Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Florida Visitor List

It's setting up to be the best environment inside Neyland Stadium in years. A pivotal game that could be the difference in Tennessee making a bowl or sitting at home for a 4th consecutive year, the checkerboard Neyland movement which promises to paint the stadium like never before, and an all-star list of recruiting prospects who will take it all in. It will be big.

A win would mean we simply need to take care of business against Kentucky at home and Vandy on the road (assuming we beat UTC which is a safe assumption) in order to make a bowl and show the world how far this program has progressed in such a short time and how prepared it is to take the next step. 

As I mentioned, it will be a big weekend for recruiting as several prospects Tennessee is chasing will be taking official visits along with several more who will be on unofficial visits. I've compiled a list of who will be there and will just mention briefly that while Ugo Amadi and Kyle Phillips initially planned to be in attendance, they have ultimately decided to attend the Ole Miss/Bama game instead. Here's the list.

2015 Official Visitors

  • LB Ricky Deberry
  • OT Pat Allen
  • DT Kahlil McKenzie (commit)
  • RB Johnny Frasier
  • CB Mook Reynolds
  • DE Darrell Taylor (commit)
  • CB Micah Abernathy
  • OL Matthew Burrell

Unofficial Visitors

2015

  • LB Jerome Baker?
  • RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn
  • LB Quarte Sapp
  • DE De'Andre Walker

    Commits
    • DE Andrew Butcher 
    • DT Shy Tuttle 
    • DT Khalil McKenzie
    • QB Quinten Dormady
    • P Tommy Townsend
    • OL Jack Jones
    • WR Preston Williams
    • LB Austin Smith
    • DT Quay Piccou
    • OL Chance Hall
    • TE Kyle Oliver
    2016
    • RB Tavien Feaster
    • LB Jaleel Laguins
    • CB Rontavius Groves
    • DB Nigel Warrior
    • RB Elijah Holyfield
    • LB Daniel Bituli
    • OL Drake Jackson
    • RB Antonio Williams
    • OT Bryce Mathews
    • TE Gabe Angel
    2017

    • ATH Maleik Gray
    • RB Ty Chandler
    2018
    • OL Cade Mays

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    Visitors for the Opener




    It's a big opening weekend for the Tennessee football team and a big opportunity to get recruits on campus with a Sunday day game with no competition from it's rivals for airtime and a vacation from school the following day, being Labor Day. As you would expect, the list is long of both 2015 and 2016 prospects set to take it all in.

    2015 Visitors

    DE Andrew Butcher (commit)
    ATH Joc Bruce (commit)
    DE Dylan Jackson (commit)
    S Jauan Jennings (commit)
    OL Zach Stewart (commit)
    RB Rocky Reid (commit)
    S Stephen Griffin (commit)
    OL Jack Jones (commit)
    TE Kyle Oliver (commit)
    ATH Vincent Perry
    DE Kyle Phillips
    DT Shy Tuttle
    LB Roquan Smith
    CB Ugo Amadi

    2016 Visitors

    OT Ryan Johnson (commit)
    QB Austin Kendall (commit)
    CB Donte Vaughn
    CB Marquill Osborne
    S Joejuan Williams
    DT Malik Walker
    RB BJ Emmons
    CB Mecole Hardman
    WR Dillon Mitchell
    S Donte Vaughn
    RB Moe Neal
    RB Antonio Williams
    OLB Tariqious Tisdale

    2017 Visitors

    QB Hunter Johnson



    Thursday, March 6, 2014

    Junior Day March 8th

    Spring practice starts Friday and it's another important weekend for recruiting. Here is a list of who is expected in for Junior Day this weekend.

    Junior Day March 8

    LB Tyler Cooksey
    LB Roquan Smith
    QB Nick Tiano
    QB Tommy Stevens
    QB Cole Kotopka
    QB Kelly Bryant
    QB Joe Burrow
    RB Bryce Love
    WR Tyron Johnson
    WR Van Jefferson
    WR Alex Ofodile
    WR Jalen McClesky
    DT Elijah Taylor
    DT Sterling Johnson
    DT Tyrell Jacobs
    DE Jalen Dalton
    DE Russell Ude
    DB Cam Ordway
    DB Micah Abernathy
    OL Venzel Boulware
    OL Marquelll Harrell
    OL Alex Givens
    OL/DL Dylan Jackson (commit)
    DE Andrew Butcher (commit)
    OL Zach Stewart (commit)
    OL Jack Jones (commit)

    2016

    DL Briston Guidry
    DL Malik Walker
    TE Jake Hausmann
    RB Kareem Walker

    Friday, February 14, 2014

    Jr. Day 2015 class #1 Feb 15

    Watch Emmit Gooden this weekend for a possible commit. Here's a list of everyone planning on being there this weekend for Jr. Day. The guys with a "?" were once scheduled to be here but I'm uncertain if they will make it in.

    • LB Darrin Kirkland Jr.
      DE Sterling Johnson
      WR CJ Sanders
      DE Darrian Roseboro
      OT Matthew Burrell
      DT Tim Settle
      LB Keaton Anderson
      WR Carl Tucker Jr.
      OT Austin Clark
      OL Zach Stewart (commit)
      FB/HB Joshua Thomas
      OT Matthew Burrell
      S Stephen Griffin
      DE Kyle Phillips ?
      OT Drew Richmond ?
      ATH Jaason Lewis ?
      CB Duke Shelley
      OLB Dee Smith
      DE Joc Bruce
      CB Cameron Ordway
      DE/OT Dylan Jackson (commit)
      ATH/Slot WR Jaylond Woods (commit)
      RB Keshawn Vaughn
      WR Jayson Stanley
      OLB Jaye Miner

      '16 commit CB Dorian Banks
      '16 DE Emmit Gooden (may commit)
      '16 OT Ryan Johnson
      '16 OT Bryce Matthews

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    National Signing Day 2014 NLIs

    First 14 are already enrolled

    1. Donatvius Blair
    2. Neiko Creamer
    3. Daniel Helm
    4. Jalen Hurd
    5. Jakob Johnson
    6. Josh Malone
    7. Emmanuel Moseley
    8. D'Andre Payne
    9. LaVon (Von) Pearson
    10. Ray Raulerson
    11. Coleman Thomas
    12. Owen Williams
    13. Ethan Wolf
    14. Demarya Mixon 
    15. Todd Kelly Jr.
    16. Dillon Bates 
    17. Vic Wharton
    18.  Rashaan Gaulden
    19. Derrell Scott 
    20. Aaron Medley
    21. Gavin Bryant 
    22. Treyvon Paulk
    23.  DeWayne Hendrix
    24. Jashon Robertson
    25.  Charles Mosley
    26. Derek Barnett 
    27. Michael Sawyers 
    28. Chris Weatherd 
    29. Cortez McDowell 
    30. Joe Henderson 
    31. Evan Berry
    32. Elliot Berry

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    Top 10 Instate Targets for the 2015 Recruiting Class

    The days until Signing Day are now in the single digits and there's little to talk about in
    regards to the 2014 class so I thought I'd break down where we stand with some of the top instate targets in the 2015 class. We're in good shape with several top prospects instate so let's take a look at them. I'm looking at the 247 rankings so if you want to follow along, look up our targets and click Tennessee on the right to pull up the list.

    1. OT Drew Richmond 4* - Richmond was a frequent visitor on campus this past year and was present for Foundation Day 2014 in addition to taking in the Georgia and Vanderbilt games. He is tight with Charles Mosley which obviously helps the Vols and has been known to chat with some of our prospects on Twitter. Our biggest competition for Richmond is probably Ohio State but we edge them out slightly on the crystal ball.
    2. CB Rico McGraw 3* - McGraw committed to Georgia soon after the hire of Jeremy Pruitt as defensive coordinator. Tennessee will not give up though. Expect them to continue to recruit the talented corner.
    3.  SDE Kyle Phillips 4* - Phillips is another guy who's fairly familiar with UT's campus as he was also present for Foundation Day as well as taking in the Georgia game. This one is shaping up to be a Vanderbilt/Tennessee battle. Phillips is no stranger to Vandy's campus either. He's been there several times and distance wise is much closer to Nashville than Knoxville. His mother played women's basketball for the Commodores so there is certainly a draw but Tennessee has put itself in good position to battle for the uber-talented defensive end. Tommy Thigpen, our ace recruiter is Phillips' primary recruiter. He doesn't let the good ones get away very often.
    4. ATH Juan Jennings 4* - Tennessee has offered this talented athlete though many suspect they like him as an athlete instead of his preferred position of QB. Vandy had offered under the previous staff at QB but it's not clear whether he's in their plans still and if so at what position. Jennings is still wide open and hasn't named any leaders so this one will be interesting to watch.
    5. OLB Joshua McMillon 4* - McMillon intends to take his time with his recruitment and really explore his options. One of those options is Tennessee. McMillon visited the Volunteers back in June of last year. He is a Memphis guy and one who Ole Miss has targeted at the top of their wish list. Memphis guys are always a tough pull for the Vols but Butch has Tennessee squarely in the picture for McMillon.
    6. ILB Josh Smith 4* -  Josh loves the Vols but his brother is committed to Vanderbilt. I think he's going to be tough to pull away from the Commodores who are just 30 minutes down the road from him but I expect us to try. He's been on campus multiple times both with and without his brother and has friends committed to Tennessee currently.
    7. WR Van Jefferson 4* - Jefferson is the son of Titans WR coach Shawn Jefferson. Van resides in Middle Tennessee currently but has no ties necessarily to the area. Tennessee is trying with him but many expect him to go North to Ohio State or possibly even Penn State.
    8. OT Jack Jones 4* - Jones is committed to Tennessee.
    9. CB Ugo Amadi 3* - Amadi, who is a 4* on Rivals, holds a Tennessee offer and we are currently his favorite. Vandy may try with him but Butch has us in a good spot. Amadi was on Tennessee's campus to take in the Auburn game and came away impressed.
    10. OT Zach Stewart 3* - Stewart is committed to Tennessee
    Those are really the names you need to know at this time. A couple of guys just out of the top 10 are ATH Jaylond Woods who is committed to Tennessee but I'm hearing may not end up part of the 2015 class and Dylan Jackson who is also committed to Tennessee. 

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

    Vol Commits in All American Games

    Under Armour All-America Game

    January 2nd, 4 PM EST ESPN

    LB Dillon Bates
    K Aaron Medley

    Offense-Defense All-American Bowl

    January 3rd, 5 PM EST ESPN3

    DL Derek Barnett
    TE Daniel Helm
    S Cortez McDowell
    OG Charles Mosley
    CB Emmanuel Moseley
    DL Cory Thomas
    WR Vic Wharton

    U.S. Army All-American Bowl

    January 4th, 1 PM EST, NBC

    RB Jalen Hurd
    S Todd Kelly
    LB Kevin Mouhon
    WR Josh Malone

    Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

    January 5th, 9 PM EST, Fox Sports 1

    OL Orlando Brown
    CB/S Rashaan Gaulden
    DE Dewayne Hendrix

    * Tennessee targets OL Benjamin Knox, RB Derrell Scott



    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Vandy Visitors


    Another home game and yet another important date for recruiting. We have one of our commits who has been to multiple games finally taking his official to Tennessee, several targets officially visiting, and the usual faces of committed recruits taking this one in. Also a '17 recruit with an offer to both Tennessee and Vanderbilt will be in attendence as the Vols take on the Dores.

    I will update this list throughout the week as more names are inevitably added.

    Officials

    • Charles Mosley
    • Alex Bookser
    • Jakob Johnson
    • Dejon Brown
    • Owen Williams
    • Johnnie Dixon
    • Clint Stephens
    • Jalen Hurd (commit)
    • Calvin Heurtelou


    Unofficial visits '14

    • Ethan Wolf (commit)
    • Todd Kelly Jr. (commit)
    • Vic Wharton (commit)
    • Chris Weatherd (commit)
    • Dontavius Blair (commit)
    • DaVonte Lambert (commit)
    • Daniel Helm (commit)
    • De'Andre Payne (commit)
    • Treyvon Paulk (commit)
    • DJ Smith
    • Dillon Bates (commit)
    • Evan Berry (commit)
    • Elliot Berry (commit)


    Unofficial visits '15

    • Josh Smith
    • Kyle Phillips
    • Cameron Ordway
    • Andrew Butcher (commit)
    • Dylan Jackson
    • Kobe Marfo
    • Lorenzo Nunez
    • CJ Sanders
    • Jack Jones (commit)
    • Zach Stewart (commit)
    • Jaylond Woods (commit)

    Unofficial Visits '16
    • Josh White
    • Jarett Guarantano
    • Tommy Kraemer

    Unofficial Visits '17

    • Maleik Gray





    Early Enrollees and FFAs

    This is just to keep track of everyone we have coming in December/Early January and those who have or have not signed Financial Aid Agreements. Remember, these guarantee recruits a scholarship come time to enroll and allow for unlimited face-to-face and other forms of contact but do not bind a recruit to a certain school.

    These can be signed with multiple schools but only by someone deemed to be on track to enroll early. I will update this list as needed.
    • Lavon Pearson - Signed LOI
    • Jalen Hurd - Signed FAA
    • Daniel Helm - Signed FFA
    • Ethan Wolf - Signed FFA
    • D'Andre Payne
    • Coleman Thomas - Signed FFA
    • Emmanuel Moseley - Signed FFA
    • Neiko Creamer
    • Demarya Mixon
    • Ray Raulerson - Signed FFA
    • Dontavius Blair - Signed LOI
    • Jakob Johnson - Signed FFA
    • Owen Williams - Signed LOI
    • Joe Henderson
    • Josh Malone - Signed FAA

    Friday, October 4, 2013

    UGA Visitors

    As we've thought all season Tennessee decided to break with tradition for a change and is breaking out the Smoky Grays for what is maybe the biggest weekend of the year in regards to recruiting. Many uncommitted prospects will be in Knoxville for the weekend some on officials some unofficially visiting. The largest group of prospects on campus will be the group of uncommitted 2015 prospects with some real gems showing up who Tennessee would love to get ahead on early. I'll break them down into groups below.

    2014 Official visitors

    RB Derrell Scott
    WR Travis Rudolph
    WR Josh Malone
    LB Clifton Garrett
    WR Braxton Berrios
    DE Dewayne Hendrix
    LB Dillon Bates (commit)
    CB Emanuel Moseley (commit)

    2014 Commits visiting unofficially

    S Cortez McDowell
    WR Vic Wharton
    OL Coleman Thomas
    CB De'Andre Payne
    WR Dominique Booth
    RB Jalen Hurd
    S Rashaan Gaulden
    DE Joe Henderson
    S Todd Kelly

    Uncommitted 2014 prospects visiting unofficially

    CB DJ Smith
    S Emanuel Smith

    All 2015 visits are unofficial.

    2015 Commits

    WR Preston Williams
    DE Andrew Butcher
    OL Jack Jones
    OL Zach Stewart
    ATH Jayond Woods

    Uncommitted 2015 prospects

    OT Drew Richmond
    DB Montrell Custis
    OL Chuma Edoga
    RB Taj Griffin
    LB Josh Smith
    DE Kyle Phillips
    DT Shy Tuttle
    CB Kaleb Chalmers
    DE Dylan Jackson
    OLB Roquan Smith
    OLB Anree Saint-Amour
    ILB Brandt Mitchell
    ILB Keaton Anderson
    QB Blake Barnett
    CB Cam Ordway
    ATH Maleik Gatewood



    Friday, June 7, 2013

    Early Summer Visits

    School is out for most of the recruits we are pursuing for the 2014 and future classes which means visits are on. Many recruits are setting up unofficial visits to their list of favorites to get a better feel for who is pursuing them.

    We have several prospects coming in this weekend including OL Brock Ruble and JUCO RB Akeem Judd today.

    On Saturday we are getting a visit from DE Andrew Butcher who is more than likely your next commit for the 2015 class. It really is impressive how Butch is setting up not only this class but next year's as well.

    On Tuesday we will get visits from the following:


    • OT Nick Richardson
    • S CJ Hampton (Ole Miss commit)
    • DT Trenton Thompson (2015)
    Next weekend is setting up to be huge. We will have 13 out of our 15 commits on campus which is huge for a number of reasons: more familiarity with the program, a chance to get to know better your fellow commits, and a chance to help in the recruiting efforts with a number of prospects who will be here as well.

    On the 14th besides the current commits the following are scheduled to be in town:

    The 21st will be busy too with the following expected to be here:

    That's all I have for now. Thanks for reading.


    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Locker Up - How Good Does the Titans Quarterback Need To Be in 2013?

    Much of the Titans offseason talk has included discussion of third year quarterback Jake Locker, his "accuracy issue" and whether Ryan Fitzpatrick could push him for a starting job. In my "hot seat" list I did include Locker for reasons that are readily apparent in the article. Clearly Locker has to improve on his 2012 season. Having said that, I do believe there is potential for expectations to be too high for Locker. Why do you ask? Let me explain.

    Locker was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft and played sparingly his first season. With limited snaps however, he looked good.


    I think we often forget how good Locker looked that year and how excited everyone was about what they saw in his performance. Sadly, his performance in 2012 was marred by injury, not only to himself but on the offensive line. Add to that inconsistency in the running game and some inexcusable drops from his receivers and his 2012 looks bad.

    Two things in particular concern me about Locker's 2012 and neither really have to do with "accuracy" per se. One, he had 11 batted passes and that didn't appear to be an issue in 2011 (he had 2). His release point does seem a little low and how much of that was attributed to guarding and his left shoulder injury is a question mark for me. Regardless, that is an area he must work on.

    OUCH

    Locker took 5 sacks in his rookie campaign out of 76 dropbacks. In 2012 he took 25 sacks out of 370 dropbacks. His most significant injury occurred when he was sacked by Glover Quin. Of course, this isn't all Locker's fault. Chris Johnson needs to block better for one. I also think former offensive coordinator Chris Palmers' system contributed. Still, Locker has to recognize pressure better and operate to protect himself and the football. He also fumbled the football 4 times (all of them lost) in 2012 usually at inopportune times (is there ever an opportune time?).

    All of this leads to the question of how good Locker needs to be in 2013 to satisfy the coaching staff and owner Bud Adams. Really what the fans think isn't that important. They say winning cures all and certainly winning more games in 2013 will help. Here is where I think the Titans would like to see improvement in 2013.

    TIME OF POSSESSION

    The Titans time of possession stats in 2012 were beyond atrocious. I wrote about it extensively in my game blogs if you are interested. While not all a product of the passing game that certainly contributed and this is a stat I believe without a shadow of a doubt the Titans want to see improved.

    RED ZONE SUCCESS

    The Titans ranked 22nd in the NFL in red zone scoring percentage based on touchdowns only. This is down significantly from 2011 and it is beyond embarrassing that they ranked only 25% efficiency in the red zone at LP Field. Not coincidentally, they also finished in the bottom half of the league in scoring points at 23.

    PASSING EFFICIENCY

    I labeled this efficiency and not accuracy with good reason. I have said time and again I think the accuracy issue is overblown. I think the Titans would far prefer to see less sacks, less batted passes and more production than they care about whether Locker throws a pretty pass. The first I have alluded to but one more stat I find discouraging from Locker's 2012 season is that his yards per attempt fell dramatically. Of course, the 2011 season is a small sample size and 6.9 isn't terrible. Locker ranked 18th amongst starting NFL quarterbacks in yards per pass thrown but dang if that 8.2 from 2011 isn't enticing. The Titans passing game ranked 22nd in the NFL in passing yards per game.

    OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION

    Obviously this is a catchall phrase and area but really if the Titans score points and win games isn't the goal accomplished? The Titans in 2012 finished in the lower half of the NFL in points, passing yards, rushing yards and total offensive yards. Per Football Outsiders, the Titans offense was ranked 29th in the league in offensive efficiency. Offensive production doesn't occur in a vacuum and in order to have a successful one the Titans must operate on all cylinders. Of course he was injured, but I expect the Titans to make better use of Locker's ability to operate out of the pocket and make plays in 2013 whether passing or running.

    What are your expectations for Jake Locker in 2013?


     

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    March 16th Junior Day Visitors

    Jalen Hurd, Beech High School
    Can you smell that? That's spring right around the corner which means one thing to the Volunteer faithful: our last "fix" of football until the fall.

    It also brings on curiosity seekers and onlookers in the form of former Vol Lettermen and recruits anxious to see what the new-look Vol offense and defense is actually going to look like -- or to get a better idea at the very least. Much of the meat of the O & D will not be on display until Fall and likely not during practices and scrimmages open to the media and fans.

    I've compiled a list of visitors who will be here for Tennessee's third Junior Day of the year this Saturday which coincides nicely with the first official scrimmage. Keep in mind, not everyone on this list will make it in -- that's almost always the case -- and there will be perhaps dozens not listed who will end up showing. With that in mind here is who will be in Knoxville. I will try and update this list as new names are added.


    • CB D'Andre Payne
    • JUCO OL Dontavius Blair
    • WR DeMarre Kitt
    • S Nick Glass
    • S Cortez McDowell
    • S Emmanuel Smith
    • LB Josh Smith (2015)
    • DT Matt Elam
    • LB Keeyan James
    • RB Jalen Hurd
    • S Rashaan Gaulden
    • LB Bryson Allen-Williams
    • RB Sedrick Palmer
    • DE Andrew Williams
    • RB Daryl Rollins
    • QB Penny Smith
    • RB Michael Lockhart
    • WR Miles Autry
    • DT Mike Sawyers
    • CB Rico McGraw (2015)
    • WR Kenton Baker
    • DE Lorenzo Carter*
    • OL Drew Richmond (2015)
    • RB D'Andre Ferby
    • LB Petera Wilson*
    • WR/DT QB Terry Googer
    • WR Rashad Canty
    • WR Josh Malone
    • DT Chris Williams
    • QB David Cornwell
    • LB Cornelius Watson (2015)
    • WR Emanuel Beal
    • DE Andrew Butcher (2015)
    • OT Orlando Brown
    • OT Steven Moss
    • OL Alex Bars
    • RB Racean Thomas
    * denotes uncertainty

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    My Thoughts on the Jake Locker Accuracy Tour

    The Jake Locker "Accuracy Tour" is in full swing and I was going to sit it out, or at least watch from the bleachers, but I elected to join the party. That's me I'm just a a social butterfly that way. I wrote extensively about Locker, his injury and his performance last season and analyzed individual games if you are interested. You can find them on this blog. I concluded that the Titans did Locker a disservice by electing to keep him on the active roster and  the "Accuracy Tour" just reinforces that opinion.

    Much was made of Locker's accuracy coming out of college and there is some foundation for it certainly. He struggled his last year at Washington behind a putrid offensive line and the results were fairly predictable. Sound familiar Titans fans? The Titans drafted Locker at the overall 8th pick in the 2011 draft, and he is now heading into his third year in the league.

    What many forget is how electric and exciting Locker was to watch when he debuted in 2011. He didn't get a lot of playing time but made the most of it leaving everyone to think big days were ahead for him. After a much heralded quarterback competition between him and Matt Hasselbeck, he was positioned to enter 2012 with high hopes.

    Locker actually looked pretty good his first 3 games before suffering the most severe injury to his left, non throwing, shoulder against Houston in game 4. Against New England, where he initially injured the shoulder, he was 23 of 32 for 229 yards, a completion percentage (Hi!) of 71.9, a QBA of 89.2, 1 TD, 1 INT, a bad lost fumble, and 2 sacks. He rushed for 11 yards on 2 attempts (5.5 avg).

    In game 2 against San Diego he wasn't as good going 15 of 30 for 174 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 0 sacks, and 0 fumbles. He rushed 2 times for 21 yards (10.5 avg). Game 3 against Detroit was perhaps his best game of the year where he was 29 of 42 for 378 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 0 sacks and 1 fumble lost. He rushed 4 times for 35 yards (8.8 avg).

    After getting hurt at the beginning of Game 4, he missed the next 5 games and it was widely reported his left shoulder injury would require surgery after the season. He suffered a dislocation and his shoulder continued to pop in and out during the course of the season. I invite you to peruse my game blogs where I talk extensively about his guarding issues and how it affected his play.

    In any event, his play after returning from injury was sporadic at best. Much is made of the inability of the Titans to score early on when he was the quarterback but those issues continued even after Hasselbeck assumed the helm. The Titans offense was offensive for many reasons: offensive line issues and injuries, a lackluster and then spotty running game, the disappearance of Kenny Britt in games, the "Palmer issue" amongst others. On top of that the emergence of young quarterbacks like RGIII, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Andrew Luck made Locker's struggles look even worse.

    I also wrote and I believe this more than ever that it would be unfair to judge Locker on the 2012 season because of the injury and the other issues facing the offense. The "Accuracy Tour" was as predictable as it is maddening and the Titans are completely to blame for it.

    I know hindsight is 20/20 but they did Locker a disservice by keeping him active after it was patently obvious he was struggling. The "Accuracy Tour" is a direct result of their decision to keep playing him instead of shutting him down and putting Hasselbeck back in charge.

    Speaking of hindsight, I think in time people will look back on the Titans 2012 and 2013 seasons as the years where decisions were made because people were concerned about losing their jobs. Time will tell whether those decisions worked out. For Locker, it means 2013 is a big year for him.


    You can find Locker's full stats here:  Locker NFL stats

    Thursday, March 7, 2013

    Titans Agree on a 2 year deal with Rob Bironas

    Today, the Titans agreed on a 2 year deal for kicker Rob Bironas. Jim Wyatt reports the deal worth roughly 6.7 million. I asked Wyatt if he had contract details but heard no response. The Titans have not released any contract details.

    I have repeatedly wrote that I thought the Titans should tag Bironas but it appeared the emphasis was on Jared Cook instead. When the Titans elected not to wage a battle over whether the franchise tag definition for Cook would be at wide receiver or tight end, I looked for them to tag Bironas. They didn't.

    The franchise tag for place kickers was set at 2,977,000.00 while the transition tag was set at 2,700,000.00. I got my tag numbers from this excellent article NFL Franchise Tag 2013. Rob Bironas is 35 years old and while kickers generally have a longer shelf life it has been reported the Titans were considering a kicker in the draft. A backup plan is certainly not a bad option. Given the numbers involved, on the surface it appears the franchise tag would have been the wiser move.

    UPDATE: According to Tom Gower the tag would have been the greater of the two franchise tags, or 120 percent of the player's salary, which would be $4.4 million. You can find Tom Gower's blog on that topic here Total Titans Franchise Tag Analysis.