Free Agency Recap and Draft Preview

Hello Titans fans. You probably thought I was gone forever, but alas I have returned to deliver free agency and draft hot takes.

After the disappointing end to the season I entered a deep depression. My favorite football team had missed the playoffs. What could be worse?

I ignored the post season, who really cares if the Titans are out? I then spent a month wandering the dense wilderness of Montana searching for the meaning of life. I drank kombuchas and lived off of beef stroganoff camp packs. I spent my days performed ritualistic bigfoot calls hoping that the mythical beast would emerge from the forest and give me answers. But I found nothing.

When I returned home it was the start of free agency. I checked my phone to see that J-Rob had signed Adam Humphries, Rodger Saffold and traded for Ryan Tannehill. My questions were answered and was I pulled back in.

I love what the team did in free agency. Long gone are the days when the front office did nothing and then wondered why they continued to suck or the days when Mike Reinfeldt went golfing in lieu of doing this job. That was the old Titans, the new Titans spend. But they don’t blow money on washed up or overrated players like Washington, they spend wisely like a seasoned CEO looking to acquire new assets. Last year the Titans were essentially were without a slot receiver, so they obtained a real gym rat who is on the cusp of his prime. The interior offensive line was trash last year, so they signed the best guard available and cut the overpaid Kline. Blaine Gabbert could barley throw a pass, so they cut him and signed arguably the best back up in the league. These moves give me a ton of hope and with a good draft the team could really be looking up.

For the draft the Titans have a lot of moves they can make at 19. They do not have many holes so they could take the best player available. Trading down is another option, and I think it would be wise. In any regard there are a few positions that I am hoping they consider early. The first would be pass rusher. Whether it be a defensive lineman or an edge rusher. Pass rusher is arguable the weakest spot on the defense, so obviously it would be great to upgrade. I would love to add a disruptive lineman. Since the emergence of Casey I have dreamed of pairing him with an equal talent, and if the past has shown anything, having a great defensive line can lead to a lot of success, so perhaps one of the Clemson guys could be a good selection. Of course getting another edge guy would be great if any are available. What the team has now will not get it through the season, so even if they do not draft an edge guy at 19 I am positive they will get one at some point in the draft.

Another position that I would like to see is an interior offensive lineman. The team does have a small hole in the line right now. I do not think it is a massive issue as they have a few guys who could fill in, but it would be nice to add another body in order to shore up the line. I would love to see the team have a dominant line like they did in 2016 and parts of 2017. As for other positions, I have seen tight end floated. I am not super against it, but I am not sure if it is the best move. It would be interesting to add another guy to the group, but I thought Smith played well before his injury and with some patience the Firk-Show could devolve into a dependable weapon. Of course Walker will be back, and I think the team should get another couple of seasons out of him. Thus, I would not mind if they got a tight end at some point in the draft, but the first round seems a little rich. I feel the same way about receiver. I have seen people already give up on Davis and irrationally screaming for the team to draft a wideout. I think that is crazy. Davis nearly had a thousand yards in his second year playing in one of the worst passing offenses in the league, please give him five minutes to develop, he will be good. Plus, a rookie receiver is not going to save this offense. Sure I would love one at some point in the draft, and I think they should add a guy, but the first round seems too high. As for other positions, I’ve seem corner and even running back mocked to the Titans. The people doing those mocks are either on drugs or need to be one drugs.

One final thought about the draft, if the Cardinals do take Kyler Murray, I would totally go Madden on this roaster and offer them a third or even a second round pick for Josh Rosen. Neither Mariota or Tannehill are signed past 2019, so it could be worthwhile to have a guy developing behind them. It is not going to happen. But it would certainly add a lot of drama to the qb room.

Well that’s about it. Good luck in retirement Orakpo, and until next time Titans fans(if any read this) keep your thumbtacks flaming.

Redskins v. Titans Preview

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Hello Titans fans. It has been an inconsistent month as life has made this difficult. But I am now here, and I am happy to heap praise on the Titans. This win streak has been one of the most fun ones in recent years. They’ve had two blowouts in a row, I cannot remembered the last time that happened, maybe 2016 or even as far back as the Jeff Fisher era. Of course one man has cause the team to perform in such a dominant way. He’s less of a man and more of a giant, a king, or el tractorcito. Of course it’s Derrick Henry. I was wrong to ever doubt him. He’s looked like the best running back in the league. The transformation has been almost shocking. I think the line has been blocking better and the play calling as improved, but most of all Henry is playing significantly better. If he can keep maintain this level of play, the team can ride him into the playoffs.

As for the rest of the offense, they have played more or less the same. The line as been blocking better. Kelly has looked better than Conklin this year, although I do hate to lose Conklin for the year, but I do not think he was ever healthy. The receivers are not dropping as much, but they have still struggled. I think the team will have to sign and draft a few receivers in the offseason. However, Davis has looked good at times. I still do not think they throw it to him enough that could be a LafFeur or a Mariota problem. The tight ends have been ravished by injuries. I am disappointed to see Smith go to IR. He was looking much better. I thought we would see the Firk-show, but it never came against the Giants. Maybe it will open in Nashville this Saturday. Mariota has been inconsistent, but they have not really needed him, especially against the Giants. He will have to make big plays if they want to make the playoffs.

The defense has looked great. However, I do not want to demean their performances, but they were playing against two of the worst offenses in the league. The outside pass rush still has some issues. Landry seems to disappear at times. While Morgan and Orakpo have not been anywhere near as effective as they used to be. I thought Finch looked great until he got injured. Hopefully this week it will not be a significant issue, but it most certainly will be a problem against the Colts. I think Evans has looked spectacular, as have Jackson and Byard. Butler has also played much better. The loss of Ryan is devastating. He’s arguable been the team’s best player on defense. They have some decent depth, so they may be able to overcome it. Perhaps Jackson will takeover in the slot.

So here they are, the team needs to win out to make the playoffs. They have Washington up first. They have been cursed with a myriad of injuries this year. I believe they are down to their 4th string qb. They have also been quite porous on run defense. Thus, this appears to be an easy win for the Titans but I still have my doubts. Mostly because it would be the most Titans thing ever to come out flat and lose to an awful Washington team.

Obviously they should win tomorrow and we should be looking at an all or nothing game against the Colts next week. I am hoping for the best but expecting the worst. You never know with the Titans. Well it has been a fun few weeks. Let’s hope they can keep it up and roll into the postseason. Until next time keep those thumbtacks flaming.

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Hello Titans fans. It has been a roller coast of a month. One week we get the good Titans, then we get the bad and last week both teams showed up in the game. The first half of the Jets game was a disaster. I was ready to throw my TV out of the window and call for the team to disband. However, they played much better in the second half. Thus, I am hopeful.

The defense actually played fairly well for the majority of the game. They were giving up a lot of run plays, and appeared to have some issues on passing downs early, but I am assuming Pees made some adjustments, because they pretty much shut them out in the second half. I think however that the pass rush is considerably bad. Moran and Orakpo are done, which really pains me to say because I really like them and appreciate everything that they have done for the franchise. (On a side note Morgan is the second longest tenured Titan behind Kern. Morgan was Jeff Fisher’s last first round pick with the team in 2010 while Kern was signed in 2009.) As of late I have been somewhat disappointed by Landry. He looked so good early in the season but has appeared to hit a rookie wall. The defensive line has also been inconsistent at best. Casey has been good, but he’s double-teamed every play, which has severely limited his production. While Jones and Johnson have been mediocre. I do not know what happened to Jones. He was pretty good last year, but has essentially disappeared this season. Perhaps the injury is still affecting him. Johnson has been a total whiff. The second round picks of the 2016 draft have been a disaster. Due to the pass rush issues the team has to blitz more, which worked against the Jets in part because the secondary and linebackers played well. Evans has been great recently, him and Landry have inversed each other. Also because the Jets are terrible.

As for the offense, they have been better, but still not great. I like the adjustments to the line. I was surprised that Spain was who they took out. I thought Kline was the big issue. But it seemed to work. The Jets have a good d-line with Leonard Williams, so it was encouraging to see a better performance. The running game was ok, and I am begging to think Henry should get the ball more. As for the passing game, the receivers are pretty much garbage with the exception of Davis. I would like to see the team concentrate on throwing to Davis more. I know he’s double covered a lot, but he’s by far the team’s best receiver and he’s 6-3 just lob it up to him occasionally. He can make plays, they just need to give him the ball more. Maybe they could revive the failed Randy Ratio. They can call it the Davis Division. 40% of every pass play goes to Davis! Speaking of not getting the ball enough, could the team please throw more to Firkser? All he does is catch everything thrown to him. He’s been a pleasant surprise in a tumultuous season. Of course, I must mention Mariota. He’s played much better recently.

Well here we are, Jags v. Titans a Thursday night tradition. What are my expectations? I have none. This team is so hard to predict. On paper they should win. The Jags are a disaster on offense and traditionally their defense has been less than great against the Titans, but this team is a complete skizo so any outcome could happen. I would however hope to see offensive line improvements. The Jags have a great defensive line, so it will be a challenge, but if they keep Jones at guard and Levin at center and they hold up it will definitely be encouraging. It goes without saying, but if they can keep the pocket clean they should have some opportunities to score. I could see the Titans attempt to take advantage of the Jacksonville’s aggression and maybe throw a few screens. Regardless though, they will play very conservatively. As for the Titans defense, they just need to stop the run. If they can do that, then they should limit Jacksonville’s scoring ability.

I am really expecting a slow and lumbering game that will end 12 to 9. The Titans season really depends on a win. I am hopping that they go out and take it like they did against the Patriots. But honestly who knows what team shows up. Regardless I am pulling for them and until next time keep those thumbtacks flaming.

Titans v. Colts Preview

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Hello Titans fans. Well it’s been a while. Recently my time has turned to ash. But alas I am back and what I have to say will rock your world. I love the Titans right now. First, the Monday night game. It was brilliant. The defense was great and Mariota turned into the new Mr. Monday night. Plus it was great to see Jerry Jones and is obnoxious family lose. It was a great victory, but at the time I was thinking what does this mean? The Cowboy’s are not a very good team, and the Titans have a habit of looking good one week, then laying an egg the next. I thought well maybe if they can look good against the Patriots then I could believe they are moving in the right direction.

In the stunner of the decade they not only looked good, they completely dismantled New England. I honestly thought they had no chance and I am still stunned. That game may have been the most thorough victory the team has had since 2008. I could not be happier for the team. Really every player looked great, especially Corey Davis and Adoree Jackson.

I think coaching obviously made a tremendous difference. The offense appeared creative and was aggressive. They never slowed down. If Mularkey was still around the team would have run the ball eighty times in the second half, and allow the Patriots to comeback. The defensive coaching was also amazing. As a whole the defense has been light-out all season. Last Sunday was obviously no difference. Like the offense, they were aggressive and they never let up. They made Tom Brady’s ass quit. Not a lot of teams have done that.

So yes, it was an amazing game. But here we are again. The Titans have looked really good, but will it continue? The franchise history and the way things went down after the Eagles game gives me some trepidation. Additionally, this week they play the Colts, and the Titans have never beaten Andrew Luck. That is simply a stunning stat. Luck was drafted in 2012.

When looking at the game on paper the Titans have the more talented team. The Colts have a lot of holes due to years of roster mismanagement. However, Luck has the ability to overcome the garbage roster and make them competitive in every game. As much as I do not want to like him, he is simply one of the best players in the league.

So what do the Titans have to do? Well the obvious thing, make Luck uncomfortable. Like they did to Brady, they need to get after him and confuse him. The Colt’s pass protection has been much better recently, so that will be difficult. The edge rushers are really going to have to show up. Furthermore, the Colts heavily feature their tight ends. I would imagine that Brown will cover Ebron, but it would not surprise me if they put a safety on him. The defense is simply going to have to play lights-out again.

As for the offense, they need to stay aggressive. The Colts defense is not great, so they should fair well. If they go out and play like trash there is not excuse. I hope they try to get Davis involved early. That seemed to help a lot last week. Furthermore, I can see them featuring Lewis a lot early in an attempt to slow the game down. By doing this they can take the ball out of Luck’s hands. However, they may have to score at least thirty to win.

I think the Titans should win this game. But the team has been so up and down I really do not know what to expect. I am cautiously optimistic. But like every Titans fan, I hate the Colts and would love nothing more than to get this Andrew Luck monkey off the team’s back. So I am really hoping for a win. Let’s go Titans and until next time keep those thumbtacks flaming.

Titans v. Cowboys Preview

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Hello Titans fans. It has been a while. The bye week has come and gone as has the trade deadline. Since the crushing defeat in London the team really has not done much. They failed make a move at the trade deadline, which has left me somewhat perplexed. They did however resign Jalston Fowler. While obtaining Fowler was not necessary a blockbuster move, I do like it. I thought he played great last year and was really disappointed when they cut him. I think he can help the run game. Additionally, he’s a decent pass catcher so maybe they looked to get him involved in the passing game.

I will say I was disappointed by the teams lack to aggression around the trade deadline. I would have really liked a receiver. Obviously they tried, but it’s still disheartening that they could not make anything happen.

Well we have to move on with the mediocre offense that they have and the next stop is Dallas. The team has had a bad losing streak and they are going in to what might be a must win game. I am very curious to see what the offense will look like. I have heard that during the bye week the team did a lot of self scouting and are looking to make some changes, the rumor is that they are going to use more of a power run scheme. I am not sure how effective that could be considering how bad the line and the running backs have been. But really who has played well on the offense this year? Any changes should be welcomed.

They are going to have difficult task on Monday night. Dallas has a good defense, so yards are going to be hard to come by. Their pass rush is especially good, and if they can get to Mariota early it could be a long game. There really is not too much to say. Every player needs to perform better because right now they have one of the worst offenses in the league.

As for the defense, they really need to focus on stopping Elliott. I think Prescott is an overrated passer and if they can force the game into his hands I like the Titans chances. They are going to try to get Cooper involved early, but I question how good he really is. He’s definitely not give up a first round pick good. I think Jackson can shut him down. However, knowing the Titans luck I would not be surprised to see Cooper burn Butler for a long touchdown. Anyway I have faith in the Titans defense. I think they will do enough to win. Therefore, everything will depend on if the offense can finally get it together. Unfortunately at this point they have shown nothing to make me think they can, but anything can happen on Monday night.

Well Titans fans, enjoy the game. It should be interesting. Until next time keep those thumbtacks flaming.

Ravens v. Titans Recap/Titans v. Chargers Preview

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Hello Titans fans. Well here we are, a few weeks ago the arrow was pointing up and everything was coming up Titans, now we’re lost in a Roman wilderness of pain. Is this the end of the season? I think Sunday was one of the worst losses in franchise history. I simply cannot get over how bad the team played. I figured that the offense could not get lower after the Bills game, but I was gravely mistaken. Sunday was like watching a jv high school team try to play in the NFL. It was a complete and utter failure.

The Titans’ offense is the worst in the NFL and there does not seem to an answer for how to fix it. The line went from being one of the better ones in the league to one of the worst. Both guards and the center are awful. I think they should move on from Spain, Kline and Jones in the offseason, but that might not be realistic. I am a little baffled that they gave Kline an extension. He’s terrible. However, I am still a fan of both tackles, Lewan and Conklin. Although, neither has played to their full potential. Conklin is probably still dealing with the lingering effects of his injury, while Lewan has been banged up. Additionally, I am starting to wonder if distractions have taken Lewan’s head out of the game. His complaining to the national media about recognition and other exploits may have shifted his focus. Nevertheless, I am convinced that his game will pick up.

Against the Ravens, the running backs were once again trash. Henry has been a complete bust this season, and after starting strong, Lewis has been awful. Both were utterly abysmal on Sunday. The coaching staff is not doing them any favors however. The way that the Titans run a two back system makes it seem that the coaches do not understand how to effectively run a two back system. They typically do not go with the hot hand and they fail to take advantage of each player’s specific skill set. I would like to see them use Henry more in the second half and even get him involved in the screen game. Furthermore, I think more quick check downs should be thrown to Lewis. Perhaps adjusting their roles would help, but I have come to the realization that neither are very good players.

Speaking of the terrible play, the receivers were again a total joke. They failed to do anything to even warrant a discussion. At this point though I will say that I am disappointed with Corey Davis. Outside of the Eagles game he has done nothing. We’ll see what happens, but right now he is looking like a massive draft reach.

There are simply too many things to say about Mariota. I want to believe he can be a franchise QB, and we have seen him play to that level before, but as of now he’s been far too inconsistent. Sunday was not all his fault, but his play was bad. Elite QBs do not have games like that. Additionally, good NFL QBs should carry a team. For instance, Andrew Luck has had zero help besides TY Hilton and he’s never had the downs that Mariota has had. He consistently carries the team. Obviously a lot can change before the end of the season, but as of now, I am leaning towards Mariota not being the long term answer.

As for the defense, they did not play great against the Ravens. Recently, the passrush has completely evaporated. Morgan and Orakpo have been total non-factors and Landry hit a rookie wall. They have to find a passrush. As for the rest of the defense, Bates was terrible on and Malcolm Butler got burned again (shocking). The third down defense was comical. The Ravens could have converted a 3rd and 50 if they needed to. All around it was pathetic and if Baltimore wanted to, they could have hung forty. They essentially stopped playing in the middle of the third quarter.

Well on to the Chargers who have one of the best offenses in the NFL. The Titans are going to travel 4,000 miles just to get a Tsar bomba thrown on them. Honestly, I am not sure what there is to break down. My expectations could not possibly be lower. Really my hope is that they can just look competent. If they can come out run a real offense and keep the game close, I’ll be happy. But if it’s another disaster, I guess we might as well start making our mock drafts.

Well Titans fans, crazier things have happened, maybe they can pull it off, but regardless keep those thumbtacks flaming. Maybe one day it will get better.

Titans v. Bills Recap/Ravens v. Titans Preview

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Well Titans fans, after a week of looking like a true contender the Titans go out and do the most Titans thing ever, lose to an inferior team and obliterate all good will the team may have earned. Going into the Bills game I felt that it had all of the makings of a trap game. The team had just come off of an emotional win and was going to play one of the worst teams in the league. I also do not think that it helped having the team talk about how great they were all week and how the media had disrespected them. In fact, I think it created a distraction, which may have contributed to the giant turd they laid in Buffalo.

That game was so utterly terrible that there is not a ton to discuss. The offense was trash, and I know that everyone wants to blame the receivers, which they should, but it was not just them. It appeared that the entire unit was in shambles. The offensive line was bad, and it only got worse when Lewan left. Additionally, I found myself really questioning the play calling. It appeared that nearly every play the Bills’ defense was sending jailbreak blitzes, and for whatever reason the Titans failed to counter it. Logically, quick passes would beat that, but for some reason the team did not do that. I am honestly not sure what the offensive game plan was. For instance, against Philadelphia it was to attach through the air, while against Houston and Jacksonville it was to be a conservative run team. In Buffalo, I had no idea what the team wanted to do. It appeared to be a giant mess.

Of course the receivers were a nightmare wrapped in a horror movie. Everyone besides Davis was pathetic. Nick Williams was so bad that they cut him two days later. I am hoping this group can improve going forward, but as the season progresses I see how the lose to Mathews and Walker were monumental.

The running game too was vastly disappointing, yet again. I thought that Henry might finally do something, but I was wrong. Additionally, Lewis was not great in this game. Although the offensive line game them very little help. However, I did notice that Henry missed a few holes and ran timidly again.

As for Mariota, he did not have a good game, however, he had no help. I feel like Titans fans have entered this cycle in which we defend Mariota after bad games, he keeps playing poorly, and then when we nearly run out of of patience he has a great game or two, we all buy in, and then reverts back to bad Mariota. I am not saying that he can’t be our franchise qb, but I am also not convinced that he is. It is almost like the team is in some weird purgatory with him.

As for the defense, I thought they played great in Buffalo. They did give up some runs, but they also allowed only thirteen points, so I really cannot complain that much.

So here we are, 3-2 with loses to the worst two teams on the schedule, and the Ravens are coming to town. What should we expect from this utterly perplexing team? I do not know, but I think that the Raves are beatable. The Titans’ defense could have another good day, as the Ravens’ offense is average. If the Titans pass rush can get going and they can get in Flacco’s face, then they could have a big day. The Ravens do have some decent receivers with Brown and Crabtree, but I think the Titans corners should be able to hold them. I would assume that rational coaching would avoid a Malcolm Butler John Brown match up. I actually think that Butler could do well against Crabtree, and Adoree Jackson could contain Brown. Additionally, the Ravens have a pair of decent running backs with Alex Collins and Buck Allen. I think the Titans run defense should contain them, even though they have been porous against the run lately. Therefore I think the Titans defense should hold its own, and once again a victory will depend on the offense.

The Titans enigmatic offense will have its hands full trying to advance against the Ravens. Baltimore’s defense is one of the better units in the league. In order to score, the Titans are really going to need the receivers to win their matchups. This could be the type of game that Corey Davis shows that he truly is an emerging talent. He’ll most likely be up against Jimmy Smith, who is a very good corner. The other receivers such as Taylor and Sharpe will have to make plays too. However, Titans receivers are so bad that I am not expecting much, but in order for the team to win they have to do something.

I am also not expecting the running backs to do a lot in this game. They have been consistently bad and the Ravens have a good defense. I would however expect a lot of screen passes to Lewis and maybe a few to Henry. I imagine that they want to get them in space considering how bad the interior offensive line has been.

I think a lot will be put on Mariota in this game. I do not think that the team can win the way it did in Jacksonville, thus he will need to make plays. However, I would overall expect a fairly conservative game plan. I do not see them throwing bombs to Corey Davis all day, but who knows.

As any Titans fans should, I hate the Ravens with a passion. They were our archrivals in the old AFC Central days, and I kind of wish the Titans played them more. Anytime that the Titans beat them is a good day. I am hopeful that they pull it off. So until next week, Go Titans, keep those thumbtacks flaming!

Eagles v. Titans Recap/Titans v. Bills Preview

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Hello Titans fans and those lost on the Internet. What an amazing few weeks it has been. Unfortunately I had to miss last week, but I am back and bigger, stronger and faster. I have had trouble containing my excitement all week; this is the team that I have been waiting to see since the days #9 left the building (or got locked out). Because I did not get around to discussing it last week, I will go ahead and say that the Jags game was amazing. It was a typical Jags Titans, rough and low scoring, and I am glad that they were able to shut them up. Anyway, back to the Philly game. Going into that game I did not have high expectations, I almost thought that we would see a repeat of the Houston game with the trick plays and hyper conservatism. Similar to Houston, Philly can score at will. Thus, I was hesitant when thinking that the Titans could keep up. However, I was laughably wrong and my lack of faith was disturbing.

I feel as though what we witnessed on Sunday was the begging of something. The offense that every Titans fan has wanted for years-maybe even decades was on full display in the second half. It was everything that I thought it would be and more. Deep passes, an adequate screen game, a quick satellite back, and a number one receiver. I was especially impressed with how the team came back after being down. Past Titans teams would have crumbled in that situation and allowed the game to get away from them. But as we all saw, this team is different.

I loved all of it Mariota appeared fantastic. I’ll admit I was a little nervous after the interception, however he bounced back in a huge way, and lit the Eagles up. If Mariota can consistently play the way he did on Sunday, then the Titans can play with anyone in the NFL.

Continuing my heaping of praise, I of course have to talk about Corey Davis. I think he’s played pretty well this season, and I think he would have had a huge game earlier if it was not for the QB injuries, but his game on Sunday was the best he’s played as a Titan. He dominated that game, and gave the Eagles flashbacks to the Kenny Britt two hundred yard game. However, unlike Britt, Davis has a good head, and barring some unforeseen incident, he can be a number one receiver in the NFL-something the Titans have never had.

I can literally write a thousand pages highlighting all of the good play that the Titans had on Sunday. However, for the sake of time, I’ll just mention a few other players, before previewing the Bills game.

Landry is clearly turning into a star, and his emergence has tremendously helped Casey. This is looking like his best season ever, and if he can keep it up, I think he might be in consideration for defensive player of the year. I also thought that Jayon Brown played great. He’s been mostly a coverage guy, but he did a decent job against the run. He really does appear to be improving every week. Logan Ryan is another guy who has looked fantastic. For whatever reason he gets underrated, but he’s been great.

I will quickly mention the issues with Malcolm Butler. He does not look good right now, and before the Eagles game I was thinking it could be that he simply does not match up well against the speed guys, but he was getting burned by everyone last Sunday, including Jordan Mathews and Alshon Jeffery, and neither is known for their speed. At this point I am confident that the coaching staff can alter his role and put him in better situations. However, it is looking like he could be a free agent bust.

Well here we are, the Titans won a massive game and now they travel to Buffalo to take on the lowly Bills. This should be an easy win, right? Wrong, I honestly think this game could be more of a struggle than Titans fans want to believe. The Bills usually play very well at home and they have a decent defense. Furthermore, this is a classic trap game.

I am concerned that the emotional win from last week and all of the complaining from the players this week about not being respected will cause them to lose focus. I can see this game as low scoring and maybe even a little boring. I know that Titans fans are expecting a massive areal assault, but I think otherwise. I would not be surprised if the Titans look to run a lot in this game. It will be interesting to see what they can do, but I am cautiously optimistic that they can continue what they did last week.

Looking back at the last few years, this is the type of game that the Titans have struggled in. For instance, the infamous Browns game in Cleveland is an example of this. It came after finally beating the Colts, and seeing Mariota destroy them from throwing in the pocket. Titans fans expected to go to Cleveland and obliterate the Browns, however the game turned into a boring slugfest. I will mention that the Cleveland game is one of the reasons that Mularkey was fired, it showed his inability to attack an opponent’s weakness. But most of the team played down to the bad competition in that game and really they have had a habit of doing that. This will be a great test to see if Vrabel can reverse course on this and get the team to start blowing out bad opponents.

As for the national media’s lack of care from the Titans, I genuinely do not get why this is such a big deal. The team has literally been ignored since its creation. I guess it bothered me twenty years ago, but I am used to it. I never go to the national media anyway. If get my Titans news from Titans websites and I could care less about the power rankings. The team should focus on winning games, not what some idiot on ESPN says. I guess it’s fine if other fans complain about this, but I hope they know that we could win the Super Bowl and still be ranked twenty in the power rankings. That’s how it goes for a small market team.

Well this has been a long and stupid rant. I can’t wait to see what the Titans do tomorrow. Hopefully they can keep the magic going. So until next week, Go Titans, keep those thumbtacks flaming!

Texans v. Titans Recap/ Titans v. Jags Preview

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Hello Titans fans and people lost on the Internet, I am condensing my post this week due to time constraints. I would first like to talk about the Texans game, and then go over the Jags game.

The coaching job against the Texans was simply brilliant. Really we have not seen that good of a job in years, maybe even decades. I thought that they got as much out of the offense as possible. Additionally, the line played great. It is amazing to think that they had undrafted practice squad players blocking JJ Watt and they somehow held him and the Texans defense in check. I thought that Watt was going to get at least a few sacks when I heard that both tackles were out. I had a few flashbacks to the Texans Mettenberger game. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Furthermore, I thought that Gabbert played as well as he could. Admittedly he was pretty mediocre, but he made plays when he needed to. The Titans running game was disappointing, however, the Texans were going all out to stop the run, so it was to be expected. Finally, it is looking like if Corey Davis can just get a qb he might explode. Besides from the fumble, he’s played great.

As for the Titans defense, I thought that they looked good against what could evolve into a high-powered offense. The Titans pass rush was great. The Texans offensive line was about as effective as wet paper, and the Titans took full advantage of it. Harold Landry looked great in his debut. He was effective speed rusher, but needs to develop more moves. Casey of course looked great. I am exited to see what else this pass rush can do now that it everyone is getting healthy.

The secondary got burned a little, but really that is to be expected against the Texans. Hopkins is one of the best receivers in the league and Fuller, if he can stay healthy, has the potential to be great. I know that people are a little freaked out about Butler, but I am not worried. In both the Miami game and last week he had decent coverage. However, he keeps getting burned by the speed guys. I am not sure why Butler was on Fuller or Stills. But I am confident that the coaching staff will make the proper adjustments. Additionally, Jackson’s interception was great.

The Texans game was a tremendous win, and I would give a lot of credit to the coaching staff. They created a near perfect game plan for the situation. The wild cat was great, as was the fake the punt. I am confident that last year’s coaching staff would not have been able to do this.

Now on to this week, what should Titans fans expect? Honestly if Mariota is out, I think they will most likely drop this game. The Jags are supercharged right now and it is in Jacksonville. I can see them having a little bit of a hangover from that huge win against the Patriots, however, I think they will seek a some revenge after the Titans swept them last year, even humiliating them in the first game. Thus, I can see them having plenty of motivation.

Even if Mariota does play, I expect the Titans game plan on offense to be similar to last week. They are going to want to get Henry and Lewis a lot of carries, keep the game close and avoid turnovers. Jacksonville’s strength is their secondary and last year the Titans beat them running, so I expect a conservative game plan. However, I am not sure as to how effective it will be considering the Jag’s defense does not have many weaknesses. Really, if the offense can score a few touchdowns and avoid turnovers they should be ok.

As for the Titans defense, I think they are going to put a lot of pressure on Bortles. They are going to try to force some turnovers. If the defense can get a few turnovers and the offense can avoid mistakes, then the Titans could have a real chance here. However, Bortles has been really good this year. He has always been an up and down qb. Thus, he always has a chance to implode, however, as of right now he looks great. Furthermore, it looks like Fournette is playing. The Titans have not been great against the run this year, and whenever Fournette plays they give him the ball twenty times, so this will be a good test for the Titans defense. Maybe this is the game that Evans shows up. If the defense can get a few turnovers and make Bortles uncomfortable, then they will have done a good job.

I have mentally prepared myself for a loss this week. The Jags are just too hot right now and despite the win, the Titans are still somewhere in the wilderness, mostly due to injuries. However, stranger things have happened and the Titans’ coaching staff proved to be capable last week. If they can do the same this week, they will be hailed as geniuses, but I’ll be happy if they just keep it close. So until next week, Go Titans, keep those thumbtacks flaming!

Texans v. Titans

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Hello Titans fans. Here we are, week two. Our beloved Titans are matched up against the vile Texans, the team that was given a stadium in Houston nearly a decade after the city refused to build one for poor Bud Adams. This game is pretty terrifying, when the Texans are healthy, they are as good as any team in the league. Last year we saw this first hand when they proceeded to obliterate the Titans before halftime. I can’t help but get a little PTSD when thinking about that game. However, it is a new season, so I am cautiously optimistic that the Titans can do a little better.

The Titans offense is going to face a huge challenge this week. The Texans have a good passrush, and currently the Titans will be without two starting tackles-not good. Clowney will definitely give the offensive line fits and while Watt, who not what he used to be, can still cause huge disruptions. I do not expect the titans to have a lot of deep drop backs. I really think they will do a lot of what we saw early in the Miami game. I think we could see a lot pistol. If Mariota plays, I doubt we see him run much. I think they are going to want to get him going with short passes, and use tons of Henry and Lewis. I could see them going heavy on the run and throwing a lot of screen passes. I think we see a fairly conservative game plan. Of course, they will try to get Corey Davis involved, but unless the game starts getting out of hand, I am expecting a slow methodical approach.

As for the defense they cannot do much worse than they did against Watson last year. I understand that he did not play great last week, but historically the Titans are slump busters so I can see him blowing up in this game. However, if they can limit Watson’s runs and prevent the long bombs to Fuller (if he plays) then they may have a chance at containing the Texans. Hopkins will of course get his yards, but the goal with him should be to prevent him from taking over a game, which Logan Ryan has done in the past. The Texans offensive line is bad, however the Titans defensive line did nothing last week. They really need Casey to show up. Additionally, the Titans greatly need to get their edge rushers to generate some pressure. If Landry plays then they maybe they can get some solid pressure, if not, then I am not sure who, besides an aging Orakpo can burst off of the edge. It is really going to take a massive effort from the defense to stop the Texans offense, which on its best day is capable of scoring over forty points.

This is a weird game, and it is difficult to get a feel for either team. I am hoping that the Titans come out ready to go, because if they come out flat then they risk getting down big early. Furthermore, if they get blown out, then this season has a chance of spinning out of control within the first month. It is not a must win game, but if they lose we could be looking at a full panic. I am not expecting a win, but I am hopeful they can surprise me. Go Titans, keep those thumbtacks flaming!