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2014 Tennessee Titans offseason positional analysis: ST

After rounding out our looks at the offense and defense, our final stop on our trip around the Tennessee Titans position by position as we head into the 2014 offseason is a look at special teams. As I keep mentioning, special teams is a bit of an odd fit as a "position" since it consists of five separate and distinct elements, albeit with overlapping skills. These are...
Via Total Titans
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Field position and the Titans defense in 2013

After covering the offense earlier this week, I now turn my attention to how field position affected what the Titans did on defense this past season. Methodology is the same as last year and for the offense. Touchdowns are worth 7 points. Made field goals are worth 3 points. Missed field goals are worth 2 points. All other drives are worth 0 points. End of half/game drives where...
Via Total Titans
January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

2013 Tennessee Titans offseason positional analysis: ST

We conclude our trip around the Tennessee Titans as we head into the 2013 offseason with a look at the special teams. I like to start these positional analyses with a more macro-level view of where the Titans are in the position, focusing less on the specific individuals than in trying to provide a bit of context for where the position has been, where it is, and where it seems...
Via Total Titans
February 28, 2013  |  Discuss

The 303:30 – Preds’ struggles, Titans’ punter Brett Kern and Ads prospects with Ryan Miller

In this episode of The 303:30, presented by Brewhouse South, Jeremy and Codey discuss the Predators’ slow start, whether or not you should be concerned that Shea Weber has been held pointless through the first seven games and the impact of the loss of Patric Hornqvist means to the lineup. They visit with Ryan Miller of Admirals Round Table and get the scoop on which prospects...
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February 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Field position and the Titans defense in 2012

After yesterday's look at how field position affected the Titans' offensive performance in 2012, it is now time to look at how it affected the defense. My methodology is the same I've used in the past. Touchdowns are worth 7 points. Made field goals are worth 3 points. Missed field goals are worth 2 points. All other drives are worth 0 points. End of half/game drives...
Via Total Titans
January 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Titans annihilated by Packers, 55-7

Well, that was fun. By the time the Titans got a first down, they were down 14-0, if only because Randall Cobb failed to bring in two catchable passes. At halftime, it was 20-0. After the Packers had the ball five times on the second half, it was 55-0. Only a Jake Locker pass to Kenny Britt in the final two minutes of the game avoided the shutout. There's not a lot to say...
Via Total Titans
December 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Holy #$%$! Jets’ QB Mark Sanchez Sucks

The New York Jets’ playoff hopes are gone, lost in a wave of turnovers by struggling Mark Sanchez. After bumbling around all night, the Jets somehow still had a chance to win when they took over at the Tennessee 25 with 47 seconds left following a 19-yard punt by Brett Kern. But Sanchez fumbled a low shotgun snap, running back Bilal Powell inadvertently kicked the ball away and...
Via Unathletic
December 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Titans' takeaways end Jets' playoff hopes

NASHVILLE -- Victory went to the team making the next-to-last mistake Monday night. After Tennessee's Brett Kern shanked a 19-yard punt out of bounds at the Titans' 25-yard line with 47 seconds left, giving the New York Jets a final chance to win, quarterback Mark Sanchez gave the ball right back with his fifth turnover of the game. Sanchez's fumbled snap, recovered...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Titans end Jets' playoff hopes with win

By Greg Pogue FOXSportsTennessee.com NASHVILLE -- Music City might be the home of country music, but the New York Jets departed here Monday night with a case of the blues. Call them the playoff blues. With their 14-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans at a sold-out and soggy LP Field, the Jets (6-8) saw their flickering playoff hopes extinguished in what turned out to be a comedy...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
December 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Titans less-inept their way past Jets, 14-10

Well, there's something to be said about a game like this one, that's for sure. The Tennessee Titans didn't do much right in their late-season prime time showing, but did just enough for eke out a 14-10 win over a New York Jets squad that earned their playoff elimination in a game filled with error after error, many of them by the New York Jets offense. The first...
Via Total Titans
December 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Turnovers, special teams lead Bears to blowout over Titans

It started ugly, with a fumble by Kenny Britt on the first play. It got a little bit better, as the Bears became the first team not to score against the Titans on their first and second possessions. Then, the Titans had the ball again. Brett Kern had his punt blocked and returned for a score. The Titans got a safety the next possession, but were forced to punt, a punt Devin Hester...
Via Total Titans
November 04, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Tennessee Titans preseason positional analysis: ST

We continue our look at the Titans position by position as we rapidly approach the 2012 regular season with an analysis of the special teams, where the Titans have two returning stalwarts and two players who will be filling new jobs.My preferred metric for evaluating special teams play, and not just because I write for them, is Football Outsiders' ratings. That's for the...
Via Total Titans
August 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Tennessee Titans Rookie Hazing Haircuts

Look, at this point, if some NFL rookie doesn’t have a Ms. Pac-Man logo in his head at Titans camp by tomorrow morning, it will be a failed camp for the veterans. Sure, punter Brett Kern and his cohorts have come up with some great designs. Of course we’re impressed by a guy sporting a pair of sunglasses in his hair. Yes, a falcon claw coming out of a dude’s widow’s peak...
Via Busted Coverage
August 21, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Tennessee Titans offseason positional analysis: Special Teams

We continue our position by position analysis of the Titans, turning now to special teams. The Titans special teams were excellent in 2011, and that was reflected in Football Outsiders' metrics, which ranked Tennessee third in DVOA, first in weighted DVOA and third in non-adjusted VOA. Most of the high rankings should be credited to kicker Rob Bironas, who enjoyed a career...
Via Total Titans
February 29, 2012  |  Discuss

2011 Tennessee Titans Special Teams MVP: Rob Bironas

I've already selected an offensive MVP (Matt Hasselbeck) and a defensive MVP (Cortland Finnegan), so now it's time to move on to the third phase of the game and select a special teams MVP. And with all due respect to punter Brett Kern, who set a franchsie record by averaging 39.4 net yards per punt this year, Rob Bironas is an easy choice as the 2011 Tennessee Titans special...
Via Total Titans
January 12, 2012  |  Discuss

2011 Tennessee Titans Special Teams MVP: Rob Bironas

I've already selected an offensive MVP (Matt Hasselbeck) and a defensive MVP (Cortland Finnegan), so now it's time to move on to the third phase of the game and select a special teams MVP. And with all due respect to punter Brett Kern, who set a franchsie record by averaging 39.4 net yards per punt this year, Rob Bironas is an easy choice as the 2011 Tennessee Titans special...
Via Total Titans
January 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Scouting the Titans

The Saints just arrived into Nashville this early afternoon in preparation to face off against a 7-5 Titans team that for the most part has beaten the teams they were expected to beat and have caved against superior competition. I'd like to believe the Saints represent the latter, so a win should be firmly expected, but the Saints will have to go into hostile territory facing...
Via The Saints Nation
December 10, 2011  |  Discuss

Titans Insider: Outscored 79-24 last two games

For the second consecutive game, the Titans allowed an opponent to score five touchdowns. Tennessee has been outscored 79-24 in losses to Pittsburgh and Houston. BY THE NUMBERS 38.8 -- Matt Hasselbeck's passer rating in the 41-7 loss to the Texans. He was 14 of 30 with one touchdown and two interceptions. STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL WR Damian Williams did not return after hitting...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
October 24, 2011  |  Discuss

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