Second-half surge made Kamalei Correa worth re-signing for Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It’s impossible to know the Titans’ intent regarding pass rushers on the edge this early in the offseason.

Harold Landry will head into his third season as a speed threat who stalled out down the stretch as an impact player. The sacks stopped at nine through three-quarters of the regular season and he had one in three playoff games.Correa2Texans

Not all the impact is recorded in that stat, but he was not of great influence. He needs, as he did heading into his second year, to expand his repertoire.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- I have gotten no good mail at the curb this week.

On Twitter and on Facebook, I have fared better.

So after you listen to the podcast from early this week, you may read on.

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PK: I think Dennis Kelly has great value. I don’t think they’d want him to be the starter, though he could be if they are in a jam. But he’s a great guy to have to fill in for a few games and he could compete for the spot. So I’d put him high.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mike Vrabel didn’t have the Titans name him defensive coordinator in the press release that came out Thursday afternoon.

But no one else was given the title, either.VrabelArgueColts

For some reason, Vrabel and the team didn’t see fit to offer any clarification, which doesn't seem particularly fair to a fan base worried after the loss of Dean Pees.

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With tag potential for Derrick Henry, how recently tagged RBs have fared

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With a franchise tag on the table as an option for the Titans with Derrick Henry, I fielded a good question in a members-only Periscope/Facebook Live Monday evening:

How have previous running backs hit with the tag fared?HenryKC

I found five since 2009 who were slapped with the franchise tag and looked at the number in the season that prompted their teams to use the mechanism, and how they did in their tagged year.

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Inside thoughts on the Hall of Fame class of 2020, and my ballots

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – My sixth time as a Pro Football Hall of Fame selector brought an interesting and shorter meeting, as we trimmed 15 modern-era player candidates to five with no senior or contributor candidates.

Those groups were covered in the Hall’s already announced Centennial Class of 15.VoteHall20

A few of the issues I was thinking about throughout the day.

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What the firing of Tyrone McKenzie should remind us

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.  – Too often, we see a position group faring well and presume its coach is, therefore, doing well, and vice versa.

McKenzie2I fought against that when many readers were certain that Arthur Smith was the root of the problem with the anemic offense we saw for much of the first six weeks of the Titans’ season.

I fought against it when you may have thought the same of Keith Carter when the offensive line struggled during the same stretch.

Both the offense and the line got way better. Did that mean that Smith and Carter suddenly improved by such a wide margin?

 

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What we know about what Mike Vrabel wants in a DC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As Mike Vrabel searches for Dean Pees’ replacement, there is much curiosity about for what exactly he will be looking.VrabelAnthemKC

Pees was a one-of-a-kind coach, and his replacement may be able to do some different things. But it’s unlikely he will be as good as masking player deficiencies or coaching his unit to disguise things for quarterbacks prior to the snap or, most importantly, adjusting in-game and going off-script.

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