A misperception about the Titans' approach

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by NewsGrabber, Mar 4, 2009.

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  1. NewsGrabber

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em> <p>The Titans don't write monster checks to other teams' free agents on the first day of free agency. We all know that. But they're hardly alone in being conservative. Peter King <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/peter_king/03/01/freeagency/index.html" target="_blank">wrote this week</a> about how Green Bay's assistant coaches had the first weekend of free agency off - the Packers weren't going to be player in the early market either.</p> <p>There are miles between free agency conservatism and doing nothing.</p> <p>And I've been shocked at the emails I've gotten and the talk on Nashville radio that give great amplitude to the idea that the Titans "do nothing" in free agency, that they are cheap and unwilling to pay quality players.</p> <p>If they are cheap to steer away from the kind of guarantees and total package that Albert Haynesworth got in Washington, then yes, they are cheap.</p> <p>Personally, I think they are pretty well built. You have to be to go 13-3, no matter the schedule or the playoff failure.</p> <p>This is a team that's been able to overcome gaffes like Pacman Jones and Vince Young, misses like Chris Henry and Paul Williams, weak additions like Justin McCareins and Ryan Fowler and misfortunes like David Givens.</p> <p>There is a long way between cheap and fiscally prudent.</p> <p>Cheap teams don't bring in quality veterans from outside like Kevin Mawae, Chris Hope, David Thornton and Nick Harper. Cheap teams don't step up to re-sign Kerry Collins, Rob Bironas and Vincent Fuller or put a franchise tag on Bo Scaife. Cheap teams don't bring in Nate Washington and Jovan Haye to try to patch holes and upgrade positions -- to deals worth a combined $8.55 million in each of the next four years.</p> <p>Are you cheap or are you smart if you lock up Cortland Finnegan, Michael Roos and David Stewart well in advance of free agency while their prices are still reasonable?</p> <p>The Titans make their fair share of mistakes in personnel, for sure. Imagine if they hadn't blown the No. 6 and No. 3 overall draft picks as they rebuilt?</p> <p>But the idea that they are afraid to write a check or lock up very good players is just inaccurate.</p> <p>People getting all bent out of shape over the Titans absence from big-ticket free agency should take note that while the Redskins win a lot in February and March, like most good teams the Titans are more concerned with November and December.</p>

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    MJTitans Chris Whitley look him up Tip Jar Donor

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    OMG, I can't believe this is Paul Kuharsky!!!! Wish I could give him a thumbs up (instead of the other finger he has so often inspired).
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  3. onetontitan

    onetontitan Fire, walk with me.

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    wow. Finally, its like any of us could have written that article. We've been writing it for years
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  4. Riverman

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    The Titans should be more concerned with January and February.

    And don't forget Paul, the Redksins have won some Super Bowls. This franchise hasn't.

    Just because they don't pay market value to fill a team need doesn't mean they are "fiscally prudent" either. There is a balance between market value and need value.

    The Titans have been vigilant about obtaining garage sale depth with the dollars they save by avoiding paying market value for a team need playmaker. That is why they win in November and December AND DON'T IN JANUARY/FEBRUARY when it counts.
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    Sums up my thoughts pretty well.

    I am like the rest of you with the wants and dreams but at the end of the day I an an analyst for a winery not a NFL talent coach and not a GM. You have to trust the people who dedicate there lives to this type of stuff instead of being a Monday morning QB and let this just pan out as they do. We have progressively gotten better over the last few seasons and not over paid for it. How is that bad? How many teams go from a losing record to the point we are at now in a couple season?
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    GoTitans3801 Forward Progress!

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    The Redskins won superbowls in 1992 and 1988. You're still giving them credit for those? I really don't think strategies and ideologies from more than 10-15 years ago are relevant to current strategy. It's another reason why I find it simpler to view us only from our starting point in TN.

    None of the Skins superstars in the last 10 years have helped them win in January or February.
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    Invalid. I'm so tired of hearing about these 'storied franchises blah blah blah'. Last time the Skins won was in 1987 unless I'm mistaken...so forget about that garbage argument. The bottom line is it takes lots of luck and lots of skill to make it to the big dance and win it. No team has ever just cruised into the Super Bowl and won it without so much as a hitch.

    I get so tired of ppl dogging our front office. Would you rather have Jerry Jones running the show? A soap opera full of Romo's Owens's Roy Williams's Marion Barbers and not a single playoff win in over a decade? When we lost
    Eddie Steve and Mason it put a hurting on this franchise. Since that point we have been slowly rebuilding and improving year by year. From garbage to 8-8 to 10-6 to 13-3 and you still wanna complain about our front office? We got 35 million in cap space and had the best record in the league last year and you want to complain about our front office? Give me a break man. We lost in the playoffs because of a few lousy breaks and no calls, not because lack of any particular player.
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    The Redskins have won NO Super Bowls since The Titans became The Titans. Without the obligatory Wiki reference I'd venture to say Tennessee has been more successful than Wash in the last 10 years..
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    http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/Vee/185601
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    Tell that to the Colts, Patriots, Steelers, etc.

    Let's just all go look for 4 leaf clovers and rabbits feet this off-season since it takes a lot of luck.

    You people are ridiculous. WE HAVEN'T WON A SUPER BOWL. There is nothing wrong or bad about criticising the methods. That is the point.
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