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  1. Marcus Peters on trade block?

    JRob invested a chunk of cash on Ryan and a first round pick in Adoree last year, and I think he's pretty comfortable with the CB depth chart; I doubt he'll make another significant investment at the position this year. However, if he did...I suspect he'd pay a guy like Butler before trading away a pick for a known malcontent like Peters.
  2. Dan Orlovsky draws McFleur plays

    Every single aspect of the offense regressed in 2017, and virtually every single position took a step back. I've said it before: if it was one or two players having a bad year, then maybe you blame the players. But when it's a dozen or more players at multiple positions all having a bad year at the same time....it's not just the players. That's a direct indictment of the coaching staff. JRob obviously felt the same way. Mularkey obviously disagreed and thought everything was on the right track and saw no reason to change anything.
  3. Butler will be one of the top corners in free agency, and will be paid as such. Titans made a major investment in the cornerback position last year, both in free agency and in the draft. Don't look for it to happen two years in a row. (Which is actually a good thing; it shows that they guys they brought in last year played well.)
  4. Iowa RB Akrum Wadley is the guy who really intrigues me as a potential mid-round candidate; I honestly like him better than several guys who are being touted as potential first- or second-round candidates. Wadley is a very explosive and elusive runner with a knack for making the first defender whiff, and he's also quite effective as a receiver. His biggest negative is his decidedly subpar pass protection...which is a pretty significant shortcoming. But as a ball handler and playmaking threat, he's the real deal.
  5. Don't care. It's apparent that the Titans will be picking in he bottom 4 for the foreseeable future.
  6. Free Agent WRs:Sammy Watkins

    Watkins would be a good get...but I'm pretty comfortable with the current WR corps. If I'm shelling out significant money on a single player, I'd prefer a premiere FA on defense.
  7. The fact is, the team has had more success in two years of AAS running the show than they had in the previous decade combined with Bud Adams and Tommy Smith calling the shots. Leadership starts at the top. AAS is doing a bang-up job.
  8. I don't have a problem with this. Vrabel is a first-time HC with zero track record and only one year of experience as a DC; he's basically unrankable. It's neither good nor bad...it's a question mark. That being said, he's surrounded himself with what appears to be a pretty damn good staff, which is perhaps the single best thing an inexperienced HC can do. I have no idea what to expect from him in terms of game day coaching decisions, but so far he has done everything he can to put himself in a position to succeed .
  9. There's certainly an argument to be made for Marcus waiting another year before agreeing to an extension....but there's also risk involved on his side, as well. Let's say the Titans are prepared to offer him a 5-year deal with $60M in guarantees, and Marcus doesn't take it. If he has another down season in '18 or sustains a significant injury during the season, could he expect a similar offer after the season? Nope. At that point, he's getting the $24M fifth-year option and his future depends on what he does in 2019. And instead of getting the $60M that he was guaranteed, he's getting about $27M over the next two years....less than half of what he could have had by signing an extension this year. It's also worth noting that Marcus is 24 years old right now. If he were to get a five-year extension this year, then he'd be 28-29 when they start talking a second long-term extension. The stigma of being 30 is obviously less of a consideration for quarterbacks than it is for many other positions...but it's a consideration nonetheless. IMO, Titans need to avoid the type situation the Jags are in right now: Bortles is in the fifth and final year of his rookie contract...the Jags have a big decision coming next year and they're still trying to figure out what they have. Extending Marcus with a reasonable contract now would cost the Titans more in the short term, but it would eliminate the need for an all-or-nothing commitment one way or the other in 2020. And if Marcus falls short of the lofty expectations two years from now and ends up being a middle-of-the-road Joe Flacco/Andy Dalton type QB....it would allow the Titans to start examining other options without their QB's salary being a huge albatross.
  10. In light of the contract the Niners have given Garoppolo, it seems pretty reasonable to ask how/when the Titans organization should approach Mariota's contract situation. Under his current contract, Mariota will draw a base salary of $3.6M for 2018...and the club will obviously exercise the fifth-year option for the 2019 season, which will probably put him around $24M. After the 2019 season, the team will either have to extend him or tag him for 2020; based on the steady increase in QB salaries, either approach would likely result in a cap hit of $30M/year or higher. Rather than exercising Marcus' fifth-year option, it seems to me they should seriously consider offering him a long-term extension (say 5-6 years) instead. After a decidedly subpar season in 2017, Marcus' stock is likely as low right now as it will ever be...which makes him more likely to accept a relatively reasonable contract. As it stands today, a salary of $20-22M would put him in the top 10-15 quarterbacks Should Marcus bounce back in the new offense the way many are hoping/expecting, then his market value goes through the roof. Waiting two more years to extend him or tag him could easily result in a cap hit of $30M/year or higher; this represents an increase of probably $8-10M/year over his current value....money that could otherwise be available to solidify other positions if they were to get him locked down at a more reasonable rate this year. Of course, it all boils down to whether the organization's belief in Marcus and his ability to improve and develop into a top-flight QB. Extending him now would cut $20M of usable cap space for 2018 and would obviously have a significant impact on their approach to free agency this offseason....but it would also free up space in the future and prevent his contract from becoming constrictive 3-5 years from now. And of course, they could structure it so that most of the guaranteed money hits in the first 2-3 years, thus giving the team the option of cutting ties should he come up short of expectations. As a fan, I have complete faith in Marcus, and I'm convinced that his market value will never be lower than it is right now. There's no question in my mind that he's going to be leading this team for at least the next 2-3 years. IMO, the franchise should assume the risk and lock him down now, before his performance and market value explode.
  11. Need a Titans team Song

    I was thinking more along these lines....
  12. I'll bet he's so upset, he probably won't even show up for spring training.
  13. NFLs Neediest Teams - Andy Benoit

    i think the WR depth chart is in pretty good shape. However...one area that is a concern is a lack of WRs who contribute on special teams coverage. Vrabel made a point of saying that a lot of players better be prepared to play more than one position and contribute in more than one role this year...which could be a challenge for the WR corps. Weems was primarily a ST guy last year, but I doubt he'll be back. I seem to recall Taylor getting reps on ST as well...but after him, there's basically nobody who plays on coverage or return units. Matthews, Davis, and Decker didn't contribute on ST. Sharpe didn't do it as a rookie...but if he's the fourth or fifth WR on the depth chart, then he may need to be ready to cover kicks if called upon. Not saying these guys can't do it...but ST is an area that can make or break a player who might otherwise be on the bubble, and right now the WR corps is quite thin in that regard. If it comes to choosing between a fifth WR who doesn't play ST and a sixth corner who does...I think I know which way the coaching staff will lean.
  14. Hiring a coaching staff is a lot like drafting players. Not every hire will work out, and at least couple of these guys will be replaced within a year or two. As long as the big three (Vrabel, LaFleur, Pees) get it done, the team should have plenty of success.
  15. It's also worth noting what was said about Foles struggles late in the season and how the coaches addressed it: After Foles put up a couple stinkers in the final two games, Pederson and Reich went back and watched film from Foles' great 2013 season, identified areas of Chip Kelly's offense where Foles was particularly effective, and incorporated those elements into the Eagles' scheme.....and voila! Foles was immediately more comfortable and started playing at a much higher level. Nobody has suggested that Foles is an all-world QB that can dominate in any scheme .....but he's shown that when he's in a scheme that emphasizes his strengths, he's capable of playing at a dominant HOF-caliber level. Sounds kinda familiar.
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