Archive for October, 2009

Total Titans-Jaguars Journal Q&A exchange

October 30, 2009
Thanks to Travis Seger of MVN’s Jaguars Journal for participating with us in this week’s question and answer exchange. Following are our questions for Travis with his answers. After that are his questions with our answers.
Total Titans: With the emergence of the passing game, the Jaguars’ offense is no longer so one-dimensional. What else has changed about the Jaguars since they beat the Titans in Week Four? (more…)
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Titans who may not be back in 2010

October 29, 2009

There should be a poll up about the decision today naming VY as the starter. This post would’ve been written earlier but for technical difficulties-I’m not trying to ignore the latest news.

Two months ago, looking ahead, the question that would have seemed to be facing the Titans in the 2010 offseason would be whether or not the Titans would have a realistic shot at seriously competing for a Super Bowl berth in 2010 and which veterans should be retained for another year. As we look toward Week 8 of the 2009 season, though, it’s depressingly apparent that that open window mostly closed in the recent offseason.

With the window mostly shut, the decision as to which players might be retained changed a little. So, which Titans could be looking at playing elsewhere in 2010?

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Titans vs. Jaguars preview

October 28, 2009
The Tennessee Titans will be in search of their first win of the season when they play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Fresh off a badly-needed bye week after their 0-6 start was punctuated with an embarrassing 59-0 defeat to the Patriots, the Titans will be looking to avenge an earlier 37-17 loss at the hands of the Jags.
In that contest, David Garrard torched the Titan secondary by throwing for 323 yards and 3 touchdown passes.
Up next: my preview of this week’s Titans/Jaguars matchup.
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Titans fans, ask a Jaguars blogger your questions

October 27, 2009

It’s that time again. As we’ve been doing for four years on Total Titans, we’ll once again be doing a question and answer exchange with a blogger from the other side.

Please use the comments section for any questions you’d like for a Jaguars blogger to answer about the Jags and/or this week’s game.

I’ll post the questions and answers later this week.

Changing quarterbacks is a gamble for the Titans

October 27, 2009
So Bud Adams wants Vince Young to be his starting quarterback. He’s the owner and that’s certainly his prerogative. The players are his toys and he can play with them however he wants, within the guidelines of the collective bargaining agreement.
Adams doesn’t often interfere with his coaches or GMs. He’s hired football people to run his team for him, just like he’s hired people to run his other companies. Bud’s not a micromanager or a meddler, like some owners. Al Davis, Daniel Snyder and Jerry Jones spring to mind.
Of course, there are times when Adams does get involved. It was Bud’s decision to draft Steve McNair in 1995 and to select Young in 2006, both with the third overall pick. It was also his decision to start Young in Week Four of Vince’s rookie campaign. It now looks like he’s making another executive decision.
Here’s the part I fail to understand. I don’t get this talk about starting Vince just to find out what the Titans have got in him. (more…)

Wife says Reese saved Fisher’s job twice

October 22, 2009

Folks, thanks for your patience. We’re aware of the technical difficulties on the site and our webmaster is working on them.

I heard an interesting conversation on Nashville sports radio this afternoon. Sally Reese, the wife of former Titans general manager Floyd Reese, called in to give her version of events concerning her husband and Jeff Fisher.

The most interesting item was her statement that Floyd saved Fisher’s job on two occasions and noted that if he hadn’t done so, he’d still be in Tennessee and Fisher would have been long gone.

She sounded bitter, but credible.

It’s to Floyd Reese’s credit that he’s never publicly said anything negative about the Titans since his dismissal. His wife knew he’d be upset with her for making the statements she did.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Jeff Fisher’s job is anything but safe

October 22, 2009
Jeff Fisher must have a lot of confidence in his job security. Either that, or he knows the Titans will have a terrible record and he’ll be gone after this season.
I don’t know of any other coach with an 0-6 record who would don a division opponent’s jersey and say,
“I just wanted to feel like a winner.”
Although Fisher quickly backpedaled, claiming he was just having fun while trying to raise money for charity, the damage was done.
(Remember when cornerbacks backpedaled? It used to be standard practice back in the day when Fisher played corner. Today’s receivers are too fast for that technique to be effective, which is why more emphasis is now placed on a corner’s ability to turn his hips. I digress but hope you get the point.) (more…)

Titans bye week positional ratings

October 21, 2009

How did a team that was 13-3 a year ago get so bad, so fast? 20 of 22 starters from that team returned this year. So did a lot of other players who got significant playing time.

Setting aside for the moment the question of coaching, let’s take a look at those players, position by position, and compare their performance this year with last year. I’ve used the following scale of one to five stars in rating both groups and players.

* Much worse than last year
** Worse than last year
*** About the same as last year
**** Better than last year
***** Much better than last year (more…)

Titan-ic beatdown: Patriots slaughter Titans 59-0

October 18, 2009

For all intents and purposes, you can officially stick a fork in the 2009 Tennessee Titans.

Jeff Fisher’s boys were bruised and abused in their lopsided 59-0 loss to the Patriots. Tom Brady threw for 380 yards and six touchdown passes in a little over two quarters of play, as he consistently took advantage of the Titans’ porous secondary.

More thoughts about today’s humbling Titan defeat…after the jump.

Jeff Fisher has lost this team, folks

Today, we witnessed a Titan team that put up little or no fight on the playing field. Instead of playing with a great sense of urgency, I saw a squad that played as though they were more concerned with packing for their bye-week sunny vacation destinations than competing against the Pats in the snowy elements of Gillette Stadium.

Aside from guys like Chris Johnson, Keith Bulluck and Stephen Tulloch, the vast majority of the Titans resembled a reincarnated version of the Keystone Kops.

Kerry Collins continued his well-documented struggles by completing only 2 of his 12 passes for -7 yards. Of course, his efforts were not helped by a Titan receiving group that consistently dropped several of Kerry’s throws.

The Titans’ secondary was constantly exploited by Tom Brady, who relentlessly attacked the Titans’ M&M rookie corners in the first half. LenDale White and Ahmard Hall also contributed to the chaos by coughing up the football in the form of fumbles.

At 0-6, the Titans are a poorly coached, undisciplined group that is very deserving of their terrible record. With all due respect to his coaching accomplishments, 2009 will probably go down as Jeff Fisher’s worst coaching performance in his storied career.

He’s the main person who should be held accountable for the team’s woes this year.

Where do we go from here?

I’m sure that we’ll be discussing this subject over the next few days, but I’ll get the ball rolling by asking the following question:

Where do the Tennessee Titans go from here?

-At 0-6, there’s no point in keeping Kerry Collins as the team’s starting QB. I’d be highly upset if Fisher doesn’t name Vince Young as the starter after the bye week. You can’t fairly judge what Young is capable of trying to pick up the slack in the second half of consecutive blowout losses, so let’s see what he can do over the course of a whole ballgame or two.

-Play the young guys. Players such as Javon Ringer (who didn’t look bad today), Sen’Derrick Marks and Jared Cook should be the beneficiaries of a ton of playing time with the season now lost. Give the rookies extensive experience so they can be ready to step up in 2010 and beyond.

Well, that’s enough from me about today’s disheartening Titan loss. What are your thoughts and impressions regarding the team’s woeful performance?

Titans-Patriots inactives, gameday thread

October 18, 2009

The Titans have released their list of inactives for this afternoon’s game against the Patriots and it includes the following names:

CB Cortland Finnegan, S Vinny Fuller, CB Nick Harper, G/C Leroy Harris, WR Lavelle Hawkins, DE Jevon Kearse, DT Sen’Derrick Marks, TE Craig Stevens

Jason Jones returns to his normal spot in the starting lineup, I assume. The listed lineup changes are Ryan Mouton for Finnegan and William Hayes for Jevon Kearse. Jason McCourty should get the start opposite Mouton. With Harris being out, rookie OT Troy Kropog makes his regular-season debut.

The Patriots will be missing DT Ron Brace, WR Joey Galloway, OT Matt Light, OL Rich Ohrnberger, S James Sanders, RB Fred Taylor, LB Adalius Thomas, and CB Terrance Wheatley. As mentioned in Drexel’s Q&A, rookie OT Sebastian Vollmer will probably start at LT in place of Light. As with Tony Ugoh, that should be a matchup the Titans can exploit.

Please feel free to leave your comments here during the game.