MCM Radio was hot fire last night as Jimmy, Gramsey and I dominated the internet radio ratings for Titans coverage in the 9:30 time slot for Wednesday, September 1st... or at least so I'm assuming. Check it out here for our thoughts on the Panthers/Titans snooze-fest, tonight's potential snooze-fest and who should be shaking in their boots over Saturday's cuts.
Roster cuts are coming closer and closer, and it's weighing on pretty much everyone at this point. Fisher says the Titans are open to keeping four running backs, and special teams contributions will be a consideration in picking who stays and who hits the road. Of course any pair of the three at the bottom of the list (Blount, Pearman and Gado) could be picked to stay, or they could all be cut loose in favor of a vet that someone else cuts. I will say that this is the first I've heard about Blount being a liability in pass protection; coming from that Oregon-style spread offense I'd have thought that would be his strong suit.
Chris Johnson is still saying Chris Johnson-like stuff for anyone who still cares. Of course the notable thing is when he says he want's 2,500 yards and the MVP, nobody with an IQ over 30 snickers a bit.Woe be unto Craig Stevens, who must endure a nickname linking him with perhaps the most annoying singer-songrwiter ever. I'm a huge fan of nicknames, but I could not abide that one if somebody put it on me.
There will be a Comcast sponsored Titans Kick-off luncheon at the Wildhorse Saloon next Tuesday that's open to the paying public which may interest fans, mostly because Jeff Fisher will be a speaker, and he'll introduce the rookies... well at least the ones who survive Saturday's cut.
You'd be wise to be checking in on the Yahoo! Team Report for the Titans once a week, because in all honesty they do a better job than a lot of the local writers in terms of summarizing the week's goings on and sprinkling in some over-looked tidbits. This time they come through by noting that Schommer has so impressed the coaches lately that he's been running as the second team strong safety ahead of Myron Rolle and not-really-a-safety Donnie Nickey.
Guess who is the Saints' no. 2 quarterback now that the ancient Mark Brunnel is in New York: former-Titan Patrick Ramsey. Ramsey will be a pretty steady fixture tonight at LP Field as the Saints will rest most of their key starters.
The return game has been a big focus point for coaching and evaluation, but unfortunately there haven't been a ton of chances for Williams and Mariani to ply their trade... mostly because the defense has been so stingy we haven't been getting scored this preseason. All in all, I'll take that any day, any time of the week.
PFW pegs around 18 teams who could either be looking for a new starting QB next year, or should seriously consider developing a young, talented signal-caller for depth and future production. The Titans pop-up at number 11 on the list for all the reason's we've discussed with the non-VY believers over the off-season:
11. Titans — Kerry Collins is a great backup, but he might leave via free agency. And Vince Young, as well as he played down the stretch, remains a somewhat uncertain commodity. Can you hand him the keys to the franchise for the next five seasons? I like his unique skills, but I think this question gets raised at season’s end.
Looking to catch-up on the real off-season happenings on teams from across the NFL, but not looking to take it too seriously? Then I'll direct you towards this list of KSK 2010 NFL Prekkake posts.
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