Archive for December, 2009

The verdict is in: The Tennessee Titans miss Albert Haynesworth

December 31, 2009

As we all know, Albert Haynesworth departed Nashville for the financially greener pastures of Washington D.C. last offseason.

To some degree, most of us figured that his absence would be felt on the Titan defense in 2009. Of course, it’s hard for a unit to improve when you lose such a talented specimen who wreaked havoc against the run and pass.

Now that the season is virtually over, it’s time to look back and examine how much Haynesworth was missed by the Titan D in ’09. (more…)

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Welcome to Total Titans

December 31, 2009

Welcome to the temporary home of Total Titans, late of MVN.  With MVN’s impending demise, Total Titans needed a temporary home and this is it.

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December 31, 2009

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Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks preview

December 30, 2009

The Seattle Seahawks, who will host the Tennessee Titans this week, are not a good team. They’re now a team with a 5-10 record on a three-game losing streak.

If not for a very weak schedule, the Seahawks could easily be 2-13 right now. Two of their wins came against the cellar dwellers in their division, the St. Louis Rams. Titans fans saw how bad the Lambs were in Week Fourteen, in a 47-7 mismatch.

Another Seahawk win was against the 2-13 Detroit Lions. Hey, somebody had to win that game and fortune smiled on the home team that day. Fortune did not smile on the homestanding Seahawks two weeks ago, as they were upset by the then 1-12 Bucs. (more…)

Kevin Mawae’s HoF chances will benefit from a Chris Johnson 2,000-yard season

December 30, 2009

Kevin Mawae may be best remembered because of Chris Johnson. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans.

Kevin Mawae may be best remembered because of Chris Johnson. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans.

Pop quiz time. Which of the following things do you know Joe DeLamielleure for the most?

A. His advocacy for retired NFL players benefits.
B. He’s in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
C. He led the “Electric Company,” the o-line which turned on the juice for O. J. “the Juice” Simpson.

DeLamielleure’s bio on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website says:

“Best known as lead blocker for O. J. Simpson, NFL’s first 2000-yard rusher”

Will this year’s Titans o-line be best known for paving the way for whatever records Chris Johnson sets this season? (more…)

Titans/Seahawks Q&A exchange

December 28, 2009

Next weekend, the Tennessee Titans (7-8) will conclude their topsy-turvy 2009 campaign with a visit to the Emerald City to face the Seattle Seahawks (5-10).

As usual, we’ll be conducting a question/answer exchange with a blogger/writer who muses about the Titans’ upcoming opponent.

Have any questions you’d like to ask? Feel free to post them in the comments section below.

Four records are within Chris Johnson’s reach

December 27, 2009

Chris Johnson speeds by the defense in training camp. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans.

Chris Johnson speeds by the defense in the Titans 2009 training camp. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans.

Will CJ become CJ2K?

Now that the playoffs are no longer a possibility for the Tennessee Titans, there’s not a lot left to play for, other than records and experience for younger players.

There are some prestigious and attainable single-season records that the Titans’ offense and Chris Johnson will be striving to achieve in the season finale at Seattle next week.

If Johnson is able to set any of these records, they will also reflect on the rest of the team, particularly the offensive line. Hey, those are my guys and I’d love to see them get some more recognition too.

We’ll look at four records within Johnson’s reach, after the jump. (more…)

Mistake-prone Titans fall hard to Chargers 42-17

December 26, 2009

For all intents and purposes, the 2009 NFL season is over for the Tennessee Titans.

Marred by self-inflicted wounds in the form of back-breaking penalties and three costly turnovers, the Titans were defeated handily by the surging San Diego Chargers 42-17.

Vince Young had his worst game since being re-inserted as the team’s starting QB, completing only 8 of his 21 throws for an abysmal 89 yards, while also tossing two interceptions and fumbling once.

Up next…some additional thoughts on tonight’s disappointing Titan defeat.
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Titans-Chargers inactives, gameday thread

December 25, 2009

The list of inactives is out and includes the following Titans:

LB Keith Bulluck, WR Dominique Edison, CB Rod Hood, DE Jevon Kearse, T/G Troy Kropog, RB Alvin Pearman, RB Javon Ringer, TE Craig Stevens

My condolences to anybody hoping to see Hood rather than the questionable, yet active Nick Harper.  No starting lineup changes are listed, nor did they put Bulluck on IR and add somebody as they did with Jamie Winborn in David Thornton’s roster spot.  Eric Bakhtiari is in the lineup, as I believe the Titans dress 9 DL for the first time this season.

For the Chargers, the inactives are:

RB Michael Bennett, LB Kevin Burnett, DE Jacques Cesaire, WR Buster Davis, C Eric Ghiaciuc, CB Dante Hughes, CB C.J. Spillman, QB Charlie Whitehurst (3rd QB)

Nick Hardwick returns to the starting lineup as center, while Eric Ghiaciuc was added for G/C Scott Mruczkowski.

Feel free to leave your comments here during today’s game.

Justice Is Coming answers Total Titans’ questions about the Chargers

December 24, 2009

Thanks to Ross Warner of the Chargers site Justice Is Coming for participating in this week’s Q&A session.  Thanks to Scott and Andrew for suggesting questions (sorry, Scott, I didn’t get your until after I’d sent the email to Ross).

Questions and answers follow beyond the jump.

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