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3/25/15: Most current mock drafts have the Tennessee Titans either drafting a defensive player or trading out of the second overall pick. One new theory has the Titans dealing the pick to the San Diego Chargers for Phillip Rivers. Rivers played, very well, under head coach Ken Wisenhunt and will not committ long-term to the Chargers at this point. That would solve their QB problem, at least for one season and they may be able to get Rivers to sign a longer deal to finish his career in Tennessee. It is just speculation now, but seems very reasonable.
3/18/15: The Tennessee Titans had already moved on, but it was pretty surprising to see QB Jake Locker decide to call it a career. The Titans had released Locker a few weeks ago with the intent on going with Zack Mettenberger or possibly drafting a QB in May. Still, not many people forecasted Locker retiring at age 26. Locker said he did not have the desire to play anymore. In other news, the Titans may be loading up on former Steeler defensive players soon. Many of those guys love Dick LeBeau, so it would not be surprising to see a few of them sign with the Titans in the next few weeks.
3/11/15: It is no question that the Tennessee Titans are in a rebuilding mode, especially after finishing the season with only two wins last year. That prompted safety Bernard Pollard to ask to be released a month ago. The Titans finally obliged last week. Pollard is in his 30's now and says that he wants a ring - so expect him to go to a contending team (even if it is for less money). Conversely, owner Tommy Smith expects the Titans to get to the playoffs next season. The Kansas City Chiefs went from 2-14 to the playoffs a couple of years ago, but it probably will be more difficult for the Titans to pull a similar turnaround.
3/4/15: It has been a tough offseason for Titans safety Michael Griffin. His first order of business was surgery to repair a torn labrum (shoulder). That procedure left him unable to even use crutches. He's had some time for rehab on the shoulder so it became time to operate on his knee. It will be an extended time before Griffin will be healed enough to play and the team understands that. He may not even be medically cleared until training camp. There is the chance that the Titans will cut him with an injury designation and be able to save about $4 million of his $8 million salary cap hit.
2/25/15: A few weeks ago, the conventional wisdom was that the Tennessee Titans would draft either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota to be the franchise quarterback. Lately, some are speculating that the Titans will not select either with the second pick, but will go a different route. Current Titans QB Zach Mettenberger acknowledges that both are talented players but also says that he think he would beat either of them out for the starting job if the Titans did draft one of them. That is a great attitude to have, though the reality of taking a QB with the second pick may yield a different result.
2/18/15: Speculation time for the Tennessee Titans. The Titans own the second overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft (still over two months away) so it is fun to try to figure out their pick. Tampa owns the first pick and many believe they will take Florida State QB Jameis Winston. A fe weeks ago, it seemed like Oregon QB Marcus Mariota would be either first or second and the Titans would take him if Winston were gone. But Mariota's stock has dropped as many think his success was the result of the Oregon system. Other options include USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams or Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory.
2/5/15: Are the Tennessee Titans for sale? Respected NFL journalist Jason LaCanfora reported twice within a month that he has heard 'rumblings' that the team will be sold in 2015, with potential buyers including FedEX CEO Fred Smith and hedge fund manager David Tepper. Current Titans CEO Tommy Smith (son-in-law to the late Titans/Oilers founder Bud Adams) insists that those rumors are not true and "resents" such statements. Smith also tried to squash rumors that Peyton Manning is not retiring to run the team. There are still 11 months remaining in 2015, so keep an eye on how this plays out.
1/28/15: Arizona's loss could be Tennessee's gain. 'Could be' being the operative term. Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was expected to join Bruce Arians on the Cardinals' coaching staff in some capacity. Now, it appears that has fallen through because LeBeau would rather be closer to his wife, who lives in Cincinnati. That is leading to speculation that LeBeau may join Ken Whisenhunt's staff in some capacity. That would be a great addition for the Titans as LeBeau is among the most respected defensive minds in the NFL today and would certainly bolster Tennessee's defense.
1/21/15: One of the nice things about mock drafts is that you cannot be wrong, even if you come up with wild scenarios. One that is floating around right now is that the Titans want either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston specifically, and if they cannot get that player, then they will not choose a quarterback at all with the second overall pick. In that scenario, the Titans would likely carry forward with Zach Mettenberg as their starter and see where that takes them. On the other hand, such a move could help them rebuild their defense quicker, and great defenses can win championships.
1/14/15: Now that the first two thirds of the 2015 NFL Draft order has been set, let the speculation begin about the next starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans. The Titans currently own the second overall pick in the draft, behind only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team is widely expected to take a quarterback with that pick (assuming they do not trade down), and that is expected to be either Marcus Mariota (Oregon) or Jameis Winston (Florida State) - basically whoever Tampa does not take. Until then, everyone gets to listen about how the new QB will change the franchise over-night and will revolutionize the game.
1/7/14: Predictably, the Tennessee Titans lost their final game of the season to finish with a dismal 2-14 record. That earned them 1) the second overall pick in the draft, 2) second pick in each subsequent round, and 3) the 'easiest' schedule next season (meaning that they will play the last ranked team in their two non-rotation games). It is very likely that the team will draft a new QB and Jake Locker will not be back. If all goes as expected, then the top candidates are Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston, assuming both declare for the draft. The reality is that they would likely get the one that Tampa does not select.
12/3/14: There seems to be no end to the misery that is the Titans season so far. They fell again last weekend, this time 45-21 to the Houston Texans. The loss puts Tennessee at 2-10 on the year, but in prime position in the draft selection process. The Zach Mettenberger experiment may be over. He was replaced by Jake Locker, though neither of them had much success. Worst of all, the Titans allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw six touchdown passes in the game. So now the speculation becomes who do the Titans pick in the draft. But, before that, they have to play out the string, which includes hosting the Giants this Sunday.
11/19/14: The Titans had their chance to be on national television in primetime last week when they hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. QB Zach Mettenberger played his best game in his young career, throwing for 263 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Titans had a good chance to win the game, and even led 24-13 going into the fourth quarter. But Le'Veon Bell was too strong - rushing for 204 yards, and the Titans could not score in the final quarter, finally falling 27-24. Tennessee is now 2-8 on the season, but at least they are showing some positive development. The Titans are at Philadelphia this Sunday.
11/12/14: Titans tight end Delanie Walker came out last week and blasted teammates that were not happy that the team had only won two games. He may be even more upset this week as the Titans fell to the Baltimore Ravens 21-7 to drop to 2-7 on the season. The Titans took a first quarter lead but had nothing else afterward. The offense was completely limited in what they could do: 143 passing yards and only 67 rushing yards on the day. That is not a formula for success in the NFL. The Titans have a lot of work to do to be competitive in the league and may need to draft a new QB. At least they host the Monday Night Game against the Steelers this week.
11/5/14: It is probably fair to say that the Tennessee Titans are in rebuilding mode this season. That is not a knock on them, but a fundamental overhaul of the organization to get them where they want to be. The Titans, in Week 9, had their bye week. Their record is 2-6 and they are playing third string rookie QB Zack Mettenberger. Mettenberger looked good in preseason and actually played admirably in his first start. He has the chance to prove that he is the new QB in town this Sunday when the Titans head to Baltimore to face the Ravens.
10/29/14: The longer the season goes, the harder it seems to get for the Tennessee Titans. The Titans ended the Charlie Whitehurst Experiment and let rookie Zach Mettenberger have his hand as the starting quarterback. That was not a terrible notion. Mettenberger threw for 299 yards, a pair of touchdowns against one interception. But the Titans could not run the ball at all, finishing with just 36 yards on the day - and 35 of those came from Bishop Sankey's nine carries. Ultimately, the Titans fell 30-16 to the visiting Houston Texans, but at least learned that Mettenberger may be a viable option for now. Tennessee is now 2-6 on the season and has a bye this coming weekend.
10/22/14: The Tennessee Titans continue to struggle with Charlie Whitehurst under center. Joke Locker continues to enter Sundays listed as probable, but ultimately not playing - maybe that will change this week. Washington did not do much special, and even benched Kirk Cousins for Colt McCoy. Charlie Whitehurst, meanwhile, only threw for 160 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The Titans only got 76 yards rushing, which ended up hurting the team. The 2-5 Titans are back home this Sunday to host AFC South rival Houston Texans, who are coming off of a short week, having played in the Monday Night Game.
10/15/14: The Titans did not so much beat the Jacksonville Jaguars as survive their division rival. Tennessee led 16-7 with less than a minute to play. Then they gave up a late touchdown and ensuing two point conversion. Jacksonville was able to recover an onside kick and moved downfield into field goal range. But then the Titans made what may have been their biggest play of the day when they blocked Josh Scobee's 55 yard field goal attempt to end the threat and secure the 16-14 victory. The Titans are on the road next week to face an unpredictable Washington team.
10/8/14: Make no mistake, this was a big loss for the Tennessee Titans. Not only did the team allow the Browns to come back from a 25 point deficit, which would be terrible on its won, they lost QB Jake Locker to injury. That means that the offense falls on the shoulders of Charlie Whitehurst. That could certainly be a big blow to the Titans over the next several weeks. But this game will be remembered for the Titans collapsing in the second half and losing 29-28. Tennessee is now 1-4 on the season, which is exactly one more win than their next opponent, Jacksonville, who visits this Sunday.
10/1/14: The Titans were forced to start backup QB Charlie Whitehurst in their division game against the Colts last Sunday, and it did not go well. Whitehurst was only given 23 pass attempts, of which he completed only a dozen, just barely better than 50%, and rang up only 177 yards, one TD, one INT. Rookie Zach Mettenberger saw his first action, but only went 2-5 for 17 yards and a pick. The final result was a sobering 41-17 loss. It appears obvious now that Whitehurst is not the answer and the team must better prepare Mettenberger or perform some voodoo to get Jake Locker back. The Titans are home this Sunday to host the Cleveland Browns.
9/24/14: The Titans traveled to Cincinnati for their Week 3 matchup, but played under a heavy pall. It was announced prior to the game that former Titans place kicker Rob Bironas was killed in a car accident. Tennessee did not seem up to the game for the entire day and did not put any points on the board when Shonn Green converted a goal line score. That made the game 33-7, which was the final score. The Titans will need more from QB Jake Locker going forward, as he was only able to muster 185 yards passing with two interceptions. Tennessee now sites at 1-2 and head to Indy this Sunday.
9/17/14: The Titans had one of the bigger upsets of Week 1 when the team went into Arrowhead Stadium and beat the Kansas City Chiefs. But the Titans could not put together the same type of performance against the Dallas Cowboys at home last Sunday. Dallas jumped out to a 16-0 halftime lead and never let the Titans back in the game. QB Jake Locker was not a factor except for throwing two interceptions. Tennessee's biggest performer was wide receiver Delanie Walker, who had 10 receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown. The Titans are back on the road this Sunday at Cincinnati.
8/28/14: The big question in Tennessee right now is who is going to back up QB Jake Locker. The Titans signed veteran backup Charlie Whitehurst in the offseason and drafted Zach Mettenberger in May. Mettenberger has thrown for more yards than anyone else through three preseason games, but is listed as the number three QB on the depth chart. Perhaps some of that is due to the fact that he has also thrown four interceptions. He should improve with just being in the league and should be able to take that number two position at some point. Especially if he is going to be the QB of the future for the Titans.
8/21/14: Many fantasy football players are excited about Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter as a late round sleeper candidate, and they do not like it when he make headlines for great preseason work. Things looked good two weeks ago when head coach Ken Whisenhunt replaced his name tag with "JAG" or "Just Another Guy". He should shed that label after catching four passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the teams second preseason game (against the New Orleans Saints). Great for the Titans and Hunter. Bad for savvy fantasy football players trying to catch a diamond in the rough.
8/14/14: The Titans face an uphill battle in the upcoming season. They are working with a new head coach and staff. They are trying to determine if Jake Locker is a franchise QB. And they have to face Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts twice a year. So they do not need to make things tougher for themselves. But that is what they did. New head coach Ken Whisenhunt benched linebacker Zach Brown for the start of their first preseason game for violating a team rule. But maybe it is for the best in the long run. It could allow Whisenhunt to establish a disciplined team, which would be helpful in the regular season.
8/7/14: This can be taken in any number of ways, from a coach being honest with the media to clichéd coach-speak to avoid any further questions. In any case, head coach Ken Whisenhunt says that it is too early for a depth chart and does not even have one himself. By that logic, there are no first teamers, fourth teamers or simply camp bodies running around - which is simply not the reality. Of course, Coach Whisenhunt wants to stress that everyone has an opportunity to play if they are good enough. That being said, expect a depth chart soon.
7/31/14: College rivalries are great. Especially in the SEC where football is more important than religion to many people. Of course some fans take it too far and resort to physically harming other or causing significant vandalism. Such is the case with Titans' rookie QB Zach Mettenberger, who was the victim of an alleged sucker punch by an Alabama fan. According to the bar owner, Mettenberger did nothing to provoke the incident and did not fight back. Kudos to Mettenberger, who played for LSU for showing his maturity and keeping his wits about him. Meanwhile, Alabama's traditionally pristine reputation has taken another hit due to overzealous fans that do not represent the university or the football program.
7/24/14: The Titans are hyping up and depending on second year receiver Justin Hunter to shine this season. His coaches even compare him to Randy Moss in terms of talent. The major difference is that Moss was an impact player from day one whereas Hunter struggled in his rookie season. But if Hunter, who has been impressive in workouts so far this offseason, is able to make the leap, then he could be a difference-maker for the Titans. That also would benefit QB Jake Locker, who needs a solid season to justify his place as the starting quarterback now and into the future.
7/17/14: The Titans are not getting much love from the national media when it comes to their ranking in the NFL for the upcoming season. Skeptics of the team point to an unproven QB in Jake Locker and the loss of running back Chris Johnson. Those are fair points, however, the counter argument is that the defense is still solid and the offensive line is among the best in the game. Additionally, Chris Johnson has not done much over the past few years. Yes, he could take a handoff 90 yards for a touchdown, but was more likely to get stopped before he really got going - so his loss should not change things much.
7/10/14: It is way, way too early to proclaim winners and losers from the 2014 draft just two months ago, but that has never stopped the media before. It also will not stop them from proclaiming that any given team got the proverbial 'steal of the draft'. But the Titans probably could be considered one of the early favorites for that title with their selection of LSU QB Zach Mettenberger. Mettenberger was one of the best QBs in the SEC for a couple of years but his draft stock fell with and ACL tear last season. He slid to the sixth round. Mettenberger is getting back to health and says he wants to be the Week 1 starter. It probably will not happen, but if Jake Locker cannot make the leap, then Mettenberger may get his chance soon.
7/3/14: It may seem longer, but Titans QB Jake Locker has only been in the league for three years. Maybe it seems shorter than that because he has been injured every season. In any case, this may be Locker's last chance with the Titans and the QB should benefit from having quarterback whisperer Ken Whisenhunt coaching him. Whisenhunt wants Locker to be more of a pocket passer and less of a runner. The Titans converted Steve McNair to pocket mode some 15 years ago and he got them to a Super Bowl. It would also be advantageous to his health if he did not expose himself as much as he has so far in his career.
6/26/14: The Titans were on the receiving end of some heated comments by an ex-player last week. Former Titans (and current Jets) running back Chris Johnson said that he thought the Titans were dirty in how they handled his release. It was not getting released that bothered him, it was waiting until the market had almost dried up before releasing him. Two interesting things here: he could have had a trigger in his old contract to force a release sooner. It also could be taken as an insult to the Jets, like he had to settle for them. One can question the intentions of the Titans for delaying the release, but they did not violate any contractual or CBA rules in their actions.
6/19/14: Though he has not been with the Titans for a number of years, Vince Young is still a prominent, if not polarizing, figure in the minds of the Titans faithful. Young announced that he is moving on from professional football and will be taking a job at his alma mater, the University of Texas. Young was a top draft pick of the Titans several years ago and showed a lot of promise early on - even going to two Pro Bowls. But he clashed with then head coach Jeff Fisher and was eventually out of Tennessee. He bounced around the league for a few years, mostly as a backup and was recently cut for the last time. He seems positive about his decision, but there are always thoughts about what could have been.
6/12/14: It is really anyone's guess as to how good or bad the Titans will be this coming season with a new head coach and new schemes. There is some talent on the roster and this is a big year for QB Jake Locker. But the city of Nashville is thinking big, and that is always a good sign. The NFL announced that they are considering New York, Chicago and L.A. to host the draft next year, but Nashville has been lobbying for that right for a while now. The city will not get it in 2015, but if it becomes a rotation like the NHL draft, then they should have a good chance of hosting the event in the future.
6/6/14: Perhaps the most amusing story to surface in all of the NFL over the last week was that new backup QB Charlie Whitehurst did not get the number 6 jersey he wanted and will likely wear number 12 (assuming he makes the team). The Titans' punter has #6 and decided to give it to Whitehurst if Whitehurst beat him in arm wrestling. The punter won the duel, prompting many jokes about a QB being out-muscled by a punter. All in all, it really does not matter much, and, to be fair, the #6 jersey is a lot more likely to see playing time on the punter's back than Whitehurst's. By the way, the whole thing was a hoax.
5/29/14: Titans' QB Jake Locker is expected to be a full participant in OTA's, and he will need every bit of preparation he can get going into the most important year of his career. Locker is signed through the season with a team option for 2015. He is expected to be the starter and needs to play like one. He has never fulfilled his potential - a combination of poor teams and injury. But the Titans may be losing patience with him and they have a new coaching staff that is not necessarily sold on the QB. The team drafted Zach Mettenberger, and that should be all the motivation Locker needs to prove he can be the franchise QB.
5/22/14: Is QB Jake Locker officially on the clock? Tennessee decided to keep Locker this offseason and seems determined to give him at least one more chance. He has been hit or miss in his time in the NFL, but has also been injured and been moved from starter to backup to starter, etc. The job, officially, is his. At the same time, the Titans drafted QB Derek Carr (brother of former number one oveall pick by the Texans David Carr). Carr has everything right on his college resume except playing in a pro-style offense. Of course, if Locker struggles early, then the team may quickly turn to Carr as their new starter.
5/15/14: The Titans selected offensive lineman Taylor Lewan with their first overall pick. By taking Lewan, they have taken an offensive lineman in the first round for the last two years (Chance Warmack from Alabama last year). It also means that incumbent QB Jake Locker may be getting another season to prove that he can be the long-term QB solution for the team. Locker has been on the trainer's table about as much has he been on the field due to a lot of injuries. The Titans may have one of the best offensive lines in the league now, and that should help the QB play.
5/8/14: Titans' center Chance Warmack continues to get his name into the headlines, but at least it is not for bad reasons. Recently, he lobbied for the team to draft A.J. McCarron, the former QB at Alabama, and Warmack's former teammate. Now he is showing a commitment to better conditioning. He is working out with former NFL center LeCharles Bentley. More precisely, he is trying to turn his considerable gut into muscle. Warmack wants to play between 330 and 335 pounds, where he feels he has the heft to do his job, but still a good amount of athleticism.
5/1/14: The speculation on QB Jake Locker's future in Tennessee will remain a hot topic until either the team commits to him or gets rid of him. It cannot help that offensive lineman Chance Warmack is openly lobbying for the team to draft his former Alabama teammate A.J. McCarron. Warmack has nothing but good things to say about McCarron and thinks he would help the team, even if he was a backup to start. The only thing that does seem certain, at this point, is that Locker is in a make or break year or he will be out of Tennessee.
4/24/14: Whether or not you believe the media reports, it does seem like this is shaping up to be a make or break year for QB Jake Locker. Locker has been injured for much of his young career and has never really shown what he is capable of. The Titans have a new head coach in Ken Whisenhunt, and he did not draft Locker. Whisenhunt has had big success when working with very good QBs like Ben Roethlisberger, Kurt Warner, and Phillip Rivers. He also may have his sights set on one of the quarterbacks in the draft, and that may mean that Locker must have a breakout year to stay the starter in Tennessee.
4/24/14: Whether or not you believe the media reports, it does seem like this is shaping up to be a make or break year for QB Jake Locker. Locker has been injured for much of his young career and has never really shown what he is capable of. The Titans have a new head coach in Ken Whisenhunt, and he did not draft Locker. Whisenhunt has had big success when working with very good QBs like Ben Roethlisberger, Kurt Warner, and Phillip Rivers. He also may have his sights set on one of the quarterbacks in the draft, and that may mean that Locker must have a breakout year to stay the starter in Tennessee.
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, wh
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|Dec 28, 2014||Indianapolis Colts - Tennessee Titans||27 - 10|
|Dec 14, 2014||New York Jets - Tennessee Titans||16 - 11|
|Dec 7, 2014||New York Giants - Tennessee Titans||36 - 7|
|Nov 30, 2014||Tennessee Titans - Houston Texans||21 - 45|
|Nov 17, 2014||Pittsburgh Steelers - Tennessee Titans||27 - 24|
|Nov 9, 2014||Tennessee Titans - Baltimore Ravens||7 - 21|
|Oct 26, 2014||Houston Texans - Tennessee Titans||30 - 16|
|Oct 19, 2014||Tennessee Titans - Washington Redskins||17 - 19|
|Oct 12, 2014||Jacksonville Jaguars - Tennessee Titans||14 - 16|
|Oct 5, 2014||Cleveland Browns - Tennessee Titans||29 - 28|
|Sep 21, 2014||Tennessee Titans - Cincinnati Bengals||7 - 33|
|Sep 14, 2014||Dallas Cowboys - Tennessee Titans||26 - 10|
|Sep 7, 2014||Tennessee Titans - Kansas City Chiefs||26 - 10|
|Aug 23, 2014||Preseason: Tennessee Titans - Atlanta Falcons||24 - 17|
|Aug 15, 2014||Preseason: Tennessee Titans - New Orleans Saints||24 - 31|
|Aug 9, 2014||Preseason: Green Bay Packers - Tennessee Titans||16 - 20|