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  1. Man, I get to make a comeback with a wholly negative post. I am stoked. QB position is weaker. MM wasn't much of a starter but he was the best back up in the NFL. (not a complement). RB position has no proven depth behind Henry. WR should be a strength, though Sharpe was an underrated 3rd down guy. TE is all about whether Jonnu can stay healthy. He was dangerous last season. The rest of the room are complementary pieces. An Hback, a 6th OL, etc. OL has a big old question mark at T. Kelly may be fine, but clearly in my mind a downgrade from Conklin's play last season. DL without Casey and without Johnson for depth not close to as good as it was last season. LB room will miss Woodyard's leadership, but I like the quality and depth here. Evans and Brown inside are underrated good, and plenty of capable bodies outside ... particularly if Beasley rediscovers his mojo. DB starts with outstanding safety quality and depth. Love that position for this team. Jackson, Butler and the kid from LSU have some work to do. I really liked Logan Ryan and his price tag for one year was a cheap insurance policy ... but I think this group is plenty salty. So, in total, give me last year's roster over this one. My real concerns lie in our ability to stop the run without Casey, Johnson and Woodyard - and our ability to protect Tannehill - with the loss of Conklin and Davis still growing into the pass protection role. If Tanne goes down - death - but that's true of almost every NFL team. Still think we are contenders more than pretenders. As proven last season, our challenge for a decade has been at starting QB and I don't think its fair to discount Tannehill's season last year as a fluke. Too accurate. Too sound decision making. Still with plenty of athleticism even at 32.
  2. I would bet my last penny that the phrase: "Dunning Kruger effect is mofo." was just spoken into truth for the first time on Titans Report. Got to love sports.
  3. When considering a Titan draft choice, the first prism to consider is "smash mouth". We like words 'hitter', 'mauler', 'old school', 'tough', 'physical'. Finesse need not apply.
  4. When we entered free agency I thought to myself - this team needs to get rid of Conklin and Casey. We really need to focus on guys like Sambrailo and Pruitt. Man did I nail this offseason.
  5. Tannehill at $25, Beasley at $12, Kelly at $7 and Henry at $10.8. And Henry won't be happy. And Beasley is a one year deal. NFL money is the definition of stupid money. Worst part. This may well have been the best way to spend it.
  6. If there is one thing I have learned in 20+ years on-line here and similar sites - do not get into a war of words with old school.
  7. Whether it is a 2 year deal or a 4 year deal, he is our franchise QB. No, we don't have Patrick Maholmes. But very few teams do. If he is a top 12 QB, the deal was worth making. And despite the calendar, he is far from an old 32. He is a guy who could have played WR. Unusual athlete. Titans scheme seems to fit him. He cut down on the brain dead turnovers that killed him in Miami. And how he has the financial security to play the game without fear that he is going to be replaced. This has every chance of working. Or not. But I would far rather focus on the possible. . Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: $35 million 2. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger: $34 million 3.Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: $33.5 million 3. Rams QB Jared Goff: $33.5 million 5. Eagles QB Carson Wentz: $32 million 6. Falcons QB Matt Ryan: $30 million 7. Vikings QB Kirk Cousins: $28 million 8. Colts QB Jacoby Brissett: $27.98 million 9. 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo: $27.5 million 10. Lions QB Matthew Stafford: $27 million
  8. Whether it is a 2 year deal or a 4 year deal, he is our franchise QB. No, we don't have Patrick Maholmes. But very few teams do. If he is a top 12 QB, the deal was worth making. And despite the calendar, he is far from an old 32. He is a guy who could have played WR. Unusual athlete. Titans scheme seems to fit him. He cut down on the brain dead turnovers that killed him in Miami. And how he has the financial security to play the game without fear that he is going to be replaced. This has every chance of working. Or not. But I would far rather focus on the possible.
  9. He is a half of one year proven. The first five years in the league say he isn't the guy we saw. He is now paid top 5 and no one here believes he is a top 5 QB. This deal can work out (thus, I said pay him). But in truth, he is much more likely to be Nick Foles than he is to be Andrew Luck.
  10. It is an over pay. It is a huge risk. JRob was smart to do it. At no point in his career did MM ever earn this. RT earned the deal. And while it is a huge contract today, Prescott then Maholmes will soon get deals that make this look small. the best part is that jrob now can work with Henry and Conklin or franchise as needed. smart. Risky. Next.
  11. How can you imagine this discussion until you have sorted out free agency. At this moment Titans aren't a team with multiple needs. They are a team that can use another impact player. But by the end of March, we may be a team in need of a RT, RB, DB etc. I know its a message board and we post to have something to talk about ... but ... free agency will dictate draft strategy. It always does.
  12. I thought the OP was both fair and accurate. RT DID give us the best QB play seen around here since Mac. RT does still have some tread left on his tires. But I think there is a limit to how much money you can give RT. He isn't elite. He is very good. Can't hamstring cap with a $30 million annual contract. Can't give him 5 years at age 31 (guy is tough as hell, but he has taken a beating on a bad Dolphins team). At the right number and the right length deal ($20 - $25 / 3 years with club options), sure. Regardless, a mid level prospect who can be had a few rounds into the draft makes sense. And then a legit backup to him at a club friendly price (Case Keenum). RT is a very good QB. We just have to be smart about the investment.
  13. We played with house money today. Got beat by a better team with probably the best QB in football today. He was special. I haven't read a thing on the board. But I can't feel badly about a team that overachieved. They played a good football game today. They had one brutally bad PI call on Brock, but all in all, if was a well played game - Chiefs played nearly perfect football. So it goes. A few of the most important highlights from the past season: Derrick Henry emerged as a top 5 back in the league. Jonnu Smith, Anthony Firkser and Pruitt eliminated the need to resign Delanie. Roger Saffold and young Davis along with Ben Jones cleaned up the middle of the field and proved to be dominant run blockers (until today). Resigning or at least franchising Jack Conklin would bring back an offensive line that is as good at run blocking as it gets. AJ Brown proved to be a true #1, and Corey Davis and Adam Humphries appear to be the perfect complement. Rashaun Evans, Harold Landry, Jayon Brown, David Long, Correa and Roberson give the Titans a really athletic group of linebackers still with room to improve. Simmons, Jones and Casey are stout up front, And Simmons will only be better next year with a full offseason to rehab. Vacarro, Byard, Jackson, Hooker, Butler - even Brock -- its not the best secondary in the league, but its a very good one. Mike Vrabel continued to grow into his role. Always a master motivator. Clearly good in helping to develop talent. And getting better as a game manager. Arthur Smith proved to be more than capable as OC. Dean Pees remains a Top 5 DC. Brett Kern makes the punt game elite. We were almost alway better in the 2nd half of each game. We were rarely undisciplined in terms of taking mindless penalties (once Taylor got his shit together). It became clear and obvious even to the nut jockeys like myself that MM needs to play for another team next season (or resign at a low one-year contract as a back-up to our starting QB). In total, you have to give it to Jon Robinson and staff. Exceptional draft. Great free agency year. Incredible trade for Tannehill who in every way was the reason that our season went from outhouse to penthouse. That said, decisions in this upcoming offseason will be monumental. Decision to resign Ryan Tannehill. For me, this isn't a no-brainer based on his playoff performance. Not that it was bad. It was OK. Like Joe Flacco's two Super Bowl runs. Tannehill was great in the regular season. But what we saw today was the difference between Mahomes elite QB play and Ryan's good QB play. I think the Tannehill will be a capable starter for the Titans for 3-4 seasons PROVIDED that he signs at a number which would allow the team to keep Henry and Conklin. He simply isn't elite. We can't afford to put $100 million in his wallet for 3-4 years. It eats too much cap space and buys a good not great QB. Now, 3 years for $63 million with a club option for a 4th at $25 million (never to be exercised) and I think we have a QB. Otherwise we have to look at the free agent market and decide if we are just as well off with an Andy Dalton on a two-year prove it contract of a Philip Rivers on a one year Super Bowl or bust kind of a deal. Decision to resign Jack Conklin. Titans have a ton of money invested upfront in Lewan and Saffold. Jones and Davis are relatively low cost. Conklin for me is a lot like Tannehill. He has proven to be an above average RT. Not sure if he will be worth the 5 year/$$75 million it will take to keep him. Now, if the Titans choose to franchise Conklin knowing that they have a deal in place with Tannehill, that is the clear path to take. Decision to resign Logan Ryan. I think the best DB on the team, but think the decision comes down to either keeping him or trying to resign Jackson long term. If Brock can be resigned. And if Butler is healthy. Then moving Jackson inside to replace Ryan is possible. And I still think Hooker has a chance to be very good. Decisions are likely already made on both Woodyard and Walker and Bates - but those are three big time vet presence players - and while their prime is past, wonder if a low cost vet contract might be tendered to either of the final two. And the toughest decision of all - resigning Derrick Henry. He will command a $13 - $15 million annual contract at a position that isn't getting that kind of roster cost around the league. Of all the Titan free agents, he is the one that I would most want to Franchise. No signs of aging to date. But when his speed goes, his value will diminish rapidly. Of course, the free agency decisions impact the draft decisions, and obviously will also impact our own free agent pursuits. Along with all the big names, Firkser, Pruitt, Kelly, Austin Johnson, Correa, Sims and Sharpe are all able to explore free agency. For me, Correa, Pruitt and Firkser need to be brought back, and both Johnson and Kelly are valuable depth. The season was fun - at least the second half of the season and the surprising playoff run. This offseason is pivotal. Get it wrong and we stumble back into mediocrity. Get it right and we are well positioned to contend for at least 3 more years. Looking forward to seeing it unfold. Oh, a final thanks to Marcus. As always, you made me wrong about the QB of the future, but the kind of guy that made it easy to support -- wrongheadedly. #TitanUp

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