Upon Further Review: A closer look at new Tennessee Titan CB DeMarcus Faggins

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As Tom’s recent article suggests, getting a Houston Texan fan to speak favorably about DeMarcus Faggins is equivalent to the task of applying lipstick to a pig. To make a long story short, those cheers that you may be hearing are coming from Texas as a result of Faggins signing with the Tennessee Titans.

Nevertheless, reading something encouraging about the Titans’ new CB was the goal I had in mind via my correspondence with Alan Burge, current Houston Texans Examiner who previously authored great pieces for the Texans’ official website.

Here’s Alan’s somewhat-positive take on DeMarcus Faggins.

The scoop on Petey

First of all, what about the nickname?  As the story goes, Faggins’ grandmother gave him that nickname when he was a young child because she thought he looked like Petey the dog on the really old TV show The Little Rascals.  What a nice Grandma!  http://www.carpenoctem.tv/haunt/ca/img/petey.jpg

As far as Petey the football player, what you’re getting is a hard worker and a good locker room guy.

He was an original Texans player – a late round guy who fought his way into the starting lineup after spending his first two seasons on the practice squad or inactive. Faggins worked his way up to nickel corner in ’04 and became a starter in ’05.  He broke his foot in training camp in ’06 and missed half the season.

He reclaimed his starting position during the second half of ’06 and into the ’07 season, but he had a disastrous string of games to open the ’07 season and quickly found his way to the bench.  His role steadily diminished throughout the season even though the Texans lost Dunta Robinson for the year in Week 9.

Even when at his best, Faggins was a very inconsistent player.  He’s not physical in coverage and has never been able to run with the faster receivers in the league, meaning he will always need help over the top.

He’s adequate in short zones and slants but is a better tackler in run support than he is when chasing down receivers.  He’s done an adequate job running down field on special teams

Most Texans fans were surprised Faggins made the 53 man roster in ’08 after his poor showing in ’07.  But to his credit he fought hard in preseason and made the team. He finished the ’08 season as the Texans #4 corner behind Dunta Robinson, Jacques Reeves, and Fred Bennett.

The one thing that could help Faggins chances with the Titans, beyond the basic adrenaline push that comes with a change of scenery, is the fact that the Titans generate much more pressure with their front seven than the Texans.

As we all know, pressure on the quarterback can make even a below average corner look average.

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Alan makes a great point about Faggins possibly benefitting from playing on a Titans’ team that’s known for having an adequate front four pass rush. Also, the fact that he’s a hard-worker and a good locker room guy probably played a key role in Mike Reinfeldt’s decision to bring “Petey” on board.

While I’m not holding my breath, Alan’s thoughts make me feel a tad bit better about the Faggins’ signing.

Your turn, Titans’ fans: Still feeling queezy about DeMarcus Faggins…or slowly coming around?

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8 Responses to “Upon Further Review: A closer look at new Tennessee Titan CB DeMarcus Faggins”

  1. Kevin G Says:

    i will be fine as long as he does not see the field on anything but special defense packages and special teams, I see him as purely a depth guy, not a bad signing, but not great either.

  2. bobcomu Says:

    All this sounds eerily similar to what Packers fans were saying a few weeks ago sbout Bush.
    He wasnt signed to be the starter so he doesn’t have to be great, just adequate when called upon in spot duty.

  3. Morgan Says:

    Well im still alittle queezy about Faggins, but it is good to see that he is a good locker room pressence. The Titans have always been know for there humble attatude and intense play. Lets hope young man Finnigan can give him a few pointers to get him up and beyond the play ability that he has so far demonstrated.

  4. Brad Says:

    The titans have signed QB Patrick Ramsey. And Torry Holt is reportedly very impressed with his visit to Tennessee.

  5. John Says:

    3 reasons to still feel queezy
    1) Bud Adams the human slug is your owner
    2) Vince Young is your QB of “The Future”
    3) Albert Haynesworth is as gone, as Indy Coach who gave Fisher a playoff berth in 2007

  6. Seth Leonard Says:

    Blow one, John. Go back to your Raiders blog and read up on how great you’ll be this year

  7. Seth Leonard Says:

    I don’t think anyone is queasy about the team next season, guy.
    Anybody notice the new team website format? I kinda thought the old one got the job done pretty well

  8. Dave Says:

    I agree, Seth. I liked the old format better.
    John, I hope you’re not really a Raider fan talking bad about our owner… I’ve heard our guy called cheap, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone refer to him as insane, senile, or better off dead like Old AL.

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