Tennessee TitansTEN -DEFadd top free-agent OG
The Titans have signed OG Andy Levitre to a 5-year, $39 million contract. It’s rich for an interior lineman, but Levitre was widely considered the best one on the open market. He graded out as the league’s 9th-best OG last year, according to Pro Football Focus. Levitre is better in the pass game than as a run-blocker, but the addition is still good news for RB Chris Johnson.
Tennessee TitansTEN -DEFfire OC Chris Palmer
The Titans have fired OC Chris Palmer. They currently rank 24th in total offense, 20th in passing, and 19th in rushing. We've heard scouts opine that Palmer's scheme wasn't a good fit for QB Jake Locker or RB Chris Johnson. We wouldn't expect a significant change of philosophy the rest of this season though. QB coach Dowell Loggains will serve as Tennessee's OC for the final 5 games.
Tennessee TitansTEN -DEFexpect improvement in run game
Titans HC Mike Munchak expects to see a big improvement from RB Chris Johnson and the rest of the ground game in 2012. “I think he's excited to get last year behind him as we all are as far as the running game goes,” Munchak said. “We know it's not going to be worse, believe me. We feel like we're going to be able to make a drastic improvement from where we ended up." Tennessee finished 31st in rushing last year. Munchak cited a normal offseason for Johnson and another year in OC Chris Palmer's offense as reasons to expect an uptick in production.
Tennessee TitansTEN -DEFto go with committee at RB?
The Titans deployed a RB-by-committee against the Colts on Sunday. Both Chris Johnson and Javon Ringer saw 14 carries. Ringer was more productive, out-gaining Johnson 60 yards to 34. HC Mike Munchak seemed to suggest after the game that they'll continue to rotate the 2 backs going forward. “I think every game will be different,” Munchak said. “I just think it depends on the flow of the game, how it’s going. I don’t think we’re consciously trying to decide by series who’s playing." For now, we'd still bet on Johnson leading this backfield in touches. Tennessee has 55 million reasons to give him the ball. But Ringer has certainly earned a bigger role -- maybe 10-15 touches per game. We'll continue to monitor the situation.
Tennessee TitansTEN -DEFexpect DEs back
The Tennessean reports that Titans HC Mike Munchak expects DEs Derrick Morgan and Jason Jones to practice and play this week. That's definitely a good thing for a D that allowed Jacksonville RBs 153 rushing yards on Sunday and recorded a pedestrian 2 sacks against Luke McCown. The Titans held DL tryouts on Tuesday but could only turn up a group whose biggest names were Everette Brown and Aaron Maybin. (Yuck.) Whenever they prove all the way back, Jones and Morgan -- in that order -- are the best bets for production on this front.
Tennessee TitansTEN -DEFhire Chris Palmer as OC
The Titans have hired Chris Palmer as their new OC. Palmer was most recently the HC of the UFL's Hartford Colonials, but he has 20 years of NFL experience, including 2 seasons as Browns HC and 7 seasons as an OC with the Jaguars and Texans. He's known as a QB guru, which is an indication that Tennessee may be targeting a QB with its 1st-round pick.
Tennessee TitansTEN -DEFfire OC Mike Heimerdinger
When we reported yesterday that the Titans had hired Mike Munchak as their new HC, we said that "OC Mike Heimerdinger has confirmed that he'll stay on board." We didn't consider the possibility that Tennessee would let him go. But that's what happened today. Heimerdinger had been with the organization since 2008, but never led the offense to a finish better than 12th.
Tennessee TitansTEN -DEFhire Mike Munchak as HC
The Titans have hired Mike Munchak as their new HC. Munchak has been Tennessee's OL coach for the past 14 years. OC Mike Heimerdinger has confirmed that he'll stay on board, meaning the team's offensive system will remain intact. It's good news for RB Chris Johnson.
Tennessee TitansTEN -DEFlet go of Jeff Fisher
The Titans have fired HC Jeff Fisher. He was entering the last year of his contract in 2011. Fisher was Tennessee's HC at the franchise's inception in 1997. Add in 3 seasons with the Oilers, and he was the longest tenured HC in the league. Although it's been widely reported that owner Bud Adams would keep either Fisher or QB Vince Young, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Titans still plan on trading or releasing VY.
Tennessee TitansTEN -DEFIDP Grab of the Week
Titans LB Stephen Tulloch will man the middle in week 16 vs. the Jets after starter Ryan Fowler (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve. The Titans rarely jump out to big leads so the Jets should be running right at Tulloch all day.
Tennessee TitansTEN -DEFAlbert Haynesworth is active
Titans DT Albert Haynesworth (hamstring) is active.
Tennessee TitansTEN -DEFAlbert Haynesworth is GTD
Titans DT Albert Haynesworth (hamstring) missed Friday's practice and the word is he aggravated the injury Thursday morning. He's questionable. His abance would be good news for Kolby Smith or whoever runs the ball for Kansas City.
Tennessee TitansTEN -DEFTitans defense banged up
We're hearing Titans S Chris Hope (neck/concussion) and DT Albert Haynesworth (hamstring) won't go this Sunday. Good news for the Texans.
Tennessee TitansTEN -DEFTitans without 2 def. studs
Titans DT Albert Haynesworth and DE Travis LaBoy are both inactive. Great news for the Bengals.
Tennessee TitansTEN -DEFTitans nicked on D-line
Titans DT Albert Haynesworth (hamstring) and DE Travis LaBoy (concussion) did not practice Friday. As of 11:15 Haynesworth is not yet on the field to join pregame warmups. If he can't go it would be good news for the Jaguars.
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