Tag:Tennessee Titans
Posted on: October 4, 2010 11:37 am
 

Welcome back, suspended stars!

Posted by Andy Benoit
B. Roethlisberger (US Presswire)
With the first quarter of the NFL season in the books, several big name players will be returning from league-mandated four-game suspensions. The headliner, of course, is Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers relied on three different quarterbacks and wound up going 3-1 without their star.

Santonio Holmes returns to a Jets offense that’s riding a three-game winning streak and has put up big passing numbers in two of those games. Holmes will replace Jerricho Cotchery in the starting lineup and instantly become Mark Sanchez’s primary deep target. (Holmes is also a spectacular route runner who can play underneath.)

Brian Cushing returns to a Texans defense that is 3-1 but getting gashed through the air. Cushing is an assertive blitzer who can defend tight ends in the flats. He won’t fix Houston’s problems, but he could at least alleviate them.

There are also two smaller name players of significance coming back. The Titans will have brash outside linebacker Gerald McRath bolster their linebacking depth. McRath is a tad inconsistent in the open field but he’s a better athlete than veteran Jamie Winborn at this point. Expect McRath to start at some point, if not right away.

Supple second-year tight end Shawn Nelson returns to a Bills offense that pretty much hasn’t existed through four games. Nelson, thanks to fluid agility, has star potential, though it’s a question whether he can stay focused and be properly utilized in Chan Gailey’s offense.

The underlining story of these suspension is that the teams of the three stars – Roethlisberger, Holmes and Cushing – all went 3-1 during this early stretch.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 9:48 am
Edited on: October 4, 2010 9:59 am
 

Kyle Orton rips Titans in postgame

Posted by Andy Benoit

How’s this for a postgame quote? Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton said of the Titans after his team’s 26-20 victory, "You always heK. Ortonar about how tough they are and all that stuff," Orton said.  "I don't think they're tough, I think they're cheap.  And it was one of the cheapest games I've ever seen out of some of those players."

Orton specifically mentioned cornerback Cortland Finnegan, whom he accused of punching guard Chris Kuper when Kuper’s helmet was off. "If that's the type of player Cortland Finnegan wants to be, well then he's a cheap player, not a good player."

Finnegan is known as one of the feistiest players in the NFL. But often times, “feisty” can mean “a jerk who happens to be small”. C. Finnegan

After the Titans baited the Giants into five personal foul penalties last week, there was talk about how Jeff Fisher’s team is known for being chippy. Finnegan and defensive end Jason Babin were both fined $5,000 for an unnecessary roughness penalties.


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Posted on: October 3, 2010 7:25 pm
 

Numerology: NFL Week 4

Posted by Will Brinson

The jury is still out on science, but the verdict on math is F-U-N, so we present the week in NFL from a numbers perspective.

1 - Middle fingers extended by Titans' defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil to an official upon not preferring the call on the field. Bad news: his fine is probably going to be a bigger number. Good news though is that Bud Adams will probably pay it, given his history for, um, flying birds at football games .

3 - 200-yard receiving games that Terrell Owens (and seven others) has in his career. Couldn't happen to a better guy!

8 - Consecutive games by Antonio Gates with a touchdown, just another record that he owns as a tight end. Once Tony Gonzalez retires in 2055, Gates can really work on catching his records.

25 - Yards that John Carney was able to move the football with his foot in order to ensure that Garrett Hartley is unemployed come Monday.

59 - Length of Josh Scobee's game winning kick for the Jaguars to topple the Colts Sunday. (Incidentally, that's also the number of Jags fans in attendance!)

60.2 - Quarterback rating for Donovan McNabb on Sunday. Of course, the number "one" is important too, since it's how many victories he has in Philadelphia.

67 - Games it took Maurice Jones-Drew to get 50 career rushing touchdowns, tied for the 13th fastest in NFL history. Yes, his fantasy owners are wondering why it wasn't somewhere between 64 and 66.

74 - Length of Arian Foster's third quarter touchdown run, which actually may be less important than ZERO, which is the number of carries he got in the first quarter after being benched for a "coach's decision" that made a lot of fantasy owners a whole lot of angry.

145 - Total yards from scrimmage by Charlie Batch as the Steelers lost their first game of the year. I assume everyone still thinks there's some sort of quarterback controversyin Pittsburgh?

158 - How many times Jeff Saturday and Peyton Manning have started a game together, which is the longest in post-merger NFL history. You wouldn't think you could get comfortable with your hands underneath another man's buttocks on a weekly basis, but I suppose after that many times it becomes routine.

165 - Speaking of Peyton, that's how many interception-less passes he'd tossed in a row until the third quarter against the Jaguars.

254 - Yards Steven Jackson needs to catch Eric Dickerson as the St. Louis Rams' all-time leading rusher following a 70-yard performance that helped him pass Marshall Faulk for second on the list and give him 6,991 for his career.

1,419 - Kyle Orton's passing yardage total thru four games of the 2010 season. Only Kurt Warner has a higher number in NFL history. (This is the part where we pause to let you pick up your jaw.)

12,012 - Career receiving yardage for Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, the only tight end in history to cross the 12k barrier. It cannot be understated just how fantastic his career has been and, perhaps more impressively, continues to be .
Posted on: October 3, 2010 2:22 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2010 2:23 pm
 

Cecil lets his finger do the talking

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We’re betting that commissioner Roger Goodell won’t like the fact that CBS cameras caught Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil flipping off the officials after taking exception to a defensive penalty during the first half of the Tennessee-Denver game. Let me repeat: Yes, Chuck Cecil was giving the officials the finger.

As Pro Football Talk points out,  Tennessee owner Bud Adams was relieved of $250,000 after cameras caught him flipping the bird in the direction of the Buffalo sideline last year. Also, Jets coach Rex Ryan was fined $50,000 after using his middle finger at an offseason MMA event.

Seriously, Chuck Cecil? You should know better. If you’ve got to make a statement, yell it. Don’t give anybody the one-finger salute. Now, Goodell will be forced to put five of his fingers into Cecil’s wallet. And Cecil will deserve it.

If I’m guessing the amount he’ll be fined, I’m going with $75,000 to $100,000 – more than Ryan, because Cecil’s moment came on an NFL field. I bet it was worth it.

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Posted on: October 2, 2010 2:00 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Week 4 injury news & analysis, part I

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jets at Bills

There’s no need to worry about Jets CB Darrelle Revis this week, because he’s out (though it looks like he could return in time for Week 5). But C Nick Mangold has been limited in practice all week and is questionable. Mangold, though, has never missed a start in his career, and considering how much the Jets need him, expect him to be on the field.

We also could see the return of LB Calvin Pace. But it sounds like coach Rex Ryan might want to rest Pace’s foot another week – in part, because the Jets most likely won’t be tested much vs. Buffalo’s offense.

Not having Bills DE Marcus Stroud, LB Andra Davis and CB Terrence McGee in the lineup will be tough for Buffalo. But the good news is LB Paul Posluszny – who’s missed the past few weeks with a knee injury – is probable to return.

UPDATE (4:47 p.m.): Calvin Pace has been downgraded to out for this game. He did not travel with the team.

Bengals at Browns


In the tepid Battle of Ohio rivalry, three important Bengals pieces are questionable to play – LB Keith Rivers (foot), DE Antwan Odom (wrist) and WR Jordan Shipley (shoulder). Rivers missed Week 2 and Odom were out last week, so their return would bolster a Bengals defense that ranks ninth in the league.

Meanwhile, Cleveland somehow has 15 players on this week’s injury report. That’s nearly 1/3 of the active roster. Considering six of those players – including RB Jerome Harrison and OT Joe Thomas – are probable, the situation isn’t quite as dire as it appears.

WR Joshua Cribbs was limited earlier this week with an ankle injury (he was also forced to wear a walking boot), but he should play. It’s still unclear if QB Jake Delhomme will make his return. He’s listed as questionable, but he’s been spotted limping around the locker room this week. It looks like Seneca Wallace should get the start again.

Ravens at Steelers


Ravens RB Ray Rice (knee) practiced Friday without wearing a no-contact jersey, and though he missed Wednesday’s practice – and was limited Thursday and Friday – he said he’ll play vs. Pittsburgh. Coach John Harbaugh is a bit more cautious and said Rice will be a gametime decision. Expect Rice to play, though.

Baltimore LB Cory Redding, who suffered a concussion last week, is questionable. As of Friday, he hadn’t passed his concussion test, and he probably won’t play. It’s unfortunate for the Ravens, because Redding, coming off the worst season of his career last year in Seattle, has played solid run defense this year.

Not much new coming from the Steelers. QB Dennis Dixon, OG Trai Essex and WR Donte Stallworth are all out for this week’s game.

Broncos at Titans


We’ve already talked about starting RB Knowshon Moreno and who will replace him against Tennessee (in case you’ve forgotten, Laurence Maroney will get the bulk of the carries with some help from Correll Buckhalter). LB Wesley Woodyard also is out with a hamstring.

OT Ryan Harris, who’s questionable with an ankle and who’s missed all season, should be back, and for the first time this season, the entire Denver’s starting offensive line will be on the field together. Yes, Denver ranks No. 2 in the NFL in offense, but the return of Harris should help.

Tennessee doesn’t have any major problems. Starting CB Jason McCourty is still out after undergoing forearm surgery, but there shouldn’t be a big dropoff with Alterraun Verner playing in his place. DE Jacob Ford and and DT Tony Brown are questionable.

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 1:59 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2010 2:02 pm
 

Hot Routes 10.01.10 (cool looking date, huh?)

Hot Routes
Posted by Andy Benoit


C. Ochocinco (US Presswire)
Chad Ochocinco is sorry for the sex-line flap (even though he has nothing to apologize for since he wasn’t at fault). This is at least the second time we’ve mentioned this story about Ocho’s cereal, and it’s probably the fifth or sixth time you’ve heard about it. This begs the question…could the mistake have been a clever publicity stunt? (Think about it: would we be talking about the cereal without the sex-line controversy?)

The Redskins couldn’t practice Thursday because it was raining. Seriously.

Football wasn’t the only thing Braylon Edwards was thinking about last Sunday.

Eagles second-year running back LeSean McCoy is getting some well-deserved props for his improvements in pass-blocking. (By the way, that was three hyphens in one sentence!)

John Madden remembering George Blanda.

Our own Will Brinson continues to sit by the window, staring off blankly as he thinks about the bum ankle of his beloved Sean Weatherspoon. The Falcons linebacker missed practice again on Thursday.

Titans running back Javon Ringer wouldn’t mind getting more action behind Chris Johnson. Jeff Fisher has hinted a few times this week that the second-year man will get a heavier load. (Ringer has 13 carries on the season.)

Normally, homemade music videos don’t make it anywhere on CBSSports.com (except maybe the message boards). But this Redskins hip-hop video is an exception. (Notice the notice editing on the superhero bit about 30 seconds or so in.) Oh, also, my editor pointed out that, thanks to a quick few seconds of iffy content, we need to add a NSFW warning. Or, maybe it is suitable…depends on your view of animal behavior. We'll say nsfw (lowercase)."

Sean Payton thinks John Fox would be the top free agent available next year if the head coach doesn’t stay in Carolina.

Is this the most unforeseen NFC Offensive Player of the Month recipient of all-time?

Packers rookie linebacker Frank Zombo (what a name, by the way), was fined $7,500 for his hit Monday night on Jay Cutler. (Going by Shaun Smith’s fine…for just $2,500 more, Zombo could have nailed Cutler where it really counts.)

For some reason, Dwayne Jarrett thought now would be a good time to reveal that his agent approached the Panthers about trading the receiver during the offseason.

Ray Rice is a go for Sunday.


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Posted on: September 29, 2010 8:41 pm
 

Vince Young doesn't get it

Posted by Andy Benoit

On Thursday, Vince Young responded to a reporter earlier this week from The Tennessean that said the quarterback was tardy to a meeting and missed another meeting leading up to the Steelers game in which he was benched. Here is an excerpt from Jim Wyatt’s article on Young’s response: V. Young (US Presswire)

“Every time it is always something about Vince. It’s Vince, Vince, Vince, Vince, Vince,” Young said. “But it’s all good. I don’t feed into it. I don’t even read the stuff. Half the time I don’t know what is going on.’’…

One of the absences was excused so Young could attend an event with the late Steve McNair’s children, but sources said Young returned later than expected. Young missed a Friday meeting, but did not miss any practice time during the week.

Asked if talk about missing meetings was overblown, Young said he doesn’t “read all that stuff so I can’t answer those questions.”

Asked if he missed meetings before the Pittsburgh game, Young was evasive.

“I don’t really know where all this is coming from so I don’t really want to answer that,’’ he said. “I just want to continue trying to prepare myself. It seems like every time something comes up it is an issue with Vince. I don’t understand that. But I am just working hard and trying to prepare myself to play right now. You have to take it up with Fish, please take it up with Fish. Don’t ask me.’’

Wyatt is a good reporter. He wouldn’t write this about the quarterback of the team he covers daily unless he was sure the information was valid.

Beyond whether Young attended every meeting or not, the very fact that this conversation is legitimately taking place should alarm the Titans. Can you imagine speculation about missed meetings ever occurring with Tom Brady/Peyton Manning/Drew Brees/Just About Any Other Professional Quarterback?

In case you aren’t sure whether or not Young has the character to lead the Titans, take a look at this article that Greg Bedard wrote about Jermichael Finley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel back in May (a few weeks before Young’s widely-publicized strip club fight).

Bedard focused on the callow Finley’s much-needed offseason maturation. In reading between the lines, we get a revealing side note about Young:

This offseason, Finley fired respected agent Blake Baratz and rehired Major Adams, the first agent he had after leaving the University of Texas.

Adams is better known as the pseudo-uncle/agent of quarterback Vince Young. That was until last week, when Young fired Adams and hired Tom Condon.

According to one league executive, Adams "has the reputation for being clueless, and part con man. It's somebody you don't want around your players. He's the reason Finley went where he did in the draft."

Adams' mismanagement led to Finley showing up out of shape to the '08 scouting combine. After a poor 40-yard time, he plummeted down draft boards.

Despite that, Finley brought Adams aboard again this year. It was his third agent change in 24 months.

To clear his head as he and his 22-year-old wife, Courtney, went through a rough patch, Finley went off to Austin, Texas, in February.

Adams didn't have a plan for him, Finley said, so he worked out on his own. He also played hard at night in the college town with Adams and Young.

But Finley knew he wasn't in a good spot. It was the kind of thing coach Mike McCarthy talked about at the owners' meetings when Finley was mentioned.

"You always worry about young guys that have success that fast, that quick, particularly more when they aren't at work," McCarthy said. "But it's all part of growing up."

In early March, Finley woke up.

"I was like, 'What am I doing?' " Finley said. "Leaving Blake, going with Major, going to Austin was a disaster. Stupid.”


So even Finley, while still learning his way as a pro athlete, was put-off by the night life of Adams and Young in the college town? Young turned 27 in May. Off-season or not, what’s he doing partying regularly (presumably) in a college town?

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Category: NFL
Posted on: September 25, 2010 11:57 am
Edited on: September 25, 2010 1:05 pm
 

Week 3 injury report & analysis - early games I

Titans @ Giants

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

DE

Jason Babin

ELBOW

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DT

Tony Brown

KNEE

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

CB

Cortland Finnegan

THIGH

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Jacob Ford

KNEE

OUT

08/15/10

LB

Gerald McRath

Suspension

 

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

LB

Chase Blackburn

KNEE

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

TE

Kevin Boss

CONCUSSION

PROBABLE

09/26/10

LB

Phillip Dillard

HAMSTRING

OUT

09/26/10

S

Michael Johnson

BACK

OUT

09/26/10

WR

Mario Manningham

ILLNESS

PROBABLE

09/26/10

C

Shaun O'Hara

ANKLE, ACHILLES

DOUBTFUL

09/26/10

CB

Aaron Ross

FOOT

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Justin Tuck

SHOULDER

QUESTIONABLE


Michael Johnson helps the Giants D most by not playing – the guy has really struggled in coverage the past year and a half.
O’Hara’s leadership and grittiness would be sorely missed. His replacement, Adam Koets, is inexperienced, undersized and has spent most of his young career as a backup offensive tackle.

Brown is one of the quickest players off the snap in all of football. Ford brings length and athleticism on the edge as a pass-rusher, though the Titans can live without him. 


B
engals @ Panthers

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

DE

Jonathan Fanene

HAMSTRING

OUT

09/26/10

DT

Tank Johnson

TOE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

CB

Adam Jones

SHOULDER

DOUBTFUL

09/26/10

RB

Brian Leonard

FOOT

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Antwan Odom

WRIST

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

WR

Terrell Owens

BACK

PROBABLE

09/26/10

LB

Keith Rivers

FOOT

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Frostee Rucker

TOE

QUESTIONABLE

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

TE

Gary Barnidge

RIBS

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Tyler Brayton

ANKLE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Charles Johnson

CALF

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

WR

Brandon LaFell

HAMSTRING

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DT

Louis Leonard

ELBOW

PROBABLE

09/26/10

T

Jeff Otah

KNEE

OUT

09/26/10

LB

Jordan Senn

ANKLE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

WR

Steve Smith

THIGH

PROBABLE

Jones won’t be missed because the Panthers have such poor receiving depth.

Carolina needs Otah in the worst of ways. Even with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, the team has just 208 yards rushing on the season. (Of course, it’s not like opponents have had to worry about getting burned through the air by Carolina’s passing attack). Still, Otah is the primary source of run-blocking power on the right side.

Steelers @ Buccaneers 

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

QB

Dennis Dixon

KNEE

OUT

09/26/10

NT

Casey Hampton

HAMSTRING

PROBABLE

09/26/10

G

Chris Kemoeatu

KNEE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

T

Max Starks

ANKLE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

WR

Hines Ward

CALF

PROBABLE

09/03/10

QB

Ben Roethlisberger

Suspension

 

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

C

Jeff Faine

CALF

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

QB

Josh Freeman

RIGHT THUMB

PROBABLE

09/26/10

RB

Kareem Huggins

GROIN

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

LB

Niko Koutouvides

ANKLE

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

CB

Myron Lewis

KNEE

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

RB

Carnell Williams

HAMSTRING

PROBABLE

09/26/10

TE

Kellen Winslow

KNEE

PROBABLE

09/22/10

DB

Tanard Jackson

Suspension

 

The Bucs are averaging barely over three yards per carry on the ground. Don’t expect them to get anywhere near that amount if Casey Hampton is back. Hampton outweighs center Jeff Faine by at least 60 pounds.


Bills @ Patriots

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

LB

Keith Ellison

KNEE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

S

Cary Harris

HAMSTRING

PROBABLE

09/26/10

G

Andy Levitre

NECK

PROBABLE

09/26/10

LB

Paul Posluszny

KNEE

OUT

08/20/10

TE

Shawn Nelson

Suspension

 

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

QB

Tom Brady

RIGHT SHOULDER

PROBABLE

09/26/10

WR

Taylor Price

ANKLE

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

RB

Fred Taylor

TOE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

CB

Terrence Wheatley

FOOT

OUT


Posluszny has been used at outside linebacker early this season, which goes to show how thin the Bills are in their pass-rush. Because of this, expect Buffalo to play a coverage-based defense against the New England offense and focus on stopping the run.

With Wheatley out, struggling corner Darius Butler gets to keep his starting job at least one more week.


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