Yahoo! and the National Football Post are both backing-up Jim Wyatt's report Friday that Chuck Cecil will be the Titans' next defensive coordinator. Once the position came open I was heavily in favor of McGinnis getting the job, but the more I read about Cecil - namely his great relationship with the players and trouser soiling competitive fire - the more I think he's the right man for the job.
As Jimmy posted earlier, Chris Mortensen is guessing publicly (and probably correctly) that Kerry Collins has been told he'll start next year if he comes back. This isn't very surprising to most folks, and Terry McCormick believes it's the right move.
If Kerry is the starter next year then VY's career as a Titan is on life-support, and the NFL is definitely a pro-euthinasia league. So lets all get ready for an off-season featuring an unyielding slew of columns with titles like this: Is Young era at an end in Titans Land? Of course, last season all of the articles were about Young's improved maturity and understanding of the game so...
All of the above drama makes this next item a little curious: Titans QB coach Craig Johnson (the only position coach VY has had in the NFL) is being heavily courted by the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wouldn't you usually want a recent track record of success when hiring a position coach? I mean I think we can all agree that coaching Kerry Collins into a game manager role at this point in his career isn't exactly moving mountains.
The Titans have also granted the Lions permission to speak with Titans defensive assistant Matt Burke reguarding a position on Schwartz's staff.
Vincent Fuller and Chris Carr both want larger roles if they are re-signed by the Titans. I'm not sure where Vinny could get more reps since he's not taking snaps from Giffin or Hope and he's already the teams nickel back. Carr showed some nice skills, but still figures to be the 4th cornerback and primary return man if we're lucky enough to bring him back for next season.
Wes Bunting delivers a thorough Senior Bowl wrap-up, which just cemented my love for West Virginia QB Pat White even more. The Titans should seriously be considering to snag this kid if he's around at the end of the 2nd, or definitely in the 3rd round. He's going to be a great WR in this league and could definitely contribute as a QB down the road.
Also, lets pray the Colts don't draft Oregon RB Jeremiah Johnson, who turned in a solid performance all week in Mobile, AL by all reports. I get the distinct feeling he's going to be a multi-talented stud in the NFL, and he has the skills, speed, demeanor and build Polian loves.
This National Football Post mock draft has us taking Buckeye MLB James Laurinaitis. If that happens it'll be an instant sign that Cecil is changing our defensive philosophy rather radically, because MLB has been less important than our nickleback for nearly a decade... just ask Randall Godfrey.
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