Wednesday, June 12, 2013

TTN Daily Links: 6/12/13

Not a huge day in the NFL, but there is still some news to cover!

  • Receiver Nate Washington joined NFL Network and covered the Titans with their 32 in 32 series the other. From the sounds of it, the receivers understand that they are the key to opening up the run game for Chris Johnson, who has the ability to rush for 2,000 yards again, according to Nate Washington.
  • Many Titans fans, including myself, were excited about the news that Ravens fullback Vonta Leach was close to being released. Now, he has been released by Baltimore; however, he is not likely to be a Tennessee Titan. The three-time Pro Bowler has expressed a desire to play for Houston but is scheduled to visit Miami.
  • Rex Ryan still has an obsession with Mark Sanchez, who has been taking all of the first-team reps for the Jets. That marks one win for the Titans in 2013.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars claimed former Eagles and Patriots backup quarterback Mike Kafka off the waiver after the signing of Tim Tebow to the Patriots. Kafka has the opportunity to start for the Jaguars in 2013, as the team does not have a starter-quality quarterback on the roster.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

TTN Daily Links: 6/10/13

Monday was a big day in the NFL, for the Titans and the league as a whole.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Evening Chat - Favorite Titans Memory

Good evening, Titan Talk Nation! I've been on the road all day returning from vacation, and I am so glad to be back home. While on my way back, I thought "What is everyone's favorite memory of the Titans?". 
The Titans are my favorite sports team by far, and I have several good memories of them. I am a newer Titans fan, however. I did not begin watching their games until the 2008 season. i unfortunately missed the great Steve McNair and Eddie George; nevertheless, I have a huge appreciation for them and the team today. 
My favorites have to be when we beat the Baltimore Ravens in 2011 and when we beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012. Two big wins against teams that I hate.
So, Titans fans, what is your favorite memory of the Tennessee Titans? Is it recent or does it date back to the Super Bowl season? Please introduce yourself and tell your favorite memory in the comments section below. 
-Kenneth

OTA Update (6/10/13)

Jim Wyatt of the Tenessean and Titan Insider has published a report from Monday's OTA:
-Jake Locker and Nate Washington seem to be improving their chemistry. The two hooked up for a couple of nice passes in the practice today.
-Chris Johnson seems to be on the right track for 2013 after breaking out for a big run during today's practice. He appears to be in great shape, which is probably a result of attending the team's OTAs, unlike how he used to work out privately in Florida before he got his new contract. 
-Fullback Colin Mooney has benefitted from the absence of fullback Quinn Johnson. Mooney could easily upset Johnson as the starting fullback in 2013. 
-Receiver Michael Preston has been very impressive with 2nd round draft pick our of the University of Tennessee, Justin Hunter, being out with an injury. Look for Preston to be a surprise and take one of the last spots on the 53-man roster at the end of the Preseason. 
-New Tennessee Titans middle linebacker, Moise Fokou, who was arrested earlier in the year on the suspicion of a DUO, has been taking reps with the 1st team over 2012 team captain Colin McCarthy, who spent much of the season hampered with injuries. Fokou may be taking reps with the 1st team because of McCarthy's injury or possibly because his playing ability may be superior. The motive for starting Fokou during the OTAs is unclear, but it will be resolved soon. 
The rest of Wyatt's report can be read on Titan Insider:
http://blogs.tennessean.com/titans/2013/06/10/observations-from-mondays-ota/

Titans Defense to be More "Aggressive"

Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended by the NFL for all of 2012 for his involvement I the Saints "bounty program", which attacked key offensive players to be injured for extra incentives. 
Now Gregg Williams is the senior assistant of defense for the Tennessee Titans. Williams told the local media on Monday of his plans for the Titans to have a more aggressive defense in 2013:
“Aggressive is how we’re going to be and never ever, ever apologize for competing,” he said. “We want to be as attacking as we can on defense and we want to be able to set the tone at all times and so our offense can play off of that too.
“We’ll play exactly how we have to play from the toughness standpoint, from an effort standpoint. Those are the things we’ve talked about doing.”
This is pleasant news for Titans fans, as the defense has been very vanilla over the last few seasons under defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. 
ESPN's Paul Kuharsky's full article on this can be read here:

Injured Titans Looking to Return During Final Week of OTAs

A few Titans, including Andy Levitre, and David Stewart, have been sitting out during the team's OTAs. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean is reporting via Twitter that some of the new Titans could return this week:
"Several #Titans who've missed time with injuries could return this wk. WR Justin Hunter (hammy) and TE Delanie Walker (knee) getting closer" - @jwyattsports
The Titans will be holding a three-day mini-camp next week, by which most of the injured players could be ready for return by. 

TTN Daily Links: 6/10/13

Every day I am going to try to bring in some news relating to the Titans or the rest of the NFL through daily links. If you have any comments, feel free to comment. If you hear some news I didn't pick up, please report it in the comments.

  • It appears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains has not only scrapped the playbook of 2012 but has also "tailored" the new one of 2013 to fit Jake Locker and company.
  • Over at Music City Miracles, jlomas points out how important the run game is for a successful team and how it should impact the Titans in 2013.
  • For anyone who didn't catch the news from Thursday, longtime offensive lineman for the Titans, Eugene Amano, was waived by the team. Although he was horrendous as a center, he should be able to play as a guard for another team this season.
  • NFL Network points out the obvious: the Jacksonville Jaguars are in rebuilding mode again after hiring new head coach Gus Bradley.
  • The Indianapolis Colts are going to have a new offense with the departure of 2012's offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who was hired as the head coach for the Arizona Cardinals. The tight ends are supposedly going to have a new role, which could lead to a break-out year for 2nd year player, Colby Fleener.
  • Houston Texans offensive tackle, Duane Brown, underwent a minor ankle surgery on Wednesday. This may not be major, but it is something that the Texans will need to monitor during the season.
  • Today is Hall of Fame quarterback, Dan Fouts's birthday. Fouts helped pave the way for a pass-oriented offense through Don Corryell's "Air Corryell" offense.