TicketsBar2NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The biggest logistical decision the Titans made last season was to stay in Arizona for a week between road games against the Cardinals and 49ers.

On the front end, it seemed to make sense. But it backfired.

The Titans blew the Arizona game 12-7 and then sat and stewed it in for a week at a hotel, commuting to practices at Arizona State and then producing another dud in Santa Clara, Calif., 25-23.

They were 8-4 when they went West and they were 8-6 when they returned, en route to 8-7 with a home loss to the Rams.

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TitansWallLightNASHVILLE, Tenn. – The NFL schedule is probably going to come out this week. It’s an April deal and the league won’t want it to bleed into draft week.

So I pulled up the opponents and was thinking about trying something I did last year, when I wrote out what I thought would’ve been an ideal schedule.

But that’s more than we need as we contemplate what’s good and bad for the Titans.

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By John Glennon, guest columnist

NASHVILLE – Nobody expected the Predators to win 16 straight playoff games en route to capturing their first Stanley Cup this year.

Even the modern-era NHL dynasties – the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Islanders of the 1980s – stumbled at least two or three times during each of their postseason runs.

So it's not the fact the Predators lost Monday night in Colorado, falling 5-3 in Game 3 to the Avs, that should be of concern to Preds fans.

What's more problematic is the continuation of some troubling trends, ones that didn't stand out as much when the Preds captured Games 1 and 2 of this series in Nashvillle.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As the draft nears, the degree of need for the Titans at receiver is a question I keep pondering.

Matt LaFleur was with the Rams last season, and they finished the season with seven wide receivers. Mike TaylorKCVrabel was with the Texans and they had six. The Titans finished with six as well - one of them special teamer Eric Weems who played just 13 offensive snaps.

In a two-tight system, Tennessee receivers played roughly 77 percent of the snaps that Rams receivers played in their three-wide scheme.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Brace yourself. I know this will get a big reaction.

Sometimes I use imperfect logic. I can be stubborn in an argument, dug in. Sometimes it’s unreasonable. 

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Depending on the degree of importance on the matter I am not above shifting my thinking based on opinions or evidence presented to me.

Sometimes I may stick to my guns more because it winds up being funny. But overall, my stances and arguments and comebacks are based in thought. I can explain myself.

Saturday night I was reminded that Vanderbilt has a women’s bowling team when it won the NCAA championship, a great feat in any sport. But my initial reaction was the same as it would be for a lot of people, and I tweeted it in the shape of a poll.

Part jab, sure. Part fun. Part serious.

Well, I might as well have insulted the most sacred thing in the world.

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pickers vodaka bar847x63NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Greetings people.

Sorry for a couple days of silence. Not having the best year in terms of staying healthy.

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Hope you’ve heard the podcast from earlier in the week, which includes some good remembrances of Steve Watterson pranking Gregg Williams and Steve McNair and a review of Mike Vrabel’s off tangent on filming in the locker room.

On to your questions in our weekly mailbag brought to you by Pickers Vodka. Grab a bottle for yourself and take one to next party your invited to. If you’re out catching a game or meeting friends, I highly recommend a Moscow Mule with Pickers. Drink Responsibly.

PK: I just don’t see it. He’ll turn 30 this season and a team that loved him and is hardly stacked at receiver without him just let him go.

He seems like a lot of work. The Titans aren’t looking for many aging guys who they’ll need to massage or manage. If he is not a complete non-fit for their MO, he’s close, right?

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YAZOO podcast stripeNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Steve Watterson, the recently retired long-time Titans strength and conditioning coach, played a long game of cat and mouse with Steve McNair.

Watterson was hell-bent on getting McNair on a scale. McNair was equally determined to keep Watterson from knowing what he weighed.BlevinsPodcast

In this week's podcast, I share the story of how Watterson craftily managed to learn McNair's weight.

Part 1, like podcast versions of my public Periscope and Facebook Lives, is available through iTunes, here, or directly through the Vokal website, here. Feel free to hook us up with a rating and review on iTunes.

We always welcome your feedback.

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.

Other topics: With the addition of Michael Campanaro, do the Titans now have enough at wide receiver? What did I make of Mike Vrabel's odd tangent during his recent press conference about reporters in the locker room?

Madison Blevins rejoined me for a conversation about that and more.

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