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Tennessee Titans offseason positional analysis: Defensive end

February 12, 2010

William Hayes and Jevon Kearse wore each others' jerseys in practice one day. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans.

Continuing our offseason positional analyses, we now take a look at the defensive ends. The Titans started the 2009 season with five DEs and finished with six on the roster. Three of the six are free agents who will more than likely not be back in two-tone blue this season and another is an untested commodity.

That leaves only two who are certain to be on the roster in September so this position group should have more turnover than any other for the Titans this offseason.

Here’s a look at the status of the defensive ends, after the jump. (more…)

Tennessee Titans offseason positional analysis: Tackles

February 6, 2010

Michael Roos has played in two Pro Bowls. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans

We continue our offseason positional analyses, in which we take a look at the state of affairs within each position group. What’s the contract status of the players at that position? Are any of them potential losses? Is there a need to upgrade the position, either in March through free agency or in April via the draft?

In earlier articles, Drexel examined the quarterback and receiver positions and I took a look at the guards. Today we continue on the offensive line with a look at the tackles.

The good news is that the Titans have two All-Pro tackles signed through 2013. The bad news is that the depth behind them is untested. We’ll take a closer look after the jump. (more…)

2010 Tennessee Titans offseason positional analysis: Guards

February 2, 2010

RG Jake Scott is the Titans' best guard.
Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans.

Total Titans continues its offseason positional analyses with a look at the guards. The key to the position group this offseason is Eugene Amano, who’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see Amano test the marketplace in March. He’s a serviceable but replaceable guard and I don’t see the Titans overspending to keep him. I’m not sure that any teams will bid highly for his services with better options available. All it takes though is for just one team to like a guy so I’d be a little surprised to see Amano re-sign with the Titans.

At the other guard spot, Jake Scott will resume his third season as Tennessee’s starting right guard. He’s started every game since joining the Titans and has two years remaining on his contract. Scott is easily the best guard on the roster so there are no problems on that front. (more…)

Tennessee Titans 2009 All-Opponent team

January 28, 2010

A lot of players had big games against the Titans in 2009 so I thought I’d select an All-Opponent team. These are not necessarily the best players but they are the players who had the best games, in my opinion, against the Titans in the 2009 season.

For example, Peyton Manning was the league’s best quarterback but Tom Brady played better against Tennessee than Manning did. Brady therefore makes the team and Manning does not. (more…)

Jevon Kearse, thanks for the memories

January 23, 2010

Jevon Kearse has been a Titan for seven of his eleven NFL seasons. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans

Of all the Titans whose contracts are expiring, Jevon Kearse is the one most certain not to return for another season in two-tone blue.

He’s just finished the worst season of his 11-year NFL career, has to recuperate from knee surgery and will be 34 years old when the season starts in September.

It could very well be his final year in the league as well but don’t feel sorry for The Freak. He’s had a spectacular (at least his first three seasons) and lucrative career. (more…)

Who was worse, Michael Griffin or Lamont Thompson?

January 21, 2010

Michael Griffin was terrible in 2009. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans.

The 2000-2009 decade was certainly a topsy-turvy one for Titans’ free safeties. It started out great with Marcus Robertson, declined with Perry Phenix, was OK with Lance Schulters and was terrible with Lamont Thompson.

One thing I will always remember about Lamont was the number of times the Titans’ secondary gave up touchdown passes, followed by finger-pointing among various members of the secondary. Although it was sometimes impossible to tell which player had botched his assignment and blew the coverage, there seemed to be one constant. Thompson was almost always one of the two players involved. (more…)

The Tennessee Titans’ 2009 report card: Special teams

January 17, 2010

Craig Hentrich holds for Rob Bironas' kick. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans

I’ve never seen such a mess as the Titans’ special teams were in 2009. Ten different Titans returned kicks, five players returned punts and four men punted. Many of their efforts had less than desirable outcomes.

Amid all of these helter-skelter inconsistencies and personnel changes, there were several bright spots.

As I did in the report cards for the offense and defense, I’ll have a few comments along with the grades. This time, grades are given only for special teams play and do not include or reflect upon a player’s contributions on offense or defense. (more…)

The Tennessee Titans’ 2009 report card: Defense

January 14, 2010

Tony Brown was the Titans best defender. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans


It’s good to see many of you have followed us here on our new temporary home. Thanks for being with us.
 
We looked at the report card for the offense the other day and will now turn to the defense.
 
As before, I’ve arranged the grades by position group, with a sentence or two about each player after their grades. Only the players who had significant playing time are graded here. Also, please note that these grades reflect only their performance on defense; any special teams play is not considered here.
 
As you might expect from a defense which had a poor year, many of their grades are not pretty. (more…)

The Tennessee Titans’ 2009 report card: Offense

January 11, 2010
Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans

David Stewart is the Titans best o-lineman. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans

Now that the season is over, it’s time to review the players’ performance over the last three months. We’ve been doing that, of course, on an ongoing basis but not yet for the entire season.
 
These grades are only for offensive plays and do not include players’ performance on special teams, which will be in a separate article. The grades are followed by comments based upon my observations over the course of the season.
 
It all starts with the guys up front, so we’ll start there.
 
Offensive line: They paved the way for Chris Johnson’s record setting season and allowed only 15 sacks. That doesn’t mean they were all great. (more…)

The Tennessee Titans 2009 year in review

January 4, 2010

Four AFC teams finished the 2009 regular season with 9-7 records. Two of them, the Ravens and Jets, will move on to postseason play. The other two, the Steelers and Texans, are out of the playoff race after losing tiebreakers.

With just one more win, the 8-8 Tennessee Titans could have joined that group at 9-7. Depending on which team they beat to get that one extra win, they might have won a tiebreaker to claim one of those wildcard berths.

Wonderful, just one more win and they might have made the playoffs. Sounds great, right?

Well, it would have been nice, but the fact is the Titans are a very mediocre team. The playoffs would have been a one and done deal. (more…)