Posts Tagged ‘Cortland Finnegan’

When will the Tennessee Titans show CJ the money?

February 3, 2010

In a topsy-turvy season filled with high and lows, there was one constant for the Tennessee Titans in 2009: the dominating performance by Every Coach’s Dream a.k.a. Chris Johnson.

CJ was a consistent ray of light as he trotted past the 2,000 yard rushing mark in ’09. In only two seasons in the NFL, he’s been everything the Titans dreamed and envisioned when they shocked the world (outside of Frank Wycheck) by selecting him with pick #24 in the 2008 draft.

With two years served in a modest $12 million rookie contract, CJ has hopes of becoming the league’s highest paid-back in the not-so-distant future.

When will the typically frugal Titan front office step up and reward Johnson with the new contract he probably deserves? (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…)

2009 Tennessee Titans: Biggest disappointments

January 13, 2010

In part I of this two-article series, I took a look at the Tennessee Titans’ surprise performers of 2009. The comeback kid a.k.a Vince Young and rookies such as Kenny Britt and Gerald McRath headlined the list of guys who came out of the blue to emerge as viable contributors last season.

As promised, today’s post will focus upon the players who, in my opinion, earned the dubious distinction as the team’s biggest disappointments due to their less than stellar performances in ’09. (more…)

Titans humiliate putrid Rams 47-7

December 13, 2009

Led by yet another great performance by Chris Johnson and an extremely opportunistic defense, the Tennessee Titans notched their sixth win in seven games as they blew out the overmatched St. Louis Rams 47-7.

CJ accumulated 186 all-purpose yards and 3 touchdowns on the afternoon and the defense wreaked havoc on Rams’ rookie QB Keith Null by intercepting him five times.

The only real negative that emerged from today’s dominating win was Vince Young’s first-half hamstring injury that kept him out for the remainder of the contest.

More thoughts on today’s impressive Titan victory…up next. (more…)

Where’s Rod Hood when you need him?

December 8, 2009

On the bench, unfortunately.

Forced into action shortly after signing as a free agent due to Nick Harper’s broken forearm, Roderick Hood emerged as an immediate playmaker for the Tennessee Titan defense. Hood accounted for three interceptions in three games as the starter opposite of Pro Bowler Cortland Finnegan.

As of late, however, Hood has been missing in action as the veteran Harper has reclaimed his spot in the starting lineup. Last Sunday, Pierre Garcon torched Harper on a consistent basis while Hood was on the sidelines as a result of being declared inactive for the third consecutive game since Harp’s return.

Memo to Jeff Fisher: It’s well past time to re-insert Hood into the starting lineup. (more…)

Titans-Texans live blog tonight

November 23, 2009

You’re invited to join us tonight as we plan on having a live blog of the Titans-Texans game. As usual, Tom Gower will be heading it up. He always does an outstanding job.

Following is the injury report, which is followed by some of my thoughts after the jump. (more…)

Titans vs. Texans preview

November 21, 2009

Redemption will be on the minds of the Tennessee Titans (3-6) as they face the Houston Texans (5-4) in Monday’s prime-time AFC South showdown.

The Titans will be looking to avenge Week Two’s 34-31 shootout loss to the Texans. Despite the Herculean efforts of Chris Johnson, who accounted for 284 total yards, the Titans were undone by a shoddy defense that allowed Matt Schaub to rip them apart for 357 yards and four touchdowns.

Up next…a preview of this week’s Titans/Texans grudge match. (more…)

Rejuvenated Titans defeat 49ers 34-27

November 8, 2009

It’s been often said that winning is contagious.

Add the Tennessee Titans to the list of those who subscribe to that belief.

Led by the exploits of Chris Johnson and an opportunistic defense, the Titans won their second consecutive game as they defeated San Francisco 34-27.

After falling behind 17-10 at intermission, the Titans coasted to victory in the second half via CJ’s exciting scampers and a defense that, despite giving up 358 net yards, forced four 49er turnovers.

Additional thoughts about the Titans’ second consecutive victory…after the jump.

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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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