My my my, how the mighty have fallen….First, I would like to acknowledge that in my previous article I optimistically stated I believed that after the season opener our Defensive Coordinator Jerry Gray would better prepare our Titans Defense in upcoming games, and that overall they would tighten up as a unit and begin to perform to the talent level that the fans know them to have. Even though I still believe that this could happen, so far I have been proven wrong. I did correctly state however, that Offensive Coordinator Chris Palmer still deserved to be fired due to his inability to give our team any sort of Offensive chance to win ball games, due his sub-intellectual inability to ever consciously put together anything resembling a winning Offensive game plan, leading me to believe that it is now to the point that Titans players are all now dumber due to his incessant ramblings during team meetings.
It seems like just yesterday when Derrick Mason was catching passes from Steve McNair and making big plays at LP Field.
Mason, a fourth-round draft pick by the Tennessee Oilers in 1997, played his first eight NFL seasons in Tennessee, becoming the franchise’s fifth-leading all-time receiver with 453 receptions for 6,114 yards (13.5 avg) and 37 touchdowns.
He was part of a core group of legendary Titans players, including the likes of McNair, Eddie George, Frank Wycheck, Bruce Matthews, Jevon Kearse, Blaine Bishop and Kevin Dyson that led Tennessee to a Super Bowl appearance and the NFL’s best combined record from 1999-2003.
The Titans 9-7 winning season was a far cry from the predicted 4 wins and last overall ranking in the AFC South that the “experts” predicted during the preseason. With arguably the team heading into the 2011 season with the most hurdles to overcome, after having fired sixteen year Titans veteran Head Coach Jeff Fisher, Offensive Coordinator Mike Heimerdinger (Rest In Peace Dinger, Much Love), Defensive Coordinator Chuck Cecil, Starting Quarterback Vince Young, backup Quarterback (once starter) Kerry Collins, and the loss of Defensive Line Coach Jim Washburn to the Iggles. In addition having to deal with the NFL lockout (I know it affected everyone) the Titans had to acquire a new Quarterback in Matt Hasselbeck, a Middle Linebacker Barrett Rudd (replaced by Colin McCarthy), a new Offensive Coordinator (Chris Palmer), a new Defensive Coordinator (Jerry Gray), a new Head Coach (Mike Munchak), a new Offensive Line Coach since Munch became Head Coach (Bruce Matthews), and last but not least a new Defensive Line Coach (Tracy Rocker). The Titans entire overhaul of the Coaching staff is by far one of the largest in NFL history, not to mention their 9-7 record and near playoff berth (first since 2008) is a true indication that the change was for the better, in my opinion, had it not been for the lockout we would be in the tournament as I write this.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s opening possessions have been linked to its final outcomes this season.
The Titans have scored four times on their opening possessions in 15 games this season and are 3-1 in those contests, compared to 5-6 when they have not scored the first time they’ve touched the ball.