Blue Dawn: Titans Set to Start new Era

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What to do? This will be the most uttered sentence among Titans brass whenever the players and owners are able to end their spat and get back to the business of football. What to do to fill what will end up being numerous holes on what was a very bad defense from last season. Several starters are either impending free agents or entering the final year of their current contracts, something sure to keep Mike Reinfeldt burning the midnight oil.

There are not as many questions to fill offensively so let’s address those first. The offensive line was a problem last year. It was not as good as we were told it would be. Starting guard Leroy Harris is an unrestricted free agent and honestly, even though they will, I’m not sure the Titans should bring him back. There are better options in free agency such as Harvey Dahl of the Atlanta Falcons and Marshal Yanda of the Baltimore Ravens. The Titans will be forced to spend money given they are already under the cap and will be forced to spend at least 89% of the salary cap under the terms of the new CBA in order to reach the salary floor.

It may be an itchy trigger finger given the teams recent history with problem child players like Pacman Jones, but the Titans need to trade Kenny Britt. With a new coaching staff in place they need to make a statement that behavior patterns like the Britt’s will not be tolerated. He may be an exceptional young talent, but that is all the more reason to unload him now before he loses all value after another run in with the law.

Defensively the Titans have holes at every level. Each position group had problems in 2010 and it will take more than one player to get this defense back where it wants to be. At defensive tackle the Titans drafted Jurrell Casey in an effort to get bigger in the middle. I think adding a veteran like Tommy Harris former pro bowler with the Bears could add much needed depth and additional bulk to the Titans interior.

Jason Jones needs a position switch in 2011. An undersized defensive tackle, Jones would benefit from moving outside to end where he would help the Titans control the run better with his size and could shift back to tackle to rush the passer on obvious passing downs. Jacob Ford and Jason Babin are two defensive ends I do not expect to be back in 2011. They are both rush specialists who were tailor made for a scheme the Titans no longer run.

Chris Hope is done at safety. The Titans need to find someone who can play the “in the box” strong safety position and Hope isn’t it. There are options in free agency like Tom Zbikowski of the Ravens, but the Titans may have to stick it out and pin their future at safety on next years draft. Unfortunately safety isn’t the only hole in the secondary. This team does not employ a number one corner. Cortland Finnegan is a good player don’t get me wrong but he gets beat like a drum when he has to cover the games elite receivers. This is a need that may also have to wait until next years draft.

Linebacker was the biggest disappointment for the Titans in 2010. Stephen Tulloch is a tackling machine in open space but there wasn’t much room for him to run with the lack of size up front for the Titans. Combined with Tullochs lack of size this made a recipe for disaster.  Tulloch is an unrestricted free agent and I do not expect or think the Titans need to bring him back. McGrath has not performed to the level the Titans anticipated and neither has last years free agent signing Will Witherspoon. The Titans addressed part of the problem when they drafted Akeem Ayers in the second round and Colin McCarthy in the fourth round of this years draft. Both players have potential to be good down the road, but the Titans need help now as they clean house in their linebacking corps.

It should be an exciting couple of days when the new CBA gets into place and the league opens for business. One thing is for sure, with teams required to spend money in free agency more than they have in the past, this will not be the same old Titans. Get your popcorn ready folks, you’re gonna see some fireworks.

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  • TheRealGambler

    i totally agree with an upgrade in the secondary. if we have money to spend lets lay all of our chips on the corner from oakland, who’s name i cannot spell or pronounce. cortland will be a great #2 corner and let the rooks at linebacker and d-line get some pt. scoop up hasselbeck and don’t trade britt. i don’t think he is as much trouble as his arrest record tells. new jersey cops are a-holes. just my point of view… oh yeah, take care of chris johnson too

  • TheRealGambler

    if we have money to spend give the corner from oakland (whose name i cannot spell or pronounce) everything we can. cortland will be a great #2. replace hope, grab hasselbeck, and don’t trade britt. he is not a bad apple, new jersey cops are a-holes. let our rookies at d-line and linebaker develope with lots of playing time. derrick morgan needs to step up big this year!

  • wthomas598

    Nnamdi wont come here. he wants to play for a team he considers to be a contender. Right now i think the team most likely to sign him is Baltimore

  • wthomas598

    i also think Mcnabb would be better than hasselbeck. hasselbeck is only 4 games over .500 for his career

  • wthomas598

    and mcnabb’s style is more similar to the way Locker plays the game

  • TheRealGambler

    i totally agree with an upgrade in the secondary. if we have money to spend lets lay all of our chips on the corner from oakland, who’s name i cannot spell or pronounce. cortland will be a great #2 corner and let the rooks at linebacker and d-line get some pt. scoop up hasselbeck and don’t trade britt. i don’t think he is as much trouble as his arrest record tells. new jersey cops are a-holes. just my point of view… oh yeah, take care of chris johnson too

  • TheRealGambler

    if we have money to spend give the corner from oakland (whose name i cannot spell or pronounce) everything we can. cortland will be a great #2. replace hope, grab hasselbeck, and don’t trade britt. he is not a bad apple, new jersey cops are a-holes. let our rookies at d-line and linebaker develope with lots of playing time. derrick morgan needs to step up big this year!

  • TheRealGambler

    i like mcnabb too but hasselbeck is more acurate and im afraid mcnabb will keep locker off the field for too long. i want to see locker start week 1 in 2012 at the latest. you don’t think nnamdi will go to the highest bidder?

  • wthomas598

    Nnamdi wont come here. he wants to play for a team he considers to be a contender. Right now i think the team most likely to sign him is Baltimore

  • wthomas598

    i also think Mcnabb would be better than hasselbeck. hasselbeck is only 4 games over .500 for his career

  • wthomas598

    and mcnabb’s style is more similar to the way Locker plays the game

  • TheRealGambler

    i like mcnabb too but hasselbeck is more acurate and im afraid mcnabb will keep locker off the field for too long. i want to see locker start week 1 in 2012 at the latest. you don’t think nnamdi will go to the highest bidder?

  • bctitansized

    @TheRealGambler i say re-sign babin and tulloch first

  • TheRealGambler

    McNabb’s Eagles teams were also better tha Hasselbeck’s teams every year too

  • bctitansized

    @TheRealGambler i say re-sign babin and tulloch first

  • bctitansized

    @WThomas598 I agree that McNabb does have a similar playing style. What would make me wary is that both have accuracy issues, but I’m sure McNabb is a great mentor

    @TheRealGambler Great point on the teams differences. The Eagles were always better as a team, and that’s the real point. Both qb’s could have been good on either team but McNabb sustained success due to a quality program around him

    my 2 cents

  • TheRealGambler

    The more I think about it though, If Hasselbeck plays well with the Titans, Locker could be on the sideline forever! McNabb gets hurt every year so Lockers best chance is probably backing up McNabb who Locker could beat out with athletisism right now. I have changed my mind.

  • TheRealGambler

    I want the Titans to sign McNabb so that Locker will start sooner.

  • TheRealGambler

    McNabb’s Eagles teams were also better tha Hasselbeck’s teams every year too

  • TheRealGambler

    But if we signed Nnamdi and Tom Zbikowski I think our LB and DL would come together I t1hink Ayers will be a BEAST! and Morgan is ready to play… I hope.

  • bctitansized

    @WThomas598 I agree that McNabb does have a similar playing style. What would make me wary is that both have accuracy issues, but I’m sure McNabb is a great mentor

    @TheRealGambler Great point on the teams differences. The Eagles were always better as a team, and that’s the real point. Both qb’s could have been good on either team but McNabb sustained success due to a quality program around him

    my 2 cents

  • TheRealGambler

    The more I think about it though, If Hasselbeck plays well with the Titans, Locker could be on the sideline forever! McNabb gets hurt every year so Lockers best chance is probably backing up McNabb who Locker could beat out with athletisism right now. I have changed my mind.

  • TheRealGambler

    I want the Titans to sign McNabb so that Locker will start sooner.

  • TheRealGambler

    But if we signed Nnamdi and Tom Zbikowski I think our LB and DL would come together I t1hink Ayers will be a BEAST! and Morgan is ready to play… I hope.

  • wthomas598

    @bctitansizedbabin would be a waste of time and money. he is not big enough to play end in the new scheme jerry gray is installing. he would be better off reuniting with washburn in philadelphia where he can continue the scheme that led to double digit sacks last season. Tulloch will be a detroit lion when free agency opens. Jim Schwartz will do the same thing he did with KVB. Schwartz will be standing on Tullochs doorstep at 12:01 when free agency opens.

  • wthomas598

    @TheRealGambler i agree finnegan would make an excellent number two corner, but i also dont think the Titans have enough money to throw the 15 million plus per year its gonna take to sign Nnamdi.

  • wthomas598

    @TheRealGambler on top of that the Titans are going to be picking in the top five next year anyway so they may as well wait and get Dre Kirkpatrick the corner from Alabama. He has what i believe to be number one corner potential and is already being projectied in the top ten of next years draft. Save you money this year and sign people who can fill one of the numerous other holes the Titans have and we can fix corner at a later date. For now its playable just not what i would call good

  • TheRealGambler

    @wthomas598

    Don’t ask me to do math but this article said that “The Titans will be forced to spend money given they are already under the cap and will be forced to spend at least 89% of the salary cap under the terms of the new CBA in order to reach the salary floor.” Not sure who we are giving big bucks to after VY is given the boot! CJ should be taken care of.

  • wthomas598

    @bctitansizedbabin would be a waste of time and money. he is not big enough to play end in the new scheme jerry gray is installing. he would be better off reuniting with washburn in philadelphia where he can continue the scheme that led to double digit sacks last season. Tulloch will be a detroit lion when free agency opens. Jim Schwartz will do the same thing he did with KVB. Schwartz will be standing on Tullochs doorstep at 12:01 when free agency opens.

  • wthomas598

    @TheRealGambler i agree finnegan would make an excellent number two corner, but i also dont think the Titans have enough money to throw the 15 million plus per year its gonna take to sign Nnamdi.

  • wthomas598

    @TheRealGambler on top of that the Titans are going to be picking in the top five next year anyway so they may as well wait and get Dre Kirkpatrick the corner from Alabama. He has what i believe to be number one corner potential and is already being projectied in the top ten of next years draft. Save you money this year and sign people who can fill one of the numerous other holes the Titans have and we can fix corner at a later date. For now its playable just not what i would call good

  • wthomas598

    the titans are going to make the mistake of paying CJ for what he has already done instead of using him as a bargaining chip to improve their franchise long term via trade. Cj is looking for something in the 30 million range which will come out to around 6 mill per year if it is a standard 5 year deal. on top of that they just drafted a quarterback in the top 10. quarterbacks always command more money than any other position and this will be no different. i will have to look to see where locker fits into the rookie wage scale agreed upon by the new cba (still pending) but i would assume locker to receive around 20-25 million guaranteed. That eliminates the money the Titans will save by cutting Young and still leaves the Titans with almost 50 players to sign in order to fill out their 90 man camp roster between undrafted free agents and veteran free agents. not to mention the other draft picks after Locker. The 10 mill the Titans are projected to be under the cap doesn’t stretch as far as it sounds when you have that much work left to do

  • TheRealGambler

    @wthomas598

    Don’t ask me to do math but this article said that “The Titans will be forced to spend money given they are already under the cap and will be forced to spend at least 89% of the salary cap under the terms of the new CBA in order to reach the salary floor.” Not sure who we are giving big bucks to after VY is given the boot! CJ should be taken care of.

  • wthomas598

    the titans are going to make the mistake of paying CJ for what he has already done instead of using him as a bargaining chip to improve their franchise long term via trade. Cj is looking for something in the 30 million range which will come out to around 6 mill per year if it is a standard 5 year deal. on top of that they just drafted a quarterback in the top 10. quarterbacks always command more money than any other position and this will be no different. i will have to look to see where locker fits into the rookie wage scale agreed upon by the new cba (still pending) but i would assume locker to receive around 20-25 million guaranteed. That eliminates the money the Titans will save by cutting Young and still leaves the Titans with almost 50 players to sign in order to fill out their 90 man camp roster between undrafted free agents and veteran free agents. not to mention the other draft picks after Locker. The 10 mill the Titans are projected to be under the cap doesn’t stretch as far as it sounds when you have that much work left to do

  • http://mywifemykidsmydogs.blogspot.com/ Que

    I guess I just don’t feel the optimism in the unknown. I think the loss of Fisher is going to create problems. I think he was/is a brilliant coach. I think the problems with he and the franchise (Adams) was when he was forced to bring VY in against his will. I’m not going to make this a long post but I think this is going to be a LONG season. The Titans have a new everything. So until they get out there on the field and prove me wrong, I think they will be another rookie team in a veteran league.

  • http://mywifemykidsmydogs.blogspot.com/ Que

    I guess I just don’t feel the optimism in the unknown. I think the loss of Fisher is going to create problems. I think he was/is a brilliant coach. I think the problems with he and the franchise (Adams) was when he was forced to bring VY in against his will. That’s when a lot of the problems and doubts started. I’m not going to make this a long post but I think this is going to be a LONG season. The Titans have a new everything. So until they get out there on the field and prove me wrong, I think they will be another rookie team in a veteran league.

  • http://mywifemykidsmydogs.blogspot.com/ Que

    I guess I just don’t feel the optimism in the unknown. I think the loss of Fisher is going to create problems. I think he was/is a brilliant coach. I think the problems with he and the franchise (Adams) was when he was forced to bring VY in against his will. I’m not going to make this a long post but I think this is going to be a LONG season. The Titans have a new everything. So until they get out there on the field and prove me wrong, I think they will be another rookie team in a veteran league.

  • http://mywifemykidsmydogs.blogspot.com/ Que

    I guess I just don’t feel the optimism in the unknown. I think the loss of Fisher is going to create problems. I think he was/is a brilliant coach. I think the problems with he and the franchise (Adams) was when he was forced to bring VY in against his will. That’s when a lot of the problems and doubts started. I’m not going to make this a long post but I think this is going to be a LONG season. The Titans have a new everything. So until they get out there on the field and prove me wrong, I think they will be another rookie team in a veteran league.