|Was Stepehn Tulloch better than Randall Godfrey?|
Stephen Tulloch (2006-10) was a reserve when we selected our team, with 4 only starts in his first two seasons. Since then, he has started 41 games and is now deserving of consideration.
Tulloch was a great tackler for the Titans and it wasn't a surprise to see Jim Schwartz want him to come to Detroit. Kyle Vanden Bosch reportedly lobbied for his addition to the Lions as well. When a player who hustles like KVB wants you on his team, it says you must be a pretty good player.
It would have been nice if Tulloch had made more of an impact in turnovers. Although he made a ton of tackles, he has not yet forced a fumble in his five NFL seasons. Nor was he known for good pass defense.
As I wrote three years ago, I didn't like the way Godfrey left the Titans, as one of the team's early salary cap casualties. Godfrey went on to play five more years, starting 60 games for the Seahawks, Chargers and Redskins. It would have been nice to have him around for a few more years. Like all the other Titans’ salary cap casualties, Godfrey was not satisfactorily replaced.
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I used stats from Pro Football Reference for the above table, since the NFL does not furnish tackle data before 2001. Godfrey's stats include only those as a Titan and do not include those from other teams. Godfrey's full PFR stats are here and Tulloch's here.
Two things stand out in their stats. Tulloch had a lot more tackles than Godfrey, but Godfrey created more turnovers.
Which do you think was a better player for the Titans? Please vote in our new poll and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Thanks to everyone who has been voting as we update our All-Time Tennessee era team. Here's a recap of our initial team and the challenges we have voted on to update the team.
QB Steve McNair
RB Eddie George
FB Lorenzo Neal
WR Derrick Mason
WR Drew Bennett
WR Kevin Dyson
TE Frank Wycheck
LT Brad Hopkins
LG Bruce Matthews
C Kevin Mawae
RG Benji Olson
RT Jon Runyan
LDE Jevon Kearse
LDT Kevin Carter
RDT Albert Haynesworth
RDE Kyle Vanden Bosch
LLB David Thornton
MLB Randall Godfrey
RLB Keith Bulluck
LCB Andre Dyson
RCB Samari Rolle
SS Blaine Bishop
FS Marcus Robertson
NB Cortland Finnegan
P Craig Hentrich
K Rob Bironas
KR/PR Adam Jones
This is the voting for our updated team so far:
RB - Eddie George remains on the team, beating out Chris Johnson
FB - Lorenzo Neal lost his spot to Ahmard Hall
LT - Brad Hopkins remains on the team, holding off Michael Roos
RT - Jon Runyan was defeated by David Stewart
LDT - Kevin Carter lost his spot to Tony Brown
More challenges to come in this series:
LCB - Andre Dyson vs Cortland Finnegan
FS - Marcus Robertson vs Michael Griffin
NB - Cortland Finnegan vs Vincent Fuller