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Samkon Gado

  • DarrenMcFarland

    Samkon Gado has never been afraid to hit things head on. You cannot say things have come easy for the 5-10 undrafted running back from Liberty either. He was released by the Rams in November last year and looking for a home when the Titans called after the Stafon Johnson injury in the first preseason game.

    But he certainly put his best foot forward Monday night and grabbed the attention of his head coach.
    "Gado has a good sense of zone schemes, his aiming points are good, shoulders are always square, and has the ability to cut back and knife to get through a small area. And for a small guy, runs with good power," Jeff Fisher said.

    Fisher, then was asked why Samkon played first over Blount?
    "He's a smart guy who's been around the block and we didn't want to put him in a position to get hurt. Gado hasn't been to camp very long but he did extra work after practice and so we told him he would get him some carries."

    Watch this race closely the rest of the way. It will be interesting to see who wins that 3rd running back spot........Gado or Blount? Stay tuned.

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  • DarrenMcFarland said... (original post)

    Watch this race closely the rest of the way. It will be interesting to see who wins that 3rd running back spot........Gado or Blount? Stay tuned.

    I think Blount has the advantage right now. One, he is younger and so he has more potential ahead of him. Two, Blount took advantage of his carries and looked like a man on a mission. He wasn't taking no for an answer, unlike in the first game where he was taken down on the first hit.

    I really like Blount to become our power back and I'd like to see him make the team. Gado, on the other hand, showed a nose for the endzone. It actually reminded me of Chris Johnson where when the endzone is in front of him, you better get out of the way because he's finding a way in.

  • Special teams will seal the day for Gado to make the roster. The question is, will Blount make it to the PS?

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    DarrenMcFarland said... (original post)

    I think Blount has the advantage right now. One, he is younger and so he has more potential ahead of him. Two, Blount took advantage of his carries and looked like a man on a mission. He wasn't taking no for an answer, unlike in the first game where he was taken down on the first hit.

    I really like Blount to become our power back and I'd like to see him make the team. Gado, on the other hand, showed a nose for the endzone. It actually reminded me of Chris Johnson where when the endzone is in front of him, you better get out of the way because he's finding a way in.

    Have you ever heard the term "falling forward" for a RB? That best descibes Gado and that is a good thing.
    You also have to wonder if Blount's past discretions factor in at all into the equation?

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    Jamalsagod said... (original post)

    Special teams will seal the day for Gado to make the roster. The question is, will Blount make it to the PS?

    That really is the question. I think if they could have their druthers, that is how it would play out. Gado makes it on the 53 and Blount on PS. If they want to try that scenario out then you won't see #42 much in games 3 and 4 of pre-season so they can try to stash him.

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  • DarrenMcFarland said... (original post)

    Have you ever heard the term "falling forward" for a RB? That best descibes Gado and that is a good thing. You also have to wonder if Blount's past discretions factor in at all into the equation?

    Here is a good idea.. How bout we all live in the present?

    Did Blount punch a guy? Yes.
    Ron Artest jumped into the stands to fight the wrong guy that threw a beer at him, but yet we applaud him for winning a title.
    In hockey, fighting is encouraged. Everybody still laughs when we see Ventura getting punched by Ryan. But when Blount punches a guy for taunting him... Call moral hounds. Let's label the kid a problem child. Heck, Tom Cable breaks an assistant's jaw, keeps his job, and we blame it on the Raiders being the Raiders.

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  • TitansAB said... (original post)

    Here is a good idea.. How bout we all live in the present?

    Did Blount punch a guy? Yes. Ron Artest jumped into the stands to fight the wrong guy that threw a beer at him, but yet we applaud him for winning a title. In hockey, fighting is encouraged. Everybody still laughs when we see Ventura getting punched by Ryan. But when Blount punches a guy for taunting him... Call moral hounds. Let's label the kid a problem child. Heck, Tom Cable breaks an assistant's jaw, keeps his job, and we blame it on the Raiders being the Raiders.

    Good point. The thing is in football, there is more of risk of these types of players. Let me set the scenario.

    In a close football game, lets say its 24-20 the other team and we are on a 2 minute drill. Its 3rd and 1 and we put Blount in the get the one yard. He gets stopped just inches short, but dude pulls his helmet off in the process. Blount the turns around and hits the guy upside the head. Instead of having a 4th and inches to convert, we now have a 4th and 15.

    They are risks because they can put the teams season at risk by being hot headed. Now I personally believe Blount learned his lesson, and you don't do that stuff with Fisher...

  • DarrenMcFarland said... (original post)

    Good point. The thing is in football, there is more of risk of these types of players. Let me set the scenario.

    In a close football game, lets say its 24-20 the other team and we are on a 2 minute drill. Its 3rd and 1 and we put Blount in the get the one yard. He gets stopped just inches short, but dude pulls his helmet off in the process. Blount the turns around and hits the guy upside the head. Instead of having a 4th and inches to convert, we now have a 4th and 15.

    They are risks because they can put the teams season at risk by being hot headed. Now I personally believe Blount learned his lesson, and you don't do that stuff with Fisher...

    You can't deal in hypothetical situations. While we're at it...

    What if the Titans win the Superbowl?
    What if CJ breaks his leg tomorrow?
    What if the Cortland pulls a "Coffee" and retires in a week?

    It's like the punch he threw last week. Even Fisher backed him on it. But because it was Blount that threw the punch... All hands on deck!! Blount reverting back to his old self. Heaven forbid... A punch thrown in practice. Never seen that before. It's sad. He's not making it rain at some nightclub in Vegas. He's not spitting on women.

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  • Hypotheticals aren't reality, but they help assess what may happen in potential future situations.

    A useful hypothetcial, in this case, would be - What might Blount do if provoked in XYZ manner, and are the implications of such actions acceptable?

    You can't ignore hypotheticals completely. That would be foolish and no team operates in that manner.

  • TitansAB said... (original post)

    You can't deal in hypothetical situations. While we're at it...

    What if the Titans win the Superbowl? What if CJ breaks his leg tomorrow? What if the Cortland pulls a "Coffee" and retires in a week?

    It's like the punch he threw last week. Even Fisher backed him on it. But because it was Blount that threw the punch... All hands on deck!! Blount reverting back to his old self. Heaven forbid... A punch thrown in practice. Never seen that before. It's sad. He's not making it rain at some nightclub in Vegas. He's not spitting on women.

    By no means am I saying Blount should be kicked off the team because its too big of a risk... All I'm saying is it is a risk they have to take into account just like the other situations. Why were the Titans afraid to pay CJ all that money upfront? Because of the "what if CJ breaks his leg tomorrow?

    I was just pointing out the difference between football and other sports. In basketball if someone throws a punch its two free shots and the ball back... In football its a 15 yard penalty which is a very difficult penalty to overcome.