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Eight Teams Can Be Forced To Appear On Hard Knocks In 2017

Jan 4, 2017 8:45 AM

If no teams volunteers, there are eight teams that the NFL can force to appear on HBO's Hard Knocks this year.

Those teams are the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints.

A team can be forced to appear on Hard Knocks if three conditions are met: a) it hasn't appeared on Hard Knocks in the last 10 years, b) it hasn't made the playoffs in the last two years, and c) it doesn't have a new head coach.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA

Jan 3, 2017 2:01 PM

The NFL has very few teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

The Chiefs were the closest team to finish in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 14th.

The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys finished the season ranked first and second in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

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Marcus Mariota Out For Season With Broken Right Fibula

Dec 25, 2016 12:01 AM

Marcus Mariota suffered a fractured right fibula and will miss the rest of the season.

Mariota was carted off in the third quarter with an air cast on his right leg after being sacked from behind by Jaguars DT Sheldon Day.

"We didn't protect him -- offensive line, running backs -- we didn't protect him all day," Titans RB DeMarco Murray said after the game.

Matt Cassel will assume the starting quarterback job for the Tennessee Titans.

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)

Dec 21, 2016 10:35 AM

The NFL has very teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA: the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 9-5 after winning five straight games and must beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16 to ensure their place in the playoffs. Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs are the closest team to joining the Steelers in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 12th.

The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots rank first and second overall in DVOA as they rank second and third, respectively in Offensive DVOA but 20th and 19th in Defensive DVOA. The Atlanta Falcons rank first in Offensive DVOA, 27th in Defensive and fourth overall. The Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders have similar splits as the Cowboys and Patriots, while the Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants are the inverse of those teams with top-5 defenses and offenses below the NFL mean.

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Titans Want Derrick Henry More Involved On Offense

Nov 3, 2016 8:52 AM

DeMarco Murray is second in the NFL with 756 rushing yards, but the Tennessee Titans still want rookie Derrick Henry involved on offense.

The Titans drafted Henry in the second round this past spring.

"We'd like to get him more involved," Mike Mularkey said. "That's [dependent on] how the flow of the game is going to go."

Henry saw a season-high 16 carries last week as Murray dealt with a toe injury.

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DeMarco Murray Thought He'd Be Traded Back To Cowboys

Oct 16, 2016 11:09 AM

DeMarco Murray was "95 percent sure" he was set to be traded back to the Dallas Cowboys by the Philadelphia Eagles before he was eventually moved to the Tennessee Titans.

"It was like 95 percent sure I was going to come back there," Murray told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram this week. "I have a lot of respect for those guys —€" the Jones family, Will [McClay], Coach [Jason] Garrett obviously and [Tony] Romo and Wit [Jason Witten], all those guys. I still consider them a great franchise, and they're great friends of mine.

"I was very close to going back there. There were some things that fell through and just didn't happen. I think everything happens for a reason. I'm here [in Tennessee], and I'm supposed to be here. They've got a pretty good young back over there as well."

The Eagles ultimately preferred trading Murray outside of the division.

Murray led the NFL with 1,845 yards and 13 TDs for the Cowboys in 2014 and has rebounded this season after a frustrating 2015 with the Eagles.

The Cowboys drafted Ezekiel Elliott after the trade for Murray fell through.

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Football Outsiders List Titans As Favorites To Win AFC South

Oct 12, 2016 9:09 AM

The Tennessee Titans are the favorites to win the AFC South through five games, according to Football Outsiders.

The Titans are 2-3 through five games, a game behind the Houston Texans (3-2) and tied with the Indianapolis Colts (2-3).

Football Outsiders gives the Titans a 35.8% chance to win the division.

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Titans-Dolphins Will Be Played As Scheduled

Oct 7, 2016 4:32 PM

Hurricane Matthew will not keep Sunday's game between the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins from being played.

The Dolphins have announced that the game will be played as scheduled at 1 p.m. ET.

"Game will be played," the NFL said in a statement. "Consensus from state, local and federal officials is Miami is safe and equipped to put on the game and it would not draw resources away from other needs."

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NFL Builds Contingency Plan For Games At Miami, Carolina

Oct 7, 2016 8:24 AM

The NFL is planning for the possibility that this week's games at Miami and Carolina will not be played as scheduled due to Hurricane Matthew.

Roger Goodell met with league officials Thursday to formulate contingency plans for the Dolphins and Panthers if each team is unable to play home games because of the weather.

"We are in close contact with local and state authorities about the hurricane. As always, our overriding concern is for public safety and not doing anything that will divert important resources away from communities that may be in distress," NFL spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz outlined in a statement.

"Consistent with that, we conducting contingency planning for Sunday's Tennessee at Miami game as well as Monday's Tampa Bay at Carolina game."

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Hurricane Matthew Could Move Titans-Dolphins To Nashville

Oct 5, 2016 8:25 AM

While nothing has been decided, there has been some discussion as to whether Hurricane Matthew will force Sunday's Titans-Dolphins game to be played elsewhere.

Mike Mularkey said one of the options is to play the game in Nashville.

"We're watching the weather with the hurricane that's going on down there," Mularkey said on his radio show on 104.5 The Zone. "There may be some weather issues. There's a very slight chance that game could be moved up here. There's been some discussion because of it."

Typically, the NFL finds a neutral site rather than just giving the visitors another home game.

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Titans LB Unlikely To Be Fined For 9/11 Cleats Tribute
Titans linebacker Avery Williamson isn't expected to be fined for wearing cleats that paid tribute to 9/11 victims and responders on Sunday, according to a source.

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Titans Release Bishop Sankey
Bishop Sankey was the highest running back selected in the 2014 NFL Draft at 54th overall.

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Derrick Henry Wants To Wear No. 24, Waiting On Number
Derrick Henry is wearing No. 2 for the Titans currently, but he's waiting on No. 24.

Paul Kuharsky/ESPN

Titans Trade Dorial Green-Beckham To Eagles
The Titans have traded Dorial Green-Beckham to the Eagles for guard Dennis Kelly.

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DeMarco Murray Emerges As Clear No. 1 RB For Titans
DeMarco Murray had a disappointing season with the Eagles in 2015, but he's been the clear No. 1 running back in camp with the Titans.

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Titans Want Derrick Henry To Start Faster
The Titans drafted Derrick Henry with the 45th overall pick in this spring's draft.

Paul Kuharsky/ESPN

Andre Johnson Signs With Titans
Andre Johnson played for the Colts last season, catching 41 balls for 503 yards and four touchdowns.

AP

Marcus Mariota Willing To Hand Ball Off 40 Times If Titans Win
The Titans traded for DeMarco Murray and drafted 2015 Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry.

The Daily Press

DeMarco Murray Excited To Run Downhill With Titans
DeMarco Murray believes he'll fare better with the Titans than he did with the Eagles because of how they'll use him.

The Jim Rome Show

Peyton Manning Nearly Signed With Titans In 2012
Peyton Manning signed with the Broncos and also considered the Titans and 49ers.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Buccaneers Had Winston 1A, Mariota 1B In 2015
Jon Robinson was with the Buccaneers during that draft decision and is now GM of the Titans.

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Chargers Claim Zach Mettenberger Off Waivers
Zach Mettenberger has a QBR of just 16.5 over the past two seasons.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Titans Release Zach Mettenberger
Zach Mettenberger started 10 games over two seasons with the Titans.

ESPN

Ryan Cowden Joins Titans' Front Office
Ryan Cowden previously served as Carolina's assistant director of college scouting.

Paul Kuharsky/ESPN

Titans Claim DeMarco Murray 'Loved' Derrick Henry Pick
Mike Mularkey phoned DeMarco Murray immediately after the Derrick Henry selection to ensure him he wouldn't be losing his job for the second straight season.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Jerry Jones Compares Titans-Rams Trade To Herschel Walker Deal
Jerry Jones compared the Titans' trade of the first overall pick to the Rams to the Herschel Walker trade he made after buying the Cowboys.

NFL.com

Rams Acquire First Overall Pick From Titans
The Rams can now select the quarterback of their choice as they relocate to Los Angeles.

Paul Kuharsky/ESPN

Titans Want 'King's Ransom' For Top Overall Oick
The Titans are widely projected to take Laremy Tunsil with the first overall pick.

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Titans Trade For DeMarco Murray
The Titans have agreed to trade for DeMarco Murray with the Eagles.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Polian: Peyton Manning Qualified To Immediately Become NFL GM
The Titans and Browns have been linked to working with Peyton Manning once he retires.

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