Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Volek

Let’s face it. The fact is Billy Volek has a chance to be a potential NFL starter. When McNair went down this past season Volek did a nice job stepping up. After taking over in game four, Volek showed us what he is capable of good and bad. If McNair comes back healthy I would expect Volek to seek a trade. After getting a taste of being the signal caller Volek wants to take the reins for a team of his own.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Injuries

TE Ben Troupe fractured the fifth metatarsal during a mini-camp session to apply some more stress to the Titans. The tight end had been doing really well during this offseason and had actually gained some weight (about 10-12 pounds). Now, the Titans will be looking to find someone to fill the spot in case Troupe will not be ready to start.

On top of this, RB Chris Brown will be wearing a cast for the next several weeks on account of breaking his hand; not all that great considering he will not be able to work on his ball handling whatsoever.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Titans rookies catching on

- from the official site of the Tennessee Titans

The Titans wrapped up their first round of workouts with veterans and rookies on Thursday, ending a two-week period that gave first-year players an idea of what it will take to succeed in the NFL. Now players get a two-week break from official organized team activities before returning for their final six-day session in June. “They put in a lot of stuff in a short period of time, so you just have to get into your playbook and study,” rookie WR Brandon Jones said. “I need to continue to watch the older guys and see how they do things out there so I can do it like they do.”

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Swedish Kicker

Ola Kimrin, former native of Sweden, has joined the ranks of the Tennessee Titans. He played previously with the Washington Redskins, where he was 6 for 10 on field goals. In training camp with the Denver Broncos Kimrin launched a 65-yard field goal during a preseason game, but was not drafted by the team on account of no necessity for a kicker.

Kimrin starts as the leading kicker for the Titans. Not only does this solidify his position, if anyone else is added, they have to compete with him for his position. Kimrin participated in three seasons with NFL Europe and went to training camp with Denver, Dallas and Washington.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

McNair energized at minicamp

- from the official site of the Tennessee Titans

A healthy Steve McNair is practicing this week as Titans veterans and rookies are joined together for three days of minicamp at Baptist Sports Park. McNair says he feels great and is in excellent shape following surgery to repair his sternum in December. "I wanted to get myself into the best shape this off-season," McNair said. "The only way I can stay healthy is to get my body fit by working out. It feels good to be back on the field. It's been fun, and that's how we want to make it this season."

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Pac-man and Volek


Billy Volek, the backup quarterback for the Titans, just underwent surgery on his shoulder recently. It should not be detrimental to his recovery. Volek became McNair’s primary backup in 2004 when he had to have surgery on a lacerated spleen. During his junior and senior years, Volek was currently attending Fresno State where David Carr was his back-up.

Adam “Pac-man” Jones was seen limping off the field in the middle of practice recently. The team took him off for the day for fear of over stressing the athlete, but apparently he is still good to go.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Next Draft

Cheerleading auditions will be taking place this May 14th. The preliminary auditions will be held at Baptist Sports Park from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. So, if you are a great dancer with the skills to join the squad take this opportunity to showcase your talent. We need to keep our fans as motivated to keep the team as motivated as possible in this upcoming season.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Team Report:

- from FOXSports.com

CB Tony Beckham isn't going to give up his job to first-round pick Adam "Pacman" Jones without a fight. With Andre Woolfolk expected to start on one side, Beckham and Jones will compete on the other side, though Jones could shift inside and play in the slot. Despite playing at the end of last season, Beckham just recently reached 100 percent in his recovery from knee surgery last offseason. He is a good athlete with long arms, and has improved his technique in recent years. . . .

G Jacob Bell is still recovering from January's ACL surgery and might not be ready for training camp. Bell stepped in and played well at left guard for Zach Piller last season, but the team wants him to compete for the right tackle spot that became open when Fred Miller was released. Bell has experience on the right side from his college days, and the team thinks he's tackle material because of his athleticism, and because he doesn't get rattled in the heat of the competition. If Bell is not ready, one of the team's rookie draft picks, either Michael Roos or David Stewart, will start on the right side.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Adam Jones

The Tennessee Titans addressed many issues throughout the latest draft, but their top straining issue was dealt with during the first round. Samari Rolle and Andre Dyson were lost to the team through free agency. This left a big gap in cornerback that Adam “Pac-Man” Jones is looking forward to filling.

Jones hails from West Virginia where he led with tackles with a whopping 76 in 2004. Contributing to 36 games, Jones ended his stint in West Virginia with 201 career tackles, 22 pass breakups, and 8 interceptions.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Titans fill holes

- from the official site of the Tennessee Titans

The Titans were smiling on Sunday after addressing all of their major needs in the 2005 NFL Draft. They made Adam "PacMan" Jones, a big-play cornerback out of West Virginia, the first defensive player selected Saturday with the sixth overall pick. Outside of taking three defensive backs, they shored up their offense by selecting three wide receivers, three offensive tackles, a running back and tight end. "We were able to kind of address everything," GM Floyd Reese said.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Tennessee Jamaican

Morlon Greenwood came over to America back when he was an 11-year old. Now, after 16 years of living in the United States, Greenwood is being sworn in as an American citizen in Miami.

Greenwood spent the last four seasons playing for the Miami Dolphins. He began his sporting career more interested in soccer than football, but transitioned during high school and has not looked back.

Greenwood was signed to the Titans as an unrestricted free agent.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

DRAFT WHISPERS:

- from FOXSports.com

The team wouldn't mind trading its first-round pick (sixth overall) to get an extra pick. It doesn't want to have to reach for a player at a need position -- cornerback, wideout and offensive tackle -- and G.M. Floyd Reese never can seem to get enough picks. Arkansas' Matt Jones intrigues the club. He's projected to play wide receiver in the NFL after playing quarterback in college, so he's something of an unknown. But the Titans think he's special and want to grab him before another team does. The question is: Will he be available when they pick in the second round? The Titans need to pick well to be successful in 2005. The team has a thin roster and little salary cap room, so look for it to fill its most glaring holes in the draft and sign free agents after June 1 to solve other needs.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

McNair is Back

Steve McNair has officially decided to come back for another season with the Tennessee Titans. This brings about the 11th season for McNair.

“After talking with my family, my doctors, the trainers and coach Fisher, I am excited about coming back to play this season. I feel good physically. My sternum is healing, I'm in good shape, I haven’t had any problems throwing and I expect to participate in some of the upcoming mini-camps. I look forward to the season, being a leader for some of the younger guys, and getting back to winning football games.”
- Steve McNair

McNair has been healing up from a surgery that was grafting bone from his right hip to his sternum. But, he is healed up and ready to put out another stellar year. McNair passed for 1,343 yards with eight touchdowns even though battling with his hip.

Good to have you back McNair!

Thursday, April 07, 2005

SCOUTING REPORT:

- from FOXSports.com

S Justin Sandy has been cleared to run and is on track to be ready for training camp after fracturing his left foot on November 29 in a game against the Jaguars. Sandy (6-0, 214) is a tough, physical player, but he lacks some instincts and cover skills. The team likes him because he's shown he is eager to learn. While Sandy doesn't have great speed, he does have a burst that allows him to make plays. Sandy won't be a starter on defense, but he has a chance to make an impact on special teams in 2005.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

McNair Football Camp

June 2nd and 3rd at Goodpasture Christian School, Steve McNair will be holding his football camp. The camp is held in Madison Tennessee and is offered to boys between the ages of 7-16. This is a great opportunity for young, interested athletes to come and learn from the best. Steve McNair, along with a few Titan teammates, is going out to show these kids some tricks of the trade and hopefully advance young minds into pursuing their dreams.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Draft Buzz:

- from FOXSports.com

The Titans haven't drafted an offensive lineman on the first day of the draft since 1999 (G Zach Piller, third round), and you have to go all the way back to 1993 to find the last time they used a first-round pick on an offensive tackle (Brad Hopkins). Instead, the team has drafted linemen in the second day and turned them over to offensive line coach Mike Munchak, who has developed players like G Benji Olson and C Justin Hartwig into dependable starters. But the Titans now have a hole at RT following the release of Fred Miller, and his replacement -- or Hopkins' eventual replacement -- could come out of this year's draft class. Florida State's Alex Barron, Oklahoma's Jammal Brown and Washington's Khalif Barnes are all top-notch prospects the team might consider.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Returning Players

After having many players on the injured list, Tennessee is looking forward to having a more solid 2005 team that had a few holes in 2004. One of these holes was Tank Williams. Strong safety Williams suffered a season-ending knee injury in a game against the Chicago Bears.

"I remember how I was playing in that game and I want to get back to that point and beyond. That's my focus, that's my goal, and that's what drives me. I'm going to do whatever it takes to keep improving."
- Tank Williams

After ruining his ACL, Williams has been steadily recovering knowing that he will be back in time for the 2005 season. With other players rehabilitating along, Williams has spent a decent potion of his off-season at the Baptist Sports Park.

“We’re going through a steady process and there’s a lot of guys over here doing pretty much the same thing as myself, so I have some people to work with. It’s coming along well. I haven’t had any setbacks. It’s looking good for me to be able to come back next season.”

Before his injury, Williams was well underway to create a career season. Hopefully, he will come back rested and ready to play.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Tyrone Calico

After a very long span of rehabilitation, the Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tyrone Calico looks like he is going to be back. Calico missed practically all of last season due to injuries sustained to both knees, but he is looking at it positively and should be back and ready for action during July’s training.

“I think it’s going as planned right now. It’s month five and I’m running. Things are going pretty smooth right now. I’ll definitely be back for training camp. That will probably be around 10 months since my surgery, so I think I’ll be ready for camp.”
- Tyrone Calico

Calico’s rookie year he posted 18 catches for 297 yards and four touchdowns. After his rookie year, he took a hit during a preseason game from Roy Williams and wound up missing most of the next year.

Calico stacks up impressive numbers and he is coming back as a starter. Hopefully, his knees will be fine after all the surgery and rehab.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

HARD TRUTH:

- from FOXSports.com

The Titans haven't used a first-round pick on an offensive lineman since selecting T Brad Hopkins in 1993, and G Zach Piller was their last first day selection (in 1999). This year things must change. After releasing T Fred Miller last month, the team is hurting on the right side. Jacob Bell is a candidate to fill in, but he's recovering from knee surgery and played last season at LG. After two seasons as back-up, T Todd Williams still isn't ready. A number of draft eligible players could step in and make an immediate contribution, players like Florida State's Alex Barron, Oklahoma's Jammal Brown or Washington's Khalif Barnes.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Jarrett Payton

Jarrett Payton is going on a European tour in order to join the Amsterdam Admirals. Just recently, Payton left for Tampa Bay in order to begin European Training camp. He is going to try to help the Admirals in the NFLE achieve victory in the World Bowl.

"I'm expecting to come over here and do big things. I want to really show that I can play and help Amsterdam win and go to the World Bowl. That's what I set as my goal before I came over here."
- Jarrett Payton

Payton spends the next few weeks in training in Tampa and will arrive in time for a home game against the Rhein Fire on Saturday, April 2.

2004 preseason w/ the Titans:

  • 24 carries
  • 103 yds
  • 4.3-yard avg.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Tennessee Updates

Jacob Bell will be taking on a position for RT Fred Miller, who has become a cap casualty. Bell is a very good player who has great versatility, but he is coping with an ACL injury that should be recovered before season play.

Troy Fleming will also be filling gaps. Fleming will be taking on FB Robert Holcombe’s position and will do so with resourcefulness; being able to turnaround and catch the ball just as well.

Samari Rolle and Andre Dyson, two cornerbacks no longer with the Titans, also will need to be replaced. Andre Woolfolk will be taking on one of the positions. The other will be filled during the draft. We just have to wait and see what happens.

As of now, Tennessee needs all the help they could get. They ended last year being fourth in their division (5-11). Let’s hustle fellas.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Chow announced new Offensive Coordinator

- from the official site of the Tennessee Titans

NASHVILLE, TN, Feb. 9, 2005 -- The Tennessee Titans have named Norm Chow as their new offensive coordinator. The highly celebrated Chow joins the Titans after four seasons as offensive coordinator at the University of Southern California and 32 years on the collegiate level.

“This is an important addition to our team,” said Titans head coach Jeff Fisher. “He is one of the most respected offensive minds in the college game and has been for decades. In studying him and his offense, I am certain that his philosophy is consistent with ours and his experience will allow us the opportunity to improve.”

In 32 years of coaching at the collegiate level, Chow has tasted every aspect of success, including three national titles (BYU, 1984; USC, 2003, 2004), tutoring three Heisman Trophy winners (Ty Detmer, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart), 27 bowl games, and three times being named assistant coach of the year. Amazingly, he has worked with eight of the NCAA’s top 30 career passing efficiency leaders.

Chow has been associated with some of the best quarterbacks and offensive minds in the college and pro ranks. Among the quarterbacks associated with his teams are Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young, Jim McMahon, Marc Wilson, Gifford Nielsen, Ty Detmer, Robbie Bosco, Philip Rivers, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. He has coached with Mike Holmgren, Andy Reid, Brian Billick, Ted Tollner and Doug Scovil, all of whom have enjoyed a great deal of success at the NFL level.

Chow began his college coaching career at Brigham Young University as a graduate assistant in 1973. He would work on the Cougars’ offensive staff for 27 seasons, including 18 as offensive coordinator, and help them post a 244-91-3 mark during his tenure. In 2000, he left BYU to become offensive coordinator at North Carolina State.

While with the Wolfpack, he helped QB Philip Rivers earn Freshman All-America honors. His final college coaching stop was at the University of Southern California as offensive coordinator from 2001-2004. In four seasons with the Trojans, Chow coached two Heisman Trophy winners and aided a team that won back-to-back national titles.

A native of Hawaii, Chow earned all-conference honors as an offensive lineman at Utah and earned a brief stint with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL before a knee injury ended his career.

Chow replaces Mike Heimerdinger, who left to become offensive coordinator for the New York Jets in January.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

New reciever coach hired..

From sports.yahoo.com:
The Tennessee Titans hired Ray Sherman as wide receivers coach Friday.

Sherman spent the last five seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He replaces Steve Walters, who left to join the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Walters first agreed to a two-year contract with Tennessee. But the Jaguars offered Walters a chance to rejoin old friend Carl Smith, who was hired as offensive coordinator.

``It's rare when you can give a guy an opportunity like that,'' Fisher said. ``I felt what Steve had given to this program and the type of person he is that he would be deserving of that opportunity. Does that mean each time something like this come up, will I approach it the same way? No.''

Walters told Fisher of his decision Thursday, and Fisher immediately asked Green Bay for permission to talk to Sherman. The men worked together with the San Francisco 49ers in 1992 and 1993.

Fisher said the Titans are finalizing a deal to retain defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who interviewed for the head coaching job in San Francisco and had been mentioned as a candidate for openings in Miami and Cleveland.
Hopefully Sherman will be able to spark up Mason and Bennet. But only time will tell, stay fit in the off season Titans, we really need to improve coming into next season. GO TITANS!

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Things to Address

from Foxsports.com
The Titans have tried to groom returners in recent years, and it hasn't worked. In 2004 the team finished 32nd in punt return average, and 30th in kick returns. The problem, for the most part, has been the returner.

Rookies Michael Waddell and Troy Fleming, along with Jason McAddley, had opportunities in '04 and either had trouble catching the football or hitting the holes. None of the three had much experience as a returner before doing so with the Titans. The Titans will likely target a quality return man this offseason and add him to the roster in '05.

Monday, January 10, 2005

We are the Titans...

A season of mis-haps, injuries, and let downs. The Titans finished at 5-11 this year and are left bewildered.
"We won our first game and won our last," said Volek "But it was pretty ugly in between."
Back up quaterback Volek is right, everything in the middle was pretty ugly, their where times I had to turn off the T.V.

Then on top of that, here is some icing on the cake for you, McNair is among one of the veterans on the team that might not be back next year. The list has names like OT Brad Hopkins, OT Fred Miller, DE Kevin Carter, WR Derrick Mason, and even CB Samari Rolle. Of course, this would all be to make room under the salary cap for 05'.

Lets hope what happens next isn't what happened in Niner town.