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The resident Old Dude who has found a way to stay involved with football after years as a college and high school coach. An O-line truther who cut his teeth coaching wide receivers. A Titans fan since he started paying attention to football again (after coaching, roughly 2008). The other half of the greatest podcast you never heard of, Taking It To The House Sports (the numbers were very telling). Currently involved in multiple podcasts on Broadway Sports talking shop on Coaches Corner and trying to guide fantasy football decisions on The Flex.
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Ben is the Director of Soccer Content for Broadway Sports. He started Speedway Soccer in 2018 to cover Nashville SC and also contributes league-wide coverage of Major League Soccer at MLSSoccer.com. If he's not covering soccer he's probably drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids.
Week 13 of the Mike Herndon Show is here, and the full version of the show is available exclusively to Broadway Insiders!
Easton Freeze breaks down the hottest news and analysis from the Tennessee Titans and the NFL!
Easton Freeze breaks down the hottest news and analysis from the Tennessee Titans and the NFL!
We spent all week rolling our eyes as the Titans told us this wasn’t a revenge game. Based on how they played, perhaps we should have believed them.
Tennessee lost for the third consecutive time to Joe Burrow’s Bengals on Sunday, their second-straight loss to Cincinatti in Nissan Stadium. I don’t need to remind you about the one that came before this.
The good news for the Titans is that this wasn’t a must-win game. They still hold a comfortable lead in the AFC South, and their 7-4 record is far from panic-worthy. The bad news is that this wasn’t just a tough loss; it was an ugly one. This was a bizarre Tennessee performance that was almost completely the opposite of what their identity has been all season.
With plenty to unpack before a tough game against the Eagles on the road next week, let’s dive into the Week 12 Winners and Losers:
Week 12 of the Mike Herndon Show is here, and the full version of the show is available exclusively to Broadway Insiders!
Born and raised in middle Tennessee, Jimmy fell in love with the Steve McNair/Eddie George Titans when the team came to town in the late 90s. He ran Music City Miracles for more than a decade and has hosted various Titans podcasts through the years.
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Film nerd. Relentless defender of Derrick Henry. A recovering Vince Young apologist. Bill has been a Titans fan since 2006. A former All-22 writer for Music City Miracles, he continues to try to educate himself and the Titans fan base. You can find him on Broadway Sports as a frequent contributor of all things film related.
A long time sports fan who has a deep love for the Titans and Grizzlies. Tired of hearing the phrase: The Titans will regress. Views A.J. Brown as a future hall of fame receiver. Says Ja Morant will have a better career than Zion Williamson. Loves creating Titans videos with copyrighted mus- I mean non-copyrighted music, of course. Rookie writer and video creator at Broadway Sports (and known as @TitansDraftTape formerly TitansAllDay101 on Twitter).
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With over 17 years experience of losing Fantasy Football games, Zach has been a Titans fan since moving to Nashville in 2002. A die-hard Alabama fan, but he does not let that cloud his judgement of the Elite Players they have put in the NFL. Players like Derrick Henry, Julio Jones, and AJ McCarron. You have heard him on Football & Other F Words giving his Unfiltered Opinions as facts and that will not change. Always 100% right even if he has to revise earlier statements. Lawyered.
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Senior Writer, Interviewer and Podcaster for Broadway Sports covering the Tennessee Titans and NFL draft. For more than five years, Justin Melo has professionally covered all things NFL draft and Titans for The Draft Network, SB Nation and USA Today. Best known for his Interview Series with NFL draft prospects, Justin has interviewed more than 500 NFL players. Co-host of the Music City Audible podcast alongside Justin Graver (@titansfilmroom).
The Tennessee Titans’ offensive line will face a stiff identity test against the Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive line on Sunday. Keith Carter’s unit is coming off their most disappointing performance of the season in last week’s 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals’ defensive line was tougher than Tennessee’s offensive line.
Physicality is Mike Vrabel’s bread and butter. That begins up front with an offensive line that is supposed to spearhead a run-heavy attack that features franchise running back Derrick Henry. Throughout Vrabel’s tenure as Tennessee’s head coach, it’s been rare to witness them lose the trench battle. But make no mistake, that’s exactly what happened versus the Bengals.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry struggled to run the football effectively in Sunday’s disappointing 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Henry was held to 38 rushing yards on 17 carries. Henry’s 2.2 yards per carry represented his second-lowest output of the season.
The Bengals’ defensive line won the trench battle. They routinely out-physicaled Tennessee’s offensive line. Henry was routinely met in the backfield and found little room to operate. Besides wanting it more, Cincinnati’s defense approached Henry and Tennessee’s rushing attack with a clear strategy. They executed their game plan to perfection.
After over 20 years of annoying his family and friends with constant commentary about the Titans, Mike started writing down his thoughts in 2017 for Music City Miracles. He loves to dive into the All-22 tape and highlight the nuanced details that win and lose football games. You can now find his tape breakdowns and Anthony Firkser love letters at Broadway Sports. Mike also spends time laughing at Lebowski and yelling at Zach on the Football and Other F Words Podcast.
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Week 2 of the Mike Herndon Show is here, available exclusively to Broadway Insiders!
Mike and Easton dive into the Titans’ playcalling issues, who is to blame on the coaching staff, how the Titans can upset the Bills, play a game of “Buy, Sell or Hold” with Week 1 takes, and Mike gives his “Mike Drop” hot take of the week!
Chris is a senior writer covering Nashville SC. His work includes his "Three Thoughts" piece after every Nashville match that highlights the important storylines and incorporates key video clips from the match. Chris' other articles often navigate the complexity of roster building around the myriad of MLS roster rules.
Outside of Broadway Sports Media, Chris resides in Knoxville and is a licensed attorney serving as in-house counsel for a large insurance company. Beyond NSC, he is always willing to discuss Tennessee football and basketball, Manchester United, Coventry City, and USMNT.
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Born and raised west of the Mighty Mississippi, a 2nd-grade project on the state of Tennessee introduced Robert to Steve McNair and Eddie George, turning him into a Titans fan for life. Robert was best known for being the Music City Miracles Links Guy for the better part of a decade. He loves all things sports and can be found on The Flex fantasy football podcast, part of Broadway Sports Media.
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Shaun Calderon resides in El Paso, TX after graduating from the University of Texas at El Paso in December 2019 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology and a minor in education. Shaun is currently a full-time teacher and is also pursuing a career in the sports journalism world. He has been writing since August of 2019, where he started with the Fansided network and contributed there for one year. In August of 2020, Shaun was offered the chance to move over to USA Today Sports’ NFL Wire network to contribute for ‘Titans Wire’ where he was consistently featured on national platforms such as Bleacher Report, Yahoo Sports, MSN, USA Today, and more. On top of teaching and writing, Shaun does live radio reporting for local high school sports through the ESPN-El Paso network.
He hopes you all enjoy his content as much as he enjoys creating it.
Andy Simmons joined Speedway Soccer after stints with Golden Goal and 615 Formation. A former journalist now in web development, Simmons also previously worked for Main Street Media and Gannett. A student of the game, Simmons has been playing soccer his entire life and participates in several adult soccer leagues around town. When he is not playing soccer, you can find him at brunch, doing a mock draft for fantasy football, or complaining about Arsenal.
John M Sloop grew up in Asheville, NC, and after forays to Georgia and Iowa, found his way to Nashville over 25 years ago. On a trip to Portland, Oregon, 15 years ago, he watched the (then) USL Portland Timbers youth squad play one afternoon and fell completely and totally in love with soccer, to the detriment of his love of all other sports. In addition to thinking, writing, watching, and talking about soccer, Sloop teaches media and rhetoric at Vanderbilt. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Board of the Belcourt Theater and is part of the team that runs Tenx9 Nashville, a monthly story telling event.
“I initially wanted to write a goofy little column celebrating positive changes that have happened in ways that we haven’t noticed, instead I sit feeling defeated and disgusted by the systemic problems I haven’t been paying attention to.”
Davey Shepherd hails from small town Berryville Virginia in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. He joins Broadway after helping found Speedway Soccer as a podcast host and written contributor. When not watching NSC or another local team (TITAN UP) he is usually found making wine at his family-owned Mount Juliet vineyard. Davey serves full time as the Executive Director of The Joe Beretta Foundation, a non profit meeting the practical needs of Heart Failure patients and their families.
Josh Young is a soccer obsessive and cohost of the very unserious Nashville SC fan podcast Paradise Pod. He will try to keep the silliness in podcast form and write more analytically here, but we can’t promise anything. Josh attended Middle Tennessee State University before making his way up to Nashville. He’s a snowboarder, hobbyist musician, decent tennis player, and extremely amateur home bartender. He is atoning for sins in a past life by suffering through Tottenham Hotspur fandom in this one. There’s a good chance that as you’re reading this he’s starting a rewatch of The Sopranos.
Perhaps best known as @titansfilmroom on Twitter, Justin Graver has been writing and creating content about the NFL and the Tennessee Titans for nearly a decade as a longtime staff writer (and social media manager) for the SB Nation site Music City Miracles. Although JG no longer writes for Broadway Sports, his Music City Audible podcast with co-host Justin Melo continues.
Austin has been a Titans fan since ‘94. Even through the Jake Locker years. When Chris Johnson was released, he shed a tear. He’ll always have a soft spot for Marcus Mariota and has a man crush on Mike Vrabel. He enjoys betting on games (when he wins) and hopes you enjoy his writing and opinions half as much as he enjoys watching Derrick Henry stiff arm grown men.
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Taylor is a lifelong Titans fan, and forever a Mariota stan. She started writing about the Titans on her personal blog before she brought her talents to Broadway Sports. She has a ton of experience in the sports industry, including ticketing for the Tennessee Titans, Athletic Marketing for Western Kentucky University, and volunteer work at the 2019 NFL Draft. She enjoys writing profile pieces on breakout players, especially Kalif Raymond.
The Tennessee Titans kicked off their season on Sunday, suffering a brutal 21-20 loss to the New York Giants. In the midst of this, rookie wide receiver Kyle Philips stood out with nine targets and six receptions for 66 yards. The 189-pound rookie averaged 11 yards per catch, his longest reception being 21 yards.
The Player Spotlight is shining bright on Rashad Weaver
Casey is an award winning photographer whose work has appeared in the Nashville Post, Nashville Scene, Tennessean and more. He has worked with multiple professional teams, including the New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators and Nashville Sounds, and was a nominee for the 2019 MiLB Photo of the Year. He covered Nashville SC with Speedway Soccer since 2019, and continues to photograph games for Broadway Sports.