Titans News: Removing barriers

Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel are taking part in the fifth annual Women’s Careers in Football Forum this week in order to help involve more women in the NFL. Hopefully this spurs on some more diversity in the league and with the Titans.

There have been a lot of teams courting J.J. Watt since his release. Nick Toney has the best pitches so far. He’ll have to add Taylor Lewan’s attempt from last night.

Tyrell Williams was released by the Raiders after an injury-marred season. I think the Titans would be wise to take a look at him as a third option.

The Titans and the other AFC South teams have donated to those impacted by the winter storms in Houston.

Don’t judge Shane Bowen by 2020? That’s what Turron Davenport says. I’m not inclined to give Bowen the benefit of the doubt for a historically bad defense.

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  1. Not a popular opinion, I know, but I actually like Vrabel’s decision to stick with Shane Bowen and to elevate him with greater authority going into 2021.

    1. I read Turron’s article, and I think he’s very much into some in citing the turnover & interception numbers. Make no mistake, Bowen was not an internal promotion intended purely to produce continuity. He was commissioned to collaborate with Vrabel in facelifting this defensive philosophy and making it more of an opportunistic unit. This is still very much a work in progress.

      The idea of TN changing the identity of their defense from the creative pressure, bend-but-don’t-break unit that they were in 2019 to more of a turnover machine (top 25%) in a single season is substantial growth! …even if it came in part at the expense of transitional struggles.

      The transitional struggles just never ended because the bad news never ended from a personnel perspective.

      We are all embarrassed by the tragically bad third down percentage. And yes, it must improve. But imagine how different third downs might have been if Clowney, Brown and Jackson had ever been on the field, healthy at the same time. It never happened. In fact, it never happened that Jackson was healthy, period.

      I think this defense is closer than we might feel. And I think Bowen is actually worth sticking with until we see.

    2. My bold prediction: Bowen fields a top 10 defense next year in the following categories:

      1. Turnovers

      2. Net Scoring Defense

      We will still give up a crap-ton of yards. We will even give up loads of points at times. We probably will only reach middle of the pack numbers on third down % and sacks, but I think it will be good enough because of the turnovers we create and the fact that our offense will take care of the ball and remain highly efficient.

      If Bowen gets the right personnel and some luck on the injury front, top 3 in those two categories.

      If the personnel crumbles around him again, I imagine everybody gets fired.

      But I appreciate Vrabel’s perspective on sticking with his ideal vision and giving more time to complete the philosophy overhaul.

  2. Meh. Diversity of meaningless things like sex is itself meaningless to me. If there are women who are better hires than the men currently on staff at a position, hire them. If not, don’t. Performance is the beginning and end.

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