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I'm an avid Titans fan and reader of yours for 3+ years. I think I might be the one who convinced you that the Titans might and "should" have taken Fluker over Warmack last year. (Better to have a guy whose ceiling is average RT than average RG with the 10th overall pick.) I also paid my $70 to get the all-22 from NFL.com and generally watch it in slow-mo every week. And right now, I'm close to quitting on the game. The Titans just allowed the 3rd win on the road in 21 attempts for the Cleveland Browns, and the Titans managed to do it in record setting fashion. The 25-point come-back is the largest in NFL history for a road team. But...
WHO committed the illegal contact penalty that negated the interception by McCourty??? F--- the officials! If that is called, don't they have to say who specifically???? WHAT did Derrick Morgan do to get ejected???? There are very few ejections in the NFL.
Dear NFL, before ejecting our starting OLB and former 1st-round draft pick, TELL US WHAT HE DID!!!!!
Why not eject the guy who lays out at the head of the runner who is two yards into the end zone and therefore two yards past the play being over??? I don't think it should matter that he was the QB. Or even what about the guy who goes flying by at the goal line knowing he's too late and just smacks the runner in the head before the other guy clocks him? Shouldn't that also be a penalty? And aren't personal foul penalties additive? F--- You, NFL!!! I'm really close to not caring anymore.
How much debit do you think NFL owners have collectively? What if we just said "F--- You, NFL!"? Don't you think those rich guys would give us something better?
I'm just as pissed at the Titans as the referees. You've got Roos (a respected veteran LT who has been above average for years), first round picks in '13 and '14, big free-agent signings in '13 and '14, and a 2nd year center that you have repeatedly told us to expect to be good. On 4th and 1-foot, they get stood up.
BUT, when it is 4th and 1-foot, why is the whistle being blown when the runner is not wrapped up??? I think I understand the forward progress rule, but in this case the ref chose to enter the fray before he had to, so F--- him! And F--- the NFL!!! They supposedly coach these guys up, so we have to ask ourselves, "Does the NFL want refs blowing whistles on 4th and a foot when the runner is neither wrapped up nor down?" I guess they do. F--- the NFL.
It's not just my money I want back. It's my time. SOOOO much time I've given them with the faith that football is a strategic game that is ultimately somewhat interesting in its development.
This was a heartbreaking loss. But it also convinces me that football is more about NFL chance (luck) than I thought it was. I'm not interested in reading about and watching the drama unfold, as random chance prevails in the NFL. Of course, we like a wild-card element within the context of a conflict focused on strategy and execution. But no one would tune in to watch dice role on TV.
My TV is off. And it may stay that way.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://totaltitans.com/2014-articles/injury-riddled-titans-blow-28-3-lead-lose-to-browns-29-28.html
@ThomasGower @jckblr The scheme changes and free agent signings have already created lots of spots with competition on D. Why wouldn't they give him the chance to beat out either tackle regardless of who signed or didn't sign what contract when? Do you hate the logic of Whiz's statement, "you've got to draft high to get a guy like this and we don't expect to be drafting high again." If all three tackles can play well this year, then put Lewan at TE with Delanie on the other side and play big! That wouldn't be a terrible thing to do 10-15 times a game.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://totaltitans.com/2014-articles/titans-select-ot-taylor-lewan-with-11th-pick.html
What can they get for Roos with one year left on deal? Could we hope that it is a 2nd or 3rd round pick this year? I like Roos, but you're right. Get better for the future, not just '14.
This is one of my favorite posts from you the last two years that I've been reading. Does finding out that Ebron visited change anything for you? If he, Barr, and any QB or DB you'd like are all available, who would you want?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://totaltitans.com/2014-articles/breaking-down-the-titans-2014-pre-draft-visits-and-workouts.html
Lots of ILBs now (Woodyard, Brown, Fokou, McCarthy, Gooden, and maybe Ayers at SILB). What about Gooden at SS? He played safety in high school and seems to have plenty of speed and smarts. Not that I don't like Pollard, but it would be nice for last years 3rd round pick to have some roll on the team--backup to the backups at ILB doesn't seem like much. If we could get Woodyard, Brown, Gooden, and Michael Griffin on the field together, that would be a lot of speed in the middle of the D. Gooden certainly seems more likely to have a future in the league than Stafford. The fourth safety seems like a bigger contributor than the 5th (or 6th) ILB.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Titans sign LB Wesley Woodyard
If McCarthy gets hurt, can they play both Brown and Gooden? If they play 34 10-15 snaps a game as they have said they will, Gooden or Brown could play the weakside ILB with the other on the edge. Right? In their base 43, are middle linebacker and weakside linebacker really so different?
1 year, 6 months ago on Overviewing the Tennessee Titans' 2013 draft
#10 D.J. Fluker -- plays RG and blocks JJWatt with LONG arms and power. Also, provides tackle insurance and moves outside in the future.
#40 Margus Hunt -- I think they'd rather have a strong-side end to let Morgan move around some.
#70 Jamie Collins or Zaviar Gooden -- athletic linebacker who provides depth for McCarthy's injuries, Ayers moving to DE, and Special Teams.
#97 Sanders Commings -- If there is one position they would most like a dirty, competitive guy with anger issues, it is CB. Big, so fits the press CB idea they are supposedly hoping to add.
#107 Le'Veon Bell or Marcus Lattimore -- RB3 is probably open. Someone with the talent to be RB1 in 2014 makes sense. I like Schwenke here too.
#142 Barrett Jones -- big enough, smart enough, and moldable for Muchak and Matthews.
#202 Quinton Dial or Kwame Geathers -- might make the team, might not. 3rd Bama guy or 2nd Georgia guy, but I went to UTK so...
#216 Joseph Faria -- I like your pick, maybe beats Taylor Thompson or confirms that we have something in Thompson.
#248 John Boyett -- Might beat out Robert Johnson or Markelle Martin.
I liked Floyd until I fell in love with the idea of Fluker as the anti-JJWatt. Plus they really don't have room for a DT with Hill, Casey, Pitoitua, Martin, and Klug.
Here's my guess for the top of the Titan's draft board: Jordan, Fluker, Floyd, Ansah, Mingo, Warmack, Cooper, Lotulelei, Milliner in that order. Last week I had: Jordan, Ansah, Floyd, Lotulelei, Milliner, Warmack, Cooper, Mingo, Fluker.
1 year, 6 months ago on My seven-round Titans mock
@ThomasGower @jckblr Here's what I hope is their draft strategy (and it seems you agree): 1st rouund -- a defensive difference maker, 2nd or 3rd round -- an interior O-lineman who can win a starting job before the end of his rookie year. (Both helping the win-now efforts). But if all the best defensive difference makers are gone before #10, take the guard then and the best player available the rest of the way.
Here's my draft board:
Jordan, Ansah, Floyd, Lotulelei, Milliner, G (Cooper or Warmack)
1 year, 6 months ago on Evaluating the top guards in the draft from a Titans perspective
Tom, how about trying for a top ten on the Titans draft board? Who do they like that they probably can't get at 10 but will jump at the chance to pick if they should fall? On Kiper's new draft widget, if you give the Titans all of the first 15 picks, they take 10 players ahead of Warmack. Kiper's Titan's draft board seems to go like this: Ansah, Floyd, Milliner, OT (Fisher, Joekel, Johnson, Fluker, Watson), Jordan, Cooper, Warmack, Austin, Lotulelei, Eifert, Mingo. This could be some kind of technical error, but what do you think about picking a highly rated tackle? Could Fluker or Watson play right guard? Could David Stewart play right guard? With a rookie at right tackle? Also, do we want Ansah? If the Jags and Lions pass on him, we might see him fall to 10. It also seems like their best chance of trading back is if Fisher and/or Johnson is still available at 10 and someone wants to jump in front of the Chargers. Last question, it seems like Jordan won't be available at 10, but if he were, how does a TALL and ATHLETIC 34 OLB translate to being in the mix as a blind side edge rusher and occasional SAM for the Titans? ESPN Sport Science claims he only has 4% body fat, which means he might actually have just as much muscle on that 6'6" frame as Ansah has. Being too small is one of the reasons I think they won't draft Mingo.