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Titans won't cut Britt; Collins wants to return

Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:05 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Once the lockout is lifted -- and that looks like it could happen before July -- the Tennessee Titans will have plenty of personnel decisions to make. In addition to determining if first-round pick Jake Locker can be the Week 1 starter, there's also the small matter of wide receiver Kenny Britt, who can't seem go very long without getting arrested.

Britt's most recent arrest -- his sixth since the Titans drafted him in 2009 -- came Wednesday. But if professional sports have taught us anything it's that talent trumps just about everything else, including character.

It's ironic that we hear so much about the perils of "off-field issues" in the weeks and months leading up to the NFL Draft, when the reality is that "character concerns" work on a sliding scale. A college player projects to be a mediocre pro? He's dropped from most NFL teams' draft board because he's not worth the hassle. But if he projects to be a possible Pro Bowler, there's a willingness to look past certain personality flaws because … well, at the end of the day, the NFL is a business. And, in general, winning is good for business.

So while a lesser player would be in line for his release (teams can't cut players during a lockout), Britt's job is safe. It's one of the perks that come with being a big-play wideout.

Tennessee, more than most teams, is familiar with giving second and third chances to at-risk players. "Under [former head coach Jeff] Fisher, the Titans had a reputation for bending to help players with baggage -- Adam 'Pacman' Jones, Albert Haynesworth and Randy Moss being recent examples," NFL.com's Albert Breer writes. "New coach Mike Munchak wants a more structured environment, and those in the organization expect him to come down hard on Britt whenever the three-month-old lockout ends."

Breer adds that the Titans consider Britt the second-best player on the roster after Chris Johnson. And while they aren't close to giving up on him they will discipline him. Whatever the Titans decided, the league could weigh in, too. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said previously that player misconduct during the lockout could be reviewed once there is a new collective bargaining agreement. Which means that Britt, like Brandon Marshall, could be subject to the league's personal conduct policy.

As for who might be throwing Britt the ball this fall, the list of possible candidates is ever-expanding. We know that the Vince Young era in Tennessee will be over before the ink is dry on a new CBA, but Locker, Matt Hasselbeck, and Kerry Collins are all contenders. General manager Mike Reinfeldt has said from the beginning that the Titans won't rush Locker and that they'd pursue a veteran quarterback.

Hasselbeck's name was floated earlier in the week, and Collins, who sounded like he had taken his last snap for the Titans, told the Tennessean's Jim Wyatt that he definitely wants to come back in 2011. No word on if he's willing to be a nursemaid, however.

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Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Titans won't cut Britt; Collins wants to return

This story just highlights the perfect marriage between the owners & some players....

The owners are out to cash a big check no matter what.

The players who have top tier talent, understand that they make millions so their arrogance is way out of control.

So they tolerate each other because they both have a need that must be fed!!!



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Titans won't cut Britt; Collins wants to return

"It's ironic that we hear so much about the perils of "off-field issues" in the weeks and months leading up to the NFL Draft, when the reality is that "character concerns" work on a sliding scale. A college player projects to be a mediocre pro? He's dropped from most NFL teams' draft board because he's not worth the hassle. But if he projects to be a possible Pro Bowler, there's a willingness to look past certain personality flaws because … well, at the end of the day, the NFL is a business. And, in general, winning is good for business."

In what way is it "ironic"? The underlying current within your sea of remarks seems to be a charge of hypocrisy, not irony. This would surely put you in plentiful company. Alas, that would be the company of people who don't reason well or clearly. 

What is it that you folks want out of sports? A return to some imagined "Golden Age" that never existed? News flash, Mickey Mantle was a drunk, Babe Ruth was a walking venereal disease, and Ty Cobb was as miserable a human being as ever lived. The USC Trojans made their rep on moonlighting party boys like Marion Morrison (aka John Wayne) and his pals, soaking up the high life courtesy of their school's "admirers" in the film industry. Such will always be the way of things, so long as the larger society is run by the likes of Goldman Sachs and the Kosher Pork Sausage. Until we start throwing these latter fellows from the tops of skyscrapers, you remain what another of our fearless leaders once so accurately described, "nattering nabobs of nothingness".

The facts are these: Of COURSE "the NFL is a business", and there is NOTHING wrong with that. What it all should boil down to for them is a cost-benefit analysis. How big of a pain in the a** is THIS guy? Can we handle it (and him)? What are the opportunity costs of doing business with him? Can we afford them? Money, salary cap, bust potential, locker room headaches, PR risks, talent. So, yeah, if he's a bum in more ways than one, let him try and make a living selling the copper he rips out of streetlights. If he's got a boatload of God-given ability, then let's hope that he isn't caught ordering off menu in Koreatown. 

In no case are any of these teams in the business of baby-sitting. In loco parentis? In a pig's eye! 


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