NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans have parted ways with longtime college scout Phil Neri, two sources have confirmed.

He was in his 13th season with the franchise and his 40th season as an NFL scout. He came to the Titans after serving as college apple icon 114x114 precomposeddirector of personnel for the Cleveland Browns. His contract was set to expire this spring after the draft.

It’s uncommon for a team to part ways with a scout during the season.

The college football regular season just concluded and the team’s scouts are currently in town for the first wave of draft meetings.

Neri served as the cross-checker for all prospects West of the Mississippi and it’s unclear who is now filling that role.

Titans general manager Jon Robinson did not reply to a request for comment and Neri did not return a text message.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If the Titans can win two of their next three games, their worst-case scenario will be that the Dec. 31 game against the Jaguars at Nissan Stadium of for the AFC South crown.


Back-to-back games out West come with challenges, but the team will doubtlessly do some bonding between the matchups with the Cardinals and the 49ers as they practice at Arizona State.

That’s followed by a home game against the resurgent L.A. Rams, who are the NFL’s surprise story, but will be coming off games against the Eagles and at the Seahawks.

They’ve been declared the worst 8-4 team in history by one analyst, but they simply don’t care.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Considering all the deductions the Titans are being given on style points, we are overdue to look back to the team’s most successful season for a comparison.

The romanticized 13-3, AFC Champion 1999 Titans looked a lot like the 2017 team, currently 8-4.

Many Titans fans are unsatisfied that this team hasn’t blown out lesser opponents. But its average margin of victory is 8.25 points and in the franchise’s lone Super Bowl season that number was 8.7 points.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nissan Stadium was hardly full Sunday.

But I looked around as Texans left tackle Jeff Allen got called for three successive false starts late in the game, and the lower bowl was crowded.

In combination with the patch club level and upper deck crowd, those in attendance made enough noise to help flummox the visitors TitansDoorsand influence a 24-13 win that got the Titans to 8-4.

And maybe there was a bit of a turning point in there.

There was less negative overreaction from the fanbase, and I sensed more buzz.

Whether there is or isn't, it's time for fans to accept this team for who it is. It's not going to win beauty contests, but it is going to win games. And as Delanie Walker told me, "Who said football was pretty? It's ugly, It's an ugly sport."

My video report:

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Someday, perhaps a game will unfold in a way that doesn't allow so many to be crazy early on.

And then this column will be in jeopardy. But it is alive and well after the Titans 24-13 win over the Texans.

PK: When you say pitiful what I hear is, “Have won twice as many games as they’ve lost, which only three other teams in the AFC have done.” Well said!MariotaMichaelHOU

PK: You tweeted this early in the game. So it’s clear you don’t watch this team with any regularity. Because what the Titans often do is, they play lousy early and then fight back and come out ahead. In general, it’s just not smart to take an early sampling – of most games – and to declare that it tells you the end results. With this team that’s really unwise tactic.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Logan Ryan was battling DeAndre Hopkins pretty well Sunday at Nissan Stadium in what was the Titans’ first true cornerback-on-receiver matchup of the season.

So when Ryan took a helmet-to-helmet hit from running back Alfred Blue on the left sideline with 6:29 remaining in the third quarter, it looked like trouble.

Clearly woozy, Ryan false started a few times as he tried to get up. He had a blank gaze as he walked into the sideline medical tent. He was done for the day with a concussion and the Titans turned to LeShaun Sims to and I presumed trouble was ahead.SimsPickHOU

But the second-year cornerback from Southern Utah handled the assignment with aplomb.

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