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How bad is Michael Griffin? Wow, his play has really regressed compared to last year.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://totaltitans.com/2014-articles/tennessee-titans-2014-week-7-snap-report.html
Tom, what are your thoughts on the O-line. The Titans invested massive resources and so far they are not paying off. Lewan looks solid so far and was the only lineman today to play a decent game. Warmack gets his butt whipped out there and is always good for a bad penalty. Schwenke has been unimpressive at best and today had horrible penalties. Levitre, in my opinion, is a free agent bust. Prior to the season, the o-line was predicted to a be a strength of the team. They are certainly a serious weakness at this point, but not the biggest weakness. That honor clearly goes to the poor QB play.
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://totaltitans.com/2014-articles/late-fg-pushes-redskins-past-titans-19-17.html
@ThomasGower @dragak1981 Tom, did you see Locker is injured again?
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://totaltitans.com/2014-articles/titans-throttled-by-bengals-33-7.html
@ThomasGower @dragak1981 Yes, what you described is a very limited quarterback and is only a portion of Locker's limitations. I am not saying Mettenberger is the answer. He more than likely isn't. It is better to find that out at some point during the season then hope he is next year. Again, the QB position is the Titans' biggest position of need (and there are several, ILB, OLB, CB).
Yes, the Titans had a rough stretch to start, but to be a good team, you have to beat good teams. Dallas is not a very good team. I think the Bengals are. The Titans could easily be 2-1 right now despite the rough beginning. I don't think they beat the Colts, so 2-2 after the first 4 games would have exceeded most people's expectations.
Yeah the D has not been very good. The corners, other than McCourty, and LB play are pretty bad. Wimbley and Phillips have done really nothing. Morgan disappeared the last two games. ILB is a mess.
What are you seeing to say the receivers have not been in the right place?
@ThomasGower @dragak1981 What else do you see wrong in the passing game? The biggest problem is by far a quarterback who is not accurately and effectively delivering the ball.
I also disagree with not making a change. I think it is clear that Locker is not the answer for the Titans. They need to find a QB. Spending more time with him as a starter, regardless of what may happen this year, is a waste of time. You want to give him a couple of more games, I am fine with that. But if the Titans are 1-4 after the Bengals game, that should be it. No need to waste more time with Locker. Instead they need to find out what, if anything, they have in Mettenberger so they can focus on getting a QB if they like one and need one in the first round.
This game was pathetic. The penalties were horrible all game long. The jury is in on Locker in my opinion. He is not an NFL caliber quarterback. The same problems in his game that were evident in 2012 are still here in 2014. Horrible decision making and inaccurate throws. He is the biggest thing holding this team back. The body language of the receivers seems to show a real frustration with Locker too. I know if I was a receiver on the titans, I would be pissed that my quarterback can't deliver the ball accurately. The offense put the D in bad spots all game long.
Tom, what are your thoughts on Locker? I know you had your doubts on him as have I. The big question is if this bad play continues, when does Whiz make a change, try to save the season, and see if there is anything there in Mettenberger.
And yeah, BWW really sucked it up today.
@ThomasGower @dragak1981 Agreed. Thanks for the reply Tom. Looking forward to more analysis!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://totaltitans.com/2014-articles/titans-stifled-in-26-10-loss-to-cowboys.html
@Scott P Agree with you 100%...last week I was thinking, here it is. Locker is reaching his potential. But after a game like yesterday, it has me doubting whether he can be a true franchise quarterback again, big time! The great, or even decent, franchise QBs just don't have stinkers like the Cowboys game. The hardest thing for a team to overcome in the NFL is poor QB play
This loss is mainly on Jake Locker. Yes, the run defense was horrible. I have seen Jim Wyatt write that the Titans came out flat. No they didn't. The D came out playing well and came up with some stops to start the game and got a fumble recovery. The Titans' running game was good. Locker was missing wide open receivers. Just flat out missing them. His interception was an atrocious throw. The Cowboys got a short field and turned it into a touchdown. Even the field goal at the end of the half is partly on Locker. The offense got the ball with about a minute to go and did nothing with it. Locker missed a wide open Kendall Wright on first down. He was overthrowing the ball big time or throwing it behind is receivers. The Titans could not sustain any offense, largely because of poor quarterback play and the defense was on the field all day and got worn down. Once, McCourty went out, De1 Bryant had his way with wreh-wilson and Sensabaugh. And yes, the run defense was horrid and could not get a stop when they needed it. They were simply overpowered by a good offensive line. I think the loss of Brown at ILB is felt here on the poor run defense (to a degree), because Gooden is simply not as good, big or physical. If the Titans could have sustained some drives in the first half, and Locker played even mediocre instead of absolutely horrible, the game would have been quite different. As it were, that's not what happened and the Titans got spanked.
Tom, how much of this do you put on the coaches...having seen two games now, (I know this is a small sample), but what is your impression...I have seen talk on forums, etc. faulting Whisenhunt's play calling, but he called good plays and Locker just wasn't making the throws. Not Whisenhunt's fault there. Wyatt was blaming them for Titans coming out flat...again, I disagree. D was fired up. Again, if Locker just made simple NFL level throws, the offense would have been moving the ball.
Thanks for your analysis as always Tom!
Washington is on the team because he is the back-up to McCluster's in the offense. He is needed more in that role than Mariani was needed as a receiver. Frankly, he is not an NFL quality wide receiver.
I was happy with the Succop pick-up. Going into the season with either Coons or Bonani was really worrying me!
Great write up Tom and looking forward to more over the course of the season.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://totaltitans.com/2014-articles/tennessee-titans-53-man-roster-analysis-2.html
I don't think Mariani makes the roster. He has shown nothing as a wide receiver, Leon Washington is at least as good as he is as a kick returner and can play running back in a pinch, which may be needed. Mccluster is far better at punt returns. Hagan or Robskie makes it over Mariani. Titans fans love Mariani for some reason (I think because they want him to be their Wes Welker), but he is not a good receiver, can't get separation and has questionable hands at best.
I agree on your Defensive Line totally, but I don't think Stingily makes the team. Waste of a spot. I also don't think Bailey makes the team. Why keep him up to only play special teams when if he ever sees the field as a linebacker for the Titans, frankly, their screwed.
I agree with your choice of Koons at this point over Bonani. Bonani is actually horrible.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://totaltitans.com/uncategorized/tennessee-titans-53-man-roster-prediction-at-mid-preseason-2.html
TItans looked pretty good on first team offense. Locker was solid for sure and Hunter and Thompson had good games. The O-Line looked pretty good too! The defense did not look so hot...no pass rush really and Coty Sensabuagh was getting abused all game long. He is a weak link in the D for sure. Wreh-Wilson got beat bad on a deep ball that luckily was not caught midway through the third that would have been a touchdown. Akeem Ayers continued his stupid penalties, costing the Titans an interception. I am really down on Ayers. Sensabaugh is not the answer on the outside for sure, and the CB play (other than McCourty) has got me worried for sure.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://totaltitans.com/uncategorized/first-team-offense-improved-as-titans-fall-to-saints-31-24.html
@ThomasGower @dragak1981 Thanks for the reply Tom. I don't see them cutting Ayers, but find him to be a major disappointment. I am much higher on Brown than I am on Ayers and think Brown has shown more promise.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://totaltitans.com/2014-articles/more-on-avery-williamson.html
Good to see you back in the fold making posts! I dont see them cutting gooden or williamson, so does that mean foku and mccarthy are in serious trouble? I mean, how many ILB would they carry. Brown and Woodyard I also think are locks.
Outside of ILBs, I see this as the end of the road for Ayers...who has really underperformed...perhaps in the new system he will work out better, but Whiz did not sound to high on him...
Hi Tom. Good write up. I am just curious why you always say Roos is the best player on the team on offense. He is not the player he once was and his play is likely to continue to deteriorate. As far as the best offensive player, after last year I would say it is Kendall Wright. He has more impact on the outcome of the game than Roos does. At this point Roos is an average to maybe slightly above average Left Tackle.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://totaltitans.com/2014-articles/overviewing-the-tennessee-titans-2014-draft.html
@Scott P People are negative because they always want the first rounder to be some big splash pick, and this one is not. I have no problem with it either. The Titans are going to have to deal with Cloweny and Watt for years, so they are going to need a solid line. I hope he beats out Oher for the right tackle spot as well. Regardless, the Titans have great depth at tackle now. Plus, next year Roos will come off the books and Titans won't have to pay him big $$ (he is getting pretty old and his best days are behind him, though he is certainly still solid).
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://totaltitans.com/2014-articles/titans-select-ot-taylor-lewan-with-11th-pick.html
@JasonTressler When I was watching draft coverage last night and I read somewhere on the web (I don't remember where) that he needs to work on his movement to the inside. He can at times get beat inside and has a tough time dealing with stunts. I feel with a coach like Bob Bostad, he can really be coached up, along with the whole Titans line.
Not a bad pick. They can get rid of Roos, who has been good but nothing special recently and not have to pay him a lot of money to keep him. This will free up cap space for next off-season. Roos was getting old anyway, so better to have a young, inexpensive left tackle, who hopefully is just as good. Also, in the event that either Oher or Roos get injured, we have someone who can step in and be an effective player, not Byron Stingily.
Good write ups on these Tom. I see the Titans definitely going OLB, or at least I hope so. They are too old at the position and frankly Akeem Ayers has not proven in his 3 years to be very good. Derrick Morgan is also on the last year of his contract and never played the position before.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://totaltitans.com/2014-articles/titans-draft-preview-by-position-defense-3.html
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."
11 months ago on Tennessee Titans Week 13 Snap Report
@Scott P I agree 100%
11 months, 2 weeks 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.
@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
11 months, 3 weeks 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 year 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 year 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 year 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 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year, 1 month 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.
1 year, 1 month 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.
1 year, 2 months 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.
1 year, 3 months 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.
1 year, 3 months 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.
1 year, 3 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.
1 year, 3 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?
Great series Tom. Overall, what do you think of The Titans moves on the defensive line this off season. It looks like they were aimed not at creating pass rush but rather stopping the run. Perhaps they plan to rely more on blitzing by Brown and pass rush from ayers. What are your thoughts?
1 year, 3 months ago on How the Titans sacked the passer in 2012: Conclusions
Tom, good to see you posting again. I think Locker's sack rate was likely a combination of him having poor pocket presence, perhaps not trusting his arm and looking to run too much, and, yes, very poor o-line play towards the end of the year. Because the line play was so poor, defenses blitzed more and got more pressure as a result (they got more pressure without blitzing too). I have high hopes for this season (perhaps because I want to), but the team only goes as far as Locker will take them.
1 year, 4 months ago on Jake Locker was sacked hardly at all and very frequently in 2012, which means what for 2013?
Locker is the biggest thing that scares me about the Titans this year. I even have more faith in the defense. I fear Locker is not good enough to be an NFL quarterback and Titans are stuck with him for the year. Then if he proves he is not the guy, they either have to bring in a free agent (usually guys who kind of suck anyway, thats why their current team does not want them) or draft a QB and start the process all over. One thing not mentioned is his poor decision making. He makes some super dumb plays (i.e. interception during second colts game) and ends up looking like a deer in the headlights. The Titans are going to have to try to build a Vikings like offense, which covers up for Christian Ponder's ineptitude. I think you can see they recognize that from off-season moves and draft (i.e. Warmack, levitre, and Schwenke and quality back-ups),.
1 year, 5 months ago on The Jake Locker Dilemma
It was still stupid to sign him to that deal. he was not worth it even after the 2011 season. An now they have the cap hit where that money could be used to get a veteran pass rusher (idonje or abraham) or tackle insurance (Winston)
1 year, 6 months ago on Titans release Lavelle Hawkins, two others
Tom, defense question...based on really the lack of bringing in too many new players on defense and the fact that those they did bring in are unlikely to be very big difference makers, is the addition of Greg Williams enough? are you pessimistic on the 2013 Titans D? I think 2013 all comes down to Locker and how he performs. If he plays like he did last year, it is going to be another rough year. If he improves and can be a little better than serviceable, the Titans probably have a decent season, though not necessarily good enough for the playoffs.
1 year, 6 months ago on Overviewing the Tennessee Titans' 2013 draft
@jckblr In the event of another McCarthy injury, could Brown not kick inside and Gooden play the Will? Maybe they are higher on Foku (is that the LB they signed during free agency). Mike Mayock said that Gooden could be a "home run" pick.
@Super_Horn Wow superhorn, you were spot on with the Justin Hunter pick! Glad to see you commenting over here now and not just at musiccitymiracles...Tom's write ups are really good and your insight here would be appreciated. Plus there is not the commotion/nonsense/arguing that goes on in the comments at MCM, which is really the only thing that brings the site down IMO.
Good post Tom. I was very happy with the Warmack pick, especially after being so angry last year after they passed on Decastro, when it was clear even from 2011 that interior line was a big need (especially when your highest paid player is a RB).
1 year, 6 months ago on Chance Warmack: View from the next day
I am surprised you chose Floyd. I felt from your D-Lineman write up that you were not too high on him, but perhaps I misinterpreted. I would prefer Warmack or Cooper because the Titan's season really rests on Jake Locker's shoulder and he needs as much help as possible. Warmack will help keep him upright and will improve the Titans greatest weapon, CJ. Also, I feel Warmack has potential to hold up decently against the likes of JJ Watt, who the Titans are going to see twice a year for the next 8 years. Therefore, I think his impact is likely to be greater overall than Floyd, especially as a rookie. Floyd to me is a little undersized and if I recall your write-up correctly was not a special pass rusher from the tackle position.
I love the Hayden pick. Titans do not need a press corner, they have him on the roster...Tommie Campbell. They just need to let him play. He did well in coverage during the one game they let him play against the Jags (but it was against the Jags).
1 year, 6 months ago on My seven-round Titans mock
*significant impact year one!
1 year, 6 months ago on Titans draft preview by position: Defense
One note on the safety analysis, I think the verdict is on on RoJo...he sucks...I will be surprised if he even makes the team this year and happy if he doesn't. Markelle Martin is an unknown, but I don't think he can be any worse. I would like to see a guard in round one, CB in round 2 and with their two third round picks a DE and LB. After round 3, i feel it is hard to find players who can have a significant impact, and that's what the Titans need.
@ThomasGower @dragak1981 Thanks Tom. That makes sense to keep them on the roster then as long as it is not costing the Titans any money.
I would like to see the offensive line shored up, but the titans definitely need impact players at DE and CB too, so BPA works.
1 year, 6 months ago on Examining the Titans' draft trends