Ruston Webster talks QBs, and more

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  1. Titans Insider

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    Titans General Manager Ruston Webster admitted on Tuesday morning the decision to part ways with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck wasn’t an easy one, but one that satisfied both parties.

    The Titans signed former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on Monday night after releasing Hasselbeck, who signed with the Colts. The Titans and Hasselbeck initially tried to work out a restructured contract.

    Webster talked to PFT Live from the owners meetings in Phoenix, Arizona, this morning.

    “Initially, when Matt came to Tennessee, he was going to be the starter and things have changed. Jake Locker is our starter and we tried to work something out with Matt and weren’t able to do that,’’ Webster said. “It was kind of mutual (decision) between the both of us that we would let him go. … We just felt like it was best for both parties and we are happy to get Ryan Fitzpatrick. He’ll do a great job in that role as a back-up to Jake Locker.”

    Other topics discussed by Webster on PFT Live from the owners meetings in Phoenix:

    On the decision to pay Chris Johnson $10 million for 2013: “We covered all of our bases and talked about everything and just figured the best decision for us was to keep Chris and move forward. He is really our most dynamic player, and just add pieces around him and make him better through the other guys on the team.”

    On Kenny Britt’s future with the team: “The goal is for him to play well for us this year. He is a year off the ACL, and he has been rehabbing, and working hard and the hope is he’ll be back to the old Kenny Britt. We’ll see where it goes from here. It has been a tough run for Kenny with the off-the-field things, as well as injuries, but hopefully we’ll have one smooth year with him.”

    On how close the team was to getting Wes Welker, who signed with Denver: “Other than some preliminary talks, I don’t think it ever got serious.”

    On if the team is looking at upgrading the pass rush with defensive ends in free agency: “It’s always a possibility. I think the one thing we have to do is improve on every level of our defense and not just our pass rush. I think we got better pass-rush wise as we kind of tweaked our scheme as the year went on and actually finished pretty high in sacks. We’ve added Gregg Williams to our staff and he will add some great knowledge to the defense. … I wouldn’t rule it out, but it’s probably not a big priority either.”

    On the sense of urgency, and expectation level, from owner Bud Adams: “I think he wants to win. He is 90 years old and I think that ratchets everything up. But every year you are kind of on the block in this league now. We’ll see what happens but he wants to win. He has allowed us to go out and be aggressive in free agency which we did, and he’ll want us to do well in the draft and put a good product on the field.”



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  2. titansfan769

    titansfan769 Starter

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    Interesting how laid back Ruston was when talking about the pass-rush. Maybe they are nearly finished making moves. Definitely should go after one of the 10 quality CB's still out there.
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  3. GOFIGURETITANS

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    any top ten position would be an improvement over what we had last year. What do we have now, 5 or 6 FA signings that are quality players? That is about a 23% change up on the field. Not bad.
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  4. titan_fan_4ever

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    It was that line that really got me... I wonder if he (or whatever his son) have a say in how much money per year they allow the team to spend (in general and for FA's and stuff....)

    I wouldn't be surprised tbh...
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  5. onetontitan

    onetontitan Fire, walk with me.

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    I'm a huge fan of Ruston Webster's.
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  6. Upright7

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    that's too bad I hoped there would be an open quarterback competition this year. We are betting the farm on locker.
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    That's usually what happens when you spend a top 10 pick on a QB.
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  8. NewHorizans

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    Yep, he is our top pick and hopefully QB of the future. Ryan Fitz is just insurance so if Locker drops the ball (literally) again, we have someone there who can give us a chance to win some games. Either way, Locker goes down, we go down. At this point, I have no idea.
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  9. TitanJeff

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    I'd be surprised to hear of any more major signings until after the draft.
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  10. Jwill1919

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    Bye Bye Kenny. You better make this year count so you can get your one FAT payday!!
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