Posts Tagged ‘Michael Griffin’

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…)

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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…)

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 survive Dolphins comeback in 27-24 OT victory

December 20, 2009

Despite blowing a seemingly insurmountable 18-point second half lead, the Tennessee Titans kept their slim playoff hopes alive with their 27-24 OT win over a very resilient Miami Dolphins ballclub.

After his botched interception attempt put the Dolphins in position to tie the game in regulation, Michael Griffin redeemed himself with an overtime INT that led to “Mr. Reliable” Rob Bironas kicking the game-winning 46-yarder in the extra period.

More thoughts on today’s Titan victory…after the jump. (more…)