Player News - Titans

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Titans president and CEO Steve Underwood said the organization is making progress towards satisfying the league's ownership requirements.

"We are confident that the next time we meet with the Commissioner," Underwood said, "he will be satisfied that [owner] Amy Adams Strunk has exactly what he said she needs — local operating control and full authority to represent the Titans in league decisions." The league requires one majority owner to represent the team both locally and in league matters. Strunk owns just a third of the organization with the rest of the shares spread out between the late Bud Adams' other daughter, Susie Adams Smith, and the heirs of his late son, Kenneth Adams III. Strunk has been operating as the controlling owner, but the league likely wants her to acquire a majority stake. Underwood's comments suggest she is close to acquiring the necessary shares.
Feb 6 - 12:04 PM

New Titans OC Terry Robiskie said Marcus Mariota will not have trouble adjusting to his offense.

Despite the return of Mike Mularkey, Mariota will be learning his second offense in as many seasons. Robiskie thinks the sophomore quarterback will have a smooth transition to the redesigned offense, but constant change is not the way to develop a franchise quarterback. Unfortunately for Mariota, this coaching staff has the look of one which could be out the door quickly as well.
Jan 27 - 6:20 PM

Titans hired ex-Jaguars OC Bob Bratkowski as WRs coach.

Bratkowski, 60, is another hire who has strong ties to coach Mike Mularkey. Bratkowski was Mularkey's OC in his lone year as the Jaguars' coach in 2012, and the two also worked together in Atlanta and Pittsburgh. Bratkowski has a ton of OC experience, as he coordinated the Bengals' offense from 2001-2010 before linking up with Mularkey in Atlanta.
Jan 27 - 9:41 AM

Profootballtalk reports the Titans' ownership issues are the result of the fact that late owner Bud Adams "did not establish a clear succession plan."

The team is now divvied up between three separate branches of Adams' family, and lacks a majority owner. The family is attempting to make Adams' daughter Amy Strunk the controlling stake, but that would require buying out the other two groups. It's unclear if Strunk has those sort of funds. If not, the league could eventually force the sale of the team.
Jan 26 - 4:13 PM

Titans hired Russ Grimm as OL coach.

Grimm is a Hall-of-Fame player who was once a key assistant for the Steelers. He's been out of the league since Ken Whisenhunt's staff got let go in Arizona following the 2012 season. Grimm has 16 years of experience coaching NFL linemen. The Titans also hired DBs coach Deshea Townsend, an ex-Steelers cornerback.
Jan 25 - 3:26 PM

Titans president and CEO Steve Underwood admitted there are "issues" with the team's ownership structure, but he denied the league is trying to force a sale.

"The league has never once indicated to us that they are attempting to force the sale," Underwood said. "I’ve never heard those words used. I think they’re continuing to work with us on trying to resolve the ownership issues, and in the meantime, none of those things are affecting the operation of the club." Underwood refused to divulge the specific issues in the ownership structure but said the team is working with the league to fix them. Pro Football Talk reported the lingering issues could lead to litigation between the Titans and the NFL, who would push for a sale if the issues cannot be resolved. The uncertain situation could explain why Tennessee decided to stick with Mike Mularkey at head coach instead of committing to a long-term deal with someone from outside the organization.
Jan 23 - 1:00 PM

Titans promoted Dick LeBeau to assistant head coach/defensive coordinator.

He'll take over for Ray Horton, who left to become the Browns' defensive coordinator. It's been a strange offseason for the Titans. So far they've kept interim coach Mike Mularkey, added 61-year-old Terry Robiskie as offensive coordinator and promoted LeBeau, who turns 79 in September. Maybe they'll "lure" Joe Gibbs out of retirement next. 2016 should be another forgettable year in Tennessee.
Jan 20 - 7:42 PM

Titans GM Jon Robinson said he is willing to trade the No. 1 overall pick.

For a team with a bevy of needs, trading the top pick would be the most profitable option. There is still a long way to go in the process, but the most likely reason a team would trade up to the No. 1 pick is for a quarterback, a position where the Titans are set after selecting Marcus Mariota at No. 2 overall last year. If a trade happens, it will likely be with a team desperate to jump over the Browns at No. 2 to land the top signal caller in the draft.
Jan 19 - 12:56 PM

New Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he plans to implement a simpler and faster offense this season.

Mularkey became the interim coach after the Titans fired Ken Whisenhunt seven games into the season, but he was not able to implement his offense on the fly. "There will be some similarities, but it will be cut down," Mularkey said. "It’s not a high-tempo like Philly, but it’s very user-friendly. We’ll be able to get in and out of the huddle, I think, quicker than we have the last couple of years." Simpler may be better for Marcus Mariota as he attempts to learn his second offense in as many years, but the team cannot afford to be vanilla with a dynamic weapon under center. No matter how the offense is run, the first order of business for Mularkey will be keeping Mariota off the turf.
Jan 19 - 12:12 PM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey says the team will address running back this offseason.

The Titans had the league's most pathetic running back corps in 2015, so it's not a surprise. This year's draft class hasn't shaken out yet, but it's an unusually strong free agent crop for runners. Bishop Sankey's roster spot isn't guaranteed for 2016.
Jan 18 - 2:51 PM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey will call his own plays in 2016.

Speaking at his introductory presser on Monday, Mularkey said his offense would feature "deception with balance." Whatever that means. Mularkey has been called a "quarterback whisperer" by owner Steve Underwood, but next to nothing on his résumé supports that. Mularkey's most notable pupil is Matt Ryan, whom he was fired from coaching after the 2011 season. 2016 figures to be a lost, pointless year in Tennessee.
Jan 18 - 2:45 PM

Titans president/CEO Steve Underwood continues to insist the team is not for sale.

Rumors have been percolating for years at this point, but the Titans continue to deny them. When there's this much smoke, fire usually follows, but at least for the moment, there aren't any concrete reasons to doubt Underwood's assertions. The league is reportedly concerned with the Titans' ownership structure, which is labyrinth and confusing. It's amusing the league is concerned with the Titans' structure less than a week after ignoring all manner of its own rules as the Rams were allowed to relocate to Los Angeles.
Jan 18 - 2:39 PM

The Titans expect assistant head coach Dick LeBeau to return for 2016.

The Titans are keeping together as much of ex-coach Ken Whisenhunt's staff as possible. It makes little sense on the whole, but retaining LeBeau and his six decades of NFL knowledge is a no-brainer. LeBeau should remain heavily involved with Ray Horton's defense.
Jan 18 - 2:34 PM

New Titans GM Jon Robinson has final say on the 53-man roster.

With clueless ownership and a bottom-three head coach, it would have been a major concern had Robinson not secured final say. Robinson's roster has extremely little talent. He has a herculean task ahead of him. His biggest offseason challenge will be getting the No. 1 overall pick right, or -- ideally -- getting as much as possible in return in a pre-draft trade.
Jan 18 - 2:29 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Titans will retain ex-OC Jason Michael as the quarterbacks coach.

Michael was reportedly headed to be an assistant in St. Louis, but the Titans are interested in maintaining some continuity for Marcus Mariota after bringing in Terry Robiskie as coordinator. Michael served as the offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015.
Jan 18 - 12:16 PM


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