Whisenhunt will improve Titans’ fantasy production

Ken Whisenhunt becomes the 17th head coach in Tennessee Titans franchise history on Thursday, and of the remaining candidates with head coaching experience, he was considered the best of the bunch. The Vikings and Browns remain the only teams without a head coach. Whisenhunt served as the offensive coordinator this past season with the Chargers. Before that, he won a franchise-record 49 games during his time with the Arizona Cardinals and also took the team to its first ever Super Bowl appearance. The Titans have spent plenty of money and also a high draft pick in 2013 to try to upgrade their offensive line, so if Russ Grimm comes on board as a coordinator, you have to like Chris Johnson’s […]

Titans QB Jake Locker talks about his “evolving confidence” and what else is going on…

Jake Locker has one win under his belt as a starter. And that’s a big step. I’m not being funny, there’s a certain deep breath that comes with notching your first one. When the Titans starting QB and I talked on the phone this week, in preparation for tomorrow’s game against the Texans, the absolutely craziness of the 44-41 win over the Lions wasn’t lost on him. “Yeah, it was wild,” Locker told me. “Just one that had so many ups and downs, so many different types of explosive plays. One of the craziest games I’ve ever been a part of, for sure.” This week is a major challenge. No doubt. And you’ll hear a lot of what he told […]

What is the problem with the Titans’ running game? “It would be easy if it was just one thing”

Just a quick thing before I head out to Cowboys practice (this is called, multitasking). So, I’m covering the Texans-Titans game this week on Sunday, and there are a lot of issues to hit (like this one). One, of course, revolves around the mysterious Titans’ running game. The focus has been on Tennessee’s second-leading rusher, which — unbelievably — is Chris Johnson. The fantasy stud and player formerly known as CJ2K has just 45 yards rushing. That’s 66th in the league. Yikes. What gives? He’s still fast. He’s still got skills. And he’s running behind a Titans offensive line that has allowed just two sacks of QB Jake Locker. What is the issue? Titans RB Coach Jim Skipper explained yesterday. […]

An interesting dynamic to watch: Titans expect to have limited substitutions vs. Patriots

Well, the week of preparation is mostly over for the Patriots and Titans as they gear up for Sunday. Interviews here in Nashville are over, and now it’s time to make sense of what I gathered over the past few days before I go on and talk about it on NFL Network’s First on the Field and GameDay Morning Sunday. Want a quick and interesting nugget, though? Let’s end the work week with one… One of the biggest challenges for the Titans is to deal with the Patriots no-huddle offense, should they choose to use it. It is fast, furious, and incredibly hard to stop. The logistical issues abound for a defense, notably how to call plays that quick and […]

Titans RB Chris Johnson: ‘Last year, I was so ready to get last year over with’

Often, we get so caught up in this fantasy football world we live in that it’s easy to overlook that there’s so much more reality than fantasy. Last year, for instance, Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson held out, then struggled the entire season to hit his stride. Though he ended up with 1,047 yards and 4.0 yards per carry, he wasn’t himself. And he certainly wasn’t the standout back so many had counted on for their leagues. While he had four 100-yard games, he also had seven games in which he averaged fewer than 3.0 yards per rush. It’s easy to overlook how miserable all this made CJ, who has looked completely different this preseason. It’s why he couldn’t conceal […]

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