Titans statement on Curley Culp

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  1. Titans Insider

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    Former Oilers defensive tackle Curley Culp was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

    The Titans released a statement about Culp…

    “This is a great day for Curley Culp and a great day for the Oilers/Titans organization. We are happy that after all of these years, his contributions to the game are being recognized.

    During the 1974 season, the coaches wanted to move to the 3-4 defense and Culp was a proven NFL player that would help make that transformation successful. A trade with Kansas City in October of that year made it a reality. The defense took off with the new defensive scheme and he became a backbone during the Luv Ya Blue years, anchoring a dominant defensive line for the next six years. Culp went to four Pro Bowls as an Oiler and the combination of Culp and fellow Hall of Famer Elvin Bethea were a dynamic duo. Congratulations to Curley and his family on a long overdue honor.”

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  2. dtm586

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    Congrats; But a hall of famer Oiler ... Looks like we got a candidate for a future 2015
    Head Coaching gig.
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  3. GoT

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    could not care less, but like dtm586 I hope his college buddies are pretty real good coaches
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  4. Gunny

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    Never heard of this guy. But good on him.
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  5. RollTide

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    Actually says more about how talented the 1969 Chiefs were than the Oilers because the Oilers sucked when he was there. That 69 chiefs team was loaded. 7 hall of fame players and a hall of fame coach.

    Culp was the first 3-4 nose tackle in the nfl in the early 70s. The oilers decided to take a variation of the 5-2 defense that was overwhelmingly popular in college and use it in the pros to improve their run defense. Culp a short stocky guy was well suited for that role.

    Bud Wilkinson popularized that defense in the early 50s at Oklahoma where he won 31 straight games and some national titles.
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  6. The Hammer

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    Poor guy. Had to go through life with the name Curley Culp.
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  7. Gunny

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    I thought it was Curley Cup and I was wondering what on earth the Curley Cup is and why we won it.
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