Tennessee Titans News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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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