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@Scott P The line has been disappointing - especially Schwenke and Warmack (Levitre too but I wonder if some of his trouble is recovering from injury) And you have no reason to apologize to Munch and Matthews. They wanted these guys and they were responsible for developing these guys. And I would not criticize Webster too much. He drafted these top guys in consultation with Munch and the rest of the coaching staff. I think you have to give Webster credit for going out and getting some of coaches of the highest caliber. It might take a while but you will see a difference. Whiz has made it very clear that guys that do not play hard and well will be let go at the end of the season.
I'm actually very happy with what we did this past year in the draft and where we are going. I am thankful that the owner, GM, and coaching staff have the guts to blow this thing up and completely start over. We have not had a complete do-over since the salary cap crunch back with Fisher. We do not have enough blue chip players (you might say that we don't have any at all right now - except maybe Casey). We drafted a no risk pick with Mettenberger. If he pans out great; if he doesn't, we'll draft a quarterback high. I have a whole lot more confidence that Whiz and Webster will draft better. They already have several that are playing good pall this year - Lewan, Sankey, and even Huff is playing good for a player drafted that late. I would rather watch a group of hungry young players who play fast and hard - and maybe lose for a while - rather than see more band-aids put on this team and listen to a bunch of hype. Munch set this franchise back but I think we're headed in the right direction.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://totaltitans.com/2014-articles/new-qb-same-result-as-titans-fall-to-texans-30-16.html
I guess they're some interesting quotes. Locker opened up a can on the Jets this season before Wilkerson knocked him out of the game. Their assessment of Ayers was pretty spot on. He just doesn't have his head in the game all the time and doesn't consistently tackle well - he lays "glory hits" way too much. No - he's not a "demon."
1 year ago on The Jets on Locker and Ayers
@dragak1981 @Scott P I agree to some extent. But when you hear people like Bill Polian not even considering giving up on him that's got to give you pause. To me, there's two fears in this situation. There's the one fear that - if we give up on Locker right now then we might be throwing treasure in the trash. Franchise QB's are very rare in the NFL.
Also, giving up on Locker this year means that we use yet another 1st round draft pick on a QB. Some teams have been going through this cycle for years (Miami, Cleveland, etc.). There's the chance that we hit on the next Rodgers and there's an even better chance that we don't
The opposite fear is that we stay with Locker and he continues to get hurt and not be able to finish the season. To me, this is the wisest course of action. We give Locker another chance, pick up the BPA with the 1st round pick, and try to fix some of the weaknesses on this team.
I don't even advocate picking up a mid to late round QB unless there's tremendous value. Those guys rarely ever stick - mainly because they never get playing time.
1 year, 2 months ago on The 2013 Titans are the 2013 Titans
@dragak1981 @Joshua C It's football - players do get injured a lot. QB's that run around and try to get plays get injured a lot. The only way to reduce the chances of these types of injuries is for the QB to get the ball out of his hand quickly.
And what to do you mean, you can't compare Luck and Rodgers and Locker? They are all NFL quarterbacks - that is a category that is very comparable. And that one example you gave of a "boneheaded" throw was from last year. I agree that it wasn't a wise decision but that was really his rookie season and rookies are going to make mistakes. Also, why the heck were we passing in that sort of situation? Could it be that Locker has not had a very good run game to complement him?
Locker is going to be just fine. He could take too many hits and his career be ended early. That's a real possibility. But he showed some major improvement early on this season and, despite playing on a mediocre team and experiencing some bad injuries, he doesn't mope around and show that "woe is me" body language like QB's who are on their way out of the league.
I understand your aggravation with Locker but he has shown some qualities that could lead to him becoming a really good NFL QB.
@dragak1981 @Joshua C I've watched all of Locker's games closely and the injuries have been pretty freak. He injures his shoulder trying to tackle a guy, he gets blindsided and drilled in the Texans game, the Jets injury was a little weird but the dude comes back early, and then he gets a linsfranc from running a naked bootleg. It's not like he's getting hurt just running around without contact. T
And what are you talking about - boneheaded throws? Yeah, he's had some bad throws. Watch Andrew Luck, he has too. But Locker didn't have a turnover the first four games against some good defenses.
Every time I think about fans giving up on QB's who had heart and talent but were just too "injury prone" I think of Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. This team doesn't need a new QB - it needs a coaching staff who can field a decent O-Line and run game and won't put the QB in situations that will probably cause injury.
@dragak1981 I disagree with you about Locker. Locker has been showing some major improvement in his reads and decision making. He has the work ethic and mentality to really become something special. When you get a guy like that, you bet the house on him. Many fans and analysts only look at the numbers and stats and ignore the human side. It takes a certain kind of attitude and heart - and a love of football - to go out and be a great quarterback. Look at Kaep, last year he was in the Superbowl and this year he don't look to hot. He's not playing that great (although he has had some good games) but one of the most concerning things is his body language and the look in his eyes.
Also, I have an issue with calling someone "injury prone." What do you mean? That he has some sort of low muscle or bone density? It's football - people get hurt. Look at Aaron Rodgers. Can he work on not doing things to get himself hurt? Yep - that's been one of his problems. Can the coaching staff NOT put him in positions to get hurt - like not calling naked bootlegs? Yep.
I just don't understand how fans have suddenly turned on Locker after showing so much improvement from last year. It's not his fault that we're mediocre. What happened when he went out? We lost. Heck, in the first four games he was in the top 10 in QBR. What else do people want?
Yeah, looks like you're going to be right about this season. I was a little bit more optimistic at the first but I'm pretty much done with this coaching staff. The competent and the confidence is just not there.
Watching MNF, it looks like you were also right about Star. If we had him charging up the middle maybe we would have such a problem with the run and getting pressure. He would probably impact games more than Warmack's falling on the ground all the time. Munchak was dead set on his power-running vision that he seems to have pushed for need instead of BPA in the draft. By the way, how is Warford doing? I don't even remember who drafted him.
@ThomasGower @Joshua C Good analysis.
So, if there plan was to not rely on Locker's throwing, then why - when he left with injury - did they send Fitzpatrick out there - the turnover king - slinging the ball all over the place (to be fair, he did well this game but the two others?)?
I just don't get it. And by the way, I agree with your remark about the two HOF coaches. I mentioned them because the announcers were going on and on about how the two really know how to coach up a line.
1 year, 2 months ago on Titans give Jaguars their first win, 29-27
I have Munchak do #5 way too many times in his short career. I honestly don't understand what's going on with this team. They act like they're scared to let Locker pass although he did not have a turnover/interception his first four games and threw all over Rex's vaunted defense. And then, they'll run CJ to death behind an O-Line (coached by two HOF'ers) that's getting constantly blown off the ball. Munchak has become another Jeff FIsher.
Tom, what do you make of all this?
I was pretty frustrated with the zone defense calls. It seemed like that's all Gray called throughout the game (I watched it sporadically so I might be off here). Our guys were simply getting blown off the ball and there was not enough pressure on the QB. When we finally did dial up a blitz it resulted in a turnover.
I don't know what happened on the O-line. About half way through, they suddenly got better at blocking. And yes, CJ did look a lot different - A LOT.
Is this Jerry Gray's last contract year? I would love for us to let him go (maybe to a college or something) and hire Williams as the fulltime DC>
1 year, 2 months ago on Titans struggle, but get by Rams, 28-21
@ThomasGower @Joshua C
Yeah, I never understood how Munchak could say that he wanted to control the TOP with a runner like CJ. I thought that the team was starting to make some major turns in the right direction but now I'm seeing a lot of the SOS.
Also, I didn't like the idea of Munchak hiring his good friend as the OL coach and then moving a former high school coach into a prominent position. Bud apparently rules out nepotism but the "buddy" system is just as bad. I think that Williams brought a little bit of competence to the team and that's why we started out good but now all that is starting to wear thin. I hope they turn it around but I have no confidence that our staff can win in the playoffs.
I do like Locker and think you've been a little hard on him. He's made good progression (and he should given the time he's been in the league) and I saw some very good passes last year and many this year. However, the coaching staff seems to little confidence in his passing abilities. They would rather run CJ into a wall of linemen than throw. They keep on acting like our line is dominant but it's just not. When we're down and there is no other choice but to throw I think he does really good (like the Chargers game). He's no Luck and we shouldn't expect him to be but I love his work ethics and I think he has the mental strength to push through the failures and become much better. I sure don't want to start over with a new QB.
1 year, 3 months ago on Titans rolled by 49ers, 31-17
Tom, I read your posts for a long time and you've been negative towards this coaching staff for a while. Have you come to the conclusion that this coaching staff is just simply not competent enough to field a winning football team? I really like Locker and many of the players we've drafted but . . . it's just getting hard to watch. Your thoughts?
This is just a backup signing. I honestly hope they get away from C.J. entirely. That's way too much money tied up in a guy is hit and miss (and mostly miss lately). Put the money in the line, not the running back. They're a dime a dozen. The Patriots Ridley ran all over us and who is he?
Although I initially liked the Munchak hire and still agree with his overall philosophy of coaching, I am beginning to wonder if he is too close to the o-line to make the proper changes. Also, would he fire his best friend if he's not competent to coach the O-line? Would he cut Kevin Matthews? I'm starting to hear some Fisher-speak in some of his explanations and I don't like that at all.
2 years, 4 months ago on Tennessee Titans sign OG Deuce Lutui