2014 Tennessee Titans preseason positional analysis: RB

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2014 Tennessee Titans preseason positional analysis: QB

As is our custom, we begin our trip around the Tennessee Titans position by position as we head in the direction of the regular season with a look at the quarterbacks. When I did the offseason version of this little exercise, there was still at least a theoretical question as to whether Jake Locker would head […]


53-man roster prediction as training camp opens

It’s an annual rite. The Tennessee Titans begin training camp, and I try to predict which players they’ll keep after the cutdown to 53. Some years this goes kind of okay, other years I end up on quixotic quests and stick on them long after it becomes obvious they are indeed quixotic quests (see, e.g., my […]


Ray Horton’s 2013 Browns defense: top 10 or bottom 10?

I’ll have my customary season preview and record prediction post up the week before the regular season begins, but one of the reasons I’m not too optimistic about the 2014 Titans is I don’t expect the defense to be particularly good, or even necessarily as good as it was last year. Ray Horton is implementing […]

Ken Whisenhunt and fourth downs

I chronicled all of Mike Munchak’s fourth down decisions last year, but never posted anything here about it after the season ended since Munchak won’t be making any more fourth down calls for the Titans. What will matter for the 2014 Titans is what Ken Whisenhunt does on fourth downs. As an offensive coordinator last […]

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More on Al Woods

To get a better idea of what the Titans are getting, I went back and watched a couple games of defensive lineman Al Woods, whom they signed back in March. Similar to when I did a similar exercise for Sammie Lee Hill last year, the first question was which games to watch. This really wasn’t […]


More on Zach Mettenberger

Greg Cosell, in an appearance on the Midday180 on May 14, 2014: “I think Zach Mettenberger can be a quality NFL starting QB. … To me he was one of the top three QBs available in the draft.” Eric Stoner, on the Draft Mecca podcast on January 31, 2014: “I already know, I’ll tell you […]


More on Marqueston Huff

The first question asked about Marqueston Huff when the Titans drafted him was, “Is he a corner or a safety?” I wondered it in his selection post, and it’s come up in about everything I’ve seen on Huff since then. The Titans’ apparent answer to that question: “Yes.” To wit, Ruston Webster at the draft […]


More on Avery Williamson

Scheduling note: I’m skipping over Marqueston Huff and coming back to him. As a reported visitor whose three game videos I’d already watched, I had a reasonably informed take on Avery Williamson when I wrote up his selection. In watching his games in more detail, I could think more seriously about his specific traits and […]


More on DaQuan Jones

Watching DaQuan Jones, I wondered, is he more than just a big guy on the defensive line? If he was, how would I tell? Scouting college players is all about projection of player traits to the next level. I’m comfortable with uncertainty in this process; that’s what my post on Bishop Sankey a couple days […]


More on Bishop Sankey

Programming note: Back in the saddle, or at least I should be. Expect the normal semi-steady diet of posts. When I wrote up the Titans’ picks immediately after they were drafted, I was generally relying on what other people said about them before the draft that I recalled and what I’d seen before the draft. […]

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A brief guide to Ray Horton defensive fronts

One of the things I wrote about back in February when I did the positional analyses was new defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s front alignments. For those posts, I relied on a very small amount of 2013 Browns watching and more watching of the 2012 Cardinals. Since that time, I’ve watched some more of the 2013 […]


Titans play-calling by down and quarterback

No, I’m not posting more. In fact, I’m not providing much analysis. Instead, while I was running some Raiders and Broncos splits for my writing for Football Outsiders Almanac 2014, I went ahead and ran some Titans splits along the same lines. This is just simply play-calling, by quarterback, by down, and by quarter. The Jake Locker […]


Breaking down the Titans’ 2014 UDFA signings

Programming note: As you may have noticed, new content has been sparse here lately. I’m currently in the midst of Football Outsiders Almanac 2014 writing season, which is taking up all of the football-writing time that otherwise mostly gets devoted here. Posts will continue to be irregular until mid-late June, though I’ll try to chime in […]


Overviewing the Tennessee Titans’ 2014 draft

“A lot of what comes into play is really how much does football matter to them, how much does winning matter to them and will they do the things, when they’re in this building, to help us win. … In the end, it’s really how important football and winning are to them and will they […]