Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Welcome to the new Total Titans

January 6, 2010

Welcome to the new, temporary (probably) home of Total Titans.  All posts from MVN’s reboot in December 2006 through mid-October 2009 should be uploaded, including comments.  Links, particularly those to previous posts, are likely to be broken, and images are almost certainly missing.  Posts since mid-October 2009 are currently being important sans comments; if anybody knows how to manually import comments, please post a comment below or send us an email.

What they’re saying about the Titans’ next opponent, the Houston Texans

September 16, 2009

In a brief departure from the original content normally found here on Total Titans, I wanted to take a look at the Titans’ next opponent, the Houston Texans, through the eyes of others in the aftermath of the Jets’ 24-7 thrashing of Houston. 
 
My favorite Texans’ writer, The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, wrote,
“It’s difficult to believe the Texans could have produced a more wretched performance.”
On one of his many radio shows, McClain reported the fans were booing in the first quarter and chanting for backup QB Rex Grossman in the second quarter. He also said it was probably the worst defeat in the team’s history, which is saying quite a bit when you consider some of the doozies they’ve had.

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Will the Titans sign a free agent today?

September 11, 2009

Soon after the Titans cut their roster to the league mandated 53-man limit, Drexel wrote about the possibility of the Titans making changes to it.
 
One free agent he mentioned as a possibility, Justin Miller, is still available.
 
Another possibility is someone we discussed a week ago, Matt Jones.
 
A third possibility became available yesterday, former Titan WR and return man Bobby Wade.

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Titans fans, ask a Steelers writer your questions

September 7, 2009

It’s Steelers week! For the Titans, it’s been Steelers week ever since the final whistle at LP Field last Thursday night. While we’ve been following the roster cuts, the team has been preparing to meet an old foe, formerly a divisional rival. The intensity has always been high in Steelers week and the season opener simply adds to the excitement.
 
As we’ve done for the last several years on Total Titans, we’ll ask a blogger from the other side for his thoughts on the upcoming game. It’s an opportunity to learn something about the upcoming opponent from the other side’s perspective.

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What’s your plan for Titans tickets?

July 17, 2009

I had the opportunity Thursday afternoon to swing by LP Field and chat with a few fans who were lined up to buy single-game tickets going on sale Saturday morning. The first ones in line arrived Monday, the latest just minutes before I got there.
 
One fan from the Bristol area, whom I’ve chatted with in past years, enjoys the annual ritual. He said most of the people in line are regulars who do this every year. They enjoy each other’s company and the camaraderie, something he also mentioned a year or two ago. Due to his family’s work, school and family schedules, he said they’d only be able to attend the Bills game this year.
 
That’s a real fan. He and his family drove 300 miles to sleep in a tent for several days, waiting for tickets for just one game.
 
Another man and his wife are looking forward to the Cardinals game. It seemed like everyone had their favorite games targeted for various reasons.

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Questions for Football Outsiders

July 13, 2009

Pardon the non-forthcoming McNair post-my copy of that playoff game ended up not being very cooperative.

Anyway, I will be doing a Q&A with Football Outsiders on their projections for the 2009 season (Titans 9.5 wins, “fringe playoff contender”).  If you have any questions you’d like to see me ask, please post them in the comments.  Otherwise, you’ll get what I come up with.

For those of you not familiar with Football Outsiders, check out their website.  In addition to providing content to ESPN.com, they publish what for my money is the best preseason annual for the serious football fan, what used to be called Pro Football Prospectus and is now called Football Outsiders Almanac.  For more on what that book is, see my review of PFP08 and their page on FOA 2009.

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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It’s a good thing Tennessee has Kerry Collins

June 12, 2009
The quarterback situation in Minnesota has not been good, to say the least, for several years. A year ago, the Vikings hoped, and failed, to get Brett Favre.
 
Instead, the Vikes went with Gus Frerotte and Tarvaris Jackson. Now Frerotte is gone, replaced by Sage Rosenfels, who will supposedly compete with Jackson for the job. But there’s a problem with that. The man the Vikes really want is Favre, who retired again and was subsequently released by the Jets.
 
Vikings officials are now reportedly going to Mississippi to visit the future Hall of Famer, which doesn’t do anything to display confidence in either T-Jack or Rosencopter.
 
If you’re wondering what this has to do with the Titans, it’s because Minnesota was mentioned in January and February as a possible home for Kerry Collins, whose contract was about to expire.

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Running success in 2008

June 11, 2009

Some of you may remember a post I did after four games looking at running back success rate.  For those who don’t remember and who don’t click the link, success rate is a measure of running back performance based on how successful a carry is toward getting a first down.  Normally, it’s 40% on first down (or 4 yards on 1&10), 60% on second down (e.g., 4 on 2&6), and 100% on third or fourth down (so 3 on 3&2).  I prefer it to yards per carry, because (1) yards per carry can be badly skewed by a big run, and (2) context matters-getting 8 yards on 3&17 is less valuable than 2 yards on 3&1.

In my previous post, I jumped straight in to White v. Johnson, but with a full season, I’ll start with team statistics and cover White v. Johnson and situational usage in a subsequent post.

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The value of a defensive tackle

May 14, 2009

One thing I’ve learned about blogging is that you (by which I mean I) don’t ever end up writing all the posts you think about writing.  Sometimes the idea post doesn’t work well, sometimes you don’t want to take the trouble to write a good post about something, and sometimes you just don’t take the chance until it would be too late.  And, of the posts you don’t write, sometimes you’re glad you don’t write that post, and sometimes you wish you had.

An example of the latter is the NFL’s pension changes for assistant coaches.  This came out of the owner meetings a couple months ago, and I thought it deserved more coverage than it got.  I never got around to writing a real post about it, and I wish I had-this is something that ended up having real world effects, as Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore and offensive line coach Howard Mudd officially retired today.

An example of the former, though, is a post I almost wrote the day before the draft entitled “The Titans won’t draft a defensive tackle tomorrow.”  This ended up being an opportunity for me to look silly, as the Titans then DID take a defensive tackle the next day, grabbing Sen’Derrick Marks in the second round.  I’m glad I didn’t end up looking silly, but I’m still ending up looking silly by writing about how I would have looked silly if I wasn’t so lazy.  I’m not writing this post to make myself look silly, but because the Marks selection says something important about how the Titans value defensive tackles.

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