NASHVILLE Tenn. -- At the recent NFL owner's meetings we saw the NFL 100 logo rolled out for the first time, and it's going to be a huge feature all season.

Rather than the defending Super Bowl champions playing in the season opener, we're going to see a classic matchup for the start of the 2019 season: The Bears hosting the Packers.NFL100

Amy Adams Strunk, a member of the NFL's Hall of Fame Committee, hinted recently that one element of the 100-year celebration could be an expanded Hall of Fame class.

That could create room for her father as a candidate. The case for K.S. Bud Adams, co-founder of the AFL and founder of the Houston Oilers who became the Tennessee Titans, is strong.

Strunk and I spoke about the potential for her father's candidacy in any sort of expanded field of candidates.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A deep dive into the mail in a podcast sounded good to me this week. And since no middle manager had to justify the idea because we run an efficient and smart one-man operation here, it came quickly into existence.

(Yes, occasionally I still tap into some bitterness from my old life.)

This is sure to get you through a good workout or a drive and I am confident you'll come through it better off.


Among the topics covered: The optimal time for the draft, a free agent I'd still sign, Dennis Kelly's future, Dion Lewis' reliance on Derrick Henry, right guard or center solutions, Arthur Smith's draft influence, how expanded replay will affect challenges, a real view of the Titans' fan base and information overload for draft decision-makers. 

You can find the history of this site's podcasts right here.

This edition of the pod is free to all. You can find it on iTunes, here, or directly through the Vokal website, here. Feel free to hook us up with a rating and review on iTunes.

It's also below the line.

I hope you enjoy it.


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GALLATIN, Tenn. -- I took a day trip to Gallatin to meet up with member Sam Dean for this week's "Take a Lap." We found an open gate at Calvin Short field just as coach Chad Watson had told me we would.TakeALap 2

We hit on draft analysts, fall Saturdays, where the Titans fit in a passing league circa 2019, the challenges of turning into a solo act after years at The Tennessean and ESPN, having thick skin and not backing down as a reporter, who the Titans will draft and what's coming from Blake Beddingfield.

I shortchanged Sam on a pick for the Titans. As I say in the video, I'm not much of a mock drafter and will have a more solid selection as we get closer. Right now I'll say it's one of two

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans quietly hired Gil Beverly in February for a newly created post: vice president of brand, marketing and communication.GilBeverlyUse

His “soft launch” allowed him to more quietly observe the team and assess things as he began to chart a course to help alter the team’s appearance and image.

"What intrigued me about this opportunity was Amy Adams Strunk’s overall vision for the franchise," Beverly said. "She has an intense focus on building 24-7-365 relationships with fans throughout Tennessee, the broader mid-south region and increasingly around the world.

"With this in mind, she has brought together a talented group of people that is dedicated to living into this vision by delivering consistent, high-quality multimedia content and impactful experiences all year round. [Unlocked]

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Four years later, Ruston Webster still has some good fingerprints on the Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – He drafted Bishop Sankey, Justin Hunter and Dorial Green-Beckham in the second round and put the Titans in a hole with a lot of his moves as the Titans’ general manager.

But look at the Titans’ roster right now and it’s Ruston Webster you have to thank for three of the very best players on the roster.


Webster drafted Taylor Lewan when fans were horrified that the Titans took a left tackle with Michael Roos in place. But Webster said his experience in Seattle, when the Seahawks were not prepared when Walter Jones retired, taught him a lesson about never going through that again.

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Amy Adams Strunk thinks NFL issues with ownership are dead, commissioner stops short of that

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It's been some time since we've heard a report about the Titans being for sale (beyond the third of KSA Industries that is for sale) or the NFL grumbling about the organization's ownership structure being an issue.TitansBigWallLogo

It would seem the league has finally realized the franchise is running as well as it has since it relocated to Tennessee in 1997 and that messing with it over the sort of minor issues that aren't a concern with other franchises, rather than letting it be, isn't the way to go.

At the owners' meetings in Phoenix last week, Amy Adams Strunk told me she thinks it's a dead issue, though commissioner Roger Goodell still allowed for some tinkering that needs to be done.

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Pickers mailbag: Best player available, GM timetables, stadium plans and trade values

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Welcome to the end of a busy week during which we've dug into Marcus Mariota's injuries and discussed the Oilers' jerseys.


Members can access a Periscope and Facebook Live broadcast I did Friday with Gree Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur where we discussed his new job and his old one and many of you got to ask questions.

On to the mailbag.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- J.J. Watt has a uniform dream he knows will not come true. But as a fan of the game who’s studied his home city’s NFL “Luv Ya Blue” era, he dreams of wearing Oilers’ throwbacks just once.HopkinsOilers

I recently saw a tweet I thought was semi-recent, so I brought it up with Amy Adams Strunk at the owners' meetings in Phoenix. Then when I got to work on this post I discovered the Watt tweet was actually brought up in conversation but was originally from March of 2018.

This morning, DeAndre Hopkins sent out the picture above on Instagram and said, "Who would like to see this?"


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