Two Tone Blue Rant

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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. 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.

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!

Second Titans Preseason Game and Other Thoughts

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Two preseason games down, two to go. We are nearly there. Preseason can be difficult to talk about considering that the “games” are essentially glorified scrimmages. However, I have been encouraged by what I have seen from the starting offense. For instance, the passing game appears more complex than last year. So far we have yet to see bunch formations and insane rout distributions in which wide receivers run to the same spot. Additionally, the emergence of the screen game can be nothing but encouraging. Both running backs appear that they can be effective passing targets, and of course it was glorious to see Taywan Taylor take a screen to the end zone. Nine out of ten times last year that pass goes to Eric Decker, the other time it goes to Harry Douglas, and every time it fails. Furthermore, Dion Lewis looked fantastic. The shiftiness and the explosion that he displayed was impressive. I think there will be games that he takes over. Other than that there is not too much else to say. I have however, been disappointed my Luke Faulk. He does not appear to have an NFL arm. Maybe he makes the practice squad this year, but I do not see him on the final roster.

The defense appeared decent. Harold Landry had another solid performance. However, I think it will take time to adjust to the new rules. It is still preseason so I am not panicking too much about them. But I can definitely see huge issues during the season.

I am also sort of shocked by the Rishard Matthews extension. It came out of absolutely nowhere. But I cannot complain. I like Matthews a lot. He’s been the best receiver the team has had since Nate Washington. For the rest of the NFL this is not saying much, but the Titans are cursed at the position, so just consistently showing up and making a few plays is huge. Furthermore, I was surprised to find out that Matthews negotiated the contract without an agent. Probably not the best idea, but I hope nothing but the best for him. Hopefully he recovers from his mysterious injury soon.

That is about it. There is just so much to say about a glorified scrimmage. The third preseason game will be a little more interesting, however, I do not think that we will get a good feel for the new offense until a month or so into the regular season. Until then, Titans fans, keep those thumbtacks flaming!

Titans v. Patriots Preview/Two Tone Rant

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Hello Titans fans, what a glorious time to cheer for our favorite corporate entity. I have been watching the highlights of the Chiefs game all week, and I still cannot believe it. The comeback was simply astonishing. That game was the moment that Marcus Mariota became president!

There is so much to talk about regarding the Chiefs game, and a lot has been covered so well, that I just want to mention a few things.

I think the two iconic Mariota plays are some of the best in franchise history, and will forever be remembered. They were both gutsy and McNairesque. When we first drafted Mariota I had some reservations, there were even times this season that I had some doubts, but what doubt I had has been obliterated. Mariota is our qb and I could not be happier.

I complained about Derrick Henry last post, saying that he ran weak. He must have heard my complaints, because he ran like he was back in Tuscaloosa. He was simply unstoppable. It really is true that once he gets going he’s a runaway freight train. I think he has the potential to be one of the best running backs in Titans history (we actually have a solid history at the position).

Of course, it could not be a Titans blog without talking about the offensive philosophy. I think it has been proven ad nauseam, but they should run more power spread. It is clearly what fits this team and when they used these concepts against the Chiefs, they took over. Additionally, I really think they should try to run some pistol. It may be too late to add those formations, but one would think that they take a hard look at adding some pistol formations in the off-season.

Finally, I would like to thank the defense. After settling down, they dominated the game. There was not one player on the defense that took a play off or gave up, even when the team was down. It really is a special group. They may not be the most talented, but they always give the best effort.

On to the next round!

Foxborough in the playoffs, against the greatest qb and coach in NFL history, sounds terrifying. On paper this looks like the most difficult game that the Titans have played in a decade. It is David v. Goliath. But I am not even sure that the Titans are David. They maybe closer to his younger, shorter, and less attractive brother, Davis. There really is nothing that they can do to win. I have heard that Mularkey is even considering taking the team to Legal Seafood instead of playing. Seriously this game has no reason to be played. The Pat’s are just going to turn the Titans into chowder.

That could happen, or something much different could also happen. The Titans could keep this thing close (audible gasp). I think the Titans could show up more than people think. However, I am not calling the upset of the century.

The Titans need to use power-spread formations in this game. They do not have to run a lot of hurry up, because I think the key against the Pats would be to control the ball and the clock. However, I think running a lot of jumbo formations would be a mistake. Furthermore, it seems that Henry runs much better out of shotgun. Additionally, Mariota plays infinitely better in the spread. Thus, I think the Titans would benefit from spreading the field and running Henry out of the shotgun.

I would throw in a little hurry up, but not a ton unless the team gets down big. However, I honestly would not mind seeing the team come out with the hurry up on the opening drive. I think that could be beneficial for a number of reasons. It could get Mariota into a rhythm early and if they get a touchdown it could quiet the crowd and give the Titans a huge momentum boast.

In reality, I expect a lot of Henry in this game. The Pats are not great at run defense, so I could see the Titans wanting to slam Henry all game. I think they go jumbo formation and run him a lot. Hopefully it works.

As for the defense, as great as they have been, I think they will have some issues in this game. The Pat’s offense is very good. They are going to make big plays. The Titans just have to try to limit them, and of course they have to get in Brady’s face. If they can start hitting Brady, then they could have a chance to disrupt their offense. But the Pats are going to make plays. The defense just has to bend but not break. Similar to last week, if they can keep them under 24 points, then the Titans have a real shot. But that is a very big if.

As a life long Titans fan this is surreal. Six weeks ago I never would have thought that the Titans would get into the playoffs, pull off a historic comeback and then find themselves facing off against the Patriots in the divisional round. I think this season has become a massive success and I have never been more proud of a Titans team. Win or lose in New England, this team will always hold a special place in my heart. I am counting on a loss, but of course hoping for a win. I am ready to see how much magic this team has left. Let’s go Titans!!! Let’s win this fucking game!!!!!

Titans v. Chiefs Playoff Preview

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Hello Titans fans, well it was not pretty, but the Titans did it. After 9 long years, they finally made the playoffs. It feels great writing that, and I really did think for a while that we would never see the two tone blue again in the playoffs, but here we are.

As much as I have complained about this season, it really is great getting in. Although I do not think that the team can get very far, I am still exited.

Anyway as great as beating Jacksonville again was, I still saw many of the team’s major flaws glaring in the game. Basically the offense is still terrible. The interior line struggled all game, as did the passing game. Many fans have been complaining about Marcus Mariota in this game, but I thought he played pretty well. Obviously his running was fantastic, and his 3rd down run with his stiff arm will be immortalized in the minds of Titans fans forever. I know that he had some issues passing, but the receivers were killing him with drops. I feel like Eric Decker alone had maybe 60 yards that he left on the field due to dropped passes. I think if a few of those were completed then Mariota’s numbers would have been much better.

However, it would not be fair if I did not say that Mariota did have some passing issues. Furthermore, it seems like the offense doesn’t know what it is supposed to do half of the time. Obviously there was the Derrick Henry fumble, but there were tons of other miscommunications. It was week 17 and they were still making mistakes all over the field like it was preseason. It goes without saying, but the offense needs to be completely overhauled in the offseason.

So far it looks like I may have been wrong about Henry. I thought if they just kept feeding him then something would happen, and I guess it did with the screen pass, but his overall running was pretty weak. He tries to bounce everything outside, and more times than not he loses a big chunk of yards. I don’t know why he keeps doing this, and frankly it is perplexing. He is bigger than most of the defense, he just needs to run straight and bulldoze people. As of now I can see why they have been reluctant to give him the starting role. So I guess Mularkey was right about something.

The defense played great however, and I absolutely love them. They all came ready to play, and they won the game. They need the defense to show up the same way against the Chiefs in order to have a chance.

So here we are, the first playoff game in 9 years. The team has to go to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Vegas line is -9 Chiefs. Most people say that the Titans have zero shot. That could be true, or they could pull off a huge upset. Here is how they may be able to do that.

I think with how the run defense has been playing they could conceivably contain Kareem Hunt. If they do this and generate consistent pressure on Alex Smith, then maybe they could limit the Chiefs big plays. However, the Chiefs will have a few big moments. They simply have too much firepower on offense to do nothing. The Titans just need to limit the big gains, get a turnover or two. If they can keep the Chiefs under 24 points, then I think the Titans could have a real shot.

Now the offense actually has to do something here. I have said it all year, and here it is again, I think the offense should run the hurry up no huddle early. It could get the Chiefs off balanced and get Mariota into a rhythm. Additionally, if they can get Henry the ball in space or throw him a few screen passes, then they could have a chance at a few big plays. In my opinion, the running game sucks, and the passing game is not much better, but for whatever reason when they run the hurry up things work better, so I would just go all out. It is the playoffs, they have nothing to lose. With all of that said, I expect Henry up the middle 30 times for no gain.

As I said, I think the Titans could win, but I do not think that they will. I would love to see it, but I have no confidence in this offense. Still I am grateful that they made it in. It means a lot to me, but I am also really happy for the players who have been with the team throughout all of the horrible years, players such as Jurrell Casey, Karl Klug, and Derrick Morgan. They really do deserve a playoff game, and I hope that they can make the best of their first time in the playoffs.

Well that’s it, we are in the playoffs. This is one giant leap for the team. Hopefully they can eke out a win. If they do, I will be utterly ecstatic, but if not, I am still very proud of the players, and I hope that the coaching staff makes a lot of changes in the offseason. Let’s go Titans. Let’s pull off a miracle.

Jags v. Titans-The Final Showdown

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Hello Titans fans. What a depressing few weeks. My readers have gotten very little content due to me having to constantly fly around the country for Holiday obligations. Also the Titans have been losing a lot.

Just to recap the Rams game a bit, I actually thought that the team played well. Like most Titans fans, I assumed it would be a blowout, thus I was pleasantly surprised. Besides from one bad int, Marcus Mariota looked great. The receivers, especially Corey Davis also played well. It is amazing what the no huddle can do for the offense. It is beyond time to move towards a spread system.

The defense had some great moments too, however, the screens to Todd Gurley killed them. Additionally, Cooper Kupp destroyed Brice McCain. I wonder if having Logan Ryan would have made the difference in the contest.

Overall though, it sucks losing, however this was not a bad lose. The Rams are one of the best teams in the league right now. There are no moral victories in the NFL, but this may be as close as you can get to one.

With that being said, I will say what I think I have said nearly every week, and that is the officials blew multiple calls for the Titans in this game. I do not want to dwell on them too much, but this is ridiculous. I think this league is rigged.

Anyway despite the losing streak, the Titans find themselves in control of their destiny. If they beat the vile Jags, a team in which one will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy, then the Titans make the playoffs.

It is slightly nerve wrecking. The Jags technically have nothing the play for. They are locked into the third seed of the playoffs and cannot move up or down. They could rest their starters, or they could be of the mindset that they just want to eliminate their division rival, and thus go all out to beat the Titans.

As for the Titans it is hard to comprehend which Titan team we will see. Will it be a super motivated team looking to come barreling into the playoffs or will it be a flat team that sort hangs around and then loses. I know it sounds crazy to even suggest that the team could come out flat, but we have seen this team come out flat in huge games numerous times. The most notable example would be last year against the Jags.

For these reasons this game is very hard to predict. But I do have an ominous feel about it. I think that may be due to the fact that the Titans have usually let us fans down. We have seen so many backbreaking loses, crushing defeats, and spectacular failures, that I have come to expect it. I just don’t want to get my hopes up only to see the team get blown off the field by Jacksonville backups.

With all of that being said, I feel as though the team can be effective when they run the no huddle. Furthermore, with Demarco Murray out, I really want to see what Derrick Henry can do with a lot of touches. I would really try to get the screen game going with him.

If I were the coaches, I would give this game to Mariota. I would go all out, let him run the offense and attempt the break the Jags with the hurry up, then start pounding Henry in the second half. I would not play it safe and hope to kick a last second field goal for the game; I would play to blow the Jags out. Obviously I understand the futility in this statement. This game will be a low scoring game with lots of running.

Simply put, it all comes down to this. This is what they play for and why we watch. The highest drama there could possibly be. Win and advance, lose and go home in shame. I am nervous, but I am also ready to see what this team is.

For fans of a team that has been in the wilderness for nearly a decade, it does not get much better than this. This is the biggest game the team will have played in years. I hope they can grasp this. This will be the beginning or the end. Good luck Titans, and let’s go win the game of the decade.

 

Titans v. Cardinals Recap/State of the Franchise

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Hello Titans fans. Well this has been quite the week. For this entry I will not do a typical game recap, because well, the defense was great and the offense sucked. That’s about it. There is really not much else to say. For this post, I think I’ll just Kerouac it and reflect about the state of our beloved franchise.

Yes, last week was horrible, but the offense had been trending in that direction for a while. It was like a building on the verge of collapsing and the Arizona game was what finally brought the entire structure down.

There is no easy solution. I know that a lot of Titans fans want to fire Robiskie, however, he’s calling Mularkey’s plays, so not much will change if he’s ousted. I personally never liked the Mularkey hire. But after last year I was willing to back him, but now I am ready to move on, especially if they lose out, which I think is a very real possibility.

I understand that constantly changing coaches is bad for a young QB, and that keeping Mularkey brings stability. However, what stability has he brought to the offense this year? Our young QB has fallen off a cliff, the o-line is trash, and all of these great receivers that they brought in haven’t done anything. It’s painful to watch. They need to bring in a young offensive minded coach who can build an offense around Mariota’s strengths. Not force him into an offensive scheme that was innovative in the 1970s.

Nearly everything about the offensive is abhorrent. The predictably, the horrible misdirections, trick plays, and the constant third and longs. Additionally, the option routs are beyond stupid. Nobody knows where they are supposed to be and it has resulted in tons of mistakes. I can rant about this all day, so I’ll just stop here.

With all of that said, I know that there is nearly a zero percent chance that Mularkey leaves after this year. I just hope he sees that his system is bad, and it is ruining his young franchise QB, and he changes it.

I have been saying this for years, but I think that they should run a spread offense with quick timing passes. Mariota is good at short quick passes. I wish they would play to his strengths. Maybe Mularkey will evolve.

While I can complain about the system, it would be unfair not to mention that part of the reason for the offensive woes is Mariota himself. He looks shell-shocked, and he has no confidence. It could be that he’s uncomfortable with the offense, or maybe the injury from last year is affecting him subconsciously. There are clearly a lot of issues. I still believe in him though. However, I think this season is a wash for him, and he needs a good reset in offseason. I think he can get back on track next season, but it will take a lot of work from him and whoever the coaches are.

While the offense has been bad, I think the defense has been solid. They can dominate bad teams, but have typically been exposed against good ones. Still they have over-performed this year.

There is not much else to say. Have I given up, no. However, I do not have much faith. I would still love to see them win and get into the playoffs. However, I have a feeling that this week the wheels come completely off and San Francisco becomes Waterloo.

Titans v. Cardinals Preview

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Well Titans fans here we are, another pivotal game. This one will be against a Blaine Gabbert led offense. Seems easy right, wrong! I think this will be a difficult game for the Titans. The Cardinals have super star receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a strong defense, and home field advantage. The Titans will have to play a lot better this week if they want to win.

As for injuries, it appears that Derrick Morgan will be out. Erik Walden will replace him. Rishard Matthews and Delanie Walker are expected to play

Offense

The Cardinals have a pretty good defense with a lot of dynamic playmakers. I think when making the offensive game plan, the Titans will keep this in mind. Thus, I expect a very conservative approach. I think they are going to want to run the ball a ton. The Cardinals main strength is their secondary, so if they can get the running game going, then perhaps they can have some offensive success.

As I have said in the past, I would love to see Derrick Henry get the ball 20 times. I think he has the ability to break runs at any given moment, thus, with a higher volume he would have a significantly better chance at a few big plays. However, if DeMarco Murray plays the way he did last week, then I expect them to split carries. It will certainly be interesting to see how the running game goes.

As for the passing game, I think we will see a similar game plan as last week. They are going to want Marcus Mariota to throws easy passes that have a high completion rate. I do not expect them to do anything too crazy. At times Mariota has appeared shell-shocked, especially after the Steelers game. Thus, I think they are going to want to get his confidence up and limit his difficult throws. Additionally, it may be foolish to throw the ball 40 times when the Cardinals have Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson in the secondary.

Therefore, expect the boring. Lots of runs, two wide receiver routes, throws to the tight end, and a few 3rd and Mularkeys (3rd and long after running up the middle for no gain on 1st and 2nd down).

Defense

Defensively, I think the Titans have a chance to have a good game. Blaine Gabbert has been playing well, but he’s not Aaron Rodgers. Plus, Adrian Peterson has been ruled out; therefore, Larry Fitzgerald is really all that they have.

I think the Titans run defense should fair well with Peterson out. Additionally, the Titans have played really well against the run this year. Not having DaQuan Jones will hurt. But I think Austin Johnson can step up. He’s played decent at times this year.

The Titans will look to pressure Gabbert and hope to cause some mistakes. I am thinking the defensive game plan will be nearly a carbon copy of last week. However, I am praying that they do not let Gabbert throw all over them like they did with Tom Savage.

I think they should double Larry Fitzgerald, but typically they do not double anyone, so I am assuming that Logan Ryan, if he can play, will be on him, and if not they may Put LeShaun Sims on him. Similar to DeAndre Hopkins, if the Titans can just contain Fitzgerald, then they should have a solid chance at shutting the Cardinal’s offense down.

Final Thoughts

This is a strange game, I guess because the Titans rarely play the Cardinals, in fact last time they did, Vince Young was on the team, thus it is hard to predict what could happen. On paper this seems like it should be a win for the Titans, but nothing has been a given this year.

I am optimistic, but also a little worried. Arizona is not terrible, and Bruce Arians is a great coach. I expect a slow game, with maybe a few turnovers. I hope the Titans can pull it off. It would be huge if they can get a victory here.

Midweek Report

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It is Wednesday and there is some Titans news. DaQuan Jones’ roster spot has been given to tight end Luke Stocker. The team hopes that Stocker can become Anthony Faso’s replacement. Additonally, Rishard Matthews and Logan Ryan are still questionable for Sunday.

In other news the national media has been hammering the Titans, calling them a bad team, and the worst 8-4 team in the league. Honestly, they are probably right. Besides from few areas, such as punting and run defense, this team is pretty mediocre. However, going back to the glory days with McNair and George I always loved it with the media hates on the Titans. Part of it is because they always seem to play better with they are either being ignored or trashed by the national media. For instance, in 2002 after the bad start, they were totally ignored. In fact, they had zero players in the pro bowl. That team finished 11-5 and went to the AFC championship. Again in 2008 the national media said that their record was a mirage and that they would collapse by mid season. However, they finished 13-3. Furthermore, last year the team was ignored and ridiculed by the national media after the slow start. They went on a mid season tear. When they gained hype, things fell apart. Thus, I think it is good that the team is being called out. They have not earned anything. Maybe this can light a fire under their ass.

Anyway, here are 10 things that I think could be true about the NFL and the world around us.

  1. I think Stocker will actually help the offense a lot. They desperately need a quality blocking tight end that is a threat to catch the ball. He’s not the missing link by any means, but he will help.
  2. I think this offense will not figure it out this year. At this point, this is who they are, pedestrian.
  3. I think Terry Robiskie gets fired this offseason. I know that him and Mularkey are buddies, but I have a feeling that Mularkey is going to have to let his friend go after the franchise jewel (Marcus) finishes with the worst numbers of his career.
  4. I think Mariota has definitely regressed at this point. It is a combination of a lot of issues, and hopefully they can solve most of them this off-season.
  5. I think Corey Davis will finish the season strong. I have zero reason to think this, other than blind fan optimism.
  6. I think the Saints are the best team in the league. Their offense is a lot of fun to watch.
  7. I think Jon Gruden would be a terrible college coach. His offense was too complicated for veteran NFL qbs! I don’t get it.
  8. I think that I hate fantasy football and will never play again.
  9. I think the NFL has by far the worst officiating in pro sports and desperately needs to fix it.
  10. I think The Last Jedi will be pretty great, and I am super exited to see it.