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Tennessee Titans Daily Links: Lets Rename The Case "Everyone In The World v. The NFL" Edition

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Thorchak watching Britt lay out for a big catch... lets hope we keep seeing that.
Thorchak watching Britt lay out for a big catch... lets hope we keep seeing that.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 If you care anything about this team getting key roles filled in a timely manner, you better be rooting for the players to win this injunction in the Brady v. NFL case. If the court agrees with the players' motion to halt the lockout and allow the league to operate under last year's rules, free agency and trades would begin within a matter of days. Not only would it help the Titans to try and get some veterans to help in numerous positions before the draft hits, but it would force some teams who appear conflicted or hesitant on trading players the the Titans would make an offer for, namely the Bengals, to make a decision rather than wait. My guess is that would result in teams being more like to make a move because draft picks for this year would be in play. It's a lot harder for teams to stomach trading a guy for a pick in 2012 than it is to make the same deal for picks that will impact their team immediately.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 As expected, the NFL Rules Committee changed kick-offs to try and reduce the number of returnable kicks. The new mark, the 35 yard instead of the 30, was actually where kick-offs used to be placed before the early 90's. I'd guess this is the first move the NFL has made in as long that actually hurts offenses. Really though, we're lucky this didn't get changed years ago after Hester ran back the opening kick-off of the Super Bowl. If the Colts had lost that game by 7 you can bet Pey Pey and Pope Dunfy would've had the ball being set on the 40 for kick-offs.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Make sure you read Jeck Bechta's insightful piece on how the media, an by extension fan perception, affects the draft, and how teams use private workouts to send up a smoke screen.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Teresa Walker has a good piece on the peripheral folks in the NFL who are forging ahead with planning for the 2011 season while the two sided battle in out in court.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Ricky Stanzi gets the once-over at TitansInsider.com, and the reviews are far less than glowing. Stanzi is only guy in the top 5-8 QBs whom I would be extremely frustrated if we ended up with. I watched a few Iowa games over the past two years, and I never once thought to myself 'that Iowa QB has what it takes to start on Sundays'. He was a nice college QB who made some gutsy plays, but had absolutely no consistency from throw to throw.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Eddie George received the Lion of Zion award from the Nashville Opportunities Industrialization Center, which helps Nashville's poor get job training and education.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 David Boclair says money will prevent the NFL from losing games in 2011.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was coy-yet-obvious when talking to Don Banks about their desire to trade for Kevin Kolb. PFT had a piece a few days ago speculating that the Seahawks were the team who put a their 1st round pick on the table for Kolb, and that sounds like the case when you read Carroll's comments.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 [update because somehow this link didn't make it over to the web when I wrote this earlier]: Cortland Finnegann talked with John Gelnnon about accountability. If Finny can manage to keep his edge and his head at one time for a whole season he could get back to the Pro Bowl level that he should be on. The combination of initiative, leadership and frankness Cortland has shown this off-season is exactly the kind of step-up we needed him to take last off-season, but it's definitely better late than never. Finny is headed into a crucial contract year (he'll never get a bigger deal than the one he could demand if he has a great 2011 season), which can be a money grab for some players, and a chance to really consider where your career is heading for others. It's looking like the later so far for Cortland.

 

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