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Final Post

I am shutting down Titans Tracker permanently.


I will always have a passion for and support the Tennessee Titans franchise I became fond of as a teenager, when the then-Houston Oilers held its training camp in my hometown of San Angelo, Texas.

It was, is, and always be about the franchise, regardless of which city calls it home.

I hope Mr. Bud Adams gets a chance to hold the Lombardi Trophy, so coach Mike Munchak, his coaching staff, the front office and players better get to work.

Sincere thanks to my readers and sponsors over the past four seasons.

Goodbye, God bless, and as always, Go Titans!


Titans Tracker reviews the 2011 quarterback class

The 2011 NFL Draft is next week, and the Tennessee Titans are expected to draft a quarterback during the first two rounds of the draft.

I like quarterbacks — all of them. Gotta respect the toughest position in all of sports. I also trust my hunches. Last year, I was confident that Colt McCoy would overachieve in Cleveland, and that Jimmy Clausen would not be the answer for the Carolina Panthers. Here are my impressions of this year’s deep crop of signal callers.

They Will Not Be Titans

Cam Newton
The guy has superstar written all over him. He’s got a very strong arm, a large frame, charisma, and mental toughness. You don’t beat Alabama on the road, survive intense personal scrutiny, win the SEC championship and a BCS championship without being mentally tough. If he’s committed to greatness, he will be a top ten quarterback in four years.

Blaine Gabbert
I don’t get the hype. Then again, I didn’t get the hype about Matt Ryan coming out of Boston College. Gabbert enters the NFL draft after an average college career and a below-average third down completion percentage, yet he’s seen by many as being a top-ten pick.

Newton will be picked no later than number 3. I doubt Gabbert will slip to number 8 since there are so many quarterback-needy teams picking high in the draft. If Tennessee trades up to get Gabbert, I hope he, like Matt Ryan, becomes a better professional than his college performances indicate.

The Two Number 10s

Jake Locker
I had written off Locker due to his lack of accuracy and regression during his senior season. That is, until I saw him on Jon Gruden’s QB Camp. Locker strikes me as a bright, tough, effort guy.

During the program, Gruden told Locker, “I have a feeling about you.” I do, too, and I won’t be surprised if the Titans make room for Locker next week and reach for him in the first round.

Colin Kaepernick
I’ve watched Kaepernick play a number of times over the past four years. He has a lot of confidence and poise. However, because of his footwork and release, he is the dictionary definition of “project.”

Kaepernick believes he’s ready to start this season. I don’t, but I’d be more than happy if he’s starting for the Titans in 2012.

Ironically, if the Titans want either Locker or Kaepernick, they may have to draft one of them in the first round. Kaepernick in particular seems to be a hot commodity and has been invited to attend the draft.

The other irony is that Locker and Kaepernick both wore number 10 on his jersey.

The Safe Picks

To me, Andy Dalton and Christian Ponder are the same guy. Dalton has the stronger arm of the two and boasts a stellar win-loss record at TCU. Ponder is highly intelligent and has experience running a pro-style offense at Florida State.

Both Dalton and Ponder fit the so-called West Coast offense I expect offensive coordinator Chris Palmer to employ. Dalton has a bit more upside and would be a great second round pick.

If He’s Drafted, I May Become a Cowboys Fan

Ryan Mallett
During Mallett’s appearance on Gruden’s QB camp, fellow Arkansas Razorback John Daly made an appearance. Yes, that John Daly, the professional golfer who has struggled with alcoholism while squandering his tremendous talent.

I’m a John Daly fan. I think he’s a good guy at heart. But golf is an individual sport. If Daly was a strong-armed quarterback, would I want him leading my favorite team?

I don’t believe in accidents. To me, Daly’s involvement with Mallett is a bad omen. I hope Mike Reinfeldt and Mike Munchak don’t test my loyalty to the Titans by drafting Mallett.

Vince Young Jerseys on Sale

As expected, now that Mike Munchak and the Tennessee Titans have make it clear that they have no intention of retaining Vince Young as the team’s starting quarterback, a number of online stores are offering discounts on Vince Young jerseys.

Titans Locker Room, the official online store for the Tennessee Titans, is currently selling both the home and away replica Vince Young jersey for $39.95. According to the product description, the jersey is made of diamond weave polyester mesh, features dazzle side panels, the NFL Equipment logo, and an equipment jock tag.

Vince Young Youth and Boys home replica jerseys are $29.95. Toddler and infant jerseys are $19.95

I noticed that Titans Locker Room is also selling a 4″ x 6″ Tennessee Titans Vince Young Plaque. Fans of VY may consider the plaque to be a collector’s item, so if you’re interested, I’d grab one quickly.

One downside of ordering from Titans Locker Room are the limited, expensive shipping options. It appears that they only ship items via UPS, so you’re looking at a substantial shipping fee for all items purchased.

Fox Sports Shop is currently offering Flat Rate Shipping for $5.99. However, their Vince Young jerseys have not been discounted. If you’re looking for a cheap LenDale White jersey, you’re in luck.

Mike Munchak hired to coach Titans

Houston Oilers Hall-of-Fame guard and Tennessee Titans offensive line coach Mike Munchak is the new head coach of the Tennessee Titans.

The man known as “Johnny Oiler” during his playing days (actually, Munchak and teammate Bruce Matthews were both tagged with the slightly-derogatory nickname which hinted at their dedication to their craft and to the team — thanks, John McClain) has spent his entire professional career with the franchise.

Munchak by the numbers:

  • 1: Number of touchdowns scored (1986)
  • 2: Number of times names First Team All-Pro (1987, 1991)
  • 8 (pick number of the Houston Oilers in the first round of the 1982 NFL draft)
  • 9: Number of Pro Bowl appearances
  • 15: Number of Oilers/Titans head coaches preceding Munchak
  • 63: Munchak’s jersey number
  • 156: Number of games started

Drafted out of Penn State in 1982, Munchak was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his exemplary play as an offensive guard. Munchak is also a member of the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.

Munchak has received ringing endorsements from former teammates, coaches and colleagues. Last week, Oilers legend Earl Campbell said he had not paid much attention to the Titans since the team moved from Houston, but he would like to get involved with the team if Munchak is hired.

I recall reading about Munchak and Matthews in 1983, as a local sports article described how the two men would be cornerstones of the Oilers’ offensive line for many years. I support Mike Munchak as he attempts to establish unity, stability, discipline, and a winning culture in Nashville.

Go Titans!

John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Pro Football Hall of Fame