Cortland Finnegan thinks the Titans won't try to resign him because there haven't been any productive talks about a new contract since his 12-hour holdout. I think the Titans would like to bring him back, but Finny could very well get a contact worth much more than his play. With about 1/3 of the league eligible for free agency this offseason, and a young talented duo of McCourty and Verner already locked-up, I could understand why the Titans would explore all of their options before giving Finny his big pay day. I still think there's a decent chance they get a deal done in January/February. All that being said, it'll really suck from a fan perspective to see Cortland play anywhere else.
Here's more love for Karl Klug from Paul K. Probably the best part is that, despite such great success for a rookie at rushing the passer, Klug isn't anywhere near satisfied:
He's got three in his last two games as a nickel rusher, including two in last week's loss to the Saints.
But to hear him tell it, it wasn't a very good effort.
"The thing is, that's only two plays out of the entire game," he said. "That's all I made. I don't really feel like I had a good game. Yeah it looks nice on the stat sheet, but I'd like to make more plays."
He also said that half his sacks this season have been a result of great coverage that's made the quarterback hold the ball too long.
The Titans are worried about how well the Colts' DEs are playing against young, mobile QBs such as Locker. The idea is that the Colts' speedy edge rushers tend to make young, mobile QBs pay for leaving the pocket by forcing a sack-fumble. Of course the possible flaw in this logic is that none of those young, mobile QBs were Jake Locker.
Check out the middle section of the Walkthrough over at FOO for a long examination on the implications of our string of 23-17 finishes, and the difference between average and mediocre.
Former Titan Antwan Odom can pretty much kiss his career goodbye after getting busted for possession of marijuana. Odom was up and down with the Titans, but in Cincy he totaled 11 sacks in 18 games during his first two years. The Bengals released him earlier in the year, after a 2010 season that was marred by injuries and a 4 game suspension. In the past few years Odom has also been shot in the leg with a 410 shotgun and lost his house to a fire. Hate to see a talented guy compound a few bad breaks with a dumb mistake.
If Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, the Nashville Sounds and all things right in the world management get their way, LP Field could be getting a badass new neighbor in the next few years. That would make me a very happy man.
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