I'm happy Mike Vrabel is keeping Steve Watterson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Steve Watterson, who’s been with the Tennessee Titans since their days in Houston as the Oilers, is officialy part of Mike Vrabel’s first staff.TitansWeightRoom

Watterson joined the Oilers in 1986 and will head into his 32nd season working for his seventh head coach.

The Titans had great luck on the healthy front over the last two seasons.

I had one source who told me he thought Mke Mularkey worked the team too hard.

Whether he did or didn’t, some fans took a string of a couple foot injuries in 2016 and a few hamstring issues in 2017 as a big deal.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – No one cares about the set up for hundreds of radio stations participating in car wash interviews of people connected to the NFL.

The Mall of America experience could have been anywhere. There was no local flavor, and banners that announced we were in the “Bold North” didn’t get the job done.

The NFL doesn’t care about it and maybe it shouldn’t.

But here’s something it should care about: The Wounded Warriors who were regulars on Radio Row struggled to navigate the tight quarters amid some very poor logistics.

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Hall of Fame class of 2018: Randy Moss and TO are in, Kevin Mawae and Steve Hutchinson are not

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Hall of Fame class of 2018 is complete after an eight-hour selection committee meeting:

  • HallLogoBobby Bethard, contributor
  • Robert Brazile, LB
  • Brian Dawkins, S
  • Jerry Kramer, G
  • Ray Lewis, LB
  • Randy Moss, WR
  • Terrell Owens, WR
  • Brian Urlacher, LB

Forty-seven of us heard presentations on behalf of the 18 candidates – one contributor candidate, two senior candidates and 15 modern candidates.

Here are my thoughts about the day and the results:

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The Titans have made big changes that they expect will produce a better product on the field.

And their fans are certainly going to expect it considering the team is raising ticket prices across the board. The increases range from $2-$12 per seat.Titans3logos

Even with the hikes, the Titans will continue to rank as one of the cheapest tickets in the NFL. But given that fans in a lot of markets are finding more reasons to stay home, I’m sure many of you will cringe at the news.

Amy Adams Strunk wrote a letter to go in a season-ticket package that was emailed out this morning.

“In the enclosed paperwork, you will see an increase in pricing for your tickets this year,” she wrote. “I trust you can see the progress we are making as a football team and can see the direct results of your investment.

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PODCAST: On Hall of Fame selection process and this year's finalists

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Episode 3 of our podcast-only podcast is ready for you.

Part 1, like podcast versions of my public Periscope and Facebook Lives, is available through iTunes, here, or directly through the Vokal website, here.

If you're a member of the site, Part 1 and Part 2 are together, and all you have to do is head below the line.

I'm a solo act this week, and it's a thorough discussion of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection process and field of finalists. I will be one of 48 voters in a day-long meeting Saturday that can produce as many as eight new Hall of Famers.

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I don't know that Mike Vrabel could have done better with coordinators

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Titans hired Mike Vrabel a week after they fired Mike Mularkey.

IMG 6119It took the Titans inexperienced head coach eight days to lock up his two coordinators.

And it looks to be a good combination.

In offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, Vrabel gets a coach who’s worked under and well-regarded offensive minds: Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans appear poised to hire Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur as their new offensive coordinator.

TitansSwordchoppyIt’s a coup for Mike Vrabel, who was hired as the Titans head coach on Jan. 22.

LaFleur was one of three candidates general manager Jon Robinson interviewed for the Titans head coaching post, which opened when Mike Mularkey fired on Jan. 15.

In time with Houston, Washington and Atlanta, LaFleur, 38, has worked under three offensive minds who did good work putting quarterbacks on the move: Sean McVay, Kyle Shanahan and Mike Shanahan.

He will be a first-time NFL play-caller in Tennessee.

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