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@BrianFlanagan @wjames1204 Agreed about VY. He found ways to win games and was really an exciting player to watch when he was on the field. When he was off the field, or even on the sidelines, his character issues definitely lowered him in my eyes, so much so that I was ok losing him. Unfortunately, I thought it would be a "Fisher or VY" departure, not both, and that set us back a bit. Still, we have been able to rebuild after losing them both and have one of the most exciting teams we've had in years. Even our 13-3 season with Collins at the helm wasn't really that exciting, because it just didn't feel like we had a team that could push all the way to a Super Bowl, kind of like the Texans' seasons of late- they just don't seem like Super Bowl contenders, just regular season beasts that fizzle out at the end and into the playoffs. In the end, I think CJ's injury in the Baltimore game killed us in our last playoff appearance (along with that 43 second playclock for the Ravens that wasn't called Delay of Game).
And the biggest difference between Greene and White: White tended to run with the ball exposed a bit and tended to fumble frequently if he got tangled up. Greene has a decent handling and carries the ball better than White. Also, I use to joke that White would get the ball and fall forward for 3 yards every run. Nothing more, nothing less.
Pumped for the season.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on How the Titans fared in the red zone in 2012: Run offense
@BrianFlanagan @wjames1204I totally agree. And I think that is why I've heard people who don't agree with what the Titans paid Greene: why pay that much for a RB coming off the bench. My personal opinion: they couldn't afford to let players they wanted slip away, and not that Greene was the most sought after prize of the FA period but he certainly could have garnered interest and used that to his advantage. The Titans basically said "We want you, plain and simple, and you can make us a better team." He can prove me wrong, but I think adding Shonn Greene was one of the better moves they made in FA (besides Levitre obviously). And in the end, they had the cap space and made the moves they wanted without any difficulty of remaining cap. Not a bad pickup and really not a terrible price if he produces.
There is one thing, though, that will lower Greene's stats when compared to LenDale White's of 08: the passing game. Locker is better equipped with receivers than VY/KC were and he's definitely a better passer than either of those QBs. With such depth with Britt, Wright, and Washington it would surpass what they had, but throw in potential impact from Hunter, Walter, Walker, and the quietly interesting D.Williams and T.Thompson and Locker has no excuses for not making plays other than himself. I think our passing attack is going to be up there this year, despite our insistence in returning to the run. I think Locker will produce, especially because I think Britt is going to return to monster (first three games of 2011) form. That's going to take some yardage away from CJ and likewise from Greene, but on the goal line Greene will get us some TDs, and that will be enough. I stand by my numbers above with the presumption that Locker will take the next step and his receivers will hit potential as well. It's just hard to see Greene getting close to 500 yards even with the type of receivers we're fielding this year.
I think Shonn Green will surprise some people this year. He's no elite back, and he's certainly no CJ, AP, or Steven Jackson. But he is a consistent runner who gets what is asked of him. I think people like to look at his measly 1000 yard seasons (since when have 1000 seasons become measly when the league has edged farther and farther toward a passing league) and say that he wasn't that productive, but it's important to note that he also played behind a NYJ O Line while defenses knew that the Jets' passing game was weak because of inconsistent passing and a lack of receiving threats. With a solid O Line and as a burst off the bench in relief and goal line situations, I think Shonn Green will have a season that won't win MVP but will certainly be crucial to the overall success of the team. I think he can put up 400 yards and 8 TDs if they use him properly while CJ puts up around 1400 and another 8 TDs.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on How the Titans fared in the red zone in 2012: Run offense
In regards to drafting corners late: if you look at the level of success the Titans have had in drafting corners, most success has come from late in the draft. Finnegan and McCourty were both very late picks, AV was a fourth rounder who I feel comfortable with outside and better with in the slot, and I'll have to see more from Sensabaugh to make a fair evaluation on his play. Additionally, Cary Williams could be included in this list, though they let him slip away to Baltimore. There were of course a handful of CBs from late in the drafts that didn't pan out, but compare those to some of these names: Pacman Jones (1st), Ryan Mouton (3rd -who has always underwhelmed me, and not just from his lost fumbles on special teams a few years back), and stretching back a bit further Calvin Lowry (4th), Rich Gardener (3rd), and let us never forget Andre Woolfolk (though forgetting that wasted 1st rounder would be soothing). I'll gladly take all the "wasted" 4-7 round picks that didn't work out for the chance that a few might turn into solid starters or even superb starters as did Finnegan and McCourty as opposed to having high hopes in early round CBs. Granted, Pacman had talent, though I think even at his best in the NFL he played more like a second rounder-third rounder. You have to go back to 1998 to find a 1st-3rd round corner that really worked out in Samari Rolle, and to a lesser extent even Andre Dyson in 2001.
I like what Ruston Webster has done since stepping into his GM role, so I'll be excited to see how this year turns out. I agree that Warmack or Cooper are available at 10, and I'm actually very excited about round 2 this year. We were fortunate to find Zach Brown on the board last year and I think this year there will be a lot of solid talent available into the third and fourth rounds. If Trufant is available in round 2, I'd love to see them grab him up despite my feelings on their drafting CBs early, but the DL should present some great talent as well so that will be a tough call for Mr. Webster.
8 months ago on Examining the Titans' draft trends