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Sunday, October 21, 2018

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Ranking the top 12 Super Bowl contenders

Ben Roethlisberger

As we move into the month of December and enter the final four games of the regular season, the leaders are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the NFL pack. We have a pretty good idea of who’s going to be in the playoffs. Now we have to start separating the legitimate Super Bowl contenders from the rest of the league.

Here are the top 12 contenders to bring home a Super Bowl title this NFL season.

12) Tennessee Titans

One can’t ignore the Titans, who have reeled off six wins in their last seven games. However, there are a few cautionary signs about them. Only one of the wins during their recent stretch — a 23-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens — was over a potential playoff team. Their loss was a blowout defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the season, they have allowed more points than they’ve scored, which may be representative of where they’re really at. Still, at 8-4 — and powered by a strong backfield pairing in DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry — they can’t be completely dismissed.

11) Baltimore Ravens

They say defense wins championships, and by that adage alone, the Ravens have to be considered. They have allowed the third-fewest points in the NFL, though they’ll likely feel the loss of cornerback Jimmy Smith. The Ravens will more or less go as far as quarterback Joe Flacco and the offense can take them. It’s worth noting that Flacco has been a Super Bowl winner, though he had more weapons around him at that point in his career. If they can get competent play from Flacco, they have a real chance to do damage. Their issue is they just have to score enough points.


Report: Titans snub led to Colin Kaepernick collusion claim

Colin Kaepernick

The Tennessee Titans’ refusal to even consider quarterback Colin Kaepernick was ultimately the motivating factor behind his collusion claim, according to a report.

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reported Sunday that, in Kaepernick’s eyes, the Titans declining to even work him out was the key moment that led him to file a collusion claim against the NFL. The Titans needed a quarterback after Marcus Mariota was hit with a hamstring injury, and Kaepernick, despite his mobility and experience, didn’t even get a look.

The Titans instead signed Brandon Weeden as their stopgap quarterback, with coach Mike Mularkey claiming that Kaepernick was simply not familiar enough with the team’s offense. Weeden has no connection to Mularkey or Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie, but was considered any more familiar than Kaepernick was, with the argument being that Mularkey’s offense is similar enough to the one Weeden played in under Scott Linehan in Dallas a few years back.

Ex-Titans GM says Colin Kaepernick not worth the ‘circus’

Colin Kaepernick Castro

Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent even after yet another NFL team found itself in need of a veteran quarterback, and the former general manager of that team is not surprised Kaepernick never received a call.

Earlier in the week, the Tennessee Titans decided to sign Brandon Weeden with Marcus Mariota nursing a hamstring injury. While co-hosting his radio show “Jared & The GM” on 102.5 The Game, ex-Titans GM Floyd Reese said the first reason Tennessee didn’t consider Kaepernick is he doesn’t fit the offensive scheme.

“Even though Marcus can run – you remember this, even his rookie year when we were talking about it, I said – the thing I really, really like about him is that when he starts to move … he is moving to throw. He is not moving to run,” Reese explained, as transcribed by Jason Wolf of The Tennesseean. “And I think with Kaepernick, when he moves, he’s moving to run. He’s out on the corner all the time. That’s where he’s comfortable. That’s probably where he’s best.

“He is not a pocket passer. Neither is RG3 (Robert Griffin III), and probably neither ever will be. And that’s what we’re looking for from Marcus. That’s what you’re looking for in an NFL quarterback. Pocket passer. Everything else is window dressing. If you’re a pocket passer, you’ve got a chance to be a quarterback.”

Reese added that Weeden can conform to whatever offense the Titans are running, whereas he feels the team would need to cater a specific scheme to Kaepernick. He also acknowledged that Kaepernick’s political views are a factor.

“You don’t want this circus. We just talked last week about how you thought Delanie Walker getting a death threat cost them the game,” Reese said. “Well, you can imagine what’s coming with this.”

And here we are again. Titans coach Mike Mularkey already said that Kaepernick wouldn’t be a fit for his team’s system, but it’s impossible to ignore the political aspects of the 29-year-old remaining unsigned — no matter what Jerry Jones wants us to believe. If not for the media attention Kaepernick would bring to a team, there would likely be more of a willingness to tweak some things for him.

Mike Mularkey explains why Titans did not consider Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

Another backup quarterback job has been filled by someone other than Colin Kaepernick, and questions are being asked.

With Marcus Mariota dealing with a hamstring injury, the Tennessee Titans elected to sign veteran Brandon Weeden as cover instead of the likes of Kaepernick. Given his decision to kneel during the national anthem, many fans think his lack of employment is related to that.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said the decision ultimately came down to Kaepernick’s fit in the system.

The Titans reportedly looked at a number of quarterbacks, but Kaepernick was never on their radar. Mularkey’s explanation will do little to convince those who firmly believe he is being blackballed because of his social activism.

H/T ProFootballTalk

Titans will reportedly sign Brandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden

With Marcus Mariota considered day-to-day after suffering a hamstring injury in Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans, the Tennessee Titans are adding some depth at the quarterback position.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Titans have agreed to sign free agent quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Weeden, the No. 22 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 NFL Draft, has not attempted a pass in a regular season game since 2015. The 33-year-old spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans after leaving Cleveland.

Ideally, the Titans are hoping Mariota responds well to treatment this week and doesn’t have to miss Week 5. But if he does, there will be plenty of people wondering how Weeden is a better fit to run their offense than a certain other high profile QB who remains a free agent.

Report: Titans have ‘kicked tires’ on four QBs not named Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick Castro

The Tennessee Titans have explored the possibility of bringing in an additional veteran quarterback with Marcus Mariota battling a hamstring injury, but it does not sound like Colin Kaepernick will be receiving a call from the team.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported on Tuesday that the Titans have brought in quarterbacks for workouts and kicked the tires on some journeymen. However, there has been no indication that Kaepernick was among them.

Mariota is a mobile quarterback, so people are naturally going to assume Kaepernick would be a good fit if the Titans needed someone who has starting experience. Though, it’s possible they are simply looking for an emergency quarterback and don’t expect Mariota to miss any time.

Anytime we have seen a starting quarterback go down since the preseason, Kaepernick’s name is always the first to come up. We have heard some strange reasons for why the 29-year-old has not been signed, and it doesn’t look like that is going to change in the near future.

5 NFL teams that will surprise in 2017

Marcus Mariota Titans

Although the Atlanta Falcons fell apart with a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl and went on to lose in crushing fashion, their run at the championship proved that any team is capable of a surprising season.

In 2015, the Falcons were 8-8 and missed the playoffs. Then last season they compiled an 11-5 regular season record to win their division, and they nearly came away with the Lombardi Trophy. So that begs the question: who’s next?

While nothing in the NFL is a foregone conclusion, here’s a look at five teams that could surprise in 2017, similar to the way the Falcons did last year.

5. New Orleans Saints

The Saints are coming off of three consecutive 7-9 seasons, and the NFC South is no picnic. The Falcons, as noted previously, have emerged as legitimate contenders; the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are up-and-comers; and the Carolina Panthers are expected to rebound.

But New Orleans’ struggles have been largely one-dimensional. Despite their poor records, the Saints’ offense has finished in the top two in yards each of the previous three seasons. On the opposite side of the coin, their defense has finished 27th or worse over that same span.

Knowing they needed more tools on defense, the Saints went out and signed linebackers A.J. Klein and Manti Te’o during free agency, and then spent some of their draft picks on cornerback Marshon Lattimore, safety Marcus Williams, linebacker Alex Anzalone and defensive end Trey Hendrickson.

While they may end up asking a lot of their defensive rookies, the unit doesn’t have to be great in order to return the Saints to contention. They just need to be average and let Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson & Co. do the rest offensively.

4. Minnesota Vikings