Archive for the ‘2009 Offseason’ Category

2009 Tennessee Titans surprise performers

January 10, 2010

Let’s continue our “Damn the offseason, full speed ahead!” approach at Total Titans by taking a look at which Tennessee Titans stepped up with surprise showings last year.

This post will serve as part I in a two-part series of articles that will highlight the players who emerged as unexpected successes and the Titans’ biggest disappointments last season.

Cue the drumroll, please….Up next, the five biggest surprises for the Tennessee Titans in 2009. (more…)

Tennessee Titans Positional Analysis: FB

July 23, 2009

Since Drexel just took a look at the running back situation, let’s follow that up with a look at those guys’ backfield mates, the fullbacks.

Well, make that part of the time backfield mate.  Per the data collected by Football Outsiders and available in Football Outsiders Almanac 2009, the Titans had only a single back in the backfield 59% of the time, and almost all of the time that lone setback was either Chris Johnson or LenDale White.  That’s actually slightly more multi-back sets than the Titans had run the previous two years, but even still, the Titans’ fullback will be spending the majority of the offensive snaps sitting on the bench.

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A long week for the Tennessee Titans

July 12, 2009

Instead of focusing solely on the celebration of Independence Day and enjoying the beautiful summer weather during the doldrums of the NFL offseason, the Tennessee Titans were faced with the cruel reality of losing one of the franchise’s iconic performers.

Steve McNair’s untimely and unfortunate passing has dominated the headlines for the Titans over the course of the last week. The usual emphasis on preparing for the upcoming season was replaced by the tears of frustration and sadness that fell as a result of losing such a beloved former player.  

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Who will be the Tennessee Titans’ breakout player of 2009?

June 7, 2009

In the midst of the doldrums of the 2008 offseason, I wrote an article that speculated who would emerge as the Tennessee Titans’ breakout player of 2008. The candidates were the following: Vince Young (oops!), Michael Griffin, Cortland Finnegan, Justin McCareins (oops again!) and Eugene Amano.

Of the guys mentioned, Finnegan and Griffin were the Titans who lived up to the hype by earning their first trips to the Pro Bowl last year.

With the dog days of this year’s NFL offseason unmercifully upon us, let’s once again take a stab at predicting the breakout Titan for the upcoming season.

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Will any starting jobs be decided in Titans’ training camp?

June 5, 2009

We’ve been hearing for a while from Vince Young that he’s competing to be the Titans starting quarterback again. Drexel had some words of advice  for Vince after his interview with a Baltimore TV station, in which he said “he’s competing,” among other things.
 
We’ve also heard that Ryan Fowler will be competing to become the starter at middle linebacker again. now that he’ll be healthy going into training camp this year.
 
Personally, I believe Fowler has a much better chance of starting this year than Vince does. Barring injuries to the incumbent starters, of course. And Fowler will have a hard time winning the job from Stephen Tulloch.
 
What other battles for starting roles might take place in camp this year?

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Thoughts on roster construction, plus links

May 25, 2009

Before the draft, I wrote a post wondering if the Titans had room for all their draft picks, and speculated the Titans would look to get rid of some of their draft picks by moving up, because they didn’t have room for all of them.  Of course, those wacky folks at Baptist Sports Park then went ahead and not only kept their draft picks, they traded one of the most valuable commodities the NFL has, a second round pick, from next year’s draft to draft another player who’ll beat out somebody who was good enough to play on last year’s 13-3, #1-seeded team.  Does this make any sense?

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Three reasons why the Titans won’t sign Michael Vick

May 20, 2009

First, I need to say it’s good to be back in Tennessee after a little time off.
 
Now that Michael Vick has been released from prison the inevitable questions will be asked, “Do you think the Titans will sign Vick?” and “Wouldn’t he be great running the Wildcat for the Titans?”
 
“No” is the answer to both questions and here are some reasons why.

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Answering Michael Lombardi’s questions about the Titans

May 18, 2009

Before the draft, Michael Lombardi of National Football Post gave every team 5 questions they needed to answer entering into the NFL draft.  It’s now been 2 months since Lombardi posed his list of 5 questions about the Titans, so I thought I’d take a look at how well his questions had been answered, whether as part of the draft or otherwise.

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Reviewing some of the Titans’ free agents to be

May 10, 2009

After reading Jim Wyatt’s blog a few days ago about Stephen Tulloch and a possible contract extension, I thought I’d follow up on that by looking at some other Titans in the last year of their contracts. That’s been on my to-do list for a while and I might as well do that one now.
 
Here are some of those players, listed in alphabetical order.
 
Eugene Amano - He’s not a guy you look to lock up early. I liken his situation to that of Jacob Bell, the man he replaced. The Titans will make him an offer next offseason but he’ll probably test the free agent market and then go somewhere else.
 
Tony Brown – Tony will have a chance to cash in as a free agent next year and it might be a good idea to give him an early extension for a second time. At the age of 28, he’s still in the prime of his career.

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Should we expect big plays from William Hayes in 2009?

May 7, 2009

There’s an age-old axiom that states, “He who laughs last, laughs best.”

Are you listening, Mel Kiper?

On draft day in 2008, Kiper ridiculed the Tennessee Titans for trading up to select little-known Winston Salem State DE William “Big Play” Hayes in the fourth round. Hayes, who wasn’t even invited to the combine that year, was rated as Kiper’s 66th best DE prospect in the ’08 draft.

Kiper may have laughed that day, but it’s the Titans who should be bursting into laughter now. Despite some early-season struggles, by the end of 2008, Hayes displayed signs of becoming a pretty good player down the road.

Will Hayes continue to improve in 2009?  

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