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@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.
2 weeks, 5 days 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...
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://totaltitans.com/2014-articles/more-on-avery-williamson.html
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.
2 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).
2 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.
2 months, 3 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."
8 months ago on Tennessee Titans Week 13 Snap Report
@Scott P I agree 100%
8 months, 1 week 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
8 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.
9 months, 1 week 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.
9 months, 2 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.
9 months, 2 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.
9 months, 2 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.
9 months, 4 weeks 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.
10 months, 3 weeks 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.
10 months, 3 weeks 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.
11 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.
12 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 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 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 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 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, 1 month 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, 2 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, 2 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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 months ago on My seven-round Titans mock
*significant impact year one!
1 year, 3 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, 3 months ago on Examining the Titans' draft trends
I am hoping the Titans go OL in the first round, which is what I was hoping for last year. I was ecstatic that David Decastro was still on the board, but they passed on him. I am not sure why...I think everyone saw that the O-line was a serious problem in 2011...I am glad the guys making the calls finally figured it out after 2012.
Also, why are Eugene Amano and Lavelle Hawkins still on the roster and not cut? that would free up about 7 million in cap space...neither is worth their salaries...actually neither should probably be on an NFL roster at this point (I say probably because Amano could be a serviceable back-up).
Great point about Kevin Matthews...that was nepotism at its worst...I am surprised Bud fell for it
1 year, 4 months ago on Titans give Velasco second-round tender, Hutchinson to retire
Though it is definitely not a glaring problem yet, tackle is a position the Titans needs to be thinking about an upgrade in the coming years. Both are getting up there and, especially with Stewart, the level of play is dropping. In reality I don't think he was any better than average this year. When compared to the ineptitude of the interior O-line, these guys comes out looking good, but there is a lot of room for improvement.
1 year, 5 months ago on 2013 Tennessee Titans offseason positional analysis: OT
@ThomasGower Thanks Tom...great insight. I agree, Kenny Britt would be a monster with a top rate quarterback. Unfortunately, the guy just can't put it all together and I think this is likely his last year on the Titans.
1 year, 5 months ago on 2013 Tennessee Titans offseason positional analysis: TE
I hope they keep Cook. There were a lot of times that even on the TV shots I could see him running wide open and he would not get the ball thrown in his direction. I also think that the Titans just didn't know how to use him in the red zone. Watching how Cook was used makes me think that the Titans' offensive minds really just didn't have a good scheme or know how to use the players they have (see Kendall Wright). I hope things change under Loggains, but I am not optimistic, mainly because the key ingredient in a successful offense is not on this time, a highly competent quarterback,,,,Tom, question, with the players they have, if the Titans had a decent offensive line and say a top notch quarterback, let's go so far to as say, Aaron Rodgers, what do you think the offensive production would look like then? I think we would be talking about guys like Cook being on a level with Vernon Davis and Gronk...your thoughts
@ThomasGower I was hoping for that after this season....I am not getting my hopes up too much for this upcoming season. In reality a whole-sale house cleaning is necessary. being middle of the road to bad is not cutting it anymore... though I will never cheer against the Titans when they play. when they lose I won't get too upset. Unfortunately, losing is the only thing that can bring about what this franchise really needs in my opinion.
1 year, 5 months ago on 2013 Tennessee Titans offseason positional analysis: QB
Great write up Tom....I have little faith in Locker at this point...seeing how other quarterbacks have been able to come in and really become decent (Dalton) to high level (Wilson/luck) NFL quarterbacks right off the bat makes me think Locker just does not have it. I think he doesn't have the accuracy, looks lost out there a lot, and has bad decision making (a la mark sanchez). I hope and pray I am wrong, but the Titans need to determine after this year if they can move forward with him. Another year of indecision will only continue to set the franchise back.
I agree with your conclusions 100%. Hutch was a horrible signing and I was surprised anyone was impressed by his signing. The last thing Titans needed was an over the hill, often injured guard. The Titans need to be active and need to sign some top free agents this year...not leftovers like they usually do.
1 year, 5 months ago on Grading the Titans' 2012 free agent signings
Very interesting observations. I am not clear though on your take on Campbell's play, which I was interested to hear about. I do remember him actually causing one of Brown's interceptions by getting his hand in there and deflecting a pass and it seemed like you liked what you saw out of him in coverage. If I remember correctly, I remember watching the Jags first possession in that game and wondering what type of defense the Titans were running because it looked like they had 6 DBs on the field the whole time. And yes they got run allover, but probably because of that and not just campbell. Doeds that sound right?
SO it seems like the Titans D has some pieces, but still lacks playmakers, especially at safety and DE. What was your take on Mike Martin this season, I expected more of him really, and it seemed when he was in there he made an impact, but he did not see as much playing time as I thought he should have. Instead it Marks was out there, who was solid but nothing special in my opinion.
1 year, 5 months ago on Notes from Titans-Jaguars, Week 17: Defense
I would say Dave stewart was more than a problem than in the first texans game. He had ten penalties, by far the most on the o-line and he was out for a good chunk of the season. I felt his play declined this year overall
1 year, 5 months ago on How the Titans were penalized in 2012
I don't understand the use of Tommie Campbell at all either. It was stupid of them to talk him up and then have him disappear once the season started. But what did this coaching staff do that made any sense. When he actually saw some playing time against the Jags, he looked good if I remember. I do not know Tom if you have broken down that game, but it would definitely be interesting to break down his play. He has all the size and speed to be a good player, and I bet he would fit in perfect the big bodied secondary of the Seahawks (who have coaches that actually know how to coach defense and use their players).
Also, I think the fact that we have seen so little change to how things operate in Nashville indicates to me that 2013 is going to go poorly again for the Titans. Hopefully if that is the case, we get the housecleaning we should have gotten this year.
1 year, 6 months ago on 2012 Tennessee Titans Snap Report: Defense
Zach Brown was definitely the rookie of the year. I wish we could have seen more of Mike Martin, but the coaches must have been down on him because it seemed like marks and casey never came out of the game
1 year, 6 months ago on 2012 Tennessee Titans Rookie of the Year: Zach Brown