Tennessee Titans Winning Keys

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There are several keys to defeating the Steelers.

1. Pressure Roethlisberger. He will pump fake. The Titans defense do not need fall for any of it. Stay on your man.

2. The Steelers look weak at Running Back. Make Roethlisberger throw down field. Do not give him any options.

3. It’s important for Tennessee to get pressure on the quarterback early in the game, setting the tone for relentless aggressiveness from the defense.

4. Stretch the Steelers defense with a long pass off of play action. A defense will often loosen up the blitz if you burn them once or twice with a long pass.

5. Use an effective draw play to fool the defense.

What does a Titan victory mean?

It improves Mike Munchak’s career record as a head coach to 16-17 and gives Jake Locker a 5-7 record as a starting Quarter Back. This game will be a good opportunity to show off our running game. The Titans can use this game to make their identity clear within the league.

 

 

Steelers Week!

As every Tennessee Titans and Houston Oliers fan knows it’s Steelers week!

These two team have a very rough and tough past. The teams first squared off against each other on September 20, 1970 with the Oilers defeating the Steelers 19 – 7.  The Steelers have the upper hand in overall series (regular & postseason): Steelers lead 44-31. In 2012, Rob Bironas made a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give the Titans a 26-23 victory over the Steeler. The last-second field goal concluded a brief 33-yard drive that began after Shaun Suisham missed a 54-yard field goal that would have given the Steelers the lead with 49 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

 

1. What will be the biggest key for the Titans to stop the Steelers blitzes?

RUN THE BALL. Is smash and dash back? I think so. The Titans acquired Shonn Green from the Jets who is a very powerful, down hill,  Running back. I fully expect him to get all of the short yards and most of the goal line work. Green is a great compliment to CJ2K. With these two on the field that Steelers blitz will be slowed down.  You do not score on every running play and most of them are not pretty, but you will wear down a defense. Chris Johnson only needs 112 rushing yards to become the third player in franchise history to reach 7,000 career rushing yards, joining Eddie George (10,009) and Earl Campbell (8,574).
2. What will the Titans Defense look like with Gregg Williams?
Gregg Williams comes home to the Titans where he started his career in 1990. In his final season, the Titans ranked first in the league in defense and second in scoring defense. The Titans tallied 109 total sacks 1999-2000 and 40 takeaways in 1999. He brings the back the very physical defense that the Titans have been missing in years past.
3. How good can the Titans Offensive line be In 2013?
There was a lot of off season work done on the offensive side. Several veteran free agents who signed with the Titans as free agents during the offseason are scheduled to make their regular season debuts in a Titans uniform, including TE Delanie Walker, RB Shonn Greene, G Andy Levitre, and G Chance Warmack. Warmack can become the first Titans rookie offensive lineman to start Week 1 for the Titans since 2005. With all of these additions this offence is in a perfect storm. This year will be Lockers time to shine. Fans should expect BIG things.
I fully expect for this game to be a close one with old AFC Central Divisional fires still burning.  This is a must win for the Titans.
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New OC Dowell Loggains Will Chat Directly With QB Instead Of Wristband

Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains has virtually done away with the call sheet/wristband preferred by his predecessor, Chris Palmer.

He plans instead to communicate the specific call directly to the quarterback, David Boclair of Nashville City Newspaper reports.

“My thing with the wristband is I believe the quarterback should know the gameplan well enough,” Loggains said. “If the headset goes out, then he should be able to call the game. … We’ll use a wristband for emergencies only, but we won’t call the plays in like we used to that way.”

As part of that change, most of the plays are not called what they were in recent seasons.

The move away from the wristband was made in conjunction with a reduction of the number of words needed to designate what is to happen. Players often noted that Palmer’s play calls sometimes required a deep breath in order to spit out all the necessary words.

“I took the advice of a lot of people I talked to … and we sat in a room and said, ‘What’s the best way to call this formation? What’s the best way to call this motion?’ and cut out as much mental clutter as possible,” Loggains said. “Some of these play calls, they’re still long, but I feel like we’ve done a good job streamlining it and making the verbiage as small as possible.”

Titans Fans! Enter The New Era Photo Day Contest!

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New Era, the official on-field headwear of the National Football League, is teaming up with the NFL to launch the Back to Football Photo Day contest. So what this means is that Titans fans will now have the chance to join the ranks of Chris Johnson to also become THE face of the Titans.

The contest, which is live at www.speakwithyourcap.com or through New Era’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/neweracaps?fref=ts) will require Titans faithfuls to submit photos of themselves showcasing how you personally “speak with your cap.”  Whether you wear your cap sideways, backwards or flexed at the brim, show how you are bringing your own style to the game.

32 fans (1 per team) will ultimately be chosen and win a complimentary trip to New York City for two. The winners will enjoy a four-day VIP experience and will be professionally styled in their favorite team’s looks for a New Era photo shoot that may be used for a year-long advertisement and promotional campaign.

Munchak Says He’s Not Sure When John Abraham Will Make His Decision

John Abraham

Multiple media outlets reported talks between the Titans and free agent defensive end John Abraham, a 13-year veteran who has spent the past seven seasons with Atlanta and his first six with the Jets.

Abraham, who turned 35 Monday, is a four-time Pro Bowler who has twice been selected as a first-team All Pro.

Titans coach Mike Munchak discussed Abraham publicly for the first time Friday after Tennessee’s rookies concluded a mini-camp practice.

“We talked to him, spent some time with him. It’s looking at what he wants, what we want,” Munchak told Craig Peters of Titansonline.com. “We’ve been talking to him; nothing’s been done. He hasn’t obviously made a decision, and (I don’t know) how quickly he’s going to make the decision.”

“It’s a business thing, so we’re talking to him, Munchak said. “Obviously, we know what kind of player he is and has been. He’s going to be playing in this league. We all know that. It’s just a matter of where the best fit is going to be.”

New Safety Pollard: Titans Will Play “Smack You In The Mouth” Football

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New Titans safety Bernard Pollard promises that Tennessee’s revamped defense will be aggressive and ready to play what he calls “smack you in the mouth” football.

If one player fights, Pollard sees a team where all fight. If one coach goes through something, they all do. And whatever is said inside the Titans’ building remains among the “brotherhood.”

What happens here, what you hear here, stays here,” Pollard said.

That’s part of an all-for-one mindset that is the last piece of fixing a Tennessee defense that gave up a franchise-worst 471 points. The Titans have been busy all offseason with moves that included giving Gregg Williams his first job as a senior defensive assistant after serving a yearlong suspension for his role in the New Orleans’ bounty scandal. They also signed veterans like Pollard to add winning experience and nasty attitude to the mix.

Now they’re busy learning the new defense during the team’s offseason program, a defense Pollard said will be aggressive from the beginning.

“If a guy coming across the middle, if a guy come up to you, if a guy wants to pick a fight, we as a defense we’re going to fight and we’re going to ask questions later,” Pollard said. “We’re not going to worry about what happened at that point. I’m not worried. The guy has an opposite jersey on so we’re going to fight him.”

Titans Ink RB Jalen Parmele; Waive RB Harper

Jalen Parmele

The Titans made a roster move today at running back, as the team inked Jalen Parmele.

In the process, the team waived RB Jamie Harper.

Parmele, a sixth-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2008, has played 35 career games. He had 40 carries for 143 yards and seven receptions for 60 yards with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season.

He also has averaged 25.1 yards on 43 career kickoff returns and has 28 special-teams tackles.

Harper had 36 career carries for 74 yards and four touchdowns as well as five catches for 40 yards in two seasons with the Titans. Tennessee selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft.