RobinsonCryINDIANAPOLIS – Cincinnati is about 112 miles southwest of here on I-75, but it’s still on the Titans’ mind.

Six weeks removed from a devastating divisional-round playoff loss to the Bengals in Nashville coming off a bye as the AFC’s No. 1 seeds, the Titans are well into preparations for 2022. At the scouting combine, they are interviewing prospects, their medical people are examining them and they will be watching them bench, run and jump.

But the loss still looms, a ripple in their pond that has not yet reached shore and dissipated.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The support for Ryan Tannehill was natural.

Following the quarterback’s poor performance in a stunner of a divisional-round loss to the Bengals at Nissan Stadium, it was automatic that a coach and a GM would back their quarterback. They’d back any player coming off a poor performance.USATSI 17549703

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The Titans won 12 games, their division and their conference's No. 1 seed, but failed to advance in the playoffs when one win would have earned them a home AFC Championship Game.

Tannehill threw three interceptions against Cincinnati, completing a 21-turnover season, shrinking in the biggest moment for the second season in a row.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Titans need a high-quality, consistently threatening receiver.

They draft 26th in the first round.Metchie

One receiver who typically wouldn’t be available at that stage of the draft may slip to that range because he is recovering from an ACL repair. A teammate is in a similar circumstance but will likely be available later.

Alabama teammates Jameson Williams (6-2, 189) and John Metchie (6-foot-0, 195) suffered the same injury a few weeks apart.

Metchie tore his in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia on Dec. 4, 2021. Williams endured the same fate Jan. 10 in the National Championship Game.

The two were big attractions Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine. [Unlocked]

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INDIANAPOLIS – There are a lot of questions to be answered about all four rosters in the AFC South, but I only see one move that can really alter the favorite for 2022.Ballard

The Titans have won the division twice in a row and barring disasters in roster construction the expectation will be that they are the favorites to do it again.

DraftKings has the Titans at -105 and the Colts at +140 while BetMGM has the Titans at +100 with the Colts at +140.

What changes it? [Unlocked]

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CombineBannerNASHVILLE, Tenn. – The NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis gets underway tomorrow as nearly half the leagues’ coaches and GMs will take a few steps up to a podium and spend 15 minutes taking questions.

Mike Vrabel and Jon Robinson will take their turns Wednesday and they will cover a slew of stuff, giving us a bit of new information and dodging a lot of other questions.

The important developments will come behind the scenes where they will begin to gather answers to questions like these:

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Harold Landry is the Titans’ high-profile, high-cost free agent to-be, and because of that he’s created the most speculation and most concern.

No. 2 on the list is more veteran than Landy and shares some of the same traits. Ben Jones is durable, dependable and reliable.Ben Jones

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In his six seasons with the Titans, he’s been a stalwart in the middle of the offensive line though he's hardly the strongest center you'll find.

Mike Vrabel has called him a glue guy for the Titans.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Money, money, money.

Your most popular questions when I asked for them were about the finance of the Titans going forward and about how they get under the cap and create room for a potential Harold Landry tag or deal and any other moves on the horizon.Janoris Jenkins

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Let’s use numbers from Over the Cap. They have the Titans currently top site when it comes to such matters.

OTC has the Titans most expensive 51 salaries currently coming in at $7.87 million over the cap.

Here are the scenarios for them to get under the cap and to create some significant money to make moves if they want to.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Welcome and hello.

I called for mail and you game me some good questions. Many were about salary-cap moves the Titans should make, so I will dive back into that in a separate post very soon. 


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Here are the best of the rest. Thanks for taking the time to send them.

Joe Scutella Landry’s production this year is directly tied to the others around him, especially Simmons. He is not a singular disruptive talent, like TJ Watt for example. Yet someone will overvalue and overpay him. Will it be the Titans and should it be?

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