*-Unless they don't.
This is my third straight year doing some sort of preseason prediction for the Titans. Back in 2008, I wrote a post on the eve of the season about why the Titans wouldn't win 10 games. It took me five whole games to say that prediction was wrong, and the Titans ended up finishing 13-3. Heedful of the lesson, I didn't write a similar post last season, but did pick the Titans to finish over 9 wins, while noting my thoughts on how the Titans would finish had ranged from a repeat of 13-3 down to 7-9. With an 8-8 finish, wrong again. I'm already on record as expecting the Titans to finish under this year's 8.5 line, but by a relatively narrow margin.
The two biggest variables for the 2010 Titans season are two things I've written about on here this offseason: the continued development of Vince Young as an NFL passer, and how good the defense will be. The problem is, I'm not sure I have a much better handle on how those questions will be answered than I did when the Titans walked off Qwest Field in Seattle to close the 2009 season.
You've probably heard by now that there's yet another rumor regarding a potential reunion between Albert Haynesworth and the Tennessee Titans.
Of course, we've discussed this possibility before, due to the acrimonious relationship between "Fat Albert" and the Redskins' new sheriff in town: Mike Shanahan, and the seemingly inevitable ending of their stormy relationship.
Should the Titans pull the trigger on a deal that would bring Haynesworth back to Nashville?
Yesterday marked the announcement of the Tennessee Titans' 53-man roster.
Of course, the roster could be anything but set in stone, due to the slew of available players who were jettisoned by their former ballclubs on Saturday.
I'm no Mike Reinfeldt, but here's a short list of a few guys who, in my opinion, would make sense if the Titans are interested in potentially turning another team's trash into their own treasures.
It's cutdown day in the NFL, as teams have until this afternoon to cut the roster down from 75 to 53 players. For our thoughts on who those might be, see Andrew's post yesterday, including my comments. While the Titans won't officially announce their cuts until this afternoon, Jim Wyatt is reporting they've released RB Alvin Pearman, DT Joe Joseph, and TE Steve Pfahler.
I'll be updating this post with additional cuts as they're reported, and we'll have a breakdown of the 53-man roster at Total Titans after we know what it is.
PAST UPDATES: S Myron Rolle bound for practice squad if he clears waivers. OT Michael Toudouze cut. DE Eric Bakhtiari cut. (12:02 PM CT). QB Chris Simms, CB Tye Hill cut. So much for my Hill roster spot prediction. I really hope that doesn't come back to bite the team in the butt. (12:09 PM CT). DE Chris Harrington cut. (12:21 PM). WR Paul Williams, OG Nevin McCaskill cut. (12:30 PM). G Nick Howell cut. (12:44 PM). DT David Howard cut. (1:11 PM). OL Kevin Matthews cut, but Jim Wyatt thinks he's a practice squad candidate. (1:18 PM). RB Samkon Gado cut. I guess that means I'll be doing a post of Blount's runs this preseason. (1:33 PM). DE Raheem Brock cut, as was LB Patrick Trahan. (1:46 PM). WR Dominique Edison and RB(FB) Jed Collins cut. (1:52 PM). OL Ryan Durand cut. By my math, the Titans are now down to 53 players. (2:03 PM). Hmm, controversy! My latest update was Jim Wyatt reporting Ryan Durand was the Titans' final cut, but Terry McCormick's list of cuts includes not Durand, but TE Sean Ryan. (2:17 PM). Another indication Ryan has been cut. I'm upgrading the possibility the Titans deliberately went down to 52 in preparation of adding somebody off waivers. At least for now, I'm leaving Durand on the current roster and have removed Ryan. (2:24 PM). Wyatt also reporting Ryan is cut, and the Tennessean article has Ryan cut and Durand not. (3:17 PM).
UPDATE (4:37 PM): So, it looks like Sean Ryan is the last cut and Ryan Durand makes it, at least tentatively. I'd also put Stanford Keglar, Jamie Winborn, and Nick Schommer on the "don't get too moved in yet" list. I won't update this post again unless there's another roster move on Saturday.
QB: Kerry Collins, Rusty Smith, Vince Young
RB: LeGarrette Blount, Ahmard Hall, Chris Johnson, Javon Ringer
WR: Kenny Britt, Justin Gage, Lavelle Hawkins, Marc Mariani, Nate Washington, Damian Williams
TE: Jared Cook, Bo Scaife, Craig Stevens
OL: Eugene Amano, Ryan Durand, Leroy Harris, Troy Kropog, Mike Otto, Michael Roos, Jake Scott, David Stewart, Fernando Velasco
DE: Jason Babin, David Ball, Jacob Ford, William Hayes, Derrick Morgan
DT: Tony Brown, Jovan Haye, Jason Jones, Sen'Derrick Marks
LB: Colin Allred, Rennie Curran, Stanford Keglar, Stephen Tulloch, Jamie Winborn, Will Witherspoon
CB: Cortland Finnegan, Jason McCourty, Ryan Mouton, Alterraun Verner
S: Vinny Fuller, Michael Griffin, Chris Hope, Robert Johnson, Donnie Nickey, Nick Schommer
SPECIAL TEAMS: LS Ken Amato, K Rob Bironas, P Brett Kern
EXEMPT: LB Gerald McRath (suspended), LB David Thornton (PUP)