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  1. I want to be crystal clear, AJ Brown was a big play explosive run after the catch WR the Titans are not going to replace. It stings. They wanted to keep him, make no mistake about that. Rather than beat the trade to death some more I'll just say this. I'm only talking about the on the field aspect I'd compare this to trying to improve the pass rush last year. In my infinite wisdom last year I argued the Titans defense would greatly improve and the pass rush specifically could turn into a strength. The Titans pass game can do the exact same thing. People argued Dupree was hurt, overpaid, Landry wasn't that good, slept on Autry etc......They slept on Simmons improving. They added Schwartz Even though the Titans are losing Brown they have added Burks, Woods, Hooper, they are going to improve their passing game efficiency, I'll guarantee it. Their pass protection will certainly be better. They'll self scout just like last year. They are going to miss Brown's big play ability and that's something that went down last year. Hopefully they add another big play player. I'm confident the offense is going to be better even without Brown. Even without Brown the totality of the improvements across the board are going to be a net gain. Now injuries can happen, players could have a fall off or a few AFC team could have great seasons and be too good but....... I believe the Titans will still field a very good defense, improve their STs and make their offense a strength again and will be a better team this upcoming season. An "I told you so" is coming.
  2. This will be the most accurate mock in the entire world.
  3. Going back to just this past Dec 7th Jon Robinson has done some "dumpster diving". He picked up Zach Cunningham off the waiver wire, signed Austin Hooper who was cut and now Robert Woods who was injured and too expensive for the Rams. Cunningham paid of right away we'll see on the other two guys. He also traded for Julio because the Falcons were cap strapped. Obvious the Julio trade flopped but it was still the same pattern. I'd also add Simmons and Farley to the dumpster list, both slid way down because of injury but had top 10 measurables. Simmons is the corner stone of the defense and Farley yet to be determined. I'd say Robinson has done a masterful job acquiring talent at bargain prices by getting players who were cut, injured or overpaid. On the whole it's been a large part of the team building and has worked out very well. It's kind of a joke about Robinson picks up players who are injured but the jokes on the other teams it looks like to me. The other point I'd like to make is the Titans had 3 draft picks last year that will be getting added off of IR and onto the 2022 roster. Weaver, Monte Rice and Farley. Weaver and Rice showed a ton of promise and we'll see on Farley. I'd almost add these guys into the 2022 offseason additions.
  4. It's not secret the Titans were seriously lacking at TE. I'd say Swaim was the worst starting Titan last year. He was retained for his blocking and he had a terrible year blocking. A lot of the Titans pass protection issues were because of the TEs. Gronk is one of the best blocking TE's in NFL history despite all the accolades for his pass catching. Even as a declining player Gronk is also still a way better threat in the passing game than Swaim was. He fits the Titans run heavy scheme perfectly and would be about as big a realistic upgrade the team could make. The Titans love to sign a vet and draft a younger guy(Jenkins/Farley) so they could still draft a guy. They also play a lot of 2/3 TE sets so there is room. Video of Gronk blocking(click on video to watch on youtube):
  5. The Seahawks are bowing it up and reports are they could trade Lockett. They'll need to sign Metcalf soon I read the Hawks get 3 mill in cap relief if they make him a post June 1 trade despite the big deal he recently signed Lockett averaged 16 yards per pass last year and is a true deep threat. He doesn't miss games either. Trade for Locket, make Julio a June 1 cut and draft more offensive weapons @BudsOilers what's your take with your Seattle insight?
  6. Both guys are signed through 2022 but I wouldn't want either guy entering into their final year of their contracts. More importantly both guys are among the best GMs and HCs imo. Lock them up long term
  7. https://www.nfl.com/news/ranking-the-14-playoff-quarterbacks-based-on-ngs-new-passing-score-metric?campaign=Twitter_atn The Next Gen Stats crew has created a new metric/algorithm to analyze QBs. Jamal has said that any tool such as this is better than PFF grades so you know this is highly accurate and super credible. Tannehill is ranked 4th behind Rodgers, Burrow and Stafford. Garbage Brady was 7th lol. If Burrow gets eliminated the Titans have the best QB in the AFC for playoffs per this metric. Looking like Tannehill is the 2nd best QB in the AFC.
  8. AJ Brown came back in the SF game. This is what Tannehill did the last 3 games of the season with the #1 seed on the line. The OL has also gotten healthier and Julio played in the finale. I'd also say with the WRs coming back it's opened up the middle of the field for Firkser. Ryan Tannehill: 58 of 79( 73% comp) 616 yards(7.8 yards per pass) 7 TDs and 0 INTs. 125.2 passer rating. In the 9ers game the division was on the line(The Colts had yet to choke) and Tannehill set the record this season for the most 3rd and long conversions. In the Texan game Sunday the game was slipping away and Tannehill made some great throws in the 2nd half to save the game. Tannehill also escaped pressure in several instances on missed blocks by the OL and made off scripted plays throughout this stretch. If you wanna know why the Titans got the #1 seed and are in the position they are in, it's Ryan Tannehill. Rank him where you want and argue he's nothing without Henry(LOL!), system QB etc..... just be thankful Robinson traded for him. For comparison sake this is what Aaron Rodgers did the last 3 games of the season: 67 of 90(74% comp) 628 yards(7.0 yards per pass) 7 TDs 0 INTs 119 passer rating. Tanny and Arod, two hottest QBs headed to the postseason
  9. TOTAL STAT CATEGORY COMPARISON: TAYLOR 28 HENRY 8 TIED 2 Looking at the entirety of their stat lines, it is hard to argue against Taylor’s claim to usurp the throne from Henry. Amongst all 39 stats, 2020 King Henry only beat 2021 Jonathan Taylor outright in 8 stat categories. Of those 8, six were based solely on sheer volume, most notably Henry having 71 more carries and 43 more touches in the year to boost some of his cumulative stats. However, despite the edge in usage, Henry did not beat Taylor in 11 other cumulative stats & lagged behind in nearly all efficiency-based stats. With so many stats working in favor of Taylor taking the crown, how could somebody try to justify Henry keeping the crown?
  10. If you go back to last year and look at the decent teams the Titans have played they have been outcoached and blown off the field. Their last 4 games against quality teams were the Browns, GB, Ravens and today, the Cards. The Titans ran the ball into stacked boxes and were beaten embarrassingly. Their wins over the time frame were against the Jags, Lions and Texans. I was confident Vrabel would adjust. If today proved anything it's that he's doubled down.
  11. I certainly wouldn't praise the defense based on the Jags game alone but the Titans defense is one of the better defenses in the NFL now. When they get Long, Cunningham, Jenkins, Jackson, DuPree and Tart back they have the potential to be dominant. You can't run on the Titans defense. 8 carries for 8 yards against the Jags, the Jags have a solid running game too. They also shut down the Texans and Pats running games and the Pats have a damn good running game. This is mainly due to Simmons, he's a freaking wrecking crew inside. Hopefully they get Jones, Henry, Tate and Brown all contributing for the playoff run but they will not have to outscore everyone this postseason with the way the defense is playing.
  12. The hits keep on coming Elway is laughing harder than me
  13. Huge win at the right time with the mini bye coming in. The Titans are also starting to get key guys back for the playoff run. I 100% believe the Titans can win the SB if they can get production out of their passing game. Last night they did. The question is can they maintain this and build something from it. Everything else is good enough, especially the defense. I think there was a few keys to the improved passing game besides the obvious. I think an undersold element to getting both Julio and Brown on the field is the team can leave in extra blockers to help and send fewer guys out in patters. It's a numbers game, with NKI, McGrath, Rogers as the WRs the Titans have to create space and scheme those guys open. With Julio and Brown those guys can get open, force double teams and make contested catches. Last night the Titans left Swaim and Pruitt in to help on some 3rd and longs and still converted because Julio and Brown can still operate against zones. Radunz was promising but pump the brakes. It's too early to call him a bust but it's also crazy to insert him into the starting LT spot. The real solution would be for him to play RT but maybe he struggles to make the switch, who knows? Maybe he can replace Saffold next year at LG after an offseason getting stronger??? The dream is he does replace Lewan in a few years. BTW, Nate Davis seemed to have came on the last few weeks. He seemed to play well again last night. I was ready to give up on him but maybe he can still keep improving. I think there are some real keys to the defense that are a little undersold. Skrine is a total find, this guy is better than Jenkins and is playing great. He can play outside and I believe he's taken Chris Jackson's role as the inside guy on known passing situations besides being the opposite starter to Fulton. Bud Dupree is a stud. Forget all the talk about being overpaid or a secondary rushers to Watt/Landry. This guy is good in his own right. He adds an element to the 4man rush they have missed. He brings it. Cunningham has been great. I knew he was good but I really didn't know he was this good. Evans and him have been a very good duo. Hopefully we get to see him and Long together before the playoffs. I'd also say Nauqan Jones another really nice role player who has came on. Rogers has had some nice returns the last few weeks, STs could be huge if they can keep that up into the postseason. The Titans have ran the ball well without Henry but it would be a huge bonus if they can get a healthy Henry over Foreman/Hillard/McNchols. I honestly don't think they would have to have Henry but he's clearly an element that would be nice in bad weather playoff football. Especially if the guy comes back with fresh legs. Robinson Vrabel and the staff have been outstanding this season. The roster has been churned and improved and the team is never out of these games. Vrabel has them even keeled and they never give up. I love the direction of this team(LOL idiots). I'd love to think the 2nd half was the start of a great run. This team is good enough to win it all if they can get an efficient passing game, which has been their real struggle.
  14. Absolutely insane. This makes it clear as day Tannehill is the number 1 QB in the league.
  15. Here is what the Titans offense is all about. The 56 yard TD to A.J. Brown is what the Titans offense has been based around all the way back to Mularkey up until now. The entire premise is to get explosive pass plays off of run action/formations. The Titans play 3 TEs and 1 WR(13 personnel)on 1st and 10 and run a playaction pass. The Titans line up 3 TEs all on the left of the formation and put Brown on the right. Tannehill does a play fake to Henry, looks to his left(Pruitt?) then delivers a strike to Brown who scores. I'm not sure if Tannehill was going to throw to Pruitt initially or was looking off the safety planning to go to Brown all a long. The Colts actually did well covering Pruitt so it's hard to know. To simply give Henry the credit for what happens on this play is totally misguided. The formation dictates the Colts line up with 8 in the box. The Colts can't line up in a base defense or two deep against this formation. The Titans would run all over that. The Colts aren't going to play pass defense with a lesser RB in this exact same situation. More importantly the real key is Tannehill quickly looks to Pruitt then throws a perfectly accurate pass right into Browns hands giving Brown the chance to run after the catch and break a tackle. Tannehill has elite ball placement. Only about 3 of Browns catches were off of playaction and 5 of the receptions by Brown Henry wasn't even in the backfield. Here is all of Browns catches. The ball placement by Tannehill is spectacular.
  16. Saw someone compile this on Reddit. Pretty interesting how much shifts without Dupree. There were also multiple games Dupree played without Fulton. Just to stir the pot, was Bud Dupree the most important off season signing?
  17. It's hard to believe but the Titans have won 5 of the last 6 games they've played going by the narrative. This team is the most underrated and incorrectly analyzed Titans team I've ever seen. The overall misconception of how good the Titans are(even on this board and by Titan fans) is pretty epic and I think there are a few reasons. Coming into the season the Colts were deemed "the team" and when they started poorly the AFC South was labeled trash. The Titans were blown off the field in the opener vs the Cards and then they lost to the Jets. The defense was pitiful last season and it was assumed they were still terrible. It's a little bit understandable. The reality.... The Titans still have one of the best offenses in the league when healthy and their QB is one of the best QBs in the league. The reason they still have a good passing game without key OL is because he processes and delivers the ball accurately so fast. Brown and Julio are huge coming back. Good luck stacking to stop Henry. They punted in the 1st quarter vs the Bills, scored on 11 straight drives and didn't punt again until late in the game yesterday. We know the offense is great. The real reason the Titans are a serious SB contender is the defense. I've already heard a lot of breakdowns about yesterday's game and people are asking where the pass rush has come from. The pass rush was good from week 1. I was very encouraged against the Cards how well they got pressure. Murray made some amazing plays escaping, that took away how well the Titans were rushing. Russell Wilson and even Zack Wilson did too. The real key. The Titans only rushed 4 every snap against the Bills and KC expect twice. They are getting pressure with only 4. That's so massive and important for being a SB contending team against great QBs. Mahomes and Allen had no plays over 31 yards, Mahomes longest play in the first half was 11 yards. This is with a patchwork secondary. The other key is vs the Bills and KC the defense held them to 2 of 8 in the redzone. If you stop teams from making big plays and stop them in the redzone you have a damn good defense regardless of the yards. The really encouraging thing is this team isn't healthy and is going to get better, assuming they get and stay healthy. Fulton and Hooker are two of the better defenders, Jackson was playing well in the nickel. DuPree is going to get healthier. Lewan is going to return and he'll also get healthy. I give the coaching staff a ton of credit. They have done a great job. The idea they would lose something without Aurther Smith is a joke. Downing is doing a great job and has been an upgrade. What the staff did with the defensive injuries yesterday was excellent. Robinson signed Mabin and they started him over a struggling Borders, they played Farley a ton at FS and let Cruikshank cover Kelce. Robinson has also done a great job on the fly signing kicker/punters, signing depth in the secondary and OL. I also think Vrabel has managed the injuries excellent.
  18. If you want to listen to a ton of indepth talk about what defenses and offenses are doing right now and the chess matches that go on this is a great listen. They talk about teams playing less single high, creating pressure with 4 instead of blitzing, teams playing so much 46 defensive fronts on early downs etc..... They also talk about how much more McVay can do with Stafford and how limited he was with Goff. It's really good stuff if your into the nerdy indepth stuff
  19. I'm still very high on the potential of this team to be a SB contender. With an emphasis on potential. Some of the fan overreaction after the Jets loss is just stupid. The Titans have one of the best QBs in the league. If you don't understand that or disagree don't bother debating it in this thread. Having one of the best QBs in the league gives an NFL team a huge advantage. I believe I and most others down played the lack of practice in training camp by a lot of core players, especially the OL as a whole. They were either coming off injuries, injured or had covid. In hindsight the disasters against the Cards and Jets concerning protection isn't really a surprise. This is something that can improve. I do not believe the OL is some disaster that cannot be fixed. Lewan will likely improve and get healthier. The unit will likely start to gel, as has been the case in recent seasons. Swaim is a real issue, Pruitt isn't really a great inline blocker and Firkser is purely a pass catcher. Barring a trade this isn't likely to get a lot better. The biggest concerns through 4 games is the Titans are giving up way too many big plays and they are not making enough themselves. Against the Jets the defense was actually pretty solid aside from about 4 monster plays. This was also a problem vs the Seahawks and Cards. Defensively: They really need Hooker back. Crunk is a box safety who is better closer to the LOS. The Jets really exposed him. Also they have to keep Fulton outside. Moving him inside was terrible, he's not nearly as good and you lose his outside coverage ability, Borders gave up a long TD replacing Fulton outside. Crunk needs to play in the big nickel(3 safeties) and play closer to the LOS like he did vs the Colts. Once again, this is a work in progress and should be able to improve and guys get healthy. Molden and Farley would be bonuses if they can contribute at some point. Dupree was injured late and we all knew if he contributed it was going to be down the stretch and hopefully in a playoff run. Since the pass rush has been a good surprise managing him early is the right decision imo. Hopefully he's another source of improvement as the season goes on. Offensively: Obviously the lack of big plays is killing the scoring and offense. The last two weeks, the 3 biggest plays vs the Jets were all to RBs, two to McNichols on passes and a 22 yard run from Henry. Vs the Colts a Tanny Scramble and a pass to Swaim all under 30 yards. Obviously not having AJ is massive, that guy can score from anywhere and Julio is a big play WR. Just getting those two back is massive. The Jets would have had to play more 7 man fronts had those guys played. But I also think they need Johnson to play, hopefully this week. It sounds bad for Julio and Brown playing vs the Jags to me. Reynolds looks weak to me, they need Johnson's big play ability. I also think Evans can improve the offense. He's a much better version of McNichols and is also a legit zone runner. He'll add a dimension with the ability to run or catch in base formations. They have to start resting Henry more. I don't give two shits about the rushing title or 2k yards. Henry needs to be fresh for a run. Evans can be used well by Downing. As for the kicker and punter situations. Blaming Robinson for that is ridiculous. They had injuries here and there aren't probowl kickers on the streets. The Titans need to get and stay healthy (this is luck and no guarantee). They need to stay a top in the division while things come together. My opinion of this team hasn't changed. No one needs to get fired, Vrabel and Robinson are not idiots(Vrabel is a meathead) and I think they are smart guys who will make the necessary fixes
  20. I think after playing the Cards, @Seattle and now the Colts the Titans are about were we would have hoped, 2-1 and in control of the division. Barring a complete implosion they should win the next two against the Jets and Jags. First and foremost the loss of Arthur Smith isn't a loss in the least. I've maintained the OC doesn't matter nearly to the degree of the QB. I was laughing hearing NE fans criticize Josh McDaniels being a product of Brady now that the NE offense sucks. No shit. The Titans have added empty sets(5 wide) and implementing the RB into the passing game. I think the Titans need Marcus Johnson back on the field to give the offense a big fast WR to fill in for Brown and/or Jones when they miss time. They also need a healthy Evans to make better use of the RB targets. There is no way Henry can maintain this workload. They have to scale back his touches. I don't care how he works out, he can't do this over 17 games. He needs to be fresh down the stretch. The best thing after 3 games is the Titans appear to be good at rushing the passer. It was pretty obvious the coverage would be better with all the additions but the pass rush was still a concern. Landry has stepped up. Simmons and Autry are good inside disrupters and Adeniy has been a hidden gem. David Long played every snap yesterday with Jayon Brown gimpy(he only played 10 snaps). Long makes plays and has really helped the defense. The secondary is not only improved but they have real depth. Borders comes in for Fulton and makes a key pass breakup in the endzone. Molden struggles and Chris Jackson mans the nickel spot. Hooker is out and Cruikshank excels. This is without Farley doing anything and Hooker out. The defense held Seattle to 6 points in the 2nd half last week on a blown coverage and stone walled the Colts yesterday. They need to clean up sloppy play and get healthy, otherwise I think the Titans are right where we'd hope. BTW, no one is noticing the Titans
  21. Only two players in NBA history have accounted for 91 points or more in a game (points scored plus points off assists), Harden and Chamberlain (104 points total). Now Harden is the first to do it twice, accounting for 91 points Sunday night after accounting for 95 points in a game last season.
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