NFL Nation: Andre Dyson
The 2001 Tennessee Titans hold sixth place.
Here’s what he says:
"The Titans went 26-6 in 1999-2000. They were particularly unbeatable at home, winning 16 of their first 17 games played in (then) Adelphia Coliseum. But a shocking 24-14 loss to the Ravens in the playoffs took the shine off their new digs, as Tennessee would go on to lose five home games in 2001 on its way to a disappointing 7-9 record. Injuries to star running back Eddie George were a major culprit, as he managed only 3 yards per carry while playing through toe and ankle injuries. An even bigger culprit was a defense that couldn't get to the quarterback and couldn't cover receivers … any receivers. The Titans' defensive DVOA ranked 30th against No. 1 receivers, 28th against No. 2 receivers and 30th against all other receivers. The bright spot was Steve McNair, who turned in his best season to date and whose development ensured that Tennessee wouldn't stay down for long."
The missing context here is that the pass defense was so bad when compared to the two previous seasons because of a changing of the guard in the secondary that failed badly.
Of the four top guys in the defensive backfield from the two big seasons, free safety Marcus Robertson and cornerback Denard Walker had moved on as free agents and strong safety Blaine Bishop played in only five games because of injury.
Guys who filled in those spots -- corners Andre Dyson, DeRon Jenkins, Michael Booker and safeties Aric Morris, Bobby Myers (one game before injury), Perry Phenix , Joe Walker and Daryl Porter -- simply didn’t make for a good enough collection to support the one holdover who played regularly, corner Samari Rolle.
Most Titans fans regard the team’s inability to pull out Super Bowl XXXIV when it got there and, more so, the divisional-round playoff loss to Baltimore at the conclusion of the 2000 season as the things that are hardest to swallow.
Even before the team’s 0-3 start on the way to their 7-9 record, it was clear the franchise wasn’t the same caliber in 2001. It’s hard for me to imagine those Titans ranking among the 10 biggest disappointments of the last quarter century.
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
This presumably means Leonard Weaver will find a home in the near future. The Eagles and Bucs are possibilities for the unrestricted free agent from Seattle. Weaver could also re-sign with the Seahawks.
If Weaver signs elsewhere, the Seahawks might be more likely to sign former Raider Justin Griffith, who visited with the team recently and played for Seattle offensive coordinator Greg Knapp in Oakland and Atlanta.
Meanwhile, Karney gives the Rams a straight-ahead blocking fullback to clear running lanes for Steven Jackson. Jackson lobbied for a physical fullback last season. Karney is nearly 260 pounds. The first time I really noticed him was when he laid out then-Seahawks cornerback Andre Dyson during an exhibition game before the 2005 season.
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