I have to say that on sheer resume and name recognition, Marquese Douglas is an upgrade over Amon Gordon. Douglas has been bouncing around mostly 3-4 defenses (Miami, Baltimore and the Jets), so we'll see what Washburn can do with another veteran cast-off. Douglas has racked up 20.5 sacks over the past 8 years, though he's only started 12 games since the end of 2007.
There's a mountain of evidence here to back-up what I'm about to say: if the Titans can stay healthy, they're in a position to make this a very special season. I've been saying for weeks that this team is better than the '08 team that won 13 games, and both their raw and advanced statistics continue to show that this is the kind of success that should be sustainable. Listen in to MCM radio tonight and we'll go over some of the key indicators that the 2010 Titans are solidly among the best in the league, and definitely the best in the division.
Add the Titans to the growing list of teams whose players have voted to decertify the player's union in anticipation of a lockout next year. This move is intended to improve the options the players will have should the CBA expire, namely to sue the league under anti-trust grounds. Over half of the teams in the NFL have done this already, as the owners and players prepare to take a steaming, clogging dump up the money faucet that is the NFL today.
Tom Gower of FO and Total Titans reviewed every single pass thrown towards Randy Moss so far in 2010, and the reviews are pretty interesting. Here's a tidbit, but you should really read the actual article to get the full story:
Overall, Moss ran a greater diversity of routes than I was expecting. He actually ran a little bit more on the in-breaking routes and over the middle with the Vikings than he did with the Patriots. Most of the passes thrown his way, though, were from the numbers outside or more than 20 yards downfield.
Ahmard Hall visited Mt. View Elementary School as part of the NFL PLAY 60 campaign, which from what I can tell from the commercials involves Mario Williams taking great joy from stealing your kids from the playground.
Speaking of Ahmard Hall, congrats to he and every other American who has given their time and energy in the service of the U.S. Marine Corps, which celebrates its 235th birthday today! Check out a video from the Marine site featuring the Titans fullback.
The Dolphins signed former Titan DE Eric Bakhtiari to their practice squad just days before we play each other. Regardless of the circumstance, I'm glad to hear Bakhtiari is back in the league because he showed some potential for us in the preseason and should have been noted for more than getting popped by Blount in practice...
Soeaking of which, our man oilertitan wants you to check out this Yahoo! piece which calls out LeGarrette Blount for what several of our more observant commenters pegged as the real reason Blount wasn't going to see the field for a while with the Titans:
• For those wondering why Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie running back LeGarrette Blount doesn’t play more, check out a play in the first half at Atlanta when the Falcons blitzed from the offense’s left side and sacked quarterback Josh Freeman(notes). Blount was in the backfield and didn’t pick up the blitz. In fact, he didn’t even see it. Blount can run, but you can’t play in this league unless you know pass protection.
Don Banks looks at the current state of the seemingly eternal overtime debate and notes that 10 of this season's 11 overtime games featured at least 2 possessions, and 7 of those went 3 possessions or more. Pretty tough to argue that the first possession is all-important when you're looking at trends like that, no matter how small the actual sample size.
At some point fandom enters blatant dumbassery... like when you start getting the autographs of Jacksonville Jaguars players and coaches tattooed on your body.
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