Vince Young: The story of a black QB in the NFL

Vince YoungVince Young, the man that was once called “In-Vince-able” after his legendary championship performance against USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl. That was six years ago and how the times have changed.

Vince Young these days has a hard time finding a job in the NFL. The 2006 rookie of the year, 2008 comeback player of the year, two-time pro bowl player, and player with elite potential.

It completely baffles me that Vince Young can’t find a job in the NFL, yet Tim Tebow has a job and ESPN has him ranked as the 30th QB in the league. It completely disgusts me that V.Y. can’t find a job. He is not that stat machine that an Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, or Tom Brady is but he does the same thing that Tebow does, he wins!

His career record is 31-20. Which isn’t great, but still he is a winner. V.Y. showed he was good enough to be an NFL QB during his rookie year and saved Jeff Fisher’s job by leading the Titans to six straight wins with four of those being 4th quarter comebacks, and two of those comebacks the Titans were down 14+ points. They finished the season with an 8-8 record.

In 2007 he lead them to their first playoff appearance since 2003, they ended up losing to the San Diego Chargers in the wild card round.

In 2008 he was injured in the first game and while he was recovering the team went on to start 10-0 and ended up 13-3.

He sat on the bench and matured as player as he said in his own words.

The next year Kerry Collins continued as the starter, but the team started off 0-6 and was annihilated by the New England Patriots 59-0. After the bye week that year, it was time for V.Y. and boy did he ever deliver and saved Jeff Fisher’s job yet again. Starting off 0-6 and the team ended up 8-8 after V.Y. took over the starting spot.

In 2010 the Titans started off 5-5 and he was injured in a game and his injury required surgery. This ended up being the beginning of the end for VY in Tennessee. After the game it was noted that he threw his shoulder pads in the stands and had an altercation with Coach Jeff Fisher in the locker room. He was released after the season and ever since then his career has been a roller coaster ride that I’m sure he is tired of riding. Read more…

The most impressive running backs of the NFL Preseason

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The 2012 NFL Preseason is now halfway complete. While you can’t trust everything you see in the preseason, there are things you can pick up on. Here are a few running backs that have impressed us so far and who’s fantasy football arrow is pointing up.

Chris Johnson

CJ?K looked like 2011 Chris Johnson the preseason opener, but looked rejuvenated last week. Johnson had a few nice runs and found the end zone twice finishing with 46 yards on 10 carries. Johnson has been receiving rave reviews from coaches and teammates all offseason long as his latest preseason performance should cement his status a rock-solid first round pick, who I would have no problem taking at #4 in fantasy football drafts.

Jamaal Charles

Charles was on my short list for players to watch this preseason after suffering a torn ACL early last season. While he has received limited touches so far, he’s looks like he still has some of the burst he showed  prior to his injury. He has yet to suffer any setbacks and even took a big hit to his surgically repaired knee. You can draft Charles with confidence now. Read more…

Titans’ stars Locker and Johnson have up-and-down start

Jake Locker

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Jake Locker’s first start with the Tennessee Titans did not begin smoothly, but Locker eventually shook things off and marched Tennessee downfield on an impressive touchdown drive.

Locker, the second-year quarterback who is getting an opportunity to show what he can do with the first-string offense, struggled early on against the Buccaneers. And running back Chris Johnson struggled as well.

The Titans’ first offensive possession consisted of three handoffs to Johnson and a punt. Just as he did in the first preseason game — and just as he did for much of the 2011 season — Johnson failed to break any big runs.

On the second possession,  Read more…

Chris Johnson looking like CJ2k again

Chris Johnson

Titans running back Chris Johnson is coming off the worst season of his NFL career. In 2011, Johnson set career lows in rushing yards, yards per carry, and touchdowns. Everyone seemed to have their own explanation for Johnson’s struggles over the course of the year. Johnson didn’t look like the player he once was.

But Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Friday’s Inside Training Camp Live that Johnson appears to have rediscovered past elite form so far in camp. While running backs are difficult to evaluate accurately before full-contact football activities, Rapoport says the early signs are promising for the player once nicknamed “CJ2K.”

“I’ve been stunned,” said Rapoport, who is live at Titans training camp. “He looks like the Chris Johnson of old. … He’s fast, he’s in shape. Looks like he’s primed for a big year.”

NFL Network’s Charley Casserly also stated Friday that the Titans believe Johnson “came to camp on a mission,” after falling well short in 2011 of the standard he’d previously set.

The Titans are holding a quarterback competition, and their best wide receiver is recovering from his third knee surgery in the past ten months. Kenny Britt also figures to face a league-imposed suspension for an offseason arrest. Read more here…

Jake Locker fizzles after hot start in camp

Matt Hasselbeck,  Jake Locker

A report surfaced early Wednesday that Titans second-year quarterback Jake Locker had emerged internally as the favorite to start this season in Tennessee. The report was especially believable because Locker flashed big-time ability off the bench in 2011. He also outperformed incumbent Matt Hasselbeck on the first two days of training camp.

It’s been downhill since.

Locker has completed just 9-of-30 passes in the Titans’ last two practices. Meanwhile, Hasselbeck has gone 26-for-31. Locker hit rock bottom during Thursday evening’s session, missing on his first seven attempts before finishing 1-of-10 with an interception.

Some of Locker’s passes were interfered with, and receiver Nate Washingtondropped one. But Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean observed too many “sailed” throws. Added ESPN AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky, “the accuracy issue is alive and well.” Remember, the book on Locker coming out of college was that he possessed an exceptional arm-athleticism combination, but his accuracy needed fixing.

Coach Mike Munchak promises that he’s not worried. Read more here…

AFC South: TTR’s game changers

Join us as TTR Game Changers takes a tour through all 32 teams, identifying one player from every squad that I believe has a great chance of being a game changer in 2012.  To see the full series click here.

Houston Texans – When Wade Philips came aboard in Houston, he did the unimaginable.  He took that miserable squad and turned them into a dominant defense.  Transforming a defense alone is hard, especially when shifting to a new philosophy.  When they made that shift, they wisely drafted Brooks Reed out of Arizona State.  In some scouting circles he was considered a poor man’s Clay Matthews.  Well, poor or not, he played above expectations last year down the stretch as he got more playing time.  This year with Mario Williams gone, he will start opposite the emergent Connor Barwin, to help for one of the newest pass rushing duos in the NFL.  Barwin believes the sky is the limit for Reed, who is currently believed to be the strongest guy on the teamafter an amazing off season.  I expect Reed to build on his dominant post season performances  from the get go in 2012.  Reed and Barwin could surprise this year with 10 plus sacks each.
Tennessee Titans –  Maybe I am wrong, but I don’t like what the Titans are doing.  I don’t fully understand how they are trying to build this team.  It seems like each year they are letting go of players, while only pulling in a modicum of talent to replace them.  They do have some core players left on both sides of the ball, but it appears that it is becoming slim pickins.  This is a hard selection for me to make, because there are a few players that I go back and forth on.  I like Akeem Ayers potential, but I think he needs to develop a little more, and he may not have a lot of help on that side of the ball this season. Read more here…

Another day, another NFL player arrested for DUI

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According to Nashville radio station 104.5 The Zone, Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt has been arrested for DUI. Details on the arrest are still developing outside of the fact that it took place in Fort Campbell, an army base which is on the line between Kentucky and Tennessee. According to the report, Britt and teammate Tommie Campbell were bringing a female soldier back to the base when guards at the gate stopped the vehicle.

If true, this isn’t Britt’s first brush with the law. He had three bouts of legal trouble in 2011 for charges ranging from theft-by-deception to leading police on a car chase and resisting arrest. That led to a meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell that did not achieve its goal of scaring Britt straight if the radio report is true. He wasn’t suspended because the incidents came during the lockout, but Britt’s record dates back beyond that — seven previous arrests altogether — something that’s sure to impact a decision about punishment from the league.

Read more here…

Is Chris Johnson the best back in the league, he thinks so

Titans' Johnson scores a touchdown against the Bills in Orchard Park

Despite his early struggles in the 2012 NFL season, Chris Johnson believes he is still the best running back in the league.

Thirteen NFL running backs ran for more yardage than Tennessee’s Chris Johnson last season, but Johnson doesn’t think any of them are better than him.

Johnson says he considers himself the NFL’s top running back, regardless of last year’s disappointing output.
“I feel I am still the best back in the league, and I have no problem saying that,” Johnson said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “None of the active backs have done anything that I have done in the first four years, even though I had a bad year last year. So I still feel like I am the best back in the league.”
Johnson isn’t happy that he was ranked at No. 100 in the NFL Network list of the Top 100 players in the NFL. Read more here…

Hasselbeck says Kendall Wright is as advertised

Kendall WrightThe Tennessee Titans haven’t wasted any time heaping a big practice role on No. 20 overall pick Kendall Wright. The rookie wide receiver is running as Tennessee’s starter at “X” wideout, Kenny Britt’s usual position.

(Britt is out with a knee injury.)

13-year veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has seen his fair share of rookie receivers come into the league, and leave it. Hasselbeck has been impressed with Wright, and that might be putting it mildly. Read More…

NFL Draft 1st round recap: 3.0

In our third of six NFL Draft first round recaps, we take a quick analyses of picks made by the Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals, and New York Jets. Similar to our two previous draft analyses, some of these picks were great and some picks were just plain puzzling. With that, here is our third 2012 1st round NFL Draft analysis, enjoy!

20. Tennessee Titans-WR Kendall Wright, Baylor

With the 20th selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Titans selected slick Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright. With this pick, the Titans may have changed the outcome of the rest of the first round.

A bit of a shocking selection, I projected the Titans would select Stanford offensive guard David DeCastro, the Browns would pick Wright with the 22nd pick, and there would have been a very slim possibility that the Denver Broncos would have stayed in the first round to draft Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Read more here…

Kenny Britt may need 2nd knee surgery

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On Monday, there was a report that Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt might need a second operation on his knee after tearing his ACL and MCL last season. Britt had the surgery on Wednesday, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. It was an arthroscopic procedure that the Titans are downplaying as not being a setback in his recovery. General Manager Ruston Webster called the operation commonplace and said Wednesday that he still expects Britt to be ready to go at the start of the season. Read more here…

Jeff Fisher: Janoris Jenkins will be really good, really soon


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Janoris Jenkins

Jeff Fisher was confident when the Rams drafted Janoris Jenkins that they got a good NFL cornerback, and he’s even more confident about that now. Fisher said on ESPN’s NFL 32 that the Rams did a tremendous amount of research into Jenkins — who was kicked off the Florida Gators football team after multiple arrests and was dropped on some teams’ draft boards because of character concerns — and that they heard universally good things about him. “It started with the 15-minute interview at the Combine, and then the visit where we had him for the day. Believe me, no one did more research,” Fisher said. Read more here…