NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Last year seemed like it would bring a great deal of quarterback tumult, but ultimately outside of the Tom Brady move and the draft, it wasn’t as wild as anticipated.

This time around is going to be different.


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As of today, only 12 teams are locked in (and, in all but maybe two cases, in love with) with their starting quarterbacks – just 38 percent of the NFL.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hello all. Hope you enjoyed the games and had a big weekend.

Impressively, I picked both games wrong.


Let's discuss some of the things that are on your mind.

Jon Robinson is certainly free to suggest anything he wants, and Mike Vrabel can take him up on things.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Dean Pees was not choosing between two defensive coordinator offers when he decided to join Arthur Smith’s staff in Atlanta.

Pees took the one offer he had to re-enter the league as a coordinator a year after retiring.PeesBAL

He had already made a commitment to Smith, a hot coaching candidate who interviewed for all seven openings when Mike Vrabel recently offered him a role with the Titans as a consultant, not as a coordinator.

So it remains unclear what Vrabel’s plan is for adjusting his staff, where Shane Bowen functioned as the defensive coordinator in 2020 but retained his outside linebacker coach title and responsibilities as well.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After nine years, Jan. 15 was the final show for The Midday 180.

onwardIn 2008, newspapers were well on their way to their demise, with only the best ones surviving well as online outlets and continuing to do the sort of work my colleagues and I hoped to be part of when we set out on careers as sportswriters.

I was incredibly fortunate to land at as one of eight NFL divisional bloggers, a designation that has come to mean different things at different times. At that point, it meant covering the AFC South like crazy.

The eight of us were hired to help ESPN shape its online coverage of the league at that time, and while it’s changed a lot since then, there are still echoes of it in what they do now. [Unlocked]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A.J. Brown doesn’t owe the Titans, or anyone, an apology.

Tuesday, he went live on Instagram from a recovery room with quite a revelation after two knee surgeries:

“They told me I was done for the year in week 2. I played all year. I made the Pro Bowl.”


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That is an incredible testament to his capabilities, toughness, fortitude and team-first mentality.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Arthur Smith offered mostly concise answers in his introductory press conference, and as I expected he came across as a confident coach with a solid plan for Falcons.

He wants a team that’s adaptable, great up front, physical on both sides, fast, with no entitlement.ArthurSmithATL

He thanked Mike Vrabel for great lessons in leadership, a fantastic opportunity and more, but made it clear he can’t and won’t try to mimic Vrabel’s temperament.

And as he assembles a staff, he;'s going to take his time as Vrabel did.

He seeks matching values but not yes men – a diverse staff, with diversity of thought.

“We don’t want groupthink,” Smith said.

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Is it more important to get Calvin Johnson into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first chance than it is to get Clay Matthews in on his last chance?

I know the vast majority of you will quickly lean to the Johnson side of that question.


And I’m eager to know what the selection committee of 48, of which I am one, decided during our 8-hour, 47-minute meeting on Tuesday.

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Scout's Take: The comprehensive Titans' roster review

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Despite having an 11-6 record, the Titans overachieved throughout the season.

The Titans were a flawed personnel team from the start.TannehillCloseWave

Losing veteran leaders like Jurrell Casey, Wesley Woodyard, Logan Ryan, Delanie Walker and Jack Conklin and replacing them with questionable personal and football characters like Jadeveon Clowney, Vic Beasley and Isaiah Wilson was not only a change in the locker room but turned out to kill production.

The Titans coaches deserve a lot of credit for the 11-6 season in 2020.

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