Former Broncos RB Davis Questions Chris Johnson’s Effort

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Former Broncos running back and Super Bowl hero Terrell Davis questions the effort of Titans running back Chris Johnson this season according to Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean.

“When I watch film, I don’t see the effort in him,” Davis said. “And I never, ever want to question somebody’s effort. But … the tape, it doesn’t lie. And I don’t see the desire I saw when he was Chris Johnson, the no-big-contract Chris Johnson.” Davis, who now works for the NFL Network as an analyst, was asked about Johnson as part of the Super Bowl media blitz and his comments have been echoed by other observers. Pro Football Focus ranked Johnson 30th out of 32 running backs in yards after contact in 2013. According to Davis, CJ2K is no longer “willing to bang your head against the wall if the wall is not breaking down.”

Johnson is still young enough to prove that Davis is wrong in his evaluation but his next chance will not likely be in Tennessee. Most NFL sources expect the Titans to cut ties with the running back this offseason.

Chris Johnson To Have Surgery On Torn Meniscus In Knee

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Workhorse back Chris Johnson gutted out most of the season playing with a torn meniscus in his knee.

He will have surgery on the knee this week to get it fixed. Finally.

Johnson told The Tennessean he suffered the injury in Week 3.

“It’s nothing major,” he said in a text message to the Tennessean, a paper in Nashville. “People don’t know I been playing with it since week 3 of the season.”

Johnson rushed for 90 yards in Tennessee’s 20-17 Week 3 victory over the Chargers.

The three-time Pro Bowler is expected to need at least a month to recover from the operation, according to multiple media reports.

The 28-year-old rushed for 1,077 yards and six touchdowns this season.

Titans Hire UCLA DC Lou Spanos As LB Coach

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The Titans have hired Lou Spanos as linebackers coach, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

Spanos has coached 17 years in the NFL. The past two seasons he was defensive coordinator at UCLA. Prior to that he was linebackers coach with the Redskins and Steelers.

Spanos worked with new Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt in Pittsburgh.

“He has put together a great body of work during his career,’’ Whisenhunt said. “In his extended time in Pittsburgh working with Dick LeBeau, he gained a tremendous amount of experience and contributed to some of the best defensive teams in the league. As defensive coordinator at UCLA, he again showed he is a good teacher and leader and we are lucky to have him working with our linebackers.”

Titans Come To Terms With Ray Horton To Coach Defense

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The Titans have a new defensive coordinator, as the team has reached a deal with former Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton to join Ken Whisenhunt‘s staff.

Horton spent one year with the Browns, but was free to look for another job after the team fired Rob Chudzinski after one season.

The 53-year-old will be reunited with Titans new head coach Whisenhunt, who was his boss in Arizona in 2011 and 2012.

Horton was a hot coordinator after the 2012 season, and interviewed for some head coaching jobs prior to taking the Browns defensive coordinator position.

Titans Hire Jason Michael As Offensive Coordinator

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Well Ken Whisenhunt is in town, and he is bringing somebody with him. The Titans hired San Diego Chargers tight ends coach, Jason Michael, as the offensive coordinator. Whisenhunt worked with Michael while he was with the Chargers as their offensive coordinator.

“Jason really impresses me with his knowledge of the run and pass game and he was a big part of putting together our plans last year in San Diego,” Whisenhunt said of Michael in a statement issued by the Titans. “He is very familiar with the offensive system that we want to implement here, which includes bits and pieces from a number of offensive systems. He is intelligent and a good communicator. He was responsible for presenting a couple of game-plan packages to our offense each week and he was impressive.”

Michael has spent time as an assistant coach with the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, and Oakland Raiders. The 35-year-old Michael coached the tight ends for three seasons in San Diego, leaving his impression on the right person to land him his new job.

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Browns Horton Leading Candidate To Be New Titans Defensive Coordinator

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Ray Horton is currently the “leading candidate” to become the new defensive coordinator of the Titans and new head coach Ken Whisenhunt, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

Horton is still technically under contract to the Browns but is caught in the twilight zone of the Browns’ search for anyone willing to accept their head coach vacancy.

He has a lengthy history with Whisenhunt, as he was defensive backs coach for the Steelers when Whisenhunt ran the offense and Whisenhunt brought Horton to Arizona to run the defense in 2011.

Horton left the Cardinals when Whisenhunt was fired and Horton was passed over for the head coaching job in the desert. His one-year stint in Cleveland produced one of the most-underrated defenses in the NFL last season.

Video: Whisenhunt Accepts Titans Coaching Job

Ken Whisenhunt has accepted the head coaching position with the Tennessee Titans.

Ken Whisenhunt Hired As New Titans Head Coach

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Ken Whisenhunt led the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl six seasons ago.

The Titans are hoping he can repeat the feat in Tennessee.

Today the Titans turned their head coaching duties over the Whisenhunt, one day after his team was bounced from the playoffs, the San Diego Chargers.

Whisenhunt was serving as the offensive coordinator in San Diego, and did a fine job guiding an offense that was led by QB Phillip Rivers.

Now the Titans are banking that the 51-year-old can guide the Tennessee offense, led by QB Jake Locker and running back Chris Johnson.

The Titans spoke to Whisenhunt on Friday in San Diego.

He was the fourth candidate interviewed after Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

Whisenhunt began his coaching career at Vanderbilt, where he coached the Commodores’ special teams and tight ends from 1995-97.

He moved into the NFL the following year, and coached either tight ends or special teams for four teams — Ravens, Browns, Jets and Steelers.

Then in 2004 he was given the title of offensive coordinator for the Steelers, and a year later he earned a Super Bowl ring as the Steelers beat Seattle in Super Bowl XL.

He moved to Arizona two seasons later, and helped resurrect the career of quarterback Kurt Warner.

In the 2008 season, he wound up as the coach on the other side of the Steelers, and nearly led the Cardinals to their first title, falling just short in a 27-23 loss to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLIII.

Now the Titans have seen the resume, have spoken to him, and now trust him with their franchise. All in the hopes of seeing Whisenhunt lead the Titans back to the Super Bowl.