Welcome to goTitans.com! Log in or sign up to be a part of the best Tennessee Titans fan site available.

Training Camp Battle #5 - #2 Dt

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by Carpy, Jun 27, 2007.

?

Who will be #2 on our DT Depth chart to open the season?

Poll closed Jun 29, 2007.
Randy Starks 17 vote(s) 51.5%
Tony Brown 8 vote(s) 24.2%
Antonion Johnson 0 vote(s) 0.0%
Rien Long 6 vote(s) 18.2%
Jesse Mahelona 2 vote(s) 6.1%
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Watchers:
This thread is being watched by 1 user.
  1. fitantitans This space For Rent

    Klug
    Messages:
    1,767
    Moolah:
    $264
    I picked Long. But if Long can't get his mojo back because of his foot, I predict one helluva battle between Starks and Brown. I do like our depth at this position.
  2. Carpy Disgruntled foreign veteran

    Kearse
    Messages:
    3,548
    Moolah:
    $68
    I am really surprised that Starks and Troupe aren't clear-cut winners at their positions. I nearly didn't do a poll on these positions thinking it wouldn't even be close.

    I think it reflects that us Titans fans are sick of guys with potential who aren't performing. Let's go with the guys who bust a gut and get the results.
  3. RollTide All-Pro

    Bishop
    Messages:
    20,168
    Moolah:
    $3,977
    Starks all the way..

    He has always been ahead of those other guys on the depth chart so what would change now? Mahelona was just a replacment for clauss at the 4 spot and brown came in as a utility guy. Long has never started and is coming off the injury.
    • Tip Jar Donor

    MJTitans Chris Whitley look him up

    Messages:
    1,890
    Moolah:
    $5
    I would have gone with Starks if it weren't for the comments Washburn made about Long... he pretty much raved about him and said he had learned more from Long than he had taught him. Called him the best pass rusher on the team. To me, that says if Long can get back and is healthy he could be challenging Haynesworth as the top DT.
  4. Soxcat Starter

    Britt
    Messages:
    8,485
    Moolah:
    $2,294
    Yes, Long is a very good pass rushing DT. Long is also considered a liability against the run. I don't see anyway Long is a starter at DT, his role will be as a pass rush guy and he will get alot of reps but not as the starter. Also, he may not be 100% at the start of the season. He may be teaming with Mahelona on passing plays.

    Antonion Johnson is a guy who I feel could push for the #2 job later on in the season if Starks isn't doing well. I'm sure if Haynesworth or Starks starts to fall off in their production we will see the younger guys like Mahelona and Johnson getting much more playing time as the Titans look to the future.
  5. Titans2008 Camp Fodder

    Messages:
    1,525
    Moolah:
    $0
    Washburn's comments

    Don't be fooled by coach speek. If Long was the best pass rusher on the team, he would be starting at DE.
  6. Fry Hatin' is what I do.

    Casey
    Messages:
    25,365
    Moolah:
    $13,524
    not really. i'd say warren sapp was the best pass rusher on the bucs for his first 6 or 7 years. same with la'roi glover when he was with the saints.
    • Staff / Moderator

    TitanJeff Kahuna Grande

    Locker
    Messages:
    22,945
    Moolah:
    $10,406
    At this point, I would expect Starks to start with Haynesworth and Long to be on the field in passing situations.
    • Tip Jar Donor

    MJTitans Chris Whitley look him up

    Messages:
    1,890
    Moolah:
    $5
    I don't think so - the game has been changing the last several years, and (especially in our division with Peyton) you need to have an inside pass from your DTs or the chances are you're not going to get to the QB very often. And this isn't typical coach speak - coaches rarely single out a player for praise in the media... they usually just get the "he needs to continue to improve" or "that's what we brought him here to do". Coach speak tends to be the kind of vague notions of warm fuzzies. My only questions about Long are his health at the start of the season, and his discipline with the run. It can take a couple of years for a DT to learn the discipline to be able to contain the run while getting pressure on the passer. Long is about at that point where he should be putting it all together. We'll see.
  7. Starkiller 9

    McNair
    Messages:
    14,957
    Moolah:
    $11
    For what it's worth, they play in a rotation so the "starter" isn't really a big deal. I'd expect Starks to play more on more likely running downs, therefore he'd play on 1st downs. That would make him the starter. Long or Mahelona would replace him on passing downs.

    That's just my take.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page