Titans look for playmaker at Defensive End

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The Titans would like to find another playmaker to pair with defensive end Derrick Morgan, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2010.

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Colin McCarthy Wants Bigger Role In 2012

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The success of Tennessee’s 2011 draft class is well documented, and no rookie shined more last season than fourth-round draft pick Colin McCarthy.

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Griffin Excited To Prove Himself

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Safety Michael Griffin wasn’t sure what to make of the Titans placing the franchise tag on him. “I am indifferent,” he said. “I’m being honest.

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Tag You’re It….Griffin?

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The Titans have placed the franchise tag on two-time Pro Bowl safety Michael Griffin, allowing both sides time to work on a long-term contract. NASHVILLE, Tenn. -The Tennessee Titans informed S Michael Griffin that they will be placing the team’s franchise tag on him today.

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Titans Name New Secondary Coach Brett Maxie

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans named Brett Maxie secondary coach.

Maxie joins the Titans after spending four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys in the same role. He has 14 seasons of NFL coaching experience, including stops at Miami, Atlanta, San Francisco and Carolina.

“What stood out to me was his diverse experience as a player and a coach,” said Titans head coach Mike Munchak. “He has worked with some really good coordinators from a variety of backgrounds. He is a detailed guy who has had a lot of success as a coach and a player. We were aware that his contract had expired, and I talked to a number of people around the league about him and heard nothing but positive things, which is a rarity in this league.”

In his time with the Cowboys, he worked for two different coordinators – Wade Phillips for the first three years and Rob Ryan last year. In 2008, his secondary helped the Cowboys rank fifth in the NFL in passing defense. In Maxie’s four years in Dallas, CB Terence Newman totaled 16 interceptions, which ranks as the ninth best total in the NFL over that time period. In his one season working in Dom Capers’ defense at the Dolphins in 2007, Miami fielded the fourth-best passing defense in the NFL. In four years at Atlanta (2004-06), Maxie helped develop CB DeAngelo Hall into a Pro Bowl cornerback. He spent five seasons with the 49ers (1999-2003), including three seasons as the assistant secondary coach and the final two years as secondary coach. During a three-year period (2001-03) with the 49ers, Maxie’s secondary totaled 66 interceptions – the third highest number in the NFL. His first NFL coaching job came at Carolina in 1998 as a quality control coach.

“I am really excited about this opportunity and the chance to work with Mike Munchak and Jerry Gray,” said Maxie. “I have played and coached against each of these men and I have great respect for what they are all about and what they have accomplished. Mike has an impeccable reputation as a coach and I like what I heard about how he runs his team. Jerry and I came into the league as players at the same time (1985) and our teams battled each other in the old NFC West and I have admired his work as a coach through the years.”

Maxie entered the NFL as an undrafted safety from Texas Southern. He originally signed with the New Orleans Saints and would go on to have a 13-year NFL career. During his career, he played in 153 games, including 104 starts, and recorded 23 interceptions and three touchdowns. Maxie played nine seasons (1985-93) with the Saints, one season in Atlanta (1994), two years in Carolina (1995-96) and finished his career with one year in San Francisco (1997).

Maxie replaces Marcus Robertson, who was let go earlier this month.

Let The Offseason Begin

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.

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Titans Say Goodbye To Secondary Coaches

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans informed secondary coach Marcus Robertson and assistant secondary coach Curtis Fuller that they will not be retained for next year.

STATEMENT FROM MIKE MUNCHAK

“I want to thank Marcus and Curtis for their time here. After meeting with the coordinators over the last couple of days, we decided to make this move today. Letting Marcus go was not an easy thing. He spent so many great years with this organization as a player, front office employee and a coach. I respect both men, but I wanted to move in a different direction for both of these spots. The interview process might take some time, but we will find the right fits for the secondary room moving forward.”

 

Titans Looks To Minimize Big Plays Against Texans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans coach Mike Munchak and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray on Thursday stressed the importance of keeping keen eyes on the football.

It may sound like an obvious step, but the coaches said the Texans are skilled at using fakes and deception to get defenders out of position.

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