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Tennessee Titans Morning Links: The Rise Of Ringer Edition

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Yeah, that's exactly how they teach you to throw it...
Yeah, that's exactly how they teach you to throw it...

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Javon Ringer is settling into his role as the back-up to Chris Johnson after what was widely recognized as a rookie year that amounted to a professional red shirt year. The rest was probably needed after Ringer carried an enormous load throughout his career at Michigan State. This off-season Ringer put on 9 lbs., and claims that it actually had the unintended effect of increasing his explosiveness. Also benefiting the young, promising back was the chance to run with the first team through OTAs while CJ2K was lobbying for a new contract.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Get to know Titans rookie, and MCM correspondent, Alterraun Verner a little better with Jim Wyatt's 5 Questions series.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Congratulations to Eric Bakhtiari for getting a sack last Saturday night after I joked about him starting during the preceding Wednesday's MCM podcast. Bakhtiari and free agent signee Jason Babin both ended up with sacks on Saturday. Babin, rocking KVB's old 93 jersey, looked like he's on track to be Jim Washburn's latest successful reclamation project at the DE position. This could be a huge development if it plays out that way, and would certainly be a very welcomed development from a player many of us weren't expecting to add much when he was signed.

Not a ton out there today, but follow us through the jump for the rest...

Tennessee_titans_30x21 David Boclair looks at the playing credentials of the Titans coaching staff, which features an unusual amount of guys who were notable players during their careers. You won't find a lot of staffs around the league that feature a few former college notables (Dave McGinnis, Craig Johnson and Alan Lowry) NFL Pro Bowlers (Chuck Cecil, Marcus Robertson) to go along with a Hall of Famer (Mike Munchak).

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Here's another good read from Boclair, who talks with Jeff Fisher about how he handles wins and losses. Of course, I could have done without this kick in the gut:

After all, [Fisher] has been to the Super Bowl just once, his teams have won only one division championship in the last seven years and have not won a playoff game since 2003.

(side note: I'd actually give Boclair a very good grade for his Titans coverage so far. Because it's The City Paper the style is more long-form column than the snippets that round-out the Tennessean's site, but Boclair has consistently turned in thoughtful, interesting pieces throughout one of the most boring parts of the year. I still miss McCormick, but props to Mr. Boclair for keeping The City Paper's coverage relevant.)


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