NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 24: Dawan Landry #26 of the Jacksonville Jaguars tackles Jared Cook #89 of the Tennessee Titans after a first down reception during play at LP Field on December 24, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Ryan Van Bibber is still going through the process of ranking each position group on each team. Today he has posted his rankings for tight ends, and he has the Titans at 24th. That is nothing short of ridiculous. Here is what he had to say about them:
Jared Cook had a breakout year in 2011. He caught 49 passes for 759 yards and three touchdowns, with an impressive 15.5 yards per catch. This is the final year of his rookie contract, which makes you wonder if he could be in for even bigger numbers. Tennessee liked blocking specialist Craig Stevens enough to give him a four-year, $15 million contract extension.Let's go through this line by line. There is no argument that the Patriots have the best group in the league, and you cannot argue with where he ranks the Saints, 49ers, Chargers and Cowboys, but I would contend that the Titans should be right there after those teams.
After the Cowboys at #5 he has the Broncos with Jacob Tamme and Joel Dressen. Sure, Tamme had a good year with Clark injured as Van Bibber mentioned, but there is no NFL defensive coordinator that fears Jacob Tamme.
I would make the case that the Lions and the Redskins, the next two teams in the rankings, are better than the two I just mentioned, and would be in the mix with the Titans. You also have the Packers a little bit down the list who have Jermichael Finley. Tamme cannot carry Finley's jock.
That is just a few of the groups that are listed ahead of the Titans. You can read the list for yourself, and I think you will agree that Cook, even with his inconsistencies, strikes more fear in the hearts of defensive coordinators than anyone else listed between numbers 12 and 23.