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Tom, what do you see as the team's biggest need? I see Quarterback (I have little faith in Locker), DE, MLB and OT (Stewart) at a minimum. Also, I am hoping the coaching staff is gone. What are your thoughts? i am already in "Next Year Mode."
1 week ago on Tennessee Titans Week 13 Snap Report
@Scott P I agree 100%
2 weeks, 4 days ago on The 2013 Titans are the 2013 Titans
@Joshua C @dragak1981 1. Lots of freak injuries equals injury prone. Freak by your definition or not, Locker gets injured a lot.
There is no comparison between Luck and Rodgers and Locker. Yes, Locker makes a lot of boneheaded throws. see the colts game last year with his interception at the 1 yard line...
I agree the coaching on the team sucks...need new coaching all around. Warmack needs to play better and stewart seriously needs a replacement.
@Joshua C @dragak1981 Being injury prone can be caused by a number of factors, including style of play (which seems to be Locker's problem) and things such as muscle flexibility, joint flexibility (tendons and ligaments), and speed of recovery. I don't care what the reason is, Locker gets injured too much to rely on him.
After the first injury this year, Locker came back and looked more like the Locker of last year than the first 4 games of this year. He needs to show he can be healthy and play well consistently, which he has not yet. he still makes bonehead throws.
That is great he has heart and the right attitude, but so do a lot of players who get much better results.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on The 2013 Titans are the 2013 Titans
@Joshua C Yeah Josh, in my eyes Warmack has been a disappointment so far
The Titans are simply mediocre. Losing to the Jags the way they did bordered on pathetic. Tom, you are right. They won those first 3 games because they played mistake free football, once that averaged out, they started to lose. I am done with this coaching staff. They obviously are not getting the job done. I am also done with Jake Locker. He gave some reason for optimism in the first few games of the season, but is too inconsistent and injury prone to be the franchise quarterback. It is time to draft a new one and relegate Locker to back up duties next year. I am sure a new coaching staff, which should be priority number one for the organization, would want to move forward with Locker.
THis game pathetic...nothing more to say
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Titans give Jaguars their first win, 29-27
Great write up and analysis time! Turner was playing just horribly! It was a good decision to get Schwenke in there and get him some experience for him, especially since he is unlikely to hurt the line play. THe Titans actually looked to run better against the 49ers than they did in previous weeks. And hopefully by the end of the season, with some experience, Schwenke will be improved and the entire line will be playing better. Now it is time to upgrade at the tackle position this off-season. Stewart is likely finished.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on UFR: Brian Schwenke against the 49ers
Colin McCarthy looked horrible out there and missed a couple big tackles. He made no real plays. Foku is clearly the better option at this point.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Tennessee Titans Week 6 Snap Report
I agree with your assessment in the last sentence Tom. The offense is blowing it for the team. Turner is playing poorly and his poor play is impacting the whole o-Line. Warmack is rookie, so you can expect some bumps in the road and levitre is not playing like the top free agent signing he was. Stewart is another year older and hobbled, and his play is down. Michael Roos is the best one on the line, but has his moments as well. In general the run blocking is dismal. Pass protection is decent at best. The O-line was supposed to be the big upgrade and it hasn't been.
On a side note, Fitzpatrick is horrible. I liked the pick-up in the off-season, but after Fitz play these last two games would have preferred Hasselback. He could not have been any worse than Fitz and probably better.
The defense is much improved and is playing with fire. The loss of Locker really hurt this team. Before the season started I thought he would be a liability and to this point he has not been to a large degree (the Houston game being an exception). I think if he was in there these past two weeks the Titans win at least one game of the two they played.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Titans get breaks, but not enough to win in 20-13 loss to Seahawks
This game was so frustrating...so close yet so far away. Fitzpatrick really has been pretty horrible these last two games. And I saw today why Foku was in there instead of Colin McCarthy. I don't know what happened to that guy, but he was missing tackles and big ones. If he makes the tackle on Marshawn Lynch on the play that he got a first down to ice the game, the Titans would have a chance. The edwards offsides penalty was totally killer too. So sad.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Titans-Seahawks inactives, gameday thread
@Scott P I think CJ will get you the yards that are there and has been doing that consistently. When the blocking is good, he gets in the open field and does get that extra. However, the blocking frankly has not been very good, especially in the Jets game. CJ was getting nailed in the backfield all game long. Jackie Battle has not done any better with the blocking he has received when he is in the game and he is the type of runner who can get yards after the carry. yes, the titans overhauled the line, but put in an inferior player to what they had, Rob Turner. He is getting blown up week after week. I don't care how "nasty" he is. That has just led to stupid penalties. Velasco was the superior player. There was a reason Turner got cut by St. Louis and was a career back up prior to this year. I do not know if Schwenke is the answer, but he can't be worse than Turner.
2 months ago on Titans blow out Jets, but Jake Locker injured
The Titans got pretty lucky in this one, like you said Tom, but the WIN is all that counts.
One Defense I was really impressed by Zach Brown and Jurrell Casey. Jason McCourty played really well too, but is too vulnerable on slants. Derrick Morgan got a lot of pressure as well.
On offense, the Titans ran the ball well against a tough Steelers run defense. Battle and Green looked good (before he went out). I think CJ did a great job of taking what was there for him and not trying to do too much. If the same game was played last year or in 2011, CJ goes for probably 10 yards.
I was not very impressed by the pass offense but it had its moments and hopefully gets better. When they came out and it looked like they were trying to fool the Steelers and go pass heavy, the offense really did not click. They need to establish run and then go off of play action, where they did have some success.
3 months ago on Defense leads Titans past Steelers, 16-9
Excellent analysis. Yet rather deflating to read the night before the season opener. For now I will stay optimistic and believe the Titans will make the playoffs....tomorrow will tell a lot.
3 months ago on On the Tennessee Titans' 2013 season
I just got back from vacation but was able to watch the Titans Falcons game on DVR. I am curious of your thoughts on Taylor Thompson. He is a beast at blocking and on his two receptions look really smooth and comfortable catching the ball.
3 months, 1 week ago on Tennessee Titans roster cutdown open thread
I have never found Craig Stevens to be the great blocker he has a reputation for and that is always parroted by fans and the media. Taylor Thompson is already probably a better blocker than Stevens. I recall many occasions seeing him get pushed into the backfield and DEs or LBs getting penetration on him, or Stevens being unable to maintain his block and his man making the tackle on CJ. I am not saying he is bad, just that he does not live up to this reputation he has been given of this amazing blocker in the run game.
4 months, 1 week ago on 2013 Tennessee Titans preseason positional analysis: TE
- Quinn Johnson is not making it. Titans play without a full back. Jackie Battle signing may mean something since he is a big bodied running back.
- Tommie Campbell is on the team and if they plan on playing press coverage will likely be the starter IMHO.
- Barry Richardson makes the team before Byron Stingily or Mike Otto. Otto is expensive but perhaps better than Stingily.
- Nate Washington is not getting cut. He is their wide receiver insurance policy and is still capable of having a good season (40-45 catches, 5 TDs).
- I think Karl Klug makes the team, not Dawson.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Thoughts on the 53-man roster as training camp opens
Interesting read. I am getting optimistic, as i do every year as the season approaches, but I still think Jake Locker is the piece that is going to hold the Titans back. He has a very good set of players on offense around him. Perhaps it was the system, but I feel my optimism should be tempered due to his overall ineffectiveness as a quarterback. I hope you do a post in the future on what you expect from Locker this year, maybe after you get a feel on how he has developed after a couple of preseason games.
5 months ago on How the Titans fared in the red zone in 2012: Pass offense
@wjames1204 I agree.. With the improve O-line and emphasis on running I think that's probably a floor for both backs. And if the Titans can get leads and Green is in there closing games out, his yards could be much higher than 400, say 600.
5 months ago on How the Titans fared in the red zone in 2012: Run offense
I assume in the 7th paragraph overall (3rd up from the bottom), the he you are referring to is Chris Johnson, correct?