The Titans biggest mistake of this season hasn’t been made on the field, practice facility, in the locker room or coach’s meeting room. Ultimately, the decision to not pony up and pay Albert Haynesworth has hurt this team in a big way.
Signing Kerry Collins to the tune of two years at $15 million may likely turn out to be a bad move, and if the Titans could have kept that money would they have re-signed Haynesworth?
The Titans felt they had to make this move though, maybe they should have negotiated a little better, but given Collins performance last year and the question marks that surround Vince Young, not re-signing him would have created a firestorm amongst the fans.
But I offer a new modus operandi for Titans Management. It is evident that the Titans are a run first team with a tremendous playmaker in Chris Johnson at running back. The Titans have also historically been a team built around a strong defense.
From this point forward, at quarterback, sign these guys other teams have given up on that are in the twilight of their careers, the "game managers," so to speak. Sign them to league minimums though not multi-million dollar contracts.
Patrick Ramsey played as well as any quarterback in the preseason, the Titans should have passed on Collins and whoever else they could to keep Haynesworth, but hindsight is 20/20.
After all, this is an organization that does not go out and make superstar free agent signings in the offseason. The Titans chances of success hinge upon signing good guys in the draft and developing those players to their utmost potential.
So was the case with Haynesworth, signed and brought along through the franchise, it’s a shame the Titans couldn’t keep him.
Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and results pre- and post-Haynesworth’s departure.
In total offense the Titans finished 21st in the league last season, this netted 13 wins, the Titans are 11th in the league so far this year with zero wins. Hello Nashville, common sense is calling, Kerry Collins isn't the problem.
As a team the Titans were seventh in total defense in 2008, but they have dropped to 22nd in '09.
The Titans have sacked the quarterback nine times in four games this year. This is misleading though because the Titans had 44 sacks in the regular season last year.
Defensively last year the Titans did a great job of pressuring the quarterback. In '09 it has been a struggle to get to the quarterback resulting in more blitzing which will get you burned in the NFL.
Haynesworth presence benefited his teammates. The Titans returned two Pro Bowlers from 2008 in the secondary and are dead last so far in 2009 defending the pass. Through four games, Kyle Vanden Bosch who is also a returning Pro Bowler has zero sacks.
Titans, oh Titans, it is probable that you will finish the season poorly and supplant yourself high in the 2010 draft, when this day comes please draft Terrence Cody to replace Haynesworth.