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  1. Offseason Thread

    That was what I last saw ESPN report Pittsburgh was asking for him, but either way, he's not coming here. Edit: It is now saying they expect them to look for a first round pick. For a player who will be 31 at the start of the season and will probably look like Oakland Randy Moss in Tennessee. His cap hit is north of 20 mil, but I'm not sure how much of that Pitt has to absorb if he's traded.
  2. Offseason Thread

    We're not touching AB. We're going to be paying players we drafted soon and our cap room is going to shrink a lot. Especially if we resign Mariota. We aren't giving up 2 first rounders for a 30 year old with an average of a 20 million a year cap hit over the final three years in his contract to put him in an offense that would cut his production in half.
  3. 2019 NFL Draft/College Thread

    Isn't he the guy who was caught on tape stomping on a woman's head in a parking lot? I don't think he's on our board regardless of round.
  4. From "The Guy of the Guy"

    Why is a huge bust like White welcomed with open arms and a guy like Sylvester Williams shunned by everyone? Less name recognition? I know the contract was bad, but that was far from the only reason the signing was disliked. Both were busts, but Williams will have a better pro career than Kevin White. If we can get him for nothing, go for it, but I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't make the team.
  5. Marcus Mariota: Is it Time ??

    You ever read something and think you might cry a little? "The fact that Matt Hasselbeck still holds the “Titans Era” single season passing record at 3,571 yards is a perfect representation of those struggles. In 2018 alone, 17 NFL quarterbacks beat that mark including a rookie who didn’t become a starter until Week 4 (Baker Mayfield) and the immortal Case Keenum. Only four franchises have failed to have a single 4,000 yard passer over the past 20 years — the Titans, Jets, Browns, and Bears — and the Titans have the lowest “best season” of that group." https://www.musiccitymiracles.com/2019/1/28/18165116/titans-offseason-roster-breakdown-wide-receivers In the last two seasons combined the Titans have 30 TD passes. In 2018, 9 QBs had that many or more. Mayfield was 3 shy and he didn't even start 4 games. As noted in the article above, successfully throwing the ball is the stat with the highest correlation to winning the in the NFL. We have been an outlier occasionally winning with defense and running the ball. Dark times we live in.
  6. Offseason Thread

    I don't really care about the nastiness unless that means being good at run-blocking. Nastiness in the OL would be the only position group where I would want the quality, but it's usually associated with bigger power blockers who bully guys to the whistle, not athletic guys who excel moving laterally and getting the appropriate angle, which is the direction we were headed the last we knew. Rather than guys who are "mean", I want guys who are devoted. Those who place winning above everything. The guys that know their assignments like the back of their hand enabling them to play fast, reacting not thinking.
  7. 2019 NFL Draft/College Thread

    Orakpo wasn't 30 in his first season with us. There have also been reports from Africa that he's actually 2 years older than his listed age here, although he denies it. He would be no more than a stop gap player for a year or two. Could sign him and still draft someone in round 1.
  8. 2019 NFL Draft/College Thread

    You can't really plan your FA based on a single player being available in the first round of the draft. Very possible Wilkins and Sweat are gone. Have to be willing to take the player behind them if you're doing that or trade up to get them. Say you skip on Smith to draft Sweat and he's gone at 19? Are you happy with your alternatives now that absolutely must draft an EDGE?
  9. Arthur Smith promoted to OC

    Not necessarily. On series where we had at least 3 plays before a change of downs, we started with a run on first down about 68% of the time. That's not counting series where we got a first down in one or two plays thanks to a bigger play or a penalty. We didn't have a lot of 10+ yard plays, especially through the air, so this probably isn't leaving out a ton of first downs. I think I saw the actual statistic close to the end of the season and we ran the ball on first down ~58% of the time. Still higher than I would prefer, especially considering we struggled to run a big part of the season.
  10. Arthur Smith promoted to OC

    The most interesting thing to me is if we'll stick with the zone blocking. I'd imagine that we will use it, all teams do to an extent, but I don't think it is going to be the focus that it was supposed to be last year. I think we will see more man concepts.
  11. Arthur Smith promoted to OC

    I own 3 firesticks. I couldn't live without it.
  12. Marcus Mariota: Is it Time ??

    @ragevsuall17 It was a reference to anyone who basically said he took a few more sacks than he needed to, but that I and others who made the claim had blown it completely out of proportion. In regards to when you said it, I believe it was because I said he took a sack on the majority of his pressures in the Ravens game and cited Geoff Schwartz saying it on Twitter, but as I'm typing this I can tell you that I misspoke. Schwartz' actual tweet said that Mariota was hit 11 times and sacked 11 times in the Ravens game, not pressured 11 times and sacked 11 times as I stated. I wasn't making anything up that I didn't mean to be taken seriously. I simply misquoted someone and couldn't find the tweet afterwards. Even so, I believe Mariota was pressured 21 times and sacked 11 times so even that wasn't technically incorrect lol, but not what I actually meant when thinking of Schwartz' comment. I don't believe I have ever said that the majority of the sacks over the course of the season are on Mariota, although I believe I attributed potentially 5 or 6 of them at least partially on him against the Ravens if that is what you are referencing. Although I seriously doubt the number of designed runs is higher than previous years, I'd be curious as to how much that affects the statistics. Either way, I think the quote "Combine his rush attempts and his sacks... and Mariota did not throw the ball 24.3% of the time he didn't hand the ball off" goes hand in hand with Herndon's quote that "the Titans quarterback’s response to targets not being open in 2018 was too often a panicked scramble that landed him in harm’s way". Many of us felt like he was quicker to drop his eyes and try to run than we have ever seen him. I've mentioned several times that I think he does well when he actually throws the ball, but it just felt like he wasn't willing to stand in the pocket last year. To me, the WRs were more open than in any year under Mularkey. The OL was definitely worse and I think it potentially had him on edge.
  13. Marcus Mariota: Is it Time ??

    According to the article @KingTitan quoted, the Titans QBs were sacked nearly 70% of the time they were hit, worst in the league. Andrew Luck lead the league at under 25%. I think this article goes along with what a lot of us were saying about Mariota (that was called hyperbole) and how poorly he did with pressure this year. Mariota and the OL weren't doing each other any favors to help each other out. The following quote pretty much sums up all of my frustrations with him: "However, the Titans quarterback’s response to targets not being open in 2018 was too often a panicked scramble that landed him in harm’s way". This would suggest that there is no argument to the many people claiming that it was the OLs fault that Mariota was hurt so often, as only 4 teams in the NFL allowed the QB to be hit less often than we did. I don't remember thinking he had this issue in the previous years which makes me think he struggled with the new system. He seemed to struggle even more reading the field this year. Hopefully something is simplified for him next year. While it isn't entirely all on Mariota, I thought the WRs were open far more often this year than in previous years. I'm not saying we don't need improvement there, but under Mularkey guys seemed to really struggle to uncover. I think we resign him beyond 2019 barring more devastating injury issues.
  14. Marcus Mariota: Is it Time ??

    Not to be a turd in the punch bowl, but......... Drew Brees' 3rd and 4th seasons as a starting QB: 51 TD 21 INT 31 GS 6,735 YDS Marcus Mariota's 3rd and 4th seasons as a starting QB: 24 TD 23 INT 29 GS 5,760 YDS I'm not going to calculate their ratings, but Brees would have been around 97ish to Mariota's 85ish. I know you were joking, but I see that guy on Twitter and he's not joking and there are probably a wide range of followers that see these statistics and take them as gospel. They will come away with the impression that Mariota has done fine because he's on the same pace as Brees, when the pace isn't a straight line, it's a curve, and it's not even really a comparison. Now to just piss everyone off....... Ryan Tannehill's first 4 seasons as a starting QB: 87 TD 54 INT 64 GS 15,460 YDS Ryan Tannehill's 3rd and 4th seasons as a starting QB: 51 TD 24 INT 32 GS 8,253 YDS Using those same statistics, it's pretty clear we need to trade for Ryan Tannehill, because he's on pace to be better than Drew Brees. Ryan Tannehill is a great example of why statistics alone don't really tell much of a story in the NFL. Football doesn't capture enough details on a play-by-play basis, at least not in any data set accessible to regular fans, in order to form a decision based on statistics alone the way businesses do.
  15. Marcus Mariota: Is it Time ??

    What is depth adjusted accuracy?