The Tennessee Titans miss Chris Carr

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Later today, former Titan/current Baltimore Raven Chris Carr will serve as his new team’s returner and starting cornerback as they face off against Peyton Manning and the Colts.

Meanwhile, back in Nashville, the hurt that stems from the offseason loss of “Mr. Indispensable” still lingers.

As we’ve said on several occasions on Total Titans since Carr’s departure last March, losing the valuable returner/fill-in CB was undoubtedly one of the Titans’ worst offseason decisions in 2009.

Carr’s absence was felt the most on the Titans’ return teams in 2009. In 2008, the Titans were the league’s #1 ranked team in kickoff return average (25.4) as Carr constantly set the squad up with solid starting field position. Fast-forwarding to 2009, the Titans went from first to nearly worst in the same statistical category, finishing tied for 29th as they averaged a paltry 20.5 yards per kick return.

In recent weeks, Carr has proven his worth on the defensive side of the football as well. Due to injuries, Carr has been inserted into one of the team’s starting CB positions and he’s holding his own, notching an interception in each of the three games he’s started.

No disrespect to rookies Jason McCourty and Ryan Mouton, but if the Titans had kept Carr around, in addition to having a more than capable return man, they would have been in a little better shape at the CB position during the early portion of the year when the unit was ravaged with injuries.

The most mind-boggling thing about the loss of Carr was the fact that he departed Nashville for the city of Baltimore via signing a 2-year, $5 million contract. This was anything but the Albert Haynesworth situation, when the Redskins offered significantly more to Fat Albert to leave the Titans. I find it utterly absurd that the Titans would allow Carr to depart by not matching such an inexpensive contract for such a valuable player.

Unfortunately, the Titans’ loss was the Ravens’ gain, as Carr has continued his ways by serving yet again as a key, unheralded member of a playoff football team.

Without question, the Tennessee Titans surely do miss Chris Carr.

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5 Responses to “The Tennessee Titans miss Chris Carr”

  1. Scott Says:

    I agree with everything you say about Carr with respect to his return abilities and the fact that the Titans would have been a significantly better team this year if they could have matched last year’s special teams production. I would have killed to have Carr returning punts and kicks for the Titans this year.

    But it ends there. His play on the defensive side of ball is still poor and he would not have helped the Titans much this year during their 0 and 6 run on defence. The Patriots only threw two touchdown passes last week. Who was the cornerback covering the rookie Edelman last week on both of Edelman’s touchdown catches? It was Carr and he was beat easily both times.

    Sure, at this stage in their careers, Carr is probably a slight upgrade over Mouton and McCourty as a CB, but his coverage abilities are still weak and he wouldn’t have help the team much this year on defence.

  2. Drexel Perry Says:

    Scott,

    As for Carr’s defensive ability, he would have been a slight upgrade over the rookie corners. However, I do agree with you that his presence wouldn’t have mattered that much in regards to the team’s 0-6 start.

    Of course, whether or not we agree that his cornerback abilities are missed, there’s no question that his presence was missed on special teams, which is something we both agree on.

    As always, thanks for dropping by to share your thoughts.

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  4. Bob Loblaw Says:

    Scott & Drex – You are both correct about his ability on defense. But think about what a difference decent special teams play might have made in both the Steelers & Jets game would have made. With Carr back there, all else equal, the Titans would likely have won both of those games. That’s the difference between 8-8 and 10-6. With that said, maybe Collins doesn’t get the boot at 2-4, so maybe it’s all a moot point. Still, in retrospect, Carr wouldn’t have been a downgrade from this year’s incarnation of Harper, so maybe the Titans should have at least told him he could compete for the starting LCB spot. That might have been enough to keep him around.

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