Archive for June, 2009

Feeling good about the Tennessee Titans’ 2009 6th rounders

June 30, 2009

Over the years, the 6th round of the NFL Draft has been a mixed bag for the Tennessee Titans. The next-to-last round of the annual April event has reaped solid contributors such as Jacob Ford in ’07 and Bo Scaife in ’05.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Titans have also utilized recent picks in the sixth on the likes of “immortals” such as Joel Filani, Ryan Smith and Jonathan Orr: a motley crew of players who failed to make their marks in Nashville.

In 2009, I’m excited about the potential of this year’s crop of sixth-rounders: WR Dominique Edison and CB Jason McCourty.

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Will the Tennessee Titans pull the plug on Paul Williams?

June 28, 2009

As we mentioned shortly after a draft that saw the Tennessee Titans bring in additional bodies at the wide receiver position, the chances of Paul Williams sticking around in Nashville have dwindled.

Mired in the quagmire of inconsistency throughout his first two seasons in the NFL, Williams has yet to fulfill the promise that GM Mike Reinfeldt saw in the Fresno State alum during the 2007 Draft.

With the news that Williams won’t be ready to practice again until training camp as a result of injuries, one has to wonder if his days in a Tennessee Titan uniform are coming to a grinding halt.

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The 2009 Titans and the salary cap

June 26, 2009

The nadir of the Tennessee Titans occurred following the great salary cap purge of 2005, resulting in a 4-12 record that year. It says a lot about the organization that it quickly rebuilt, improving their record for three consecutive years with 8-8, 10-6 and 13-3 seasons.
 
The foundation exists for another title run this year and the Titans will again be one of the favorites for postseason contention.
 
To make things even better, Tennessee is in good shape, salary cap-wise, being well under the cap. I used to track the Titans’ cap religiously but no longer feel the need to do so.
 
But just imagine what kind of shape the Titans would be in now if they once again had cap problems.

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Bigger Tennessee Titan rookie impact: Kenny Britt or Jared Cook?

June 25, 2009

The Tennessee Titans have a recent history of rookies making an immediate impact on the offensive side of the football.

In 2006, Vince Young emerged as the league’s offensive rookie of the year as a result of his stellar play during his debut season. Last year, the wheels of Chris Johnson revitalized a once-stagnant Titan offense by providing the team with a legit threat to take it to the house on any given play.

First impressions are lasting, and judging by the rave reviews received by WR Kenny Britt and TE Jared Cook, we may be on the verge of witnessing yet another breakout performance by a Titan offensive rookie in 2009.  

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The red zone is no longer the dead zone for the Tennessee Titans

June 22, 2009

In 2007 B.C. (Before Chris Johnson), the Tennessee Titans finished as the league’s worst team in the all-important category of red zone touchdown percentage.

A year prior to Dash’s arrival, sightings of Rob Bironas on field goal tries seemingly far outnumbered the kicker’s appearances on extra points. To make a long story short, many promising Titan drives ended with threes being added to the scoreboard instead of sixes.

Last year, the Titans’ red zone woes disappeared, thanks to CJ and the re-arrival of offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger. The team finished second behind only Peyton Manning and the Colts in red zone touchdown efficiency, crossing the goal-line on 28 of their 45 red zone opportunities.

In 2009, I’m expecting continued success from the Titans inside the twenties.

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Nate Washington should really help Chris Johnson

June 21, 2009

I’ve believed for quite a few years that the Titans needed a fast receiver, one who could be a deep threat and stretch the field. Tyrone Calico was supposed to be that guy but he didn’t live up to his potential as a second-round draft pick.
 
Then it was Courtney Roby, whom Floyd Reese claimed had 4.28 speed, who would be that guy. Roby was released after three uninspiring years.
 
Earlier this year, the Titans acquired the speedy Nate Washington as an unrestricted free agent to be that guy.
 
Washington has a reputation for inconsistency, for dropping a few catchable balls, and frankly, that doesn’t bother me as much as it probably does others.

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Are big things in store for Justin Gage in 2009?

June 20, 2009

The Tennessee Titans have made their share of moves at the wide receiver position this offseason.

Only days after the opening of unrestricted free agency’s floodgates, the Titans reeled in speedy WR Nate Washington. On the first day of the NFL Draft, Jeff Fisher and crew decided to do the unthinkable: they uncharacteristically selected a WR in the first round (Kenny Britt) for the first time since switching their nickname from the Oilers to the Titans.

Lost amid the attention devoted towards the acquisitions of Washington and Britt is the plight of the team’s incumbent #1 WR: Justin Gage.

Despite the newcomers stealing his thunder, I’m expecting big things from Gage in 2009.

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Top Ten most memorable Tennessee Titan wins

June 17, 2009

In my most recent article, I ranked the top ten most devastating losses during the franchise’s Tennessee Titan era. This list included a few playoff defeats courtesy of the hated Ravens and of course, the team’s heartbreaking Super Bowl XXXIV loss to the Rams.

As promised, today we’re going to continue our trip down memory lane by taking a look at the ten (actually eleven) most memorable wins during the organization’s tenure in Nashville.

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Some insight from Titans WR coach Fred Graves

June 16, 2009

In the offseason, the Titans lost two of their top three wide receivers from a year ago. Brandon Jones, who led the WR corps in 2008 with 41 receptions, went to the 49ers in free agency. Hope you enjoy the money, BJ. Justin McCareins was third among the wideouts with 30 receptions and was not re-signed.
 
To replace them, the Titans added free agent Nate Washington and first-round draft pick Kenny Britt.
 
It begs the question, are the Titans better off with the changes or not as well off?
 
This afternoon, Tennessee receivers coach Fred Graves stated the Titans WRs corps is better off with Washington and Britt, saying the group now has a lot more speed. Personally, I believe that will help the entire offense, primarily Chris Johnson and Justin Gage. Of course, Bo Scaife and LenDale White will benefit as well. All of which ought to make Mike Heimerdinger and Kerry Collins very happy.

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Top Ten most heartbreaking Tennessee Titan defeats

June 15, 2009

From 1999-2009, the Tennessee Titans have provided us with a ton of memorable performances. None of us will ever forget the improbable Music City Miracle. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the catch-phrase “one-yard short” has also been embedded in the minds of Titans’ fans forever.

Since we’re in the midst of the offseason, let’s take a trip down memory lane. In my next two posts, (including today’s) I’ll take a look back at my top ten Titan wins and losses since the franchise’s move to Nashville.

We’ll save the best for last by discussing the wins in the next post. Meanwhile, let’s start things off by taking a look at my top ten (it’s actually eleven) most heartbreaking Titan losses.

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