Archive for September, 2009

Titans fans, ask a Jaguars blogger your questions

September 30, 2009
As usual, we’re doing another question and answer exchange this week with a blogger from the other side. This week, Nate Bruce of Teal Power will be the man representing the Jaguars point of view.
 
One question I’ll be asking is about the Jags’ change to a 3-4 defense. With the amount of turnover on the Jacksonville roster this year, I might also ask about that. Perhaps a question about their rookie tackles. Maybe something about Mike Sims-Walker and Torry Holt. It’s hard to do a good Jags Q&A without asking about MJD.
 
Those are some of my thoughts about possible questions. Your turn. What questions do you want to ask Nate?
 
I’ll send our questions to Nate on Thursday and then publish his answers along with my answers to his questions.

Titans make roster moves, re-sign Mark Jones

September 29, 2009

The Tennessee Titans have re-signed return specialist Mark Jones, Jonathan Hutton reports. The Titans also signed former Bengals and Saints safety Kevin Kaesviharn, reports Gary Estwick.
 
To make room for them on the roster, Craig Hentrich was placed on Injured Reserve and RB Chris Henry was released.
 
Also, former Titans CB Cary Williams was signed to the practice squad.
 
I was surprised the Titans released Jones in their final roster cutdowns. They signed him as an offseason free agent acquisition to replace Chris Carr, then decided they could do without him and go with rookies Ryan Mouton and Jason McCourty instead.

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Should the Tennessee Titans bench Kerry Collins?

September 29, 2009

In 2008, many (including yours truly) were singing the praises of the rejuvenated Kerry Collins. His days of being a team’s numero uno signal-caller thought to be over, KC rose from the dead to emerge as a more than capable starter on the Titans’ 13-3 squad last year.

Unfortunately, it’s been back to mediocrity in 2009 for Collins. With the help of some ill-time dropped passes, Kerry missed on his last 13 attempts in Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Jets. Through three games, his quarterback rating is a less-than-desirable 69.9.

With the 0-3 Titans’ season seemingly slipping away from them, is it time to pull the plug on
#5? 

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The Titans now have no depth at corner

September 28, 2009

On several occasions this summer, we discussed the lack of depth in the Titans’ secondary. The starters were fine, we felt, but that was before the Texans game. They did reaffirm our faith in them, mostly, on Sunday, despite the loss to the Jets.
 
Besides losing the game Sunday, the Titans also lost two key members of their secondary, Cortland Finnegan and Vincent Fuller, so now we’re facing what we feared. Rookies Jason McCourty and Ryan Mouton have replaced them.
 
It was not a pleasant feeling when the Titans had only one true corner, Nick Harper, on the field Sunday. Mouton was moved from nickel to right corner after both Finnegan and McCourty went down. The feeling was even more unpleasant when Chuck Cecil was forced to use Keith Bulluck as a nickelback.
 
The Titans only have four corners listed on the roster, including nickelback Ryan Mouton. Since Fuller will be out for a while, Mouton will take his spot for that time, leaving only Harper, Finnegan and McCourty.

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Titans’ struggles continue with 24-17 loss to the Jets

September 27, 2009

Turnovers and an all-around inconsistent performance doomed the Tennessee Titans as they fell to sole possession of last place in the AFC South with their 24-17 loss to the New York Jets.

Rookie CB/KR/PR Ryan Mouton’s nightmarish day consisted of two muffed kicks that led to 14 Jets points. Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the NFL-tenure spectrum, veteran QB Kerry Collins ended the game on a horrible note with an abysmal 13 consecutive incompletions.

Additional thoughts about today’s Titan loss…after the jump.

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Titans-Jets inactives, game thread

September 27, 2009

The list of inactives for today’s game is out:

DE Dave Ball, WR Lavelle Hawkins, P Craig Hentrich, LB Stanford Keglar, OL Troy Kropog, DT Sen’Derrick Marks, TE Bo Scaife, QB Vince Young (#3 QB)

VY’s #3 QB is apparently due to his illness.  Though Eugene Amano is active, Leroy Harris listed as replacing him in the starting lineup.  The other lineup “change” is Crumpler officially as the starter at tight end for Scaife.  Jets inactives are:

QB Erik Ainge (#3 QB), WR David Clowney, QB Kevin O’Connell, DE Ropati Piootua, CB Lito Sheppard, G Matt Slauson, CB Donald Strickland, Jamaal Westerman

The only lineup change for the Jets is David Lowery starting at CB for Sheppard-not a surprise.

Please feel free to share your comments here during today’s game.

Kerry Collins returns to the Meadowlands

September 27, 2009

In my last post, I noted that Kevin Mawae will be returning to New York to face his former team, the Jets. (The game will actually be played at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.) It will also be a homecoming of sorts for Kerry Collins, who quarterbacked the Giants from 1999-2003.
 
Much has been made of the swirling gusts of wind at the Meadowlands so I thought it would be interesting to run a check on Collins’ stats in Giants Stadium, where the Titans will play today.
 
Collins played in 36 home games for the G-men, starting 34 times, and had a 17-17 record. The passing stats aren’t great but they’re not terrible either so to try to put them into context I compared them to Eli Manning’s home stats.
 
I’ve broken Collins’ New York stats down by year and then compared his five-year total to Eli’s career stats at home.

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Total Titans/The Jets Blog Q&A

September 26, 2009

In addition to exchanging questions and answers with Joe Caparoso of Turn on the Jets, I also had the privilege of swapping ideas and thoughts regarding this week’s Tennessee Titans/New York Jets battle with Brian Bassett of The Jets Blog.

Here’s what Brian and I had to say about tomorrow’s pivotal matchup, after the jump.

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Total Titans/Turn on the Jets Q&A

September 26, 2009

For this week’s Tennessee Titans/New York Jets question & answer exchange, I corresponded via email with Joe Caparoso, who writes for Fanball’s Turn on the Jets blog.

Our thoughts and opinions regarding this week’s pivotal Titans/Jets matchup are after the jump. 

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Chuck Cecil: Growing pains or growing concerns?

September 24, 2009

The winds of change blew tremendously during the offseason for the Tennessee Titans. While everyone focused upon the departure of Albert Haynesworth, former defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz also left the building to coach the winless Detroit Lions.

With “The Schwartz” no longer with the Titans, former NFL badboy Chuck Cecil was named as the team’s new defensive coordinator. Lauded for his damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead approach to playing the game, many were hoping that Cecil would put his stamp on a Titans’ defense while not missing a beat in spite of Schwartz and Fat Albert vacating the premises.

Not so fast, as Lee Corso often says. Cecil’s troops are ranked dead-last defending the pass, as opposing receivers have often run wide-open like cheetahs in the wilderness.

Is Chuck merely experiencing growing pains, or should we be increasingly concerned about his ability to run the once-formidable Tennessee Titan defense? 

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