Tennessee Titans

AFC South

2013 Schedule

  • Week 1

    TEN (16) @ PIT (9)

    09/08/13

  • Week 2

    TEN (24) @ HOU (30)

    09/15/13

  • Week 3

    SD (17) @ TEN (20)

    09/22/13

  • Week 4

    NYJ (13) @ TEN (38)

    09/29/13

  • Week 5

    KC (26) @ TEN (17)

    10/06/13

  • Week 6

    TEN (13) @ SEA (20)

    10/13/13

  • Week 7

    SF (31) @ TEN (17)

    10/20/13

  • Week 8

    bye

  • Week 9

    TEN (28) @ STL (21)

    11/03/13

  • Week 10

    JAC (29) @ TEN (27)

    11/10/13

  • Week 11

    IND (30) @ TEN (27)

    11/14/13

  • Week 12

    TEN (23) @ OAK (19)

    11/24/13

  • Week 13

    TEN (14) @ IND (22)

    12/01/13

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Earl Christian Campbell

Earl Christian Campbell (born March 29, 1955), and began playing football in the fifth grade as a kicker, but by the sixth grade, he was moved to running back. In 1973, he led the John Tyler High School to a Texas 4A State Championship, then moved on to play for the University of Texas.



Campbell put up amazing stats in college, and was awarded for his achievements. In 1975 he was named All-American. In 1977, he won the Heisman, he became the first recipient of the Davey O'Brien Memorial Trophy, which was awarded for the best player in the now defunct Southwest Conference. A consensus All-American in 1977, due to Campbell rushing for 1,744 yards and leading the nation. When he played his final game for the Longhorns, he finished with 4,444 career rushing yards. This led him to be the first pick overall in the NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He signed for a six-year, $1.4 million dollar contract.



In his first year, he was unstoppable. On 302 rushing attempts he gained 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year, and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Campbell's greatness came from his ability to mix speed and power. He would plow over anyone, then go the distance. His Houston Oilers playing days (1978-1985) he carried the rock 1,979 times for 8,574 yards and 73 touchdowns. In 1979 earned him All-Pro, Pro-Bowl, and NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors, the second of three consecutive seasons he led the league in rushing, and only Jim Brown previously accomplished that feat. Campbell led the NFL in rushing for the 1978, 1979, 1980 seasons. His nearly 2,000 carries in just seven seasons wrecked his longevity as a pro. Part way through the 1984 season he was traded to the New Orleans Saints. He played just a season and a half in New Orleans, and had just one touchdown on 208 carries for 833 yards. During the preseason of 1986, Earl Campbell retired, citing that his body could not go through any more punishment, and it was time to hang up the cleats.



Five years later on July 27, 1991 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1999, he was ranked number 33 on the Sporting News list of 100 Greatest Football Players, he was also ranked #12 on ESPN's Top 25 players in College Football History.



Campbell is widely known as being one of the best power backs in NFL history. He would love to punish anyone getting in his way, by using his 34 inch thighs. and his wrecking ball 5'11, 244 pound frame. Slow? try a 4.5 in the 40 yard dash, this combination made him one of the most feared runners of his era. The University of Texas in 2006, unveiled a nine foot statue of honor of his Texas playing days, and in 2013 the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, given to the best running back with ties to Texas.



Due to his consistent punishment on the football field, Campbell has trouble walking and sometimes will request a wheelchair. Campbell has developed severe arthritis in his knees, and aggravating back pain. He has had surgery to try to relieve the back pain, by having the surgical doctor remove three large bone spurs. Earl is still a prominent business man living in Austin, Texas and still participates in Texas athletics. He has his own meat company, which manufactures and sells Earl Campbell's Smoked Sausage, barbecue sauce, and he also owned a restaurant called the Earl Campbell's Lone Star BBQ, but sadly closed in 2001.


 


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WARREN MOON + RUN & SHOOT = MAGIC

 


the first black qb - warren moon and the run and shoot


Warren Moon was the starting quarterback for the Houston Oilers from 1984-1993. He would put up decent numbers in his first six seasons, but only had a win loss record of 35-49. In 1990 Moon was paired with Jack Pardee, Kevin Gilbride and the Run & Shoot offense, which maxed out his abilities, and led to four straight winning seasons and a quarterback record of 44-26.

The Run & Shoot was an offense that was first conceived by Glenn “Tiger” Ellison during the 1960’s in Middletown Ohio. His offense averaged scoring a touchdown one of every ten plays, and his squad scored 98 points in a game.  The Philosophy of the Run  & Shoot is to run a ball control offense utilizing high percentage pass plays. The offense was not the Air Coryell offense that threw bombs; rather the Run & Shoot was a precision offense that utilized four wide receivers.  

The Run & Shoot needed to have the right personnel in order to run effectively. The first and most important component is the quarterback. The quarterback must be an accurate passer, as well as be athletic enough to throw on the run in the offenses many rollouts.  The next component is at least four receivers, as the offense usually employs four receiver sets. The running back in the offense was a lone back, so the teams running this offense did not need fullbacks, and rarely used the tight end. The offense moved the receivers in motion all over the offense, and each receiver had up to four different routes that they could run, which gave the quarterback essentially 16 different routes to choose from. The quarterback would need to be able to diagnose the defense he was facing, and then it became easy to find the open receiver in the offense.   
 
Jack Pardee was head coach at the University of Houston from 1987-1989, and he employed the Run & Shoot offense to great success. His offense produced Andre Ware, who was the first African American quarterback to ever win the Heisman Trophy. Pardee’s Houston Cougars became the first team in NCAA history to have over 1,000 yards of total offense, totaling 1,021 in a 95-21 trouncing of SMU, Southern Methodist University. Pardee’s success with the Cougars drew the attention of the Oilers, and in 1990 he was hired and installed the Run & Shoot for Warren Moon.

In 1990 Warren Moon was coming off his best season in the NFL. In 1989 Moon threw for 3,631 yards with 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He completed 60% of his passes, which was the best mark of his career. Pardee knew Warren was the perfect man to run his offense, because he had the right personnel around him. The Oilers had a wealth of talent at wide receiver with Ernest Givens, Haywood Jeffires, Curtis Duncan, Drew Hill (1990-1991) and Webster Slaughter (1992-1993). From 1990-1993 all of these receivers enjoyed success, and most of all, so did Warren Moon. 

Warren Moon’s Receivers during the Run & Shoot era:

           Givens        Jeffires        Duncan       Hill            Slaughter
1990    72-979-9    74-1048-8   66-785-1    74-1019-5    
1991    70-996-5    100-1181-7 55-588-4    90-1109-4
1992    67-787-10  90-913-9     82-954-1                     39-486-4
1993    68-887-4    66-753-6     41-456-3                     77-904-5
    

Moon had his best statistical season in 1990. He threw for 4,689 yards, which is over 1,000 more than his career high set the year before. #1 also threw for 33 touchdowns with only 13 interceptions. Moon completed 62% of passes and was named to his third consecutive pro bowl. The following season Warren would keep the pedal to the metal, throwing for 4,690 yards with 23 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. The NFL had not seen back to back passing seasons like #1 dropped on them, and he gave the Run & Shoot legitimacy. Moon would lead the Oilers to three straight playoff appearances from 1991-1993, but their struggles in the playoffs led to the media slamming the Run & Shoot offense as a gimmick. It also did not help that their defensive coordinator, Buddy Ryan, was also a major detractor of the offense. 

During his four seasons quarterbacking the Oilers and the Run & Shoot offense, Warren Moon had a 44-26 regular season record. What he did throwing the ball was even more impressive. In 70 games Moon threw for 15,385 yards, with 95 touchdowns and 67 interceptions. Moon completed 61% of his passes, 1,293 of 2,105 attempted. Those numbers may not seem great by the standards of today’s NFL, but they were amongst the best passing numbers of his era.

The Run & Shoot is no longer employed in the NFL, but the many of philosophies of the offense are still alive. In the NFL of today quarterbacks are throwing the ball more than ever. Teams are utilizing four or more options on passing plays, which was a main component of the Run & Shoot. Receivers are also able to change their patterns to take advantage of the defenses they are facing. If you look at the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers offense, you see the short high percentage passes that were paramount in the Run & Shoot.   

Looking back there is no doubt that the Houston Oilers had the right personnel to employ the Run & Shoot, and they were also the most successful team to use it. Warren Moon was the main cog that made the Run & Shoot work in Houston, and it also allowed Warren to shot for the moon when it came to his stats. Houston had a tremendous amount of talent at wide receiver, and with Warren Moon leading the way were one of the most enjoyable offenses to watch on a weekly basis.


 







 







 


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Titans agree to terms with special teams ace, Dexter McCluster

The Tennessee Titans and former Kansas City Chiefs WR/PR Dexter McCluster have agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth a reported $12 million with $4.5 million guaranteed.

Pyro's take: It wasn't the boldest of moves we saw during the first day of free agency, but Tennessee did well to address an area of need by bringing on a shifty little playmaker like McCluster.

Tennessee ranked near the bottom of the league in both punt and kick returns last season, so the Dexter signing definitely boosts their special teams as well as giving them a little more depth at wide receiver.

Nevertheless, the deal's impact on the fantasy world is basically nil.

03/11/14, 09:44 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: twitter.com

Hunter will be looking for big improvements in second season

Justin Hunter showed in his rookie season of 2013 the big-play potential the Titans envisioned when they selected him in the second round with the 34th overall pick.

Building off his 18-catch, 354-yard and four-touchdown showing next year and beyond will involve Hunter becoming a bigger (heavier and stronger) player this offseason.

Hunter will try to do so without losing the leaping ability that helped him record his first two pro catches as touchdowns. He had the game-winning, 34-yarder against the Chargers in Week 3 and an acrobatic 15-yard TD catch against the New York Jets the following week.

Four of Hunter’s catches gained 40 or more yards, with a long of 57 at Denver, and he led the Titans with a per-catch average of 19.7 yards that ranked 16th in the NFL and sixth among players that made at least 16 catches.

Pyro's take: Justin Hunter showed nice potential this season, but he failed to make the impact that fellow rookie Keenan Allen made. Hunter should enter next season as the team's second receiver, opposite up and coming Kendall Wright.

The issue for Hunter is going to be the play from the quarterback position. The Titans have not had consistency, nor the development they expected from Jake Locker.

Hunter still has a lot of potential, and could be a player with sleeper potential come fantasy drafts next season.

02/04/14, 05:23 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.titansonline.com

Wright is seeing double

Kendall Wright didn’t care for having an extra shadow last Sunday at Indianapolis.

The Titans’ leading receiver was double-teamed after tight end Delanie Walker left the game early with a concussion.

“I started getting doubled,” Wright said. “It was my first time that I had a linebacker inside of me and a nickel defender outside of me so it was hard, but Nate (Washington) had a great game, and we’ve just got to make plays when we can.”

In addition to missing out on Walker’s production in the passing game, the absence created a ripple effect with the defense paying more attention to Wright, who has career highs of 71 catches and 840 yards this season.

Pyro's take: Wright has been a pleasant surprise this season, especially in PPR leagues. The second year player is the leading the way for the Titans, and defenses are now well of aware of that.

With Delanie Walker set to miss another week of action, the Broncos are focus their attention onto Wright. In most situations that could be a death sentence. Although, since the Titans are facing the Broncos and could be out it by halftime, Wright may be able to get some fantasy production in mop up time.

12/07/13, 07:15 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.titansonline.com

Locker showing improvement

One of the many ways Titans quarterback Jake Locker has shown improvement this year is in third-down situations.

Locker currently is the NFL’s third-ranked quarterback on third down, with a 106.3 passer rating that trails only Cam Newton and Peyton Manning. He’s 39-of-61 passing (63.9 percent) for 426 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

That’s quite an upgrade from last season, when Locker finished with an 80.9 rating on third down. He completed 56 percent, throwing three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Said Locker: “You can play a terrible game, but if you’re good on third downs, you can keep the team on the field, you sustain drives, and you give yourself the opportunity to score. That’s the goal of the game.”

Pyro's take: Locker only has one 300-yard passing game on the season, and is coming off his first game without throwing a touchdown since the season opener. Jake will have a good chance to get back on track as the Titans square off against the hapless Jaguars this weekend. This game presents Locker his best opportunity of the season.

11/06/13, 08:30 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.tennessean.com

Locker back at practice

Quarterback Jake Locker was back taking snaps and throwing during part of Titans practice on Wednesday, but it still looks as if he’ll sit out Sunday’s game against San Francisco.

“We’re not declaring anything,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “We’re not saying (Locker’s) out. But we’re going forward like Ryan’s starting. But we want to see how fast Jake comes along.”

Locker was wearing a brace on his right knee on Wednesday and was still walking with a noticeable limp. But he was able to participate in all the Titans’ seven-on-seven drills and a took a few full-team snaps as well. He was officially listed as limited in practice.

“We knew the (hip) would heal pretty quickly and that the knee would be something that would last a little longer,” Munchak said. “So he’s got a brace on that, and now it’s just a matter of how well he adjusts to the brace and how his knee and hip feels.

“It’s exciting to see him practice and all that, but don’t know what that means. It’s a long way from that to playing on Sunday.”


Pyro's take: Jake Locker does not have to worry about losing his job to Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has not looked good as his replacement. The fact that Locker is back at practice is encouraging that he may be able to get on the field soon, but that does not mean he has taken the next step in fantasy value. Jake is still very inconsistent and injury prone. He has not been able to put together 2 consecutive great performances, so he is on the “prove it to me” list.

10/17/13, 06:59 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: blogs.tennessean.com

Jake Locker out 4-8 weeks

We might not see Locker for a while. The team reportedly believes its starting QB could miss between 4-8 weeks as he recovers, according to ESPN. The team is still awaiting the results of tests that will give it a better idea of Locker's recovery time, though NFL.com reports that the team believes there is no hip dislocation.

Locker, according to reports, was in the hospital as of Monday morning, but he was released shortly thereafter.

Pyro's take: Jake Locker is another injury prone player who has yet to reach his potential because of injury. Now he will be sidelined for 4-8 weeks, and I expect closer to 8 based on it being a hip injury for a running quarterback. The good news for owners of Titans players is that they have a veteran in Ryan Fitzpatrick who will step in and could be put up better passing numbers. Fitzpatrick was a starter last season and still wants to be the leader of a team. The Harvard product is a pocket passer, which could mean more production from the Titans receivers. If you are in a very deep league Fitzpatrick is a nice waiver wire add.

09/30/13, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.cbssports.com

Shonn Greene knee injury not serious, expected to play in week 2

Shonn Greene carried the ball only four times before being injured and leaving the game after suffering a knee injury in the second quarter.

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said the injury isn’t serious and hopes that Greene can play in the week 2 match up against the Houston Texans.

Pyro's take: Shonn Greene is no longer a starting running back in the NFL, but he still has fantasy potential in larger fantasy leagues. Jackie Battle stole a touchdown in week 1 running in Greene's role. Greene is in no danger of losing his job to Battle, and at this point looks like he will be back on the field in week 2. He is not recommended starter in most fantasy formats.

09/10/13, 07:26 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: fansided.com

Kendall Wright has a sprained right knee

An MRI showed Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright suffered a sprained right knee, not a torn ACL, Saturday night.

The 23-year-old Wright, drafted by the Titans in the first round of the 2012 draft, is expected to miss the rest of the preseason, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

He will definitely miss Tennessee's third preseason game against the Falcons on Saturday. Coach Mike Munchak said Sunday he hopes the receiver will be back for the season opener Sept. 8 at Pittsburgh.

He injured his knee while running a pattern in the first half of Tennessee's 27-19 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He walked around after the game with a wrap on the knee.

Pyro's take: This is a break for Kendall Wright that he does not have a torn ACL, but missing the rest of the preseason is tough for the young 2nd year receiver who is trying to take the next step in his development.

Wright's availability for the season opener is in doubt, but he should be back by week 2 at the latest, if there are no setbacks. Wright is a player that really needs to improve on his yards per catch average, which was under 10 last season and is unacceptable for a wide receiver.

08/18/13, 05:36 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: espn.go.com

Kevin Walter to be an unrestrictred free agent heading into 2010

Kevin Walter will be an unrestricted free agent w/ or w/o a new CBA between players and owners. And with the emergence of Jacoby Jones, it is not expected that the Texans will make much of a play for him.

Pyro's take: Nor should they. Pookie from New Jack City could produce solid numbers opposite of Andre Johnson. What the Texans should do, is figure out how to bring in some talent to deflect attention away from their star on the other side. Can you say Terrel Owens?

01/14/10, 01:30 PM CST by
Source: www.houstontexans.com

Gage expected to return on Sunday

Titans wide receiver Justin Gage (back) practiced in full on Wednesday and looks ready to return to the lineup this weekend against the Rams.

Pyro's take: If he doesn't suffer a setback in practice this week, Gage will be back and surely eat into the fantasy football value of rookie Kenny Britt. His return would help the Titans as a team, but he's still worth no more than a low-end flex on yours.

12/10/09, 12:45 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.tennessean.com

Gage inactive for Titans

Titans wide receiver Justin Gage (back) is inactive for the game against the Colts today. Rookie WR Kenny Britt will get the start again in his place.

Pyro's take: Britt has been playing really well of late, so go ahead and use him as a WR3 or flex on your fantasy football team today.

12/06/09, 12:00 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.nfl.com

Bironas fine for Sunday's game

Titans kicker Rob Bironas (ankle) went through a normal practice on Thursday and is set to assume the kicking duties against the Colts this weekend.

Pyro's take: Coach Jeff Fisher said that his ankle was nothing to be worried about, so get him back in your fantasy football lineup.

12/04/09, 11:00 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.titansonline.com

Fisher says Bironas' injury not serious

According to Titans coach Jeff Fisher, the ankle injury kicker Rob Bironas is currently dealing with is not serious.

Pyro's take: We expect Bironas to play this Sunday, but you might want to check back with us throughout the week just to be sure you can get him into your fantasy football lineup.

12/03/09, 12:45 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.tennessean.com

Gage to get starting job back upon return

According to Titans coach Jeff Fisher, wide receiver Justin Gage (back) will get his starting job back from rookie WR Kenny Britt when he returns from his injury.
"When Justin comes back and is 100 percent he is going to start, and Kenny is going to play," Fisher said. "That's just the way things are. Kenny was playing before Justin got hurt."

Pyro's take: Gage is a wily veteran, sure, but his upside and breakaway ability is nowhere close to that of the rookie. We expect to see Britt more than we saw him in the beginning of the year, but his fantasy football value does take a hit with this news.

12/03/09, 12:15 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.tennessean.com

Gage practices with scout team on Wednesday

Titans wide receiver Justin Gage (back) was back practicing with the team on Wednesday, though it was only with the scout team.

Pyro's take: There's no word as to whether or not he'll play this Sunday yet, but even if he does, he won't be worth more than a weak flex play on your fantasy football team.

12/02/09, 05:45 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.titansonline.com

Rob Bironas held out of practice Wednesday

Titans kicker Rob Bironas was missing from practice on Wednesday due to a supposed ankle injury.

Pyro's take: This is the first we've heard of the injury, as Bironas was in the game to kick the last second extra point against the Cardinals last weekend. We'll keep you updated on the situation as Rob has become a starting kicker for your fantasy football team the last month or so.

12/02/09, 05:45 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.titansonline.com

Gage could practice with scout team this week

Titans coach Jeff Fisher is hopeful that wide receiver Justin Gage (back) can work with the scout team at practice this week after missing the past three games due to injury.

Pyro's take: All the players want him back too... even the rookie who looks to have taken his job, Kenny Britt, as Gage is known as a big brother to these guys. Even if he does return, he won't be worth more than a flex at best on your fantasy football team.

12/01/09, 02:45 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.tennessean.com

Gage unsure when he'll return

Titans wide receiver Justin Gage (back), who has been inactive the past two weeks, said that he doesn't know when he'll return, but that he's "made a lot of progress in the last week" and that after working hard lately, "the next step is being able to be back on the practice field."

Pyro's take: Rookie WR Kenny Britt seems to be filling in just fine for Gage, leading the Titan receivers in yards the past two games and hauling in his first TD reception Monday night. However, with Vince Young leading a rush-based team, neither Britt nor Gage are worth much in the world of fantasy football just yet.

11/24/09, 12:15 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.tennessean.com

Gage inactive as expected today

Titans wide receiver Justin Gage (back) is inactive for the game against the Bills on Sunday.

Pyro's take: Gage will be out a couple of weeks as the fractures in his back heal. He won't need surgery, however, which is always a good thing.

11/15/09, 11:45 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.nfl.com

Gage sits out practice with full-body soreness

Titans wide receiver Justin Gage (back) sat out Wednesday's practice with full-body soreness from falling to the turf after a circus catch last Sunday. Both he and coach Jeff Fisher expect him to be able to play Sunday.

Pyro's take: Gage should be able to play on Sunday, but probably shouldn't be in your fantasy football lineup against a tough Buffalo secondary.

11/11/09, 06:45 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: sports.espn.go.com

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