The Minnesota Vikings made such a move on October 6 by acquiring receiver Randy Moss from the New England Patriots.
The Vikings are operating with a sense of urgency. Quarterback Brett Favre, who turns 41 in a few days, has said this will be his final NFL season. Viking head coach Brad Childress knows his team is loaded with All-Stars. Childress and his players want to win a Super Bowl, as does principal team owner Zygi Wilf, who also wants a new stadium.
How are the Tennessee Titans operating?
As usual, the primary concern seems to be maintaining the status quo. Unfortunately, the status quo in Nashville means the Titans will fall short of greatness.
How great it would be to wake up and find out that the Titans traded for a high-caliber player and signaled to fans that the team is serious about winning Super Bowls.
As of today, Tennessee is 2-2. No reason to panic, that is, unless the team doesn’t improve. Then, of course, we’re looking at another 8-8 season, which is intolerable for this passionate Titans fan.
According to media reports, team management had at least two occasions to reacquire defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins.
Defensive end Derrick Morgan, the Titans’ 2010 1st round draft pick, was injured in the Broncos game and is out for the season.
The Titans need defensive line depth. They signed a defensive tackle. His name? Amon Gordon.
Congratulations to Gordon. I hope defensive line coach Jim Washburn motivates Gordon to do great things. But do I need to state the obvious?
Again, I ask: When will the Tennessee Titans make a personnel move that makes you say “whoa”?
Titans management is well-aware that Titans fans are among the most loyal in the NFL. Every game that has been played in LP Field has been a sellout. Outstanding, but a 3-13 season and a 13-3 season gives team owner Bud Adams the same financial reward. Why make a “whoa” transaction when fans will show up for home games no matter what?
But I suspect there is a sense of urgency in Bud Adams. He gave t-shirts to the team before the Steelers game encouraging them to dream big — by picturing themselves playing in Super Bowl 45.
In contrast, when asked about playoff aspirations, head coach Jeff Fisher usually responds by saying he’s only thinking about “winning the next ball game.”
I guess it’s the Texan in me that wishes Fisher would dream big. Maybe it’s why I like Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. There is no doubt that Jones expects his team to be Super Bowl contenders every year and that he will do whatever it takes to put a competitive team on the field.
Every team in the NFL, including the Cleveland Browns, is capable of winning the next ball game. However, the Browns, a storied franchise, have never played in a Super Bowl.
The Titans have appeared on one Super Bowl, and Fisher was at the helm. Can he lead the current incarnation of the Tennessee Titans to another one?
I see the Titans as a team with a spectacular running back, a quarterback who’s under wraps, and a talented defensive with no dominant players. By “dominant,” I mean “feared by opponents.” Like DeMarcus Ware. Or Nnamdi Asomugwa. Or Haynesworth in 2008.
The 2010 season is still young, and I’d like to look back on it and say that Titans management, coaches and players took a giant leap forward. Will they?
Do the Titans lack a sense of urgency?