1) on Sunday, in a battle of two teams that are already exceeding expectations.
9/12/13: The Titan have been telling anyone who will listen that their defense is much better this season and they showed that in their season opener against Pittsburgh. Tennessee won the game 16-9, but limited the Steelers to only two points (a safety on the opening kickoff) until Pitt scored a late touchdown. The question remains though: are the Titans that good or are the Steelers that bad this season. We will all get another chance to gauge this Sunday when the Titans travel to Houston to face the Texans, who are coming off of a Monday Night win over San Diego.
9/4/13: Tennessee gets a good test to start the season on Sunday when they play the Pittsburgh Steelers. Granted, these are not the same teams from five years ago, but both are hard-nosed teams who like to play physically. After two rough seasons, all indications are that Titans running back Chris Johnson is looking like CJ2000 again behind the rebuilt offensive line. More importantly is the influx in talent on the defensive side of the ball. The defense is quick and aggressive, but they need a little experience and maturity. The Titans should be improved over last season and will be ready to make Indy and Houston sweat this year.
8/29/13: The Tennessee Titans are trying to rebuild their team, and it is not easy to do with both Indianapolis and Houston in the division. That means that the football is often times not the most interesting story. That holds true this week as former linebacker and Titan's television broadcast team member Keith Bullock was arrested for robbing a cab driver. Allegedly, Bullock got very upset with the cabbie, grabbed him and took a $100 bill from him. The cab driver opted to press charges. This is not the worst thing we have seen this offseason, but it is very embarrassing.
8/22/13: A lot of good things coming out of Tennessee camp right now, the biggest being that the rebuilt offensive line is helping out. In a preseason game, Chris Johnson ripped off a 58 yard touchdown run reminiscent of the CJ2000 days. Then backup running back Shawn Green had big gainer - and he does not run for long distances. The major concern is wide receiver Kendall Wright who hurt his knee. He did not hear the "pop" that accompanies an ACL tear, but the team is concerned that he will miss some time. Hopefully it is just a sprain because the Titans need their best receiver on the field.
8/15/13: It only took five minutes for Bernard Pollard to get his first personal foul. So the winner of the pool probably had the "over". In their first preseason game, Pollard tackled a receiver who was headed out of bounds and got an unnecessary roughing penalty. The receiver's momentum would have taken him out of bounds, and if that was not enough, a simple shove would have sufficed. On the other hand, Pollard probably sent a message that anyone in his territory would get punished, and that is not a bad perception for a defense to own.
8/8/13: Bernard Pollard has all the motivation he needs, and it sits in his locker. He keeps the termination letter he received from the Baltimore Ravens with him to remind him that he can still play. Pollard was a key piece to the Ravens Super Bowl run last year, but was released without much conversation with the team. He finds himself on the Titans now and wants to show the Ravens that he is still a dominant player and that they made a mistake by letting him go. The Titans will be better than most people expect this year, and Pollard will be a key reason for that.
8/1/13: The Titans are this season's winner of the first fight in training camp throughout the NFL. Every year, one can expect tempers to flare in training camp - usually after a couple of weeks of hard work and players taking out their frustrations. The Titans managed to do that on day three when safety Michael Griffin hit wide receiver Nate Washington at the end of a play. Fellow WR Michael Preston got into it with Griffin and about 20 players joined in. No one was hurt fortunately, and head coach Mike Muchack said that it was mostly players trying to look tough. Griffin apologized and said he would take care of fines.
7/25/13: The Titans are in the enviable spot to sneak up on teams this season. The media focus has been on the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts - two playoff teams last season. The Titans have largely gone under the radar and have spent a lot of money to improve their defense. It starts with a re-instated Gregg Williams at defensive coordinator. Williams defenses have always been strong and aggressive. The addition of Bernard Pollard certainly helps as well. Look for the Titans to be better than advertised as their defense will keep them in a lot of games this season.
7/18/13: The Titans are in jeopardy of ending their game sellout streak, which currently sits at 144 games. That is a remarkable streak, well over a decade in the making. The team is not stressing though, because only 3,500 seats were made available for each regular season game. The matchup against the 49ers only has 500 seats left and two other games are about 1,000 single-game seats available. So the numbers are not insurmountable. However, it is always a source of pride when you have a long sell out streak going (something the Florida teams would love to worry about).
7/11/13: The knock on Kenny Britt has never been his talent. He is talented. He can catch, he can run, he can make defenders miss. He can be a true number one WR in the league. The problem has always been his maturity and decisions. He has been arrested numerous times since he joined the league, and just when it looked like he was getting it together, he tore his ACL. Britt is expected back at full force this season, and the Titans need him considering they lost tight end Jared Cook to the Rams in free agency. As a sign of his maturation, he donated the funds for his high school team to attend a three day football camp. If this is the new Britt, then the Titans may have something to be excited about.
7/4/13: Not many people are giving the Titans much love on getting to the playoffs this coming season. They have good reason; the Texans are still the defending champs and did not lose much. They actually gained a wide receiver to take pressure off of Andre Johnson and should get linebacker Brian Cushing back from injury. The Colts showed that they are ready for primetime by making the playoffs last season, and only look to improve. However, the Titans have made some nice additions. All they really need now is for the offensive line to come together and for the defense to get hungry again, and they may make things interesting.
6/27/13: The experts and odds makers are speaking out and they do not have much good to say about the Titans in the coming season. It is true that the team continues to rebuild and they have two very strong division foes in the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts. The team also let underutilized tight end Jared Cook (who has the size and speed to be a wide receiver) leave during free agency. One thing that should benefit them is that they have to commit to Jake Locker as the starting QB. He is entering his third year and will be able to develop as he should without a strong backup taking over.
6/20/13: For nearly three decades, Mike Munchak has been associated with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise. He was a Hall of Fame offensive lineman for the organization once, and today he is the head coach. However, one gets the feeling his time may be ending if the team does not improve this season. Offense starts with the O-Line to Munchak, so he is taking a more active role in the development and coaching of the O-Line. That is good news for rookie Chance Warmack, who welcomes the opportunity to play for a guy who was a great offensive lineman in his day.
6/13/13: The Titans struggled mightily on offense last year (and defense), finishing 23rd out of 32 teams in points scored. They fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer and hired Dowell Loggains. The new offense is essentially an entirely new playbook that has both running back Chris Johnson and wide receiver Kendall Wright excited. It will be a more run-heavy approach, with elements to try and capitalize on QB Jake Locker's strengths. This should be considered a rebuilding year for the Titans, as they still have to go through the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South.
6/6/13: The Titans brought in safety Bernard Pollard to bring some fire to the Titans anemic defense, and he is doing that so far. Pollard is a good veteran safety, and helped the Baltimore Ravens capture the Super Bowl last season. He is best known as the man who knocked out Tom Brady in the first game of the season a few years ago. Brady tore his ACL and was out for the year - the year that the Dolphins won the AFC East. He is challenging his new teammates and bringing an attitude to the Titans defense that has not been around since the Jeff Fisher days.
5/30/13: Both the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars are afterthoughts in the AFC South. Indianapolis and Houston dominate both the headlines and the division. Has Tennessee done enough this offseason to get their name back in the conversation? They have made a clear commitment to Jake Locker, but have lost Jared Cook - a good up and coming tight end. The bright side is they strengthened the offensive line, which should give Locker more time to throw and create more holes for running back Chris Johnson. That is a step in the right direction, but the Colts and Texans may still be out of reach for now.
5/23/13: The Titans promise to have a new offensive scheme this coming season. Cynics may say that any offensive scheme would be a new one. And there is some truth to that. Tennessee has not lit up the scoreboard in recent years (or ever, for that matter). What they could use is dedication to a single QB and give him a chance to succeed. The team still has Chris Johnson. He will not run for 2000 yards again, but can be an effective running back with some decent blocking. Hopefully, coach Munchack realizes that and will get him some protection.
5/16/13: This may be the make or break year for Titans QB Jake Locker. That may not be fair to Locker, considering he was playing behind former Super Bowl starter Matt Hasselbeck and was injured for some time. In fact, he has only started 11 games, but the Titans have only won four of these. Locker himself says that he has plenty to improve upon, particularly in third down situations and simply just being more consistent. Locker also had shoulder surgery recently, but is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp and the preseason.
5/9/13: The media 'experts' discuss the Titans' draft with some skepticism. Generally, the first round pick of Alabama guard Chance Warmack is well regarded. However, the Titans traded up in the second round to select Tennessee wide reciever Justin Hunter. However, the Titans have a big hole for a flexible defensive lineman, a hole that Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine could have filled. The trade was to move up to get Hunter was with the 49ers. Who, ironically, took Carradine with the Titans' pick. Maybe it was the right move, and maybe it will benefit QB Jake Locker.
5/2/13: The Titans were quiet and overlooked on draft day (days). They used eight picks, one in each round, and two in the third, but did not make waves like the New York Jets, San Diego Chargers, or St. Louis Rams. The Titans chose offensive guard Chance Warmack from Alabama in the first round with the tenth pick. They also acquired Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter in the second round. Now that Jake Locker has another receiver and some protection, he has to prove that he is an NFL quarterback. Otherwise, Tennessee is taking a QB early next year.
4/25/13: For the first time in his young career, QB Jake Locker will not have to look over his shoulder at Matt Hasselbeck. That means that the job is now officially his. He does need better protection, so there is a better than average chance that the Titans will select an offensive lineman with their first pick, which is tenth overall. Two names that keep coming up on mock drafts are North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper (center or guard) or guard Chance Warmack from Alabama. Tenth is pretty high to draft a guard, but the Titans must understand that they need to protect their pricey investment and give him a chance to succeed.
4/18/13: Under former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher (now coaching the Rams), the Titans were known for having tough and physical defenses that made life difficult for opposing offenses (just look at the Super Bowl against the Greatest Show on Turf). That philosophy has shifted with the current regime, as evidenced by the Monday Night game against the Jets last season who had zero offense and actually stopped themselves. Perhaps that will change with the draft next week and there is a good chance that the Titans will load up on the defensive side of the ball.
4/11/13: The Titans may like to think of themselves as a team on the rise, but they have a lot of rising to do. Indy and Houston are clearly the class of the AFC South, and Jacksonville is the dregs. The Titans lost tight end (who believes he is a wide receiver) Jared Cook in free agency - he signed with the St. Louis Rams. The Bernard Pollard signing is a good one for the defense. But the Titans still have several holes to address, particularly in receiving corps and secondary. The good news? They face Jacksonville twice every year.
4/4/13: A week after the Titans added defensive lineman Bernard Pollard and former Bills starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, the team added WR Kevin Walter and offensive lineman Chris Spencer. GM Ruston Webster says they are veterans who will add to the competition, which is a nice way of saying we needed some more players and these were the only guys left that would still talk to us. Both have been starters for much of their careers, but neither is on his way to the Hall of Fame upon retirement. But perhaps Walter's maturity will help Kenny Britt achieve six months with out being arrested.
3/28/13: Tennessee is doing what they can to upgrade their defense. The team only won six games last year, and struggled in all phases of the game. The Titans were able to lure safety Bernard Pollard to join the team. Pollard was a member of the Ravens last year and helped them win the Super Bowl. He is most famous for his hit that tore Tom Brady's ACL just a couple minutes into the 2007 season when he was with the Kansas City Chiefs. He should be a welcome and helpful addition to the Titans next season.
3/21/13: Tennessee released veteran QB Matt Hassellbeck in a cost cutting move after the two sides could not agree on how to restructure his $5.5 million contract. Hassellbeck spent two seasons with the Titans and finished with a 9-7 record. The signing essentially means that this is Jake Locker's team now, for better or worse. Locker has been inconsistent in his two years as a pro, but could benefit from a stronger and more mature receiving corps. With the shortages of QBs out there, Hassellbeck will likely find work soon enough, even if only a one year deal.
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3/14/13: The Titans quickly replace tight end Jared Cook by signing former 49ers tight end Delanie Walker. In San Francisco, Walker would always be the back up to Vernon Davis, but he will have the opportunity to start in Tennessee. The team opted not to place a franchise tag on Jared Cook because Cook threatened to file a grievance if he was tagged as a tight end rather than a wide receiver - where he took most of his snaps last season. There was a $6 million difference between the two positions. In the end, Cook signed as a free agent with St. Louis and former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher.
3/7/13: Jared Cook was able to avoid getting a franchise tag by the Titans, and it looks like he may have scared the team into that decision. The Titans likely wanted to franchise Cook, but as a tight end. Cook and his agent threatened litigation if that were to happen, claiming he should be classified as a wide receiver - which would have cost the team an additional $4 million, or $10.6 million total. The move seemed to work. He is set to be a free agent if he cannot work out a new agreement with the Titans by March 12. And he will have plenty of teams vying for his services.
2/14/13: The Titans hired exiled defensive coordinator Greg Williams as a senior assistant. Williams led the New Orleans Saints defense for a number of years, including the franchise's only Super Bowl victory. Williams, of course, was suspended last offseason for his role in the Saints' Bounty Scandal and was suspended indefinitely. He had been hired as the DC under Jeff Fisher in St. Louis, but never coached there. The Rams fired him after their season ended, allowing Tennessee to hire him (even before his suspension was officially ended). Players have loved playing under Williams in the past, and it will be interesting to see how they respond to him now.
2/7/13: Not too many years ago, the Titans got off to a 13-0 start and were considered the class of the AFC. My, how times have changed. The team has languished for the past few seasons and even their trademark defensive strength is non-existent. But the focus needs to be on the offense. The team has never really committed to Jake Locker as QB. Part of that is due to ineffectiveness and part is due to injury. The receiving corps is a mess and who knows if Kenny Britt will ever live up to his potential. Meanwhile, Chris Johnson either runs for an 80 yard touchdown or loses two. There is no in-between. So the focus needs to be on getting some consistent offensive players.
1/31/13: No one doubts that the Titans have a lot of holes to fill before they can compete with the Houston Texans or the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South (they are still miles ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars). With only six picks in the draft, there is no way they can fill everything with rookies. They first need some help on defense, and defensive end is a position they can try to fill in free agency. Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley provide a good base, but picking up a Dwight Freeny, Osi Umenyiora, or Cliff Avril would certainly put the team back on track much quicker.
1/24/13: Usually, when you have a running back that has over 1,000 yards per season in each of his first five seasons you keep him no questions asked. But Chris Johnson is no ordinary running back - he is the ultimate boom or bust option. This past season proved it beyond a doubt. Yes he ran for about 1,250 yards, but he posted less than 60 yards in 8 games. He beat the 100 yard barrier only five times. The bottom line is that he is inconsistent. He hits a home run or strikes out. Along with a $10 million bonus due in February, is why the Titans may cut him loose in the next month.
1/17/13: Fantasy football players have learned not to draft Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt before the eighth round citing his injury and criminal records. Though it is always fun when one guy takes him in the second round because he is essentially throwing away his money at that point. Lately, Britt has been investigated by New Jersey police for the stabbing of one of his friends. Police say he has been uncooperative, but he is expected to speak with authorities soon. Whether he has any connection to the incident is unknown, but there is a good chance the league may suspend him again if he is.
1/10/13: With a 6-10 record, which included a loss to the Jaguars, the Titans have plenty of needs to fill in order to reach a suitable level of competitiveness in the AFC South. The offense struggled throughout the year, and an upgraded offensive line is paramount to improvement. Jake Locker needs more time to throw and Chris Johnson needs some more holes to run through. The Titans may opt to draft one or more linemen in the draft, or they may try to acquire help through the free agent market. The only thing that is clear is that they need help in the trenches.
1/3/13: Tennessee won their final game of the 2012 season 38-20 over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 38 points sounds like an offensive explosion for a team that can't seem to move the ball outside their own shadow, and it is. The Titans offense was responsible for only one touchdown. Tennessee's defense and special teams were responsible for two touchdowns apiece - a pair of pick-6's and two punt returns for touchdowns. Despite the 6-10 season, Tennesseee appears to be sticking with Head Coach Mike Munchak for at least one more season, though he may be on the hot seat for all of 2013.
12/27/12: Tennessee suffered their worst defeat in years with a 55-7 routing by the host Green Bay Packers in Week 16. The 55 points was the most surrendured by the team since New England put up 59 point in 2009. The Titans saved themselves from a shutout with a late touchdown, but the Packers owned this game from the beginning. Tennessee has recorded only five victories this season and will be looking at a high draft pick in the April draft. In the final game of the season, the Titans look to end on a highn note at home against the Jaguars.
12/20/12: Tennessee had a rare Monday Night Game against the New York Jets, and their defense may have ended Mark Sanchez' tenure as the starting quarterback of the Gotham franchise. The game was not pretty. Aside from Chris Johnson's 94 yard touchdown run, there was very little offense. The Titans forced four Sanchez interceptions, but the game was still in doubt with less than a minute left. Then Sanchez fumbled and the Titans recovered, ending the game. The Titans make a divisional trip to Indy this coming Sunday, and hope to play spoiler for Andrew Luck and the Colts.
12/13/12: The Titans suffered a heartbreaking loss to their AFC rival Indianapolis Colts last Sunday. Jake Locker clearly outperformed rookie sensation Andrew Luck with 262 yards and a touchdown. The Titans even had a 20-7 lead at halftime, unfortunately, the defense could not hold, allowing 14 in the third quarter and allowing two field goals in the fourth quarter to give the Colts the win. Tennessee will not be playing in January, but it looks like Locker is starting to develop as a quarterback. Tennessee hosts the Jets for a Monday Night matchup next week, with a chance to ruin the Jets chance at making the playoffs.
12/6/12: Second year quarterback Jake Locker had one of his better games, throwing for 309 yards and a touchdown against the Houston Texans and their vaunted defense. The other side of that is that Locker was 21-45 and was forced to throw, a lot, because the Texans built up a solid 21-3 lead by halftime. In the end, Houston won 24-10 and left the Titans at 4-8 on the season. With the playoffs out of reach, the team must play for pride now. They have a chance to damage division rival Indianapolis this Sunday, which would at least be a moral victory.
9/22/12 ? Both the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions played well through the first three quarters of their game. But, in the fourth quarter they scored a combined 46 points in an offensive shootout in the Titans 44-41 win. The Titans took a 41-27 lead late in the 4th quarter on a touchdown pass from QB Jake Locker and a fumble return for a touchdown by cornerback Alterraun Verner. With starting QB Matt Stafford out of the game with a leg injury, it was up to backup QB Shaun Hill to lead the Lions to a comeback. After throwing a touchdown to wideout Calvin Johnson and recovering the ensuing onside kick, the Lions were able to tie up the game. Hill?s desperation pass to the end zone was batted down into the waiting arms of receiver Titus Young for the tying touchdown. In overtime, Titans kicker Rob Bironas was able to hit a 26-yard field goal that proved to be the game-winner. The Titans defense was able to stop Shaun Hill on a 4th and 1 QB Sneak to end the game. Locker finished with 378 yards passing and two touchdowns. Nate Washington caught 3 balls for 112 yards and touchdown in the Titans first win of the season.
The Titans were established in 1960 and are part of the NFL™ AFC South division. You might remember the Titans from their days as the Houston Oilers when Warren Moon used to dazzle fans with his world-class mobility. These days, the Titans call Tennessee home and more specifically LP Field. Tennessee is passionate about their football and as a result Tennessee Titans tickets are some of the most demanded on the market.
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Matt Hasselbeck has finally left Seattle and is now a Titan. Ever since their last trip to the Super Bowl with Steve McNair, the Titans haven't been the same. So much turmoil and failed expectations have come about. However, Chris "CJ2K" Johnson has been the work horse of the team and has proved he has talent. If Kenny Britt, Justin Gage and Nate Washington can create some chemistry with Matt Hasselbeck in the preseason, the Titan's offense could be pretty explosive. Jeff Fischer was fired by the Titans which was a questionable move by the organization. Mike Munchak was on his staff and took over for the 2011 season.
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