I have been reading a lot lately about the possible divorce between the Titans and Chris Johnson and I want to put my thoughts on paper about it. Drafted 24th overall, he put up some decent numbers his rookie season, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and punching it in the end-zone 9 times. In 2009, he came up big, producing 2,006 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 5.6 yards per carry on the year with 358 attempts which is his most attempts in a single season this far in his career. Chris Johnson is the second highest paid running back in the NFL today behind the very deserving Adrian Peterson. Let’s compare career stats to make this easier, Adrian Peterson has 2,033 attempts, 10,115 yards, averages 5 yards per carry, and has 86 rushing touchdowns. Chris Johnson has 1,742 attempts, 7,965 yards, averages 4.6 yards per carry, and has 50 touchdowns. If Chris were to have the same amount of attempts as Adrian and kept his average at 4.6 yards per carry, that would put him at 9,303 total yards on his career. Peterson has been in the league for 1 year longer then Johnson has. The other running backs in the top 10 list of highest paid running backs that have been in the league for as long or longer then CJ are Marshawn Lynch, Maurice Jones-Drew, Frank Gore, Darren Sproles, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Out of all of these running backs, the only one’s that are producing better numbers in any of the categories mentioned above are Marshawn Lynch (58 TD’s), Maurice Jones-Drew(YD’s, ATT’s & TD’s), and Frank Gore(ATT’s, YD’s & TD’s). All three of those players have been in the league for at least one year longer then CJ. What does all of this mean? Well as much as I hate to say it, the numbers tell me that CJ is deserving of the money he is getting paid. What do my eyes tell me as a Titans fan? They tell me he doesn’t care enough to remain a Titan because he doesn’t seem to be leaving it all on the field. I think he has a lot more left in the tank that he is not showing and that concerns me. I would rather have a player that makes it obvious that he is giving it his all every Sunday. I don’t know that Chris does that. I want to hear from you! If you have read this, let me know what your opinion on “CJ2K” is.
The Titans have made a long awaited move this offseason by firing their head coach and have brought in Ken Whisenhunt to take over the head coaching vacancy. I think we all can agree making changes at the coaching position was a must. However I get a feeling that some fans have mixed feelings about Whisenhunt. I think he is a good fit for Tennessee for a few reasons, but the most important reason for me is he is an offensive minded coach who isn’t afraid to make the unpopular call when the game is on the line. For as long as I can remember, this team has been conservative when it comes to the offensive play calling….that won’t fly with the new coach of the Titans.
The new coaching staff that has been brought on board for the Titans has made my head spin trying to figure out which direction this team is going to go in the draft. There are many ways they can go on both sides of the ball. The more important needs, however, are on defense. Jevon “The Freak” Kearse was this teams last dominant defensive end other then Vanden Bosh and I think it’s about time to get another good one. The last dominant linebacker that comes to mind is Bullock and I would love to see this team draft a good inside backer to become a leader on defense. With Verner and Pollard becoming free agents, they will need to address the DB position as well. When it comes to the offense, running back is my big question mark. I don’t see any evidence suggesting that #28 will be back on the field in Titan blue next season and I hope that I am right on that. A running back in the draft for me is a must. The second concern other then an offensive tackle, is quarter back. Locker will be the starter this upcoming season, but what many fans don’t know is Locker has a $13million option in 2015. We have all seen that Locker has what it takes to win games with this team in the NFL, what we haven’t seen is if he can stay healthy long enough to play in those games in order to win them. Ultimately, I don’t think we will see Jake back after next season simply because I think he will get injured half way threw the season again. I don’t want that to happen because I believe in Jake, but that is what I see happening.
With all of this being said, I hope the Titans draft defense first, preferably LB, DE, S…then go to the offense and pick up a good OT, and a RB or QB in the late rounds. The best teams build threw the draft, I hope that with a new coach in town, the fans in Tennessee will have the patience to let him do just that.
So it has been about a month since I have posted because of the pressures of the last month of my college career….for now. Anyways, with graduation behind me and my career now waiting for that first job, I would like to pick up where I left off with the Titans. The first thing I want to discuss is how off I was at predicting this season’s success. Playoffs? I can’t believe I thought this team (with this coaching staff) would make the playoffs. To say this season is a disappointment is an understatement. The talent this team has is unbelievable and yet the coaching staff can’t use the players they have in a way that gives them the chance to succeed and win games. As I am sure you can already tell, I don’t feel as though this coaching staff needs to be here next season. I wouldn’t mind if they completely cleaned house with the coaches. Secondly is the quarterback position. Locker isn’t the guy for this team. Your main player has to be on the field, and Locker has proved he can’t stay healthy for an entire season. I am not to sure why we signed Tyler Wilson to a multi year deal. Maybe he develops into a good QB but I don’t know who he is going to develop behind. CJnoK needs to go. This was the worst contract offer I can remember in regards to pay vs. production because he hasn’t been worth a plum nickel. Part of that has to do with the coaches not knowing how to use him, but none the less…let him go. I think this team has a lot of off season work to be done, let’s just hope they make the right draft picks and cut the right coaches in order to move the franchise in the right direction because quite frankly, since the superbowl appearance the first year this team came to Tennessee, they have tanked since.
Ryan Fitzpatrick showed Titans fans that he won’t quit and that choking when given the chance to shine isn’t going to be what he is known for. As Titans fans, we have to hope that continues this week against the Colts. The Titans looked very good this past week, but they were facing a weak Raiders team. I think they can carry on the good play because like I have said all year, this team has the talent. The only question that has lingered over the Titans is, which team will show up. If it’s the team that played the Raiders, they have a chance to go into Indianapolis and get a victory, if it’s the team that played the Colts two weeks ago, their going to lose. The best thing for this team to do is use the game against the Raiders as a motivation tool because they have three tough games ahead of them against the Colts, Broncos, and a surprisingly good Arizona team. These next three games will either prove the Titans are playoff worthy, or show that there is still work to be done. With the way they are playing this year, who knows what is going to happen. As a fan, I want to see them make the playoffs even though I don’t feel as though they have what it takes to get there this year. At the beginning of the year, I thought they could do it, after injuries and the up and down performances, I just don’t see it happening. I hope they go into Indianapolis and get the win, but I am not predicting that. The Colts have their number and after getting smashed last week, they will want to come in and beat up on the Titans for the second time in three weeks. I don’t think Sunday’s game is going to be pretty for the Titans, but I hope I am wrong. On a more important note, Happy Thanksgiving!
They say turnovers kill you, and that is the truth as all Titans fans saw Thursday night. The turnover committed by the special teams return man “Wiggles” was costly and everyone knew it when it happened. The Titans were up 17-6 at halftime, and the Colts got the ball to start the second half. They took the ball the length of the field while taking eight and a half minutes off the clock and scoring a touchdown to bring them within a touchdown. The next play is what killed the Titans momentum, defense, and most importantly, the win. Wiggles took the kick and was running pretty convincingly, until he ran into his own blocker, causing him to lose the ball at his own 25, allowing the Colts to recover it. This would lead to a short field and another touchdown for the Colts. At that point, the Titans saw a first half lead taken away from them all the while getting kicked while they were down. This loss was a tough one because they didn’t stop fighting and was otherwise very impressive. The running game was working in the first half where they saw CJ2K at his finest, matching his year long touchdown total in the first half with 2. The entire team was looking very promising in that new looking offense where Ryan Fitzpatrick was allowed to play his style which is sort of like Peyton Manning, where they spread the field so he can see what kind of defense he is up against. Get used to seeing Chris Johnson going out wide as well. This team keeps playing this way and can some how beat the Colts in Indianapolis in two weeks, then say hello to the playoffs because the Jets won’t get that wild card spot. If they can’t keep playing this way, there is no hope. On another note, seeing the Titans sign Skelton today was smart. I personally think we had the best back up in the league when Fitz was the back up, now that he is the starter, I think we still have the best back up in the league. Summing it all up, I was very impressed with how this team played coming off of a short week at practice and a back up starting. As long as the Jets win one week and lose the next, the Titans have a chance to grab the wild card spot, and the Colts aren’t the same without Marvin Harrison so who knows what is going to happen with them the rest of the season. As always, Go Titans!
Yea so he put up three touchdowns and brought us back from an embarrassing score when Locker went down with another injury, good for him. I have no faith in Fitzpatrick until he shows me he can close a game or overcome a pressure situation. He has played in three games this season, and in every game this team has been in it late and the ball has been in his hands, and he has failed. I could care less what you do to get us in the game, that means nothing if you can’t finish. Numbers mean nothing in the team view of things. The thing that will stand out is how you win or lose the game, and so far, he has lost three of them for the team in my opinion. This is a team game and lets face it, against the Jags, the Titans played terrible all around. However, the quarterback is suppose to be the leader of the team, and when he has the ball in his hands with a chance to make the play, he will either make it or choke, and we have seen nothing but choking this season from Ryan. We all know this is the Titans identity though. They always have and always will play to their opponents potential. They always play to win against good teams like Seattle and Kansas City and they always play to lose against bad teams such as Jacksonville. I had high hopes for this team and predicted the playoffs, but until I see other wise, this team in my book has no chance for a playoff spot and if they do get one, it’s because another team plays their selves out of that spot. The Titans, with help from the Rams, could have come within one game of first in their division, but they beat themselves…again. If you ask me, the Titans need to clean house on the coaching staff and really need to consider the big contracts on the team. There is no point in paying these contracts when they don’t perform. I like Locker but I am beginning to think he isn’t the guy in Tennessee. I think they need to start focusing on the draft. I think there are holes in the offensive line and I think that they need to take another quarterback to at least help compete for the starting job. Being a mediocre team in this league is never a good thing and that is where the Titans are stuck right now and they have been for a while. It is time to make some big changes and stop trying to hang on for dear life. Clean house, find a franchise quarterback, and build around him. The best teams have started from the ground up, we must hit rock bottom or clean out the cobwebs before we can climb to the top. I hope this is the year we do that. We have way to much talent on this team to be this bad, and a big part of it is coaching and lack of production. It is clear that I have put to much faith into this team and that stops here mainly because I have no idea what to expect from this up and down week-to-week team. I hate doing it but I am going to predict this Thursday’s game against the Colts. It’s another home game, and both teams got embarrassed at home. I have to go against Tennessee and say the Colts come in and get the job done. Not only that, but it shouldn’t even be close. Colts 38 Titans 24.
Okay so Tennessee is now 4-6 and 1-5 in conference play. Can we stop being so critical against this team for just a minute and realize what this team has had to overcome this season. Number 1, a brand new coaching staff. No one is going to come in and win in their first season unless they are put in a perfect situation like Oregon was when Chip Kelly set sail for the NFL. Number 2, quarterback issues. This team has started three different quarterbacks and has done so in a sloppy sort of way. Worley was the guy for three weeks, then Peterman got the start against Florida, played one half of football, then Worley came back in. Worley got hurt against Alabama three weeks later so Dobbs took the reigns and has started ever since. The third, final, and most important thing they have faced this year is their schedule. When they played the team, they have faced 6 top ten teams in the nation. Let that sink in for a minute, the FBS had Tennessee ranked with the #8 toughest schedule preseason. However, preseason the only two top ten teams we had on our schedule were Alabama and Oregon. I don’t know that there is anyone who can show me a tougher schedule out there then this one. I am open to listen to the argument but good luck convincing ANYONE I am wrong. With all of this being said we are still in the hunt for a bowl game, but we have to beat a very underrated Vandy team at home and Kentucky in Lexington. I have no doubt that we will beat Kentucky but I hope we aren’t to beat up to defeat Vandy. Ultimately, I think we rise to the top, win our final two games, and sneak into a Bowl Game this year.