Titans statement on Curley Culp

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  1. Titans Insider

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    Former Oilers defensive tackle Curley Culp was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

    The Titans released a statement about Culp…

    “This is a great day for Curley Culp and a great day for the Oilers/Titans organization. We are happy that after all of these years, his contributions to the game are being recognized.

    During the 1974 season, the coaches wanted to move to the 3-4 defense and Culp was a proven NFL player that would help make that transformation successful. A trade with Kansas City in October of that year made it a reality. The defense took off with the new defensive scheme and he became a backbone during the Luv Ya Blue years, anchoring a dominant defensive line for the next six years. Culp went to four Pro Bowls as an Oiler and the combination of Culp and fellow Hall of Famer Elvin Bethea were a dynamic duo. Congratulations to Curley and his family on a long overdue honor.”

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    Source: Titans Insider
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  2. dtm586

    dtm586 Starter

    Congrats; But a hall of famer Oiler ... Looks like we got a candidate for a future 2015
    Head Coaching gig.
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  3. GoT

    GoT Strength and Honor Tip Jar Donor

    could not care less, but like dtm586 I hope his college buddies are pretty real good coaches
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  4. Gunny

    Gunny Shoutbox Fuhrer

    Never heard of this guy. But good on him.
  5. RollTide

    RollTide All-Pro

    Actually says more about how talented the 1969 Chiefs were than the Oilers because the Oilers sucked when he was there. That 69 chiefs team was loaded. 7 hall of fame players and a hall of fame coach.

    Culp was the first 3-4 nose tackle in the nfl in the early 70s. The oilers decided to take a variation of the 5-2 defense that was overwhelmingly popular in college and use it in the pros to improve their run defense. Culp a short stocky guy was well suited for that role.

    Bud Wilkinson popularized that defense in the early 50s at Oklahoma where he won 31 straight games and some national titles.
  6. The Hammer

    The Hammer Problematic AF

    Poor guy. Had to go through life with the name Curley Culp.
  7. Gunny

    Gunny Shoutbox Fuhrer

    I thought it was Curley Cup and I was wondering what on earth the Curley Cup is and why we won it.
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