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My thoughts before Preseason

  • Hey all, longtime member over at Titanscentral, lurked here for a bit and now with the season starting I thought I would throw my two cents out there. Thanks Terry for keeping the board alive, hopefully more TC people will start posting with the season coming up.

    Lets start with the offense:
    1) It's going to be interesting to see how our new head coach and offensive coordinator use the weapons we have offensively. Personally I felt that Ringer, Cook, DWilliams and CJ were all underutilized with the last coaching staff. Ringer and CJ should be put on the field together a lot more similar to the Chiefs with TJones and Charles, Ringer has never disappointed when given the chance and is a bowling ball when he hits the hole. Cook should be used like many other athletic TEs around the league are. DWilliams is a lot like Ringer in that he's made the most of his opportunity and should be given more reps
    2) Hasslebeck was a great signing and should be that veteran presence we need to groom Locker. Halfway through the season I would evaluate where we are and see if Locker should be put in. If we're 2-6 there's no point to keeping Hasslebeck in there, get Locker more reps and the give him the keys to the franchise.
    3) Two situations with our most dangerous weapons: CJ has probably around 5-6 good years left in him, pay the man and hope that he is still useful when Locker learns, he's well worth the money for a 5 year deal. The other situation with Britt is more disturbing, the guy flashes all pro potential in the year and then throws that all away with his offseason. His hamstring is a lingering concern and he needs to prove this year that he can be a consistent number one target. We need a go to guy for Locker and if Britt doesn't mature we need to cut ties. It's one thing for a WR to run his mouth ala T.O., but Britt is heading more along the Pacman Jones line.

    Defense:
    1) Defensive line concerns have to be the number one thing. With Washburn and Babin leaving that takes away the best DL coach in the game and our best pash rusher, not good. Morgan is a question mark and if he doesn't play to the level we drafted him to be then we are in trouble. JJones can't stay healthy and needs to have a big year to warrant us sticking with him as our number one DT. Losing TBrown is going to hurt as we have a lot of unproven guys that need to step up in the trenches, hopefully Casey can pan out. This unit is very unproven and we need at least one or two guys to step up huge.
    2) The linebacking core is also pretty concerning. The signing of Ruud was huge as he is a pretty consistent player, but really he's a lot similar to Tulloch. The problem still remains on the outside and getting a guy to cover the TE and RBs. We drafted Ayers and he is pretty athletic, but again, the draft is a crapshoot so you never know with him. McRath needs to step up. Otherwise we have pretty solid depth here, but you need a star LB to succeed in this league and unless it's Ayers we don't have one.
    3) The secondary is going to be exciting to watch this year because of Gray, he gets the most out of his DBs and this is our strongest position on the defense. At cornerback Verner and McCourty both could be solid players, Griffin hopefully will be used more in a roaming FS role and it is my strong desire that one of the young safeties will step up to replace Hope because he was terrible last year. The secondary can only be better then last year.

    Specials
    1) Not really much to say here except that this is the best unit on the team. Bironas is as solid as they come and Kern did a great job last year. Mariani stepped up huge for us and is the best returner we've had on this team in a very long time. Coverage units have a lot of young depth and guys that have been around.

    This team has completely changed from the one we saw last year, and that is a good thing. There should be a lot of optimism as the team's nucleus is very young and has great potential. Hasslebeck will bring a steadiness and leadership to the QB position and has weapons at his disposal. Having said all that, I see this team going from anywhere between 9-7 to 5-11 with a darkhorse shot at the playoffs. The Colts and Texans should overmatch the team and unless our defense steps up huge we won't have much of a shot. As fans just hope that some of the young players step up and Locker shows steady improvement to make us a threat for next year and the future.

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  • titansrule19 said... (original post)

    Hey all, longtime member over at Titanscentral, lurked here for a bit and now with the season starting I thought I would throw my two cents out there. Thanks Terry for keeping the board alive, hopefully more TC people will start posting with the season coming up.

    Lets start with the offense: 1) It's going to be interesting to see how our new head coach and offensive coordinator use the weapons we have offensively. Personally I felt that Ringer, Cook, DWilliams and CJ were all underutilized with the last coaching staff. Ringer and CJ should be put on the field together a lot more similar to the Chiefs with TJones and Charles, Ringer has never disappointed when given the chance and is a bowling ball when he hits the hole. Cook should be used like many other athletic TEs around the league are. DWilliams is a lot like Ringer in that he's made the most of his opportunity and should be given more reps 2) Hasslebeck was a great signing and should be that veteran presence we need to groom Locker. Halfway through the season I would evaluate where we are and see if Locker should be put in. If we're 2-6 there's no point to keeping Hasslebeck in there, get Locker more reps and the give him the keys to the franchise. 3) Two situations with our most dangerous weapons: CJ has probably around 5-6 good years left in him, pay the man and hope that he is still useful when Locker learns, he's well worth the money for a 5 year deal. The other situation with Britt is more disturbing, the guy flashes all pro potential in the year and then throws that all away with his offseason. His hamstring is a lingering concern and he needs to prove this year that he can be a consistent number one target. We need a go to guy for Locker and if Britt doesn't mature we need to cut ties. It's one thing for a WR to run his mouth ala T.O., but Britt is heading more along the Pacman Jones line.

    Defense: 1) Defensive line concerns have to be the number one thing. With Washburn and Babin leaving that takes away the best DL coach in the game and our best pash rusher, not good. Morgan is a question mark and if he doesn't play to the level we drafted him to be then we are in trouble. JJones can't stay healthy and needs to have a big year to warrant us sticking with him as our number one DT. Losing TBrown is going to hurt as we have a lot of unproven guys that need to step up in the trenches, hopefully Casey can pan out. This unit is very unproven and we need at least one or two guys to step up huge. 2) The linebacking core is also pretty concerning. The signing of Ruud was huge as he is a pretty consistent player, but really he's a lot similar to Tulloch. The problem still remains on the outside and getting a guy to cover the TE and RBs. We drafted Ayers and he is pretty athletic, but again, the draft is a crapshoot so you never know with him. McRath needs to step up. Otherwise we have pretty solid depth here, but you need a star LB to succeed in this league and unless it's Ayers we don't have one. 3) The secondary is going to be exciting to watch this year because of Gray, he gets the most out of his DBs and this is our strongest position on the defense. At cornerback Verner and McCourty both could be solid players, Griffin hopefully will be used more in a roaming FS role and it is my strong desire that one of the young safeties will step up to replace Hope because he was terrible last year. The secondary can only be better then last year.

    Specials 1) Not really much to say here except that this is the best unit on the team. Bironas is as solid as they come and Kern did a great job last year. Mariani stepped up huge for us and is the best returner we've had on this team in a very long time. Coverage units have a lot of young depth and guys that have been around.

    This team has completely changed from the one we saw last year, and that is a good thing. There should be a lot of optimism as the team's nucleus is very young and has great potential. Hasslebeck will bring a steadiness and leadership to the QB position and has weapons at his disposal. Having said all that, I see this team going from anywhere between 9-7 to 5-11 with a darkhorse shot at the playoffs. The Colts and Texans should overmatch the team and unless our defense steps up huge we won't have much of a shot. As fans just hope that some of the young players step up and Locker shows steady improvement to make us a threat for next year and the future.

    Great take, titansrule. BTW, welcome

  • titansrule19 said... (original post)

    Hey all, longtime member over at Titanscentral, lurked here for a bit and now with the season starting I thought I would throw my two cents out there. Thanks Terry for keeping the board alive, hopefully more TC people will start posting with the season coming up.

    Lets start with the offense: 1) It's going to be interesting to see how our new head coach and offensive coordinator use the weapons we have offensively. Personally I felt that Ringer, Cook, DWilliams and CJ were all underutilized with the last coaching staff. Ringer and CJ should be put on the field together a lot more similar to the Chiefs with TJones and Charles, Ringer has never disappointed when given the chance and is a bowling ball when he hits the hole. Cook should be used like many other athletic TEs around the league are. DWilliams is a lot like Ringer in that he's made the most of his opportunity and should be given more reps 2) Hasslebeck was a great signing and should be that veteran presence we need to groom Locker. Halfway through the season I would evaluate where we are and see if Locker should be put in. If we're 2-6 there's no point to keeping Hasslebeck in there, get Locker more reps and the give him the keys to the franchise. 3) Two situations with our most dangerous weapons: CJ has probably around 5-6 good years left in him, pay the man and hope that he is still useful when Locker learns, he's well worth the money for a 5 year deal. The other situation with Britt is more disturbing, the guy flashes all pro potential in the year and then throws that all away with his offseason. His hamstring is a lingering concern and he needs to prove this year that he can be a consistent number one target. We need a go to guy for Locker and if Britt doesn't mature we need to cut ties. It's one thing for a WR to run his mouth ala T.O., but Britt is heading more along the Pacman Jones line.

    Defense: 1) Defensive line concerns have to be the number one thing. With Washburn and Babin leaving that takes away the best DL coach in the game and our best pash rusher, not good. Morgan is a question mark and if he doesn't play to the level we drafted him to be then we are in trouble. JJones can't stay healthy and needs to have a big year to warrant us sticking with him as our number one DT. Losing TBrown is going to hurt as we have a lot of unproven guys that need to step up in the trenches, hopefully Casey can pan out. This unit is very unproven and we need at least one or two guys to step up huge. 2) The linebacking core is also pretty concerning. The signing of Ruud was huge as he is a pretty consistent player, but really he's a lot similar to Tulloch. The problem still remains on the outside and getting a guy to cover the TE and RBs. We drafted Ayers and he is pretty athletic, but again, the draft is a crapshoot so you never know with him. McRath needs to step up. Otherwise we have pretty solid depth here, but you need a star LB to succeed in this league and unless it's Ayers we don't have one. 3) The secondary is going to be exciting to watch this year because of Gray, he gets the most out of his DBs and this is our strongest position on the defense. At cornerback Verner and McCourty both could be solid players, Griffin hopefully will be used more in a roaming FS role and it is my strong desire that one of the young safeties will step up to replace Hope because he was terrible last year. The secondary can only be better then last year.

    Specials 1) Not really much to say here except that this is the best unit on the team. Bironas is as solid as they come and Kern did a great job last year. Mariani stepped up huge for us and is the best returner we've had on this team in a very long time. Coverage units have a lot of young depth and guys that have been around.

    This team has completely changed from the one we saw last year, and that is a good thing. There should be a lot of optimism as the team's nucleus is very young and has great potential. Hasslebeck will bring a steadiness and leadership to the QB position and has weapons at his disposal. Having said all that, I see this team going from anywhere between 9-7 to 5-11 with a darkhorse shot at the playoffs. The Colts and Texans should overmatch the team and unless our defense steps up huge we won't have much of a shot. As fans just hope that some of the young players step up and Locker shows steady improvement to make us a threat for next year and the future.

    I agree with a good bit of your assessment. There are few places where I differ. Not sure I would have Ringer and CJ on the field together much. From what I've seen of Jamie Harper, I think Titans fans will like him as a big back.

    Cook has a chance to have a big year and I think could lead the team in receptions, even over Britt.

    As for the defense, they are going to be extremely young at defensive tackle, except for Shaun Smith. Rookies Casey, Klug and Clayton are all getting lots of reps.

    At linebacker, Ruud is a decent pickup and Ayers will be a playmaker. The battle will be between McRath and Witherspoon for the weakside spot.

    The secondary should be much improved. Jerry Gray's scheme will make all of them better than they have been the last couple of years. I think there's a chance for the defense overall to be pretty good once they jell, but that could take some time.

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  • titansrule19 said... (original post)

    Hey all, longtime member over at Titanscentral, lurked here for a bit and now with the season starting I thought I would throw my two cents out there. Thanks Terry for keeping the board alive, hopefully more TC people will start posting with the season coming up.

    Lets start with the offense: 1) It's going to be interesting to see how our new head coach and offensive coordinator use the weapons we have offensively. Personally I felt that Ringer, Cook, DWilliams and CJ were all underutilized with the last coaching staff. Ringer and CJ should be put on the field together a lot more similar to the Chiefs with TJones and Charles, Ringer has never disappointed when given the chance and is a bowling ball when he hits the hole. Cook should be used like many other athletic TEs around the league are. DWilliams is a lot like Ringer in that he's made the most of his opportunity and should be given more reps 2) Hasslebeck was a great signing and should be that veteran presence we need to groom Locker. Halfway through the season I would evaluate where we are and see if Locker should be put in. If we're 2-6 there's no point to keeping Hasslebeck in there, get Locker more reps and the give him the keys to the franchise. 3) Two situations with our most dangerous weapons: CJ has probably around 5-6 good years left in him, pay the man and hope that he is still useful when Locker learns, he's well worth the money for a 5 year deal. The other situation with Britt is more disturbing, the guy flashes all pro potential in the year and then throws that all away with his offseason. His hamstring is a lingering concern and he needs to prove this year that he can be a consistent number one target. We need a go to guy for Locker and if Britt doesn't mature we need to cut ties. It's one thing for a WR to run his mouth ala T.O., but Britt is heading more along the Pacman Jones line.

    Defense: 1) Defensive line concerns have to be the number one thing. With Washburn and Babin leaving that takes away the best DL coach in the game and our best pash rusher, not good. Morgan is a question mark and if he doesn't play to the level we drafted him to be then we are in trouble. JJones can't stay healthy and needs to have a big year to warrant us sticking with him as our number one DT. Losing TBrown is going to hurt as we have a lot of unproven guys that need to step up in the trenches, hopefully Casey can pan out. This unit is very unproven and we need at least one or two guys to step up huge. 2) The linebacking core is also pretty concerning. The signing of Ruud was huge as he is a pretty consistent player, but really he's a lot similar to Tulloch. The problem still remains on the outside and getting a guy to cover the TE and RBs. We drafted Ayers and he is pretty athletic, but again, the draft is a crapshoot so you never know with him. McRath needs to step up. Otherwise we have pretty solid depth here, but you need a star LB to succeed in this league and unless it's Ayers we don't have one. 3) The secondary is going to be exciting to watch this year because of Gray, he gets the most out of his DBs and this is our strongest position on the defense. At cornerback Verner and McCourty both could be solid players, Griffin hopefully will be used more in a roaming FS role and it is my strong desire that one of the young safeties will step up to replace Hope because he was terrible last year. The secondary can only be better then last year.

    Specials 1) Not really much to say here except that this is the best unit on the team. Bironas is as solid as they come and Kern did a great job last year. Mariani stepped up huge for us and is the best returner we've had on this team in a very long time. Coverage units have a lot of young depth and guys that have been around.

    This team has completely changed from the one we saw last year, and that is a good thing. There should be a lot of optimism as the team's nucleus is very young and has great potential. Hasslebeck will bring a steadiness and leadership to the QB position and has weapons at his disposal. Having said all that, I see this team going from anywhere between 9-7 to 5-11 with a darkhorse shot at the playoffs. The Colts and Texans should overmatch the team and unless our defense steps up huge we won't have much of a shot. As fans just hope that some of the young players step up and Locker shows steady improvement to make us a threat for next year and the future.

    Solid take, titansrule19. BTW, welcome

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