First Take on the Titans vs. Falcons

Another good performance by this defense wasted. Another poor performance by the WRs. Another set of questionable play calls on offense. Another loss at home.


Another great performance from players like Jurrell Casey (3 tackles) and Wesley Woodyard (6 tackles - 3 assists). Jurrell Casey treated ex-Titan Andy Levitre like a rag doll, and was constantly a disruption. Wesley Woodyard was constantly trying to fire up the crowd, as well as making huge tackles at the right time.

Heads up plays by David Bass (1 INT) and Avery Williamson (4 tackles - 1 assist - 1 INT) kept the Titans in the game until the end.

There are still problems with the defensive backfield, but even with both Michael Griffin and Perrish Cox out of the game it was much improved. Coty Sensabaugh is still a weakness in pass coverage. The defensive backfield should be a major focus of offseason. Until then, let's hope for a quick return of Perrish Cox.


The WRs were just pitiful. Justin Hunter is showing that his tenure with the team might be coming to an end after the season. His inability to make standard catches in the clutch show that with all the his talent he isn't ready.

Kendall Wright had a drop too. I'm not as worried about this from Wright. The entire group struggled without exception.

Dorial Green-Beckham scares me. He is running the routes (sort of), but isn't turning his head like he is expecting the ball. Is he just being used as a decoy, and Mettenberger wasn't aware of this or did he think no one would ever throw him the ball? He is yet another talented player that isn't converting this talent into plays on the field.

Three more players with passing miscues: Both Bishop Sankey and Dexter McCluster had passes they should have caught, but the worst was Zach Mettenberger had two interceptions, one that essentially ended the game.

The one positive thing is with the loss of Andy Galick in the game forced the introduction of a player Joe Looney at center, and he played admirably.

Bottom Line

Until this team learns to do the little things right they will never be a good team. Playing hard and with emotion can only take you so far. The Titans sit at 1 win and 5 losses not because they don't have heart, but because they don't play with their head. 



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Where Does The Blame Lie?

This season there is plenty of blame to go around. The play from key positions has been either below the talent level or exposed that, quite possibly, the Titans are void of talent in that position. The coaching staff has been uninspiring and has many of us scratching our collective heads trying to understand certain aspects of this completely anemic game plan. The front office has consistently provided disappointing talent through the draft and free agents with little interest in anything but collecting a paycheck. As a side note, the front office has also screwed up how Nissan Stadium is managed not only for Titans games, but also for other events held there.

Let's start with the players since they are the largest part of our win-loss record. The secondary has been repeatedly beaten by the deep ball. Players like Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Coty Sensabaugh are the leading candidates for the "Burnt Toast Award".

There doesn't appear to be a running back that has the ability to step up and take the position. Although there is some that will say that Antonio Andrews or Dexter McCluster just need more carries. I'll believe it when I see it.

The offensive line is possibly the most disappointing of all. There is so much talent there. Two 1st-round draft picks have had their ups and downs. One injured and out for the season. One rookie who got rocked in the last game. Finally one that is playing a position that he wasn't originally meant to play. Mariota has been sacked 19 times and been knocked down countless number of times.

Now let's turn our focus to the coaching staff. Do I think Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt should be fired immediately? Actually, no. However, if at the end of the season there hasn't been significant improvement, he would have only proved that he is not right for the job. Also, let me address the little known coach, Offensive Coordinator Jason Michael. I'm not sure how much actual input he has into the game plan or into play-calling, but if anyone should be fired it should be him.

However, I believe I've saved the best (worst) for last. The front office is not only making huge mistakes in personel decisionos, but has failed on every front. Here are a list of some of the failures of GM Ruston Webster that should be producing right now. 


  • 2011 - 1st Round: QB Jake Locker
    • QB Andy Dalton was taken in the 2nd round
    • QB Tyrod Taylor was taken in the 6th round
    • DE JJ Watt was taken 3 picks after Locker
  • 2011 - 2nd Round: Akeem Ayers
    • RB DeMarco Murray was taken in the 3rd round
    • DE Justin Houston was taken in the 3rd round
  • 2011 - 4th Round: Jamie Harper
    • CB Richard Sherman was taken in the 5th round
    • Pro Bowl CB Chris Harris was undrafted
  • 2012 - 3rd Round: DT Mike Martin
    • WR T. Y. Hilton was taken later in the 3rd round
  • 2012 - 4th Round: CB Coty Sensabaugh
    • RB Alfred Morris was taken in the 6th round
    • Pro Bowl S Justin Bethel was taken in the 6th round


Also, the ownership group is in such disarray that there is absolutely zero leadership at the top. How can you guide a billion dollar corporation with no leadership. You can't.


3 Reasons To Still Be Excited About The Titans Season

Okay, let's face it, there isn't a single Titans fan, player, or coach that isn't extremely disappointed by the current record of the team and especially the play in the last game. The team wants to feel encouraged during a game, but there are only so many times the fans can have their hearts broken before the cheers turn into curses.

All that said, there are still 5 reasons (at least) that all of us can still be excited about the rest of the season.

  1. The Maturation of Marcus Mariota - Mariota already has shown that he is going to be a special player in the NFL. He is on pace for around 4,000 yards and 29 touchdown passes. As long as he can stay healthy, we are going to see some special moments over the next 11 games. Also, he has just started to use his legs as well. This should open up the passing game, and I expect his numbers to continue to rise as he gets more comfortable in this offense.
  2. Jurrell Casey - This guy is a monster on the defensive line. He consistently makes plays in the backfield, and has been a real bright spot for this team over the last few years. He is a real play-maker on the defensive side of the ball.
  3. This may sound strange, but I remember some past seasons when the Titans struggled in winning games and that was when the coaching staff had to get the most creative. I expect to see special teams creativity, opening up the offense, and a more aggressive defense.


My Thoughts on 2015 Free Agency - Offensive Line

The 2014 Titans had, quite possibly, the most disappointing offensive line in the league. 


Michael Roos

  • Has decided to call it a career. We will miss him, but I'm not surprised by the move. This will open up the left tackle spot for Taylor Lewan

Michael Oher

  • Was cut by the Titans in February, but will probably be picked up by another team; maybe not during training camp, but will be at the top of the list for teams with injuries. To be honest I was excited about having Oher on the Titans roster, but he appeared to "phone it in" for most of the season. He might have been dealing with nagging injuries or dealing with a new system, but it was time for him to go. I wish him well.

Taylor Lewan


  • Lewan showed the tenacity and mean streak you really want from your lineman. However, he also showed a lack of emotional control you also want. I think this can be attributed to his rookie emotions and being thrown into the mix early due to injuries on the Titans O-line. I am excited about how he his growth as a Titan. He will be a real anchor in 2015.


Potential FA Signs I Would Love (or at least tolerate):


  • Bryan Bulaga (Packers)  - He is a true anchor on the right side (which is exactly what we need). My only concern is that he has had hip injuries and a torn ACL. He missed the entire 2013 season due to injury. However, he has played at the highest level including the youngest player to start a Super Bowl. He can bring some veteran leadership to a line that is losing almost all of it.
  • Doug Free (Cowboys) - Again, he is another tackle that fits in on the right side. At 31, he is a little long in the tooth for a long-term commitment. He is a solid player that has improved his game and again would bring that elusive leadership to the team. He has also played in playoff games which is something the Titans haven't seen in so long that the team thinks you can only get there by riding unicorns.
  • Joe Barksdale (Rams) - He could be plugged in on the right side, and is younger than the other two on the list. Unfortunately, he has already spent time on the Raiders and Rams and that tells me that two teams have already tried him out and he is moving on. It would be nice for the Titans to steal a player from Jeff Fisher instead of the other way around.


Andy Levitre


  • Levitre had serious issues this past season, and he is owed $6.5 million in salary and $2.1 million in signing bonus for 2015. With this amount of money he should be a solid player on the line, but struggled throughout the 2014 season. There is serious discussion that he will be cut. With a salary hit of roughly $8.6 million, I'm not so sure that would be a good idea. If we make him a backup, that might push him to raise his game to where it was before 2014.


Chance Warmack


  • Warmack also struggled in 2014. He was touted to be as "strong as an ox", but was consistently pushed around when the Titans attempted to run the ball. He seemed to be confused  or playing beyond his position often. However, by the end of the season, he settled down, but by then the team was hard to watch because they were falling apart at the seams. This is the season I expect Warmack to show us his true talent that we have wanted to see. 


Potential FA Signs I Would Love (or at least tolerate):


  • Mike Iupati (49ers) - He is a mauler. That is EXACTLY what you want from your guard position. However, he didn't have his best season in 2014, and my fear is that he may be Levitre 2.0. For a free agent, he is the right age. Young enough to have a nice career ahead of him, but old enough to be a seasoned veteran. He was on the 2012 All-Pro team (first string).
  • Orlando Franklin (Broncos) - He brings the ability to play both guard and tackle. He had one of his best seasons in 2014 while playing guard. He is also another player that has played at the highest level (Super Bowl XLVIII). At 6' 7" 320 lbs, Franklin is a mountain of a man. I think he would also bring good versatility for the Titans line.
  • Clint Boling (Bengals) - A young, true starting guard that will be in high demand. He might be re-signed by the Bengals, but is high on the list of teams like the Jets. I would love to steal away a player that the Jets coveted.


Brian Schwenke


  • Schwenke is coming off a season-ending knee injury. He was a solid starter for the Titans up to that point. His salary is very friendly to the cap and I am excited to see him back on the field. Chris Spencer filled in for him and did "ok" job, but the Titans 2014 offensive line played so poorly that it is really hard to give a good grade to anyone here. 


Overall Thoughts

Like I said, this unit was the most disappointing of the team in 2014. Almost anything would be an improvement here. There are certain starters that are in their last chance with the team, Others that will get a full season at the position for the first time, and yet others that will find themselves looking for jobs elsewhere. My opinion is that the Titans need more than draft help here. Yes, I see the Titans drafting a guard or tackle in the 3rd to 5th rounds, but free agency is a must for at least one of these positions.