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I've always know what we have with CJ and--IMO--that's a shifty speedster who requires good blocking and can beat one on one's and even some of the angles if he has the space to run in. He has his tendencies and preferences like all running backs do and he can be maddeningly stubborn at times but I blame the majority of the run game woes on the O-Line. The reason the O-Line looks better with Greene is he moves the pile with his incredible lower body strength and sheds defenders with a physical running style. I--and I don't believe I'm the only one--want CJ to get to the"2nd level" because that means, at least, an extra 5 or 10 yrds of positive field position.
I'm not asking CJ to shed defenders or move the pile--that's not the kind of running back he is. I think his toughness and willingness to accept and even initiate contact is often overlooked; so is his ability to stay healthy. I wish he was more receptive to being an all purpose yardage back-e.g. catching more passes out of the backfield--but is that really on CJ? Maybe he'd be more interested in the passing game if Loggains incorporated him into it more often. Also I think CJ's a surprisingly effective and willing blocker. If the O-Line gets its stuff together and is able to open that one hole that springs him, I'm convinced CJ will do his thing. And I'm good with that.
1 year, 6 months ago on Notes from a trip to Nashville
I think we will do better than 4-4 into the bye. We are a game a head of where I thought we'd be at this point and I believe we can beat the Chiefs and San Francisco without Locker.
I've never been as low as some folks were on Locker or as high as some have been over the last two weeks. I think he has more of an upside than Fitzpatrick but not leaps and bounds better. Where Locker clearly has a bigger--dare I say it--more accurate long ball, Fitzpatrick is better in the short passing game. A better short passing game could bolster the run game and prolong time of possession helping rest the defense even more; and this is the key to these 3 games--IMO--a well rested, chomping at the bit DEFENSE and a ball hogging, minimal turnover, game managing offense. Is Fitzpatrick capable of this? Yes, I think he has the skill set for this type of play and the smarts. He doesn't have the arm strength to be a gunslinger, though he sometimes tries to act the part and that's where his interceptions happen. The coaches and team leaders will have to reign him in and he will have to be self disciplined. If he is, I say we win 2 of the next 3 games.
1 year, 6 months ago on Tennessee Titans Week 4 Snap Report
I was one of those who was hoping for a pass rush specialist DE in the early rounds of the draft...Nope, didn't get it. Then I kept my fingers crossed for John Abraham in FA...Missed out on that one. Right now I'm drinking the kool-aid on LB's (Ayers, especially) racking up the sacks...Only time will tell...(Think Fokou will be starting MLB because McCarthy can't stay healthy.) As for Brown, I was happy when they drafted him; his speed and size were too intriguing to pass up and now Gray's hunch about the guy is paying off, though it's still too early be doing cartwheels. Still wish we had a dominant DE. Not completely sold on Morgan.
1 year, 8 months ago on 2013 Tennessee Titans preseason positional analysis: OLB
@BrianFlanagan@PamLoewI obviously disagree; Washington and Williams are similar receivers.
Both are the same height--Williams is heavier, but not slower (check the
40 times)--both are shifty and can play outside or in the slot.
Williams is a better route runner and more versatile IMO. Washington is
If you were to ask me who's a better receiver,
Washington or Walter, I'd say Washington without hesitation. I just
believe Walter is a better fit for Locker, who needs bigger targets.
Bigger receivers can cover a multitude of sins from inaccurate QB's.
Unfortunately Locker is one of those. He needs a target who can out
muscle a defender more than a speedy guy who can run go routes
(Washington's specialty.) Plus Walter is an excellent blocker and he is
good on 1st down. Locker was especially horrible at converting 1st downs
last season. Sometimes Washington gets lost in the scrum of big bodies
when he's playing inside or in the end zone. He's never been the best
route runner, though he's improved on that the last couple of seasons. I
think they'll use Walter as a hybrid receiver/TE. As for the TE's, I
think they're too confident in Thompson. He's very unproven as a TE and
had butterfingers last season. Stevens is under rated as a receiver and I
think he's going to get a lot more balls thrown his way.
1 year, 9 months ago on Projecting Titans catches for 2013
I'm with you, Tom, on the possibility of letting Washington go; not because he's unproductive but because he's a smaller target and Locker already has similar and younger receivers in Wright and Williams. Plus Washington's fairly expensive. Locker needs bigger targets and that's why Walter will be in the mix. I project him having around 25 catches because he can move the chains and will be a big target in the end zone. All and all I see the receivers having about 160 catches; the TE's at about 100 and the running backs getting about 30.