That's right folks, our very own Tennessee Titans; a franchise that's been hell-bent on not taking chances on players with questionable character and often avoiding the big-names in free agency/potential trades, uncharacteristically decided to roll the dice on the diva-like Moss as the team attempts to make a serious playoff run in 2010.
Despite the red flags associated with reeling in a talent/potential locker-room cancer such as Moss, in my opinion, the positives outweigh the negatives, thus making the decision to acquire him a no-brainer.
The Tennessee Titans today made a rare in-season waiver wire pickup, acquiring Randy Moss, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings. To make room for Moss on the roster, the Titans played linebacker Jamie Winborn in injured reserve. In other Titans injury news, linebacker David Thornton, who's spent the entire year on the physically unable to perform list, started practicing. Thornton may practice for up to 21 days before the Titans have to decide to elevate him to the active roster, which includes clearing a spot on the 53-man, or move him to season-ending injured reserve.
I have some brief thoughts up on the Moss acquisition in the current edition my weekly column at Football Outsiders. An excerpt:
Moss is probably still a better deep threat than Britt, and defenses presumably will fear him more, but Moss isn't the same type of physical receiver Britt is and thus probably less useful for the quick slant, shallow cross, and intermediate dig routes.
We'll obviously have more to say about this later, not that I needed more to write about during the bye week.
In 1998, the Tennessee Titans were one of several teams that passed on the opportunity to draft troubled-but-talented WR Randy Moss.
Twelve years later, the Titans may have another chance to grab the recently-made-available Moss and according to Jeff Fisher, this time around, the team may strongly consider pouncing on the opportunity to pick up one of the league's most dangerous wide receivers.
Once again, the Tennessee Titans were on the receiving end of yet another defeat at the hands of the San Diego Chargers.
Despite injuries to key players Vince Young and Kenny Britt and a bend-but-don't-break defense that broke far too often this afternoon, a valiant Titan comeback came up a bit short in today's 33-25 loss to the Chargers.
Additional thoughts on yet another Titan loss to the Chargers...after the jump.
The list of inactives is out for today's game, and here they are:
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
WR Buster Davis, LB Larry English, WR Malcom Floyd, K Nate Kaeding, "QB" (WR) Legedu Naanee (#3 QB), LB Brandon Siler, WR Chansi Stuckey, DT Cam Thomas
DT Tony Brown, G Ryan Durand, WR Justin Gage, S Robert Johnson, T/G Troy Kropog, CB Ryan Mouton, QB Rusty Smith (#3 QB), LB Jamie Winborn
Welcome to the lineup, Rennie Curran, who makes his NFL debut. Vince Young also returns as the Titans' starting quarterback. McCourty's returns means Mouton is on the bench, as the Titans remain willing to dress only three corners.
Feel free to leave your comments here during today's game, or follow me on Twitter, where I'll probably be chiming in occasionally.
The Titans' running game has been much less efficient than it was in 2009. Chris Johnson has had fewer yards on more carries than he had through seven games last year, and his success rate has fallen 45% to 37%, which currently puts him 36th among the 39th backs with the most carries. The big question is why, and one of the explanations that's been proposed is Eugene Amano's shift from left guard over to center, replacing Kevin Mawae, and Leroy Harris's insertion into the lineup at left guard.
The lineup change has produced two related complaints:
1. The Titans' run game is worse because they're less effective running up the middle behind Harris and Amano than they were last year behind Amano and Mawae; and
2. The Titans are trying to run up the middle too much.
The problem is, neither of those statements is quite true. I'll tackle them in reverse order: