First review of the Titans' first 53

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A position by position review of the Titans first 53-man roster:

Quarterback: It’s Marcus Mariota and Matt Cassel. Alex Tanney goes to IR with what we think is a left ankle injury.

Running back: DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry are backed up by David Fluellen, who, when active, will play a lot of special teams and could even return kickoffs. Jalston Fowler remains the fullback. I think they would love a third back who’s more explosive and more different from Murray and Henry stylistically. But Khalfani Muhammad didn’t pan out. Might there be someone like him on waivers?

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Wishing for an NFL team that doesn't waste time on guys 85-90

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thursday night as the preseason concluded, we heard the math.

Some teams are already under 90 players, but roughly 1,184 players will lose jobs as teams cut down to 53 by Saturday afternoon.

And hey, for some of those guys it will be crushing. They won’t have seen it coming. They could land on another 53. Some will get signed to a practice squad.

For many more, it’s the end of a fun chance to see how they stacked up with the big boys before moving on with life. Many of those guys would have had to be incredibly naïve to believe they were going to have a job past Saturday.

Call me insensitive, but spare me the poetic stuff about snatched away dreams and how I’d feel differently if it was my job.

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Thoughts on the Titans after an unbearable preseason finale

No matter how one tries to prepare himself to watch that, it was even worse than expected.

Week 4 of the preseason is mercifully over.

Chiefs 30, Titans 6 was pretty unbearable viewing.

Mike Mularkey changed his mind and didn’t play many starters. We saw no veteran who will challenge for the starting lineup on offense play.

On defense, we did see three of the team’s top four corners – LeShaun Sims, Adoree’ Jackson and Brice McCain – and some others.

Let’s start there.

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Why the Titans closing practice isn't pissing me off this time

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When Mike Munchak shut down practice to the media before the 2013 season, it irked me in a way few things have during my time around the Titans, dating back to 1996.

He completely bungled the way he presented it to us and failed to offer a good explanation for the change.

Several of us who covered the team stood with him after practice for 45 minutes and let him have it, grilling him about how he decided to make the big change and why.

I had some doozies with Ken Whisenhunt, but that was probably as bad an exchange with a Titans coach as I ever had. I told him in very clear terms, he was giving away any benefit of the doubt he previously got from me.

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Is front-line pass rush a concern for the Titans?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One area that’s not been good for the Titans in the preseason but hasn’t gotten much attention is the pass rush.

The Titans have six sacks through three games. But look where they’ve come from: Aaron Wallace (1.5), Austin Robbins (1) Brynden Trawick (1), Wesley Woodyard (1), group (1), Manny Abdesmad (1).RakandDMCar

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Should the Titans chase Joe Haden?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the release of a quality player at a spot where the Titans aren’t great right now, the question comes pouring in: Will the Titans look at former Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden.

I can't say for sure, but I’d be surprised.

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