Inside thoughts on the Hall of Fame class of 2020, and my ballots

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – My sixth time as a Pro Football Hall of Fame selector brought an interesting and shorter meeting, as we trimmed 15 modern-era player candidates to five with no senior or contributor candidates.

Those groups were covered in the Hall’s already announced Centennial Class of 15.VoteHall20

A few of the issues I was thinking about throughout the day.

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What the firing of Tyrone McKenzie should remind us

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.  – Too often, we see a position group faring well and presume its coach is, therefore, doing well, and vice versa.

McKenzie2I fought against that when many readers were certain that Arthur Smith was the root of the problem with the anemic offense we saw for much of the first six weeks of the Titans’ season.

I fought against it when you may have thought the same of Keith Carter when the offensive line struggled during the same stretch.

Both the offense and the line got way better. Did that mean that Smith and Carter suddenly improved by such a wide margin?


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What we know about what Mike Vrabel wants in a DC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As Mike Vrabel searches for Dean Pees’ replacement, there is much curiosity about for what exactly he will be looking.VrabelAnthemKC

Pees was a one-of-a-kind coach, and his replacement may be able to do some different things. But it’s unlikely he will be as good as masking player deficiencies or coaching his unit to disguise things for quarterbacks prior to the snap or, most importantly, adjusting in-game and going off-script.

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The economics of keeping all four of the Titans' top four free agents

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Can the Titans afford to keep their top four free agents?

This is one of the most popular questions I’m getting right now, so I want to give you a snapshot off the information currently available.RyanChargers19

Collectively, Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry, Logan Ryan and Jack Conklin are going to cost quite a bit of money.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Greetings for the first mailbag of the offseason. These will only get better!

Let's dive right in. BradyPissedPatriots

PK: We’re going a bit crazy with Tom Brady's 4,000 yards in 2019.

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YAZOO PODCAST: Titans' roster wrap with David Boclair

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  -- With the Titans' season concluded and so many decisions ahead, I called on my old friend David Boclair, now of, for a thorough chat about the team's roster and the decisions ahead for the franchise.

We went position-by-position bouncing our thoughts about the progress of people and the moves to be made off one another for a podcast I think you will enjoy.PodcastYazooArtSquare

Part 1 of the podcast is available on Apple PodcastsSticher, Spotify and TuneIn as well as directly through the Vokal website. (Please subscribe and offer a nice rating!)

If you're a member of the site, Part 1 and Part 2 are together, and all you have to do is log in and head below the line. (Here's the path to membership.)

You can find the history of this site's podcasts that require membership right here.

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After not having his fifth-year option picked up, Jack Conklin is going to win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jack Conklin is in an unusual situation.

A year removed from not having his fifth-year option picked up by the Titans, he’s in line for unrestricted free agency and a longer deal with way more money when he signs.ConklinSaints

“Definitely from that situation yeah; I took a chance on myself,” Conklin said, not that he had a choice in the matter. “It’s paid off here and hopefully everything works out the way I hope it does. Definitely, in a perfect world, I would love to be here and working with this team.”

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