1 2005 TITANS SCHEDULE REGULAR SEASON TIME/ DATE OPPONENT RESULT Sun., Sept. 11 at Pittsburgh L, 34-7 Sun., Sept. 18 BALTIMORE W, Sun., Sept. 25 at St. Louis L, Sun., Oct. 2 INDIANAPOLIS L, Sun., Oct. 9 at Houston W, Sun., Oct. 16 CINCINNATI L, Sun., Oct. 23 at Arizona L, Sun., Oct. 30 OAKLAND L, Sun., Nov. 6 at Cleveland L, Sun., Nov. 13 Bye Sun., Nov. 20 JACKSONVILLE L, Sun., Nov. 27 SAN FRANCISCO W, Sun., Dec. 4 at Indianapolis L, 35-3 Sun., Dec. 11 HOUSTON W, Sun., Dec. 18 SEATTLE L, Sat., Dec. 24 at Miami L, Sun., Jan. 1 at Jacksonville 3:05 p.m. AFC SOUTH STANDINGS Team W L T Pct Indianapolis* Jacksonville** Tennessee Houston * Clinched division title and homefield advantage ** Clinched playoff berth THIS WEEK S GAMES: TENNESSEE at JACK- SONVILLE (1/1), Arizona at INDIANAPOLIS (1/1), HOUSTON at San Francisco (1/1) NEXT WEEK S GAMES: JACKSONVILLE at New England/Cincinnati (1/7 or 1/8), INDIANAPOLIS (bye) TITANS CONCLUDE SEASON AGAINST PLAYOFF-BOUND JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS Tennessee Titans (4-11) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (11-4) Sunday, Jan. 1, :05 p.m. (CST) Alltell Stadium Jacksonville, Fla. THIS WEEK S GAME NASHVILLE, TENN. - The Titans conclude their 2005 schedule this week on the road with a New Year s matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have clinched a Wild Card playoff berth. Kickoff at Alltell Stadium (capacity 67,164) is scheduled for 3:05 (CST). With a victory, the Titans would match last season s 5-11 record and end the regular season with a win for the fourth consecutive season. Last week, they fell at the hands of the Miami Dolphins In the game, quarterback Steve McNair left in the second quarter with an injury to a pectoral muscle. Back-up Billy Volek entered the game in relief and passed for 132 yards and one touchdown, a career-long 55-yard completion to wide receiver Drew Bennett. If McNair plays against the Jaguars and passes for 227 yards or more, he would set a new career high for passing yards in a season, bettering his previous high from 2002 of 3,387 yards. His total thus far in 2005 of 3,161 yards is the fifth-best of his career. A start by Volek would be the 11th of his career. His first 10 starts have been memorable, as his total in those games of 2,789 yards is the most in NFL history in the first 10 starts of a career. Head Coach Jack Del Rio s Jaguars, meanwhile, are poised to enter the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season having locked up the AFC s fifth seed. They will face either the New England Patriots or the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the playoffs next week. Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich has missed the previous four games with a broken ankle. However, his replacement, fourth-year quarterback David Garrard, has helped the team to a 3-1 record since Leftwich s injury. Leftwich s season totals include 2,123 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions, while Garrard has passed for 989 yards, four touchdowns and one interception to go along with 172 rushing yards. SERIES HISTORY In 1995, the Oilers defeated Jacksonville 10-3 in the inaugural game in Jaguars history. It was the beginning of a heated rivalry that is now in its 11th season, the first seven seasons in the AFC Central and last four in the AFC South. The teams have met a total of 22 times, with the Titans holding a 13-9 lead in the series, including a win in the 1999 AFC Championship Game. The Titans have won six of the last eight meetings. They split the two games in 2004 with each team winning on the road. Their first matchup this season ended with a Jaguars victory. Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich passed for 258 yards and three touchdowns, and kicker Josh Scobee kicked the game-winning 31-yard field goal with 1:52 to play in the fourth quarter. A TITANS VICTORY WOULD... Improve Jeff Fisher s career record as head coach to (including playoffs). Improve Steve McNair s regular season record as a starting quarterback to Improve Tennessee s all-time record against the Jaguars to Give the Titans their seventh win in the last nine games against the Jaguars. Give the Titans their fourth consecutive win in regular season finales.
2 TITANS-JAGUARS MATCHUP STATS AT A GLANCE 2005 STATS & NFL RANKINGS TITANS (RANK) JAGUARS (RANK) 4-11 Record (19) Points/Game 21.4 (14) 25.4 (29) Pts. Allowed/Gm 17.1 (7) (14) Total Offense (17) 95.1 (24) Rush Offense (11) (9) Pass Offense (20) (17) Total Defense (6) (22) Rush Defense (12) (17) Pass Defense (7) 33.8 (26) 3rd Down Off (9) 34.4 (5) 3rd Down Def (3) 30/192 Sacked/Yards 29/141 38/225 Sacks By/Yards 46/269 31:35 Poss. Avg. 31:23-5 (21) Turnover Ratio +10 (6) 2004 STATS & RANKINGS TITANS (RANK) JAGUARS (RANK) 5-11 Record (15) Points/Game 16.3 (29) 27.4 (30) Pts. Allowed/Gm 17.5 (7) (11) Total Offense (21) (14) Rush Offense (16) (10) Pass Offense (19) (27) Total Defense (11) (18) Rush Defense (11) (26) Pass Defense (16) 34.1 (25) 3rd Down Off (16) 33.3 (7) 3rd Down Def (24) 44/317 Sacked/Yards 32/156 32/220 Sacks By/Yards 37/217 31:40 Poss. Avg. 30:28-1 (19t) Turnover Ratio +6 (11t) BROADCAST INFORMATION This week s game will be seen and heard through the following broadcast partners: TELEVISION CBS (WTVF-Ch. 5 in Nashville): Gus Johnson (playby-play), Steve Tasker (color commentary) RADIO WKDF (103.3-FM): Mike Keith (play-by-play), Frank Wycheck (color commentary), Cody Allison (sideline reporter), Larry Stone (gameday host/executive producer), Brad Willis (network producer) WR LT LG C RG RT TITLE OFFENSE Courtney Roby - Rookie third-round draft choice from Indiana has 20 receptions for 281 yards and one touchdown. Brad Hopkins - Two-time Pro Bowler in his 13th season as the team s starting left tackle. Zach Piller - In his seventh season after missing most of 2004 with a bicep injury. Justin Hartwig - In his fourth season and third as the starting center. Benji Olson - In his eighth season, he has started all but one game since the start of the 1999 season. Michael Roos - Second-round draft choice started Week 1 at left tackle and started at right tackle since Week 2. TE Erron Kinney - Sixth-year veteran is second on the team with a career-high 55 receptions for 543 yards and two touchdowns. He returned last week from a knee injury. WR QB FB RB LE LT RT RE LLB MLB RLB LCB RCB SS FS TITANS LIKELY STARTERS Drew Bennett - Fifth-year player and team s ninth all-time leading receiver leads the team with 57 receptions for 729 receiving yards and four touchdowns, including three touchdowns in the last two weeks. Steve McNair - Returned from sternum injury in 2004 to enter his 11th season. His total of 3,161 passing yards is the fifth highest of his career, and he has 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on 292-of-476 passing. Troy Fleming - In his second season, he has nine receptions for 58 yards and one touchdown. Chris Brown - Led the league with a 4.9-yard average in 2004, his first season as a starter. Now in his third season, he leads the team with 851 yards and five touchdowns on 224 carries (3.8 avg.). DEFENSE Kyle Vanden Bosch - After joining the Titans in 2005 after four seasons in Arizona, he is tied for second in the league with 12.5 sacks. He also leads the team s defensive linemen and is second on the team with 96 tackles. Randy Starks - Led all NFL rookie defensive tackles with 4.5 sacks in 2004 and has 72 tackles and three sacks thus far in 2005, including 1.5 sacks last week. Albert Haynesworth - Led the team with 11 tackles for loss in 2004 and has career-high 78 tackles, two sacks and nine tackles for loss in Travis LaBoy - Second-year player registered 3.5 sacks as a rookie and has 61 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 14 quarterback pressures in Peter Sirmon - After sitting out 2004 with an ACL injury, he is tied for third on the club with 87 tackles and 1.5 sacks in Brad Kassell - Was second on the squad with 128 tackles in 2004 and is tied for third in 2005 with 87 tackles. He also has one interception for a touchdown. Keith Bulluck - All-Pro has led the team in tackles in each of the previous three seasons; he currently leads the club with 139 tackles and also has five sacks and two interceptions. Reynaldo Hill - Seventh-round draft choice leads the team and is tied for first among all rookie defensive backs with three interceptions, including one for a touchdown. Pacman Jones - Sixth selection in the 2005 draft has 51 tackles and 11 passes defensed. He ranks fifth in the NFL with a 9.8-yard punt return average (with one TD) and seventh in the league with a 25.5-yard kickoff return average. Tank Williams - Fourth-year safety returned from 2004 ACL injury and has posted 77 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in Lamont Thompson - After recording four interceptions in 2004, returned for his fourth NFL season and has collected 77 tackles, one sack and one INT in SPECIALISTS K Rob Bironas - First-year kicker is on field goals and on PATs. P Craig Hentrich - Two-time Pro Bowler is in his 12th NFL season; averaging 42.9 yards (37.8 net) on 73 punts in WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK Steve McNair needs 227 passing yards to set a new career high (3,387 in 2002). Chris Brown will attempt to record his seventh career 100-yard rushing game. Erron Kinney needs four receptions to tie the sixth-best receiving mark by a tight end in franchise history (59 by Mike Barber in 1980). The Titans tight ends (Kinney, Ben Troupe, Bo Scaife and Gregg Guenther ) need six receptions to match the 1983 San Diego Chargers (144 receptions as a group) for second place in NFL history among tight end groups. Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch looks to add to his team-leading total of 12.5 sacks, which is tied for second in the NFL. Linebacker Keith Bulluck needs 11 tackles to become the first player on the team since Gregg Bingham ( ) to record 150 tackles in four consecutive seasons. Kicker Rob Bironas needs two points to become the 18th player in franchise history to score 100 points or more in a season.
3 TITANS-JAGUARS MATCHUP Jaguars wide receivers coach Steve Walters served in the same capacity for the Titans from Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow served in the same capacity alongside Jags offensive coordinator Carl Smith, who was the quarterbacks coach, at Southern California last year. Jaguars running backs coach Kennedy Pola also coached with Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow at USC from Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio coached linebackers for the New Orleans Saints in 1998 while Titans offensive assistant/quality control coach Ned James was a defenensive assistant for the team. Titans special teams coach Alan Lowry was the receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys from During that time, Del Rio was playing for the Cowboys and Jaguars assistant head coach/secondary Dave Campo was an assistant coach there too. Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Smith was defensive line coach, special teams coordinator and defensive coordinator at Tennessee Tech from He also played collegiately at East Tennessee from where he was named defensive MVP twice for his efforts at linebacker. Titans safeties and nickel backs coach Chuck Cecil played safety for the Phoenix Cardinals in 1993 when Jaguars special teams coordinator Pete Rodriguez was a special teams coach there. Jaguars defensive line coach Ray Hamilton spent the 1992 season as the defensive line coach at the University of Tennessee. Jaguars defensive backs coach Alvin Reynolds served a three-year stint as the secondary coach for the Baltimore Ravens while Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was a defensive assistant. Jaguars S Deon Grant was a first-team All-America selection by The Sporting News, Football News, Walter Camp and the American Football Coaches Association while playing safety at the University of Tennessee. Jaguars DT Tony Williams lives in Memphis and was named secondteam All-Conference USA twice while playing at the University of Memphis. November 20, 2005 Jaguars 31 at Titans 28 The Coliseum, Nashville, Tenn Final Jacksonville Jaguars Tennessee Titans TITANS-JAGUARS CONNECTIONS TITANS-JAGUARS: THE LAST MEETING The Jaguars used three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown by quarterback Byron Leftwich to defeat the Titans at the Coliseum in Nashville. The Titans nearly completed a desperate comeback in the game s closing minutes, but an onside kick slid out of bounds with 10 seconds remaining to end the contest. The first quarter was largely dominated by each team s defense. The Titans allowed zero total yards by the Jaguars in the first quarter. Meanwhile, the Titans recorded 59 total yards and two first downs in the quarter with one turnover. The Titans took the lead in the second quarter on a 12- play, 57-yard drive that culminated in a 15-yard screen pass from Steve McNair to running back Chris Brown for a touchdown. It was Brown s first career touchdown reception. Jacksonville then responded with an 11-play, 80-yard drive capped by a one-yard touchdown pass from Leftwich to tight end Kyle Brady. On the ensuing kickoff with 1:10 remaining in the half, Pacman Jones returned the ball 85 yards to the Jacksonville 11-yard line. Four plays later, Brown rushed for a one-yard score and a 14-7 Titans lead entering halftime. To start the second half, the Jaguars continued to find the offense that was Pacman Jones takes a kickoff 85 yards in the first half. absent in the first quarter. They tied the score with a two-yard quarterback sneak by Leftwich to tie the game at After a three-and-out by the Titans offense, their defense provided a memorable go-ahead score. On the first play of the series, defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch knocked the ball loose from Leftwich, and it was scooped up by fellow defensive end Antwan Odom. Odom raced 27 yards into the end zone for the score, his second fumble return for a touchdown this season. Once again, though, the Jaguars responded. They evened the game at 21 on a 79-yard drive and an 18-yard pass from Leftwich to Ernest Wilford. Leftwich then found rookie receiver Matt Jones for a seven-yard score near the start of the fourth quarter to cap an 89-yard drive. Kicker Josh Scobee added a critical 31-yard field goal with 1:52 remaining in the game. The Titans then marched 72 yards on seven plays, including a 16-yard hookand-lateral between Erron Kinney and Chris Brown. It set up an eight-yard touchdown to rookie receiver Roydell Williams, the first of his career. With 10 seconds left, the onside kick attempt failed to thwart any remaining hopes of the Titans. Jaguars DT John Henderson was born in Nashville and attended Pearl-Cohn High School. He then totaled 165 tackles during his time as a Tennessee Volunteer. He and Titans DT Albert Haynesworth played on the same defensive line there. Jaguars LB Jamie Winborn starred at Vanderbilt from 1997 to He was named a freshman All-American and a second-team All-American and first-team All-SEC as a sophomore. Jaguars TE Todd Yoder (IR) had 80 receptions for 1,267 yards as a four-year letterman at Vanderbilt. Jaguars TE George Wrighster was born in Memphis. Five Titans are from Florida including WR O.J. Small (Jacksonville), RB Travis Henry (Frostproof), CB Reynaldo Hill (Ft. Lauderdale), G Zach Piller (Tallahassee) and LB/LS Ken Amato (IR, Miami). TE Erron Kinney, CB Reynaldo Hill, TE Ben Troupe, WR O.J. Small and G Zach Piller all played football at the University of Florida. Jaguars PR intern Craig Terblanche served in the same capacity for the Titans in College teammates: Titans LB Keith Bulluck with Jaguars S Donovin Darius at Syracuse Titans RB Travis Henry with Jaguars S Deon Grant at Tennessee Titans S Vincent Fuller with Jaguars WR Ernest Wilford at Virginia Tech Titans RB Travis Henry, DT Albert Haynesworth and FB Troy Fleming with Jaguars DT John Henderson at Tennessee Titans WR Roydell Williams with Jaguars K Seth Marler at Tulane Titans TE Erron Kinney with Jaguars OT Mike Pearson, RB Fred Taylor and LB Mike Peterson at Florida Titans WR Reynaldo Hill and WR O.J. Small with Jaguars DE Bobby McCray at Florida Titans G Zach Piller with Jaguars RB Fred Taylor and LB Mike Peterson at Florida Titans TE Ben Troupe with Jaguars DE Bobby McCray and OT Mike Pearson at Florida Titans LB Rocky Boiman with Jaguars S Deke Cooper at Notre Dame Titans LB Peter Sirmon with Jaguars TE George Wrighster at Oregon. SERIES AT A GLANCE TITANS VS. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS Overall series (regular & postseason): Titans lead series at 13-9 Current streak: Jaguars won last meeting Titans at home vs. Jaguars: 5-6 Titans on the road vs. Jaguars: 8-3 Last matchup: Jax. 31 at Titans 28 (11/20/05) First matchup: Oilers 10 at Jax. 3 (9/3/95) ALL-TIME RESULTS Includes regular season and postseason matchups Home/ Score Date Away Result Titans Jaguars 09/03/1995 A W /01/1995 H L /08/1996 A W /08/1996 H L /02/1997 H L /16/1997 A L /27/1998 H L /13/1998 A W /26/1999 A W /26/1999 H W /23/2000*** A W /16/2000 H W /26/2000 A L /23/2001 A L /04/2001 H W /13/2002 H W /22/2002 A W /26/2003 A W /16/2003 H W /26/2004 H L /21/2004 A W /20/2005 H L * Wild Card Playoffs, ** Divisional, *** Conference
4 LAST WEEK S GAME LAST WEEK AGAINST THE DOLPHINS December 24, 2005 Titans 10 at Dolphins 24 Dolphins Stadium, Miami, Fla Final Tennessee Titans Miami Dolphins WR Drew Bennett hauls in a 55-yard touchdown pass from Billy Volek at Miami. The Miami Dolphins used a 17-point second quarter to defeat the Tennessee Titans in a Christmas Eve game at Dolphins Stadium. Titans starting quarterback Steve McNair suffered a strained pectoral muscle in pre-game warm-ups. He attempted to play with the injury, but after completing five of 13 passes with two interceptions, back-up Billy Volek was inserted into the lineup in the second quarter. By then, the Titans had fallen behind After each team struggled offensively for much of the first quarter, the Titans defense produced the game s first big play -- a forced fumble by defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch that was recovered by safety Tank Williams, giving the offense possession at the Miami 10-yard line. However, the Titans were forced to settle for a Rob Bironas field goal after failing to reach the end zone on the next three plays. In the second quarter, McNair s pass to tight end Ben Troupe was tipped and intercepted by linebacker Donnie Spragan, a turnover the Dophins converted into a field goal by Olindo Mare. Then, on Tennessee s next possession, McNair was intercepted again, this time by cornerback Sam Madison. The Dolphins marched 61 yards on eight plays, taking the lead on an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Gus Frerotte to wide receiver Chris Chambers. After a three-and-out on Volek s first series at quarterback, the Dolphins regained control at the Tennessee 48-yard line. Eight plays later, they took a 17-3 lead on a seven-yard Frerotte-to-Chambers touchdown. A scoreless third quarter was highlighted by two turnovers -- a Volek fumble that was forced by former Titans defensive lineman Kevin Carter and current Titans safety Lamont Thompson s interception of a Frerotte pass. Early in the fourth quarter, the Titans cut the Dolphins lead in half with a quick strike. Volek found wide receiver Drew Bennett for a 55-yard touchdown, a career-long for each player. Volek finished the game 14-of-24 for 132 yards and one score. As the Dolphins were clinging to their lead, they had possession at their 37-yard line with 2:21 remaining and the Titans holding all three of their timeouts. Miami then sealed the victory with a five-play drive for a touchdown, including runs of 35 and 19 yards by Ricky Williams, the latter for a touchdown. Williams totaled 172 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries. McNAIR S STREAK ENDS: QB Steve McNair threw his first interception in 127 pass attempts when he was picked off by LB Donnie Spragan in the second quarter. The streak was the second-longest of his career. SCAIFE SETS TEAM ROOKIE TE MARK: With three receptions at Miami, rookie tight end Bo Scaife set a team record for rookie tight ends with 35 catches on the season. He surpassed Ben Troupe s 2004 record of 33 receptions. NOTES FROM LAST WEEK S GAME BROWN GETS 500TH CARRY: Before leaving the game with a sprained ankle, RB Chris Brown rushed seven times for 18 yards. In doing so, he became the 12th member of the franchise to record 500 career rushing attempts. BULLUCK TIES CAREER HIGH IN SACKS: LB Keith Bulluck tied his career high from 2004 with his fifth sack of the season, a four-yard takedown of Gus Frerotte in the first quarter. BENNETT MOVES UP RECEIVING YARDS LIST: With 70 receiving yards against the Dolphins, Drew Bennett moved into ninth place on the team s all-time list, surpassing Chris Sanders (3,285). Bennett now has 3,287 career receiving yards. BENNETT AND VOLEK CONNECT FOR CAREER LONGS: When QB Billy Volek hit WR Drew Bennett for a 55-yard touchdown in the second half, it was a career long for each player. For Bennett, it was also his third touchdown reception in the past two games. BULLUCK NOW EIGHTH IN FRANCHISE TACKLES: With nine tackles against the Dolphins, LB Keith Bulluck has moved into eighth place on the team s all-time tackles list with 746 career tackles, passing Steve Kiner (738). VANDEN BOSCH FORCES ANOTHER FUMBLE: DE Kyle Vanden Bosch forced his career-high fourth fumble of the season in the first quarter against Dolphins QB Gus Frerotte. It was recovered by Tank Williams and subsequently converted into three points by the Titans. BELL SEES SECOND-HALF ACTION: Second-year T/G Jacob Bell played the second half at Miami at right tackle. The offensive lineman was playing one day short of a year after injuring his right ACL (12/25/04 vs. Denver). He has played in eight total games this season, seeing action on the offensive line in four games and the remaining games serving on special teams. WADE CATCHES ON: WR Bobby Wade, who was claimed two weeks ago off waivers from Chicago, caught his first two passes as a Titan for a total of 14 yards. STARKS GETS MULTIPLE SACKS: Second-year DT Randy Starks had 1.5 sacks at Miami, the second-best total of his career (two at Houston, 11/28/04). Starks has 2.5 of his 7.5 career sacks against the Dolphins. He recorded one sack in last season s opener, his first career game. THOMPSON ON THE BOARD: S Lamont Thompson intercepted his first pass of the season and the sixth of his career when he picked off Dolphins QB Gus Frerotte in the third quarter.
5 HEAD COACHES THE HEAD COACHES THE HEAD COACHES TITANS HEAD COACH JEFF FISHER: Jeff Fisher is in his 11th full season as head coach of the Titans. With a career record, including postseason, he holds the franchise record for wins by a head coach. Fisher has 65 wins over the last six seasons, which is behind Mike Shanahan (66) and Bill Cowher (69) for third in the AFC, and he ranks fifth overall in the NFL since 1999 behind Tony Dungy (76), Andy Reid (70), Cowher and Shanahan. In Week 5 at Houston (10/9), he became the 34th head coach in NFL history and 10th active coach to reach 100 career wins (Dungy later reached 100 wins in 2005). He is one of 17 coaches to do so with just one team. Among current head coaches, only Pittsburgh s Cowher has been with his team longer than Fisher has been with the Oilers/Titans. His team's success over the last six years is unmatched by any coach in franchise history. Fisher led the Titans to four playoff appearances (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003), two Division titles (2000 & 2002), two AFC Championship Games (1999, 2002) and one Super Bowl berth (XXXIV). He has presided over the most victorious (61 regular season wins and 5 postseason wins) and successful six-year period in the franchise's 45-year history. In 2004, he became the fourth youngest coach (46) to win 90 regular season games since Only John Madden (41), Don Shula (41), and Bill Cowher (44) were faster to 90 wins. A native of Woodland Hills, Calif., the former USC and Chicago Bears defensive back became the franchise s 15th head coach on January 5, 1995 after serving the final six games of the 1994 season as the team s interim head coach. Fisher facts: At USC, played in the same defensive backfield as future NFL stars Ronnie Lott, Dennis Smith and Joey Browner. Was a seventh-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in In 1985, served in an unofficial assistant coach capacity while on injured reserve during the Bears run to Super Bowl XX. In 1988, at the age of 30, became the NFL s youngest defensive coordinator under Buddy Ryan. Serves as Co-Chairman of the NFL Competition Committee. Ran the Country Music Marathon in JAGUARS HEAD COACH JACK DEL RIO: Now in his third season as the second head coach in franchise history, Del Rio has posted records of 5-11 and 9-7. The Jaguars' four-win improvement last year put them with Pittsburgh, San Diego, Atlanta and the New York Jets as the only teams that improved by four or more wins. Named head coach on January 17, 2003, Del Rio is now in his 20th year in the NFL and his ninth in coaching. At 42, Del Rio is the secondyoungest head coach in the NFL, just four months older than Tampa Bay's Jon Gruden. In leading the Jaguars to a 9-7 mark last year, Del Rio posted the team's first winning record in five seasons along with a second-place finish in the division, the team's highest since The team posted a 5-3 record in road games after failing to win on the road the previous year, and was 7-3 in non-division contests. In taking over the Jaguars in 2003, Del Rio was the architect of a defense that improved to sixth overall in the NFL, and second against the run. The defense allowed only one 100-yard rusher in 2003, while the offense allowed just 28 sacks, the fewest in team history, and Fred Taylor rushed for a team-record 1,572 yards with Byron Leftwich starting 13 games as a rookie. The Jaguars' 5-11 record included six losses by seven points or less. As defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers in 2002, he took the defense from 31st in the league to second overall. From 1999 to 2001, Del Rio served as linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens, helping the team win Super Bowl XXXV over the New York Giants. For those three years, the Ravens finished second in total defense three times. Del Rio began his coaching career with two seasons in New Orleans, as assistant strength coach in 1997 and linebackers coach in 1998 under Ditka. An 11-year NFL veteran, Del Rio was drafted in the third round by the Saints in He was named to the NFL's All-Rookie team and earned the Saints' Rookie of the Year award that year. Following two seasons in New Orleans, Del Rio played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings. Del Rio was a four-year starter from 1981 to '84 at Southern California, where he earned consensus All-America honors as a senior and was runner-up for the Lombardi Award. COACHES AT A GLANCE JEFF FISHER Regular season record: (.536) Postseason record: 5-4 (.556) vs. Jaguars:13-9 (including 1-0 postseason) at home vs. Jaguars: 5-6 on road vs. Jaguars: 8-3 (incl. 1-0 postseason) vs. Jack Del Rio: 3-2 Year as Titans head coach: 11* ( ) Year as NFL head coach: 11* ( ) * Fisher coached an additional six games as interim head coach in JACK DEL RIO Regular season record: (.532) Postseason record: 0-0 vs. Titans: 2-3 on the road vs. Titans: 2-1 at home vs. Titans: 0-2 vs. Jeff Fisher: 2-3 Year as Jaguars head coach: 3 Year as NFL head coach: 3 MOST WINS/COACHES SINCE 99 The most regular season wins by NFL coaches since the start of the 1999 season: Coach Team Wins 1. Tony Dungy TB/Ind Andy Reid Philadelphia Bill Cowher Pittsburgh Mike Shanahan Denver Jeff Fisher Tennessee Jon Gruden Oak./TB Mike Holmgren Seattle Brian Billick Baltimore 62 FRANCHISE COACHING HISTORY Most wins by head coaches in Oilers/Titans history (includes postseason): Coach Years W L T Pct. 1. Jeff Fisher Bum Phillips Jack Pardee Wally Lemm 1961, Jerry Glanville LONGEST TENURE, HEAD COACHES Most seasons with their current teams: Coach Team Current Season 1. Bill Cowher Pittsburgh Jeff Fisher* Tennessee Mike Shanahan Denver Andy Reid Philadelphia 7 Brian Billick Baltimore 7 * Fisher coached an additional six games as interim head coach in 1994.
6 35 NFL COACHES WITH 100 CAREER VICTORIES TEAM NOTES Career Record (incl. playoffs) Head Coach Yrs. Won Lost Tied Pct. Don Shula George Halas Tom Landry Curly Lambeau Chuck Noll Dan Reeves Chuck Knox Marty Schottenheimer Bill Parcells Paul Brown Bud Grant Joe Gibbs Marv Levy Steve Owen Bill Cowher Mike Holmgren Hank Stram Weeb Ewbank Mike Shanahan FISHER S CAREER DIVISIONAL RECORD Career Record (incl. playoffs) Head Coach Yrs. Won Lost Tied Pct. Mike Ditka Jim Mora George Seifert Dick Vermeil Sid Gillman George Allen Don Coryell John Madden Dennis Green Bill Belichick * Ray (Buddy) Parker Tony Dungy Vince Lombardi Tom Flores Bill Walsh Jeff Fisher Active coaches in italics. + Reached 100 wins in first head coaching position. * Does not include results from 12/26/05. NOTES FROM FISHER S 102 WINS Titans year-by-year record within their division under Head Coach Jeff Fisher (AFC Central, ; AFC South, ): Season Divisional Record 1994* Totals (.581) * Interim head coach for final six games of First win: Dec. 24, N.Y. Jets 10 at Houston Oilers 24 Wins at home: 53 (51 regular season, 2 postseason) Wins on the road: 49 (46 regular season, 3 postseason) Regular season wins: 97 Playoff wins: 5 Largest margin of victory: 32 points (35-3) against Cincinnati, 12/10/00 Wins by seven or fewer points: 40 Wins by three or fewer points: 24 Most regular season games won in a full season: 13 (1999 and 2000) Fewest regular season games won in a full season: 5 (2004) Most consecutive games won: 8 (9/10/00-11/5/00) Biggest comeback in a win: 21 points at Atlanta (11/23/03) in a win Most points scored in a win: 48 (48-27) points at Green Bay (10/11/04) FIRST QUARTER SUCCESS In nine of their 15 games this season, the Titans have not allowed a first quarter touchdown. In all but two games this season their opponents have scored seven or fewer points in the first quarter. Against Jacksonville (11/20), the Titans defense held the Jaguars to no yards and no first downs in the first quarter. The last time the Titans did not allow any first quarter yards was last season against Chicago (11/14). Since the start of the 1995 season, Jeff Fisher s first full season as the team s head coach, the Titans have been successful jumping out to first quarter leads. Only the Denver Broncos have a better first quarter point differential in that time span: NFL s best first quarter point differential since the start of the 1995 season: Team Pt. Differential Pts. For Pts. Against 1. Denver Broncos , Tennessee Titans Green Bay Packers Fisher is behind only Mike Shanahan and Greasy Neal on the all-time list of coaches who enjoyed the most first quarter leads. Out of the 181 regular season games he s coached, Fisher has had the lead at the end of the first quarter 88 times (48.6 percent). All-time head coaches whose teams most frequently lead after the first quarter: In his 11th full season as head coach, Fisher leads the youngest team in his tenure. Lead after Head Coach Games 1st Qtr. Pct. 1. Greasy Neal games Mike Shanahan games Jeff Fisher games 48.6
7 TEAM NOTES ON THE ROAD IN THE FISHER ERA ( ) The Titans own the second-best road record in the NFL since the start of the 1995 season, the first full season under Head Coach Jeff Fisher. Since that time, the franchise has gone on to win 46 out of their 87 games on the road. The Titans have posted a.500 or better road record in eight of the last 10 seasons. Also, the Titans own a 39-1 road record in the Fisher era when the team has the lead going into the fourth quarter, which ties Fisher with Vince Lombardi for the best record of all-time. All-time head coaches with the best road records with a lead going into the fourth quarter: Head Coach W - L - T Pct. 1. Jeff Fisher Vince Lombardi John Madden REGULAR SEASON FINALES In the previous 45 seasons of franchise history, the team is in regular season finales. Under Head Coach Jeff Fisher, the team has fared well in regular season finales, going 9-2 since Fisher s teams have had success in the final game of the regular season regardless of their final win-loss record. The only seasons in which a Fisher-led team has not won its season finale were 1998 and 2001, when the team lost to Minnesota and Cincinnati, respectively. Fisher s first win as a head coach was the 1994 season finale, when, as interim head coach, his Oilers defeated the New York Jets at the Astrodome. The Titans have won each of their last three regular season finales, including last season s over the Detroit Lions, a game in which Titans quarterback Billy Volek passed for 175 yards and a touchdown, Antowain Smith rushed for 89 yards, and linebacker Keith Bulluck forced a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. TIME OF POSSESSION Winning the time-of-possession battle is a trademark of Jeff Fisher clubs. Under Fisher, the Titans have never finished a season with a possession average under 31 minutes. Since the start of the 1999 season, the Titans have successfully controlled the ball for 30 minutes or more in 79 of 111 regular season games (71.2 percent). They are (.671) in regular season games when they win time of possession versus (.406) when they do not during that time span. Season Avg. TOP Season Avg. TOP : : : : : : : : : : :48 WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN 2005 (UPDATED) Steve McNair recorded his fifth career 3,000-yard passing season and his fourth in the last five seasons. McNair eclipsed 25,000 career passing yards at Houston (10/9). He became the 49th player in NFL history and the second player in team history (Warren Moon) to do so. McNair became the third player in franchise history to pass for 150 or more touchdowns (Warren Moon, George Blanda). Chris Brown needs 149 more rushing yards to become only the third running back in franchise history to produce consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (George, Campbell). Drew Bennett passed Tim Smith (3,107) for 10th on the franchise career receiving yardage list and Chris Sanders (3,285) for ninth. Bennett passed Tim Smith (206) for 10th on the franchise career receptions list. Kyle Vanden Bosch needs 3.5 more sacks to reach 16 for the season, tying Hall of Fame defensive end Elvin Bethea (1973) for the most in a single season in team history. Keith Bulluck can become the third player in franchise history to lead the team in tackles for four consecutive seasons (Gregg Bingham and Al Smith). Brad Hopkins became the third franchise player to play 13 seasons in an Oilers/Titans uniform (Matthews and Bethea) when he started against Baltimore (9/18). ROAD RECORDS, NFL s best regular season road records, : Team Record Pct. 1. Pittsburgh Steelers Tennessee Titans New England Patriots* Green Bay Packers Indianapolis Colts Denver Broncos * Does not include results from 12/26/05. FISHER S RECORD IN SEASON FINALES Record under Jeff Fisher in regular season finales: Season (W-L) Date/Opponent Result 1994 (2-14)* 12/24 vs. NY Jets W, (7-9) 12/24 at Buffalo W, (8-8) 12/22 at Baltimore W, (8-8) 12/21 vs. Pittsburgh W, (8-8) 12/26 vs. Minnesota L, (13-3) 1/2 at Pittsburgh W, (13-3) 12/25 vs. Dallas W, (7-9) 1/6 vs. Cincinnati L, (11-5) 12/29 at Houston W, (12-4) 12/28 vs. Tampa Bay W, (5-11) 1/2 vs. Detroit W, Total W-L 9-2 * Fisher served as interim head coach for the final six games of the 2004 season. GETTING YOUNGER Number of veterans (first-year players exempted) on the active roster with one or more accredited years of NFL experience (does not include rookies or firstyear players): Season No. Players Number of players on the roster with four or more accredited years of NFL experience: Season No. Players ROOKIE STARTS Total starts by Titans rookies in 2005: Rookie Pos. Starts Michael Roos RT 15 Pacman Jones CB 12 Brandon Jones WR 8 Reynaldo Hill CB 9 Bo Scaife TE 5 Courtney Roby WR 5 Roydell Williams WR 2 Total Rookie Starts 56
8 TEAM / OFFENSIVE NOTES 2006 SCHEDULE 2006 opponents and respective records from 2005: Home/ 2005 Opponent Away Record Pct. Indianapolis Colts* H & A Jacksonville Jaguars* H & A Houston Texans* H & A New England Patriots H New York Jets H Baltimore** H Dallas Cowboys H New York Giants H Buffalo Bills A Miami Dolphins A Philadelphia Eagles A Washington Redskins A Kansas City or San Diego** A Total known opponents W-L * The Titans will play divisional rivals Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Houston twice in ** After finishing in third place in the AFC South in 2005, the Titans will play third-place Baltimore from the AFC North and Kansas City or San Diego from the AFC West based on which team finishes third in the division TITANS TIGHT ENDS 2005 Tennessee Titans tight ends: Player Rec. Yds. Avg. Lg TD Erron Kinney Ben Troupe Bo Scaife Gregg Guenther Totals 138 1, SCHEDULE Fifteen of the Titans 16 opponents in 2006 have already been determined. The last remaining opponent will be the third-place team from the AFC West based on Tennessee s third-place finish in the AFC South. Currently, Kansas City and San Diego could still finish in third place in the AFC West. The Titans will play the Baltimore Ravens based upon the Ravens guaranteed third-place finish in the AFC North this season. The Titans will play home and road games against division rivals Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Houston. They will play each of the teams from the AFC East, including home games with New England and the New York Jets and road games at Buffalo and Miami. For the first time since 2002, the Titans will face teams from the NFC East. They will host Dallas and the New York Giants and travel to meet Philadelphia and Washington. Of the 15 known opponents for 2006 (not including either the Chiefs or Chargers), the teams have a collective win-loss total of in The Titans are assured to face a minimum of four playoff teams from Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New England and the New York Giants. However, Dallas and Washington are also still in contention for playoff spots heading into the final weekend of the 2005 schedule. TIGHT ENDS ON HISTORIC PACE With 138 pass receptions as a group, the Titans tight ends are on a pace that would place them in elite company. Erron Kinney is second on the team and leads the tight ends with 55 receptions. Ben Troupe is second among the team s tight ends with 46 receptions, followed by rookies Bo Scaife (35) and Gregg Guenther (two). With eight receptions against the Seahawks (12/18), they surpassed the previous club record of 126, set by the 1998 Oilers squad led by Frank Wycheck (70 receptions), and passed the 1979 Oakland Raiders (128 receptions) for third place in league history. The all-time NFL record is held by the 1984 San Diego Chargers, whose tight ends had 163 receptions. Most receptions by tight ends as a group in a single season: Team Season Receptions Offensive Rank (NFL) 1. San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers Tennessee Titans Oakland Raiders Houston Oilers Houston Oilers The trio of Kinney, Troupe and Scaife is just the third group in NFL history of three tight ends with 30 or more receptions. The only teams in NFL history to previously accomplish the feat are: 1984 San Diego Chargers -- Pete Holohan (56), Kellen Winslow (55) and Eric Sievers (41) 1980 Houston Oilers -- Mike Barber (59), Dave Casper (34) and Tim Wilson (30) 2005 Tennessee Titans -- Erron Kinney (54), Ben Troupe (46) and Bo Scaife (32) TROUPE S DAY, FOURTH-BEST SINCE 1970 With 116 yards on six receptions against the Seahawks (12/18), tight end Ben Troupe recorded the fourth-most receiving yards by a tight end for the franchise since Troupe s total wsa the best since 1981, when Dave Casper posted 139 yards on six receptions against Pittsburgh (12/20). All of the top three performances by the team s tight ends since 1970 were by Casper. Player Date/Opp. Rec. Yds. Avg. TD 1. Dave Casper 11/30/80 vs. Cle Dave Casper 12/20/81 vs. Pit Dave Casper 12/21/80 vs. Min Ben Troupe 12/18/05 vs. Sea Mike Barber 11/10/80 vs. NE TE Ben Troupe recorded a career-best 116 receiving yards against the Seahawks (12/18).
9 OFFENSIVE NOTES Tight end Erron Kinney is in his sixth NFL season. The University of Florida product has been a full-time starter for most of his career and took over as the team s No. 1 tight end following Frank Wycheck s retirement at the end of the 2003 season. Kinney currently is tied for tenth in the league among tight ends with 55 receptions in With one game remaining, his reception total is the seventh-best by a tight end in franchise history. In a Week 1 loss at Pittsburgh (9/11), Kinney led the team with five receptions for 58 yards. In a Week 3 loss at St. Louis (9/25), he tied a career high with a team-high seven receptions for 64 yards. He previously recorded seven receptions on Oct. 7, 2001 at Baltimore. In a Week 4 defeat against Indianapolis (10/2), he tied for the team lead and tied his career high for the second consecutive week with seven receptions for 42 yards. In a Week 6 loss against Cincinnati (10/16), Kinney posted four receptions for 52 yards, including one reception for 27 yards, his longest catch since 11/23/03 at Atlanta. In a Week 9 defeat at Cleveland (11/6), he recorded 74 yards and one TD on five receptions. The yardage total was the second-highest of his career (75 at Baltimore, 10/7/01). The touchdown was his first of the season and ninth of his career. In a Week 11 loss against Jacksonville (11/20), he recorded five receptions for 37 yards, including a nine-yard gain on third-and-nine to Jacksonville s one-yard line to set up a Chris Brown TD run. In a Week 12 win against San Francisco (11/27), he posted four receptions for 37 yards and one touchdown, a four-yard score that gave the Titans a lead in the third quarter. In a Week 13 loss at Indianapolis (12/4), he recorded one reception for four yards before leaving the game with a knee injury. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on 12/7, which caused him to be deactivated against the Texans (12/11) and Seahawks (12/18) before he returned to action at Miami (12/24). Erron Kinney s 2005 and career stats: G/S Rec Yds Avg TD / Career 82/ , Erron Kinney s career vs. Jacksonville: Date Opp. Res. Rec Yds Avg TD 10/16/2000* Jax W L L /13/2002 Jax W W W /16/2003 Jax W /26/2004 Jax L W /20/2005 Jax L G/S W-L Rec Yds Avg TD Totals 10/ * Did not start ** Playoff game TE ERRON KINNEY VOLEK SETS NFL RECORD FOR FIRST 10 STARTS At the Cardinals (10/23), back-up quarterback Billy Volek started in place of Steve McNair, who was out with a sore back. In the game, Volek s 10th career start, he completed 18 of 32 passes for 198 yards, one touchdown and one interception. In doing so, he became the most prolific NFL passer since 1970 over his first 10 starts. Last week at Miami (12/24), Volek came off the bench for the injured Steve McNair to make his fifth appearance of the season. He went 14-of-24 for 132 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions (87.5 rating). Most passing yards in first 10 NFL starts (since 1970): Quarterback Team Att Com Yds TD Int Rtg Billy Volek Tennessee , Kurt Warner St. Louis , Daunte Culpepper Minnesota , Marc Bulger St. Louis , Ty Detmer Philadelphia , TIGHT END REC. LEADERS 2005 NFL leaders in receptions among tight ends: Player Rec. Yds. Avg. TD 1. A. Gates, SD 86 1, T. Gonzalez, KC T. Heap, Bal C. Cooley, Was J. Wiggins, Min J. Shockey, NYG A. Crumpler, Atl J. Witten, Dal L.J. Smith, Phi R. McMichael, Mia E. Kinney, Ten MOST RECEPTIONS BY FRANCHISE TEs Most receptions in a season by a tight end, franchise history: Player Year No. Yds TD 1. Frank Wycheck Frank Wycheck Frank Wycheck Frank Wycheck Frank Wycheck Mike Barber Erron Kinney Frank Wycheck Alvin Reed Alvin Reed RD DOWN TE RECEIVING LEADERS 2005 NFL leaders in third down receptions among tight ends: Player Rec. Yds. Avg. TD 1. T. Heap, Bal A. Gates, SD T. Gonzalez, KC E. Kinney, Ten J. Shockey, NYG J. Witten, Dal A. Crumpler, Atl C. Cooley, Was M. Pollard, Det J. Wiggins, Min VOLEK S FIRST 10 NFL STARTS Date/Opponent Att Cmp Yds TD Int Rtg 12/14/03 vs. Buf /03/04 at SD /31/04 vs. Cin /14/04 vs. Chi /05/04 at Ind /13/04 vs. KC /19/04 at Oak /25/04 vs. Den /02/05 vs. Det /23/05 at Ari Totals ,
10 STEVE McNAIR NOTES TOP SEASONS, FRANCHISE HISTORY Top single-season passer ratings, franchise history Player Year Rating 1. Steve McNair Warren Moon George Blanda Steve McNair Warren Moon Warren Moon TOP RUSHING QBs, NFL leaders in rushing yards by quarterbacks since McNair became a full-time starter in 1997 Player Att Yds Avg TD 1. S. McNair 572 3, M. Vick 405 2, K. Stewart 506 2, D. McNabb 415 2, D. Culpepper 454 2, PASSING YARDS, FRANCHISE HISTORY Player Years Yards 1. Warren Moon , Steve McNair , George Blanda , Dan Pastorini ,846 25,000/3,000 CLUB Five players in NFL history with 25,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards: Player Pass Yds Rush Yds John Elway 51,475 3,407 Fran Tarkenton 47,003 3,674 Steve Young 33,124 4,239 Randall Cunningham 29,979 4,928 Steve McNair 27,141 3, /35 CLUB Four players in NFL history with 150 passing touchdowns and 35 rushing touchdowns: Player Pass TDs Rush TDs Steve Young Randall Cunningham Steve Grogan Steve McNair McNAIR S SEASONS BY YARDS Steve McNair s seasons in order of passing yards: Season Pass Yds , , , , , , , , , , McNAIR S 2005 PERFORMANCE Steve McNair returned from a career-threatening sternum injury in 2004 to start his 11th season in He has 3,000 passing yards this season for the fifth time in his career and enters the final week of the season just 227 passing yards shy of his previous career high of 3,387 passing yards in At Houston (10/9), he became the 49th player in NFL history and the second player in franchise history to surpass 25,000 passing yards during his career. He became the seventh active player to do so (see notes on following page). In the rematch against the Texans (12/11), he surpassed John Elway for fourth place in NFL history in rushing yards by a quarterback. Against Jacksonville (11/20), he became the third player in franchise history to complete 150 career touchdown passes, joining Warren Moon and George Blanda. In his 10 previous NFL seasons ( ), McNair has led his team to four playoff appearances and one Super Bowl, earned NFL MVP honors in 2003 and compiled more passing attempts, completions and yards than every other quarterback in team history other than Warren Moon. In 2004, he surpassed Moon to become the winningest quarterback in franchise annals. In a Week 1 loss at Pittsburgh (9/11), McNair completed 18 of 26 passes for 219 yards, one touchdown and one interception. In a Week 2 victory against the Ravens (9/18), he had a 19-of-36 performance for 195 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. In a Week 3 defeat at St. Louis (9/25), he passed 39 times, completing 24 attempts for 261 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. In a Week 4 loss against Indianapolis (10/2), he completed 28 of 37 passes for 220 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for 40 yards on four carries. In a Week 5 win at Houston (10/9), he completed 22 of 31 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns (112.3 rating). He also rushed for a one-yard score, making it the eighth time in his career he completed two touchdown passes and rushed for another score. In the game, he became the 49th player in NFL history and second player in franchise history to surpass 25,000 career passing yards. In a Week 6 loss against Cincinnati (10/16), he completed 26 of 41 passes for 259 yards with two interceptions. In Week 7 at Arizona (10/23), McNair was inactive with a back injury. In a Week 8 loss vs. Oakland (10/30), he was 26-of-40 for 229 yards and one TD and added five carries for 41 yards. He became the seventh all-time QB to reach 600 career rushes. In a Week 9 loss at Cleveland (11/6), he was 18-of-41 for 235 yards and one TD and added one carry for two yards. In a Week 11 loss against Jacksonville (11/20), he was 20-of-30 for 208 yards and two touchdowns. He became the third player in franchise history to eclipse 150 career touchdown passes. In a Week 12 win against San Francisco (11/27), he was 23-of-41 for 343 yards and three touchdowns. It was the fourth-highest yardage total of his career, his 10th career 300-yard game and the 14th three-touchdown game of his career. In a Week 13 loss at Indianapolis (12/4), he completed 22 of 33 passes for 220 yards. In a Week 14 win against Houston (12/11), he was 18-of-30 for 208 yards in a win. For the 19th time in his career, he led the team on a drive in which the team scored the go-ahead or tying points within the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime. In a Week 15 loss against Seattle (12/18), he recorded his 11th career 300-yard game, going 23-of-38 for 310 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He eclipsed 3,000 passing yards for the season for the fifth time in his career and the fourth time in the last five seasons. In a Week 16 loss at Miami (12/24), he left the game in the second quarter with a strained pectoral muscle after completing five of 13 passes for 34 yards and two interceptions. McNair s 2005 Stats: G/S Att Cmp Yds TD Lg Int Sk Rate Rush-Yds-TD 14/ , McNair s Career Stats: G/S Att Cmp Yds TD Lg Int Sk Rate Rush-Yds-TD 139/131 3,871 2,305 27, , McNAIR REACHES 150 PASSING TOUCHDOWNS With two touchdown passes earlier this season against the Jaguars (11/20), surpassed 150 career passing touchdowns, joining Warren Moon (196) and George Blanda (165) as the only players in team history to reach 150 touchdown passes. He now has 156 career touchdown passes, which is tied with the career total of Steve Bartkowski for 54th in NFL history. Next on the career touchdown passing list are Tommy Kramer (159), Joe Theismann (160) and Earl Morrall (161).
11 STEVE McNAIR NOTES McNAIR SURPASSES 25,000 CAREER PASSING YARDS With 220 passing yards against the Texans (10/2), Steve McNair became the 49th player in the history of the NFL, the second player in team history (Warren Moon) and the seventh active player to reach 25,000 career passing yards (Jake Plummer, Brad Johnson and Trent Green later reached 25,000 yards in 2005). The group of active players who have reached the 25,000-yard plateau consists of McNair, Brett Favre, Vinny Testaverde, Drew Bledsoe, Kerry Collins, Peyton Manning, Mark Brunell, Jake Plummer, Brad Johnson and Trent Green. McNair is just the fifth player out of that group to reach the mark with one team (Favre, Bledsoe, Manning and Brunell) and the third to do it with the club that drafted him (Bledsoe and Manning). In the group of active passers with 25,000 yards, McNair has the sixth-best completion percentage (59.5), the sixth-best passer rating (83.3) and the second-lowest interception percentage (2.7). McNair also has more rushing yards than any of the other quarterbacks on the list. His 3,439 yards on the ground lead the group, followed by Brunell. Active players with 25,000 or more career passing yards: Player Yrs. Att Cmp Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Int% Rate 1. B. Favre V. Testaverde D. Bledsoe K. Collins P. Manning M. Brunell J. Plummer S. McNair B. Johnson T. Green TITANS RECORD WHEN McNAIR... (includes regular season and postseason games) Date Opp. Res. Att Cmp Yds Yd/A TD Int Sck Lst Rate Rush Yds Avg TD 12/08/1996 Jax L /02/1997 Jax L L /27/1998 Jax L W /26/1999 Jax W W /16/2000 Jax W L /04/2001 Jax W /13/2002 Jax W W W /16/2003 Jax W /26/2004 Jax L W /20/2005 Jax L Record Att Cmp Yds Yd/A TD Int Sck Lst Rate Rsh Yds Avg TD Totals , G GS Comp% TD% Int% Totals NFL S TOP 50, PASSING YARDS * Did not start ** Playoff game STEVE McNAIR S CAREER VS. JACKSONVILLE When McNair... Career Regular Playoffs 2005 Starts Starts vs. division opponents Passes for 300 yards Passes for at least one TD Passes for two or more TDs Passes for one TD and runs for another Passes for 2 TD s and runs for one Runs for at least one TD Runs for two or more TD s Passes for no interceptions NFL s all-time leaders in passing yards Player Att Cmp Pct. Yds TD Int 1 Dan Marino 8,358 4, , Brett Favre 7,574 4, , John Elway 7,250 4, , Warren Moon 6,823 3, , Fran Tarkenton 6,467 3, , V. Testaverde 6,519 3, , Drew Bledsoe 6,509 3, , Dan Fouts 5,604 3, , Joe Montana 5,391 3, , Johnny Unitas 5,186 2, , Dave Krieg 5,311 3, , Boomer Esiason 5,205 2, , Jim Kelly 4,779 2, , Jim Everett 4,923 2, , Jim Hart 5,076 2, , Steve DeBerg 5,024 2, , John Hadl 4,688 2, , Phil Simms 4,647 2, , Kerry Collins 5,034 2, , Peyton Manning 4,331 2, , Steve Young 4,149 2, , Troy Aikman 4,715 2, , Ken Anderson 4,475 2, , S. Jurgensen 4,262 2, , John Brodie 4,491 2, , Norm Snead 4,353 2, , R. Cunningham 4,289 2, , Mark Brunell 4,309 2, , Joe Ferguson 4,519 2, , Roman Gabriel 4,498 2, , Rich Gannon 4,206 2, , Len Dawson 3,741 2, , Chris Chandler 4,005 2, , Y.A. Tittle 3,817 2, , Ron Jaworski 4,117 2, , Terry Bradshaw 3,901 2, , Ken Stabler 3,793 2, , Craig Morton 3,786 2, , Joe Namath 3,762 1, , Jeff George 3,967 2, , Jake Plummer 4,019 2, , Steve McNair 3,871 2, , George Blanda 4,007 1, , Steve Grogan 3,593 1, , Bobby Layne 3,700 1, , Jim Harbaugh 3,918 2, , Jim Plunkett 3,701 1, , Brad Johnson 3,758 2, , Trent Green 3,300 1, , Joe Theismann 3,602 2, , Active players in italics
12 OFFENSIVE NOTES McNAIR 7TH QB WITH 600 CARRIES Against the Raiders (10/30), Steve McNair rushed five times for 41 yards. In doing so, he became the sev - enth quarterback in NFL history to reach the 600-carry plateau. Most rushing attempts by QBs, NFL history: Player G Att Yds Avg TD 1. R. Cunningham J. Elway S. Young F. Tarkenton T. Rote S. McNair B. Layne FRANCHISE RECEPTIONS LEADERS Franchise s all-time leaders in career receptions: Player Years No. Yds TD 1. Ernest Givens , Haywood Jeffires , Frank Wycheck , Drew Hill , Derrick Mason , Charlie Hennigan , Ken Burrough , Curtis Duncan , Eddie George , Drew Bennett , FRANCHISE REC. YARDS LEADERS Franchise s all-time leaders in career receiving yards: Player Years No. Yds TD 1. Ernest Givens , Drew Hill , Ken Burrough , Charlie Hennigan , Haywood Jeffires , Derrick Mason , Frank Wycheck , Curtis Duncan , Drew Bennett , Chris Sanders , McNAIR SURPASSES ELWAY With 17 rushing yards against the Texans (12/11), Steve McNair moved into fourth place in NFL history in rushing yards by a quarterback, passing Hall of Famer John Elway, who retired with 3,407 yards on the ground. The top four all-time rushers among quarterbacks are Randall Cunningham (4,928 yards), Steve Young (4,239), Fran Tarkenton (3,674) and McNair (3,439). Most rushing yards by quarterbacks, NFL history: Player Seasons G Att Yds Avg Lg TD Yds/G 1. Randall Cunningham t Steve Young t Fran Tarkenton t Steve McNair , John Elway Tobin Rote t WR DREW BENNETT NOTES Wide receiver Drew Bennett entered the 2005 season as the team s No. 1 receiver, four years removed from being signed coming out of UCLA as an undrafted free agent. Since that time, Bennett has established himself as a legitimate threat. He was third in the AFC in receiving yards in 2004 (1,247 yards) and his 859 receiving yards in the final eight games of 2004 were second in the NFL to Muhsin Muhammad s 915. He tied a career long with a 53-yard reception in Week 1 at Pittsburgh (9/11). In a Week 2 victory vs. Baltimore (9/18), he led the team with 52 receiving yards on three receptions, including a 35-yard catch. In a Week 3 defeat at St. Louis (9/25), he led the team with 96 yards on six receptions, including one reception for 43 yards. In a Week 5 win at Houston (10/2), he recorded a team-high 99 yards on five receptions, including a 41-yard catch and a 16-yard touchdown reception, his first of the year. In a Week 6 loss against Cincinnati (10/16), Bennett led the team with seven receptions for 61 yards. His reception total was the highest since he recorded a career-high 13 on 12/19/04 at Oakland. He was inactive for three weeks (10/23, 10/30 and 11/6) with a hand injury. He returned from the injury after the bye week (11/13) to start against Jacksonville (11/20) and led the team with six receptions for 55 yards. He eclipsed 200 receptions and 3,000 receiving yards for his career. He led the team with five receptions for 52 yards against San Francisco (11/27) and tied for the team lead with six receptions for 37 yards at Indianapolis (12/4). In a loss against the Seahawks (12/18), he led the team with a season-high eight receptions for 93 yards, including touchdown receptions of four and 14 yards. It was the fourth game of his career in which he scored two or more touchdowns. In a loss at Miami (12/24), he led the team with four receptions for 70 yards, including a career-long 55-yard touchdown pass from Billy Volek in the fourth quarter. Drew Bennett s 2005 and career stats: G/S Rec Yds Avg Lg TD / Career 70/ , Drew Bennett s career vs. Jacksonville: Date Opp. Res. Rec Yds Avg TD 11/04/2001* Jax W /13/2002 Jax W W W /26/2004 Jax L W /20/2005 Jax L G/S W-L Rec Yds Avg TD Totals 7/ * Did not start ** Playoff game
13 OFFENSIVE NOTES Third-year running back Chris Brown leads the team with 851 yards and five touchdowns on 224 carries (3.8 avg.) and has additional career highs of 327 yards and two touchdowns on 25 receptions. In 2004, he led the league with a 4.9-yard rushing average, totaling 1,067 yards and six touchdowns on 220 carries. Earlier this season, Brown scored a touchdown in four consecutive games and scored seven total touchdowns in a sixgame period (five rushing, two receiving). In a Week 3 loss at St. Louis (9/25), he led the Titans with 83 yards on 20 carries. In a Week 5 win at Houston (10/9), he led the team with 78 yards on 22 carries. In a Week 6 loss against Cincinnati (10/16), he led the team with 18 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns. He put the team ahead 7-0 in the first quarter with a fouryard touchdown and gave them a lead with a nine-yard score in the third quarter. It was his second game in his career in which he scored two touchdowns (at Green Bay, 10/11/04). In a Week 8 loss against Oakland (10/30), he led the team and set a season high with 97 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown. He scored on a 38-yard run, the sec - ond-longest run of his career (52 at Miami, 9/11/04). In a Week 9 loss at Cleveland (11/6), he led the team with 95 yards on 22 carries with one touchdown. He scored on a 15-yard run in the fourth quarter. In a Week 11 loss against Jacksonville (11/20), he rushed for 61 yards and a oneyard touchdown on 20 carries. He also caught four passes for a career-high 58 yards and his first career touchdown reception, a 15-yard screen pass in the second quarter. In a Week 12 win against San Francisco (11/27), he set a career high with 105 receiving yards on three receptions. He recorded a career-long 57-yard reception in the first quarter to set up a field goal and scored on a 41-yard pass play in the third quarter. It was the first game of his career with 100 or more receiving yards. He also totaled 30 yards on 10 rushing attempts. In a Week 13 win against Houston (12/11), he led the team with 53 yards on 16 carries and posted an additional 49 yards on three receptions, including a 20-yard reception in the game s final two minutes to set up the game-winning field goal. In a Week 16 loss at Miami (12/24), he left the game with a sprained ankle after rushing for 18 yards on seven carries. He recorded his 500th career rushing attempt in the game, becoming the 12th player in franchise history to do so. Chris Brown s 2005 and career stats: G/S Rush Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD / Career 37/ , Chris Brown s career vs. Jacksonville: Date Opp. Res. Rush Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD 11/16/2003* Jax W /26/2004 Jax L /20/2005 Jax L G/S W-L Rush Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Totals 3/ * Did not start ** Playoff game RB CHRIS BROWN BY THE NUMBERS 138 Total receptions by the Titans tight ends, which is the third highest in NFL history 35 Receptions by rookie tight end Bo Scaife, highest ever by a franchise rookie tight end 4 Rookies with 20 or more receptions (Scaife, B. Jones, Williams and Roby) 12.5 Sacks by defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch in 2005, which is tied for second in the NFL 4 Forced fumbles by DE Kyle Vanden Bosch in Punt return average for Pacman Jones, which is fifth in the NFL 102 Career wins by Titans Head Coach Jeff Fisher 76 Regular season wins by starting quarterback Steve McNair, the most in the franchise s history 7 Sacks by the Titans defense in Week 5 at Houston, the most by the Titans in a game since 11/28/99. 6 Number of rookies that started at Cleveland (11/6), the most by the team since Total number of players on the active roster that were originally drafted by the Titans 20 Draft picks from Titans 2004 and 2005 drafts currently on the active roster 171 Team-leading tackles by linebacker Keith Bulluck in both 2003 and Seasons in team history ( ), the first 36 as the Houston Oilers, the last nine as the Tennessee Oilers and Tennessee Titans 19 Playoff appearances in team history, all under the ownership of K.S. Bud Adams Brown leads the team in rushing for the second consecutive season. He became the 12th player in franchise history to record 500 rushing attempts.
14 OFFENSIVE / SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES THE MIKE MUNCHAK COACHING ERA ( ) Hall of Fame offensive lineman Mike Munchak began coaching the team s offensive line in Since that time, the unit has consistently been ranked in the top 10 in fewest sacks allowed, net rushing yards and average rushing yards. In only one season (2001) since taking over as offensive line coach have the Titans finished the season not ranked in the top 10 in any of the three categories. The chart below details the team s regular starters on the offensive line and the results the line helped produce. Pos. / Statistic LT Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins LG Matthews Matthews Matthews Matthews Piller Piller Piller Bell Piller C Stepnoski Stepnoski Long Long Matthews DiNapoli Hartwig Hartwig Hartwig RG Donnalley Layman Olson Olson Olson Olson Olson Olson Olson RT Runyan Runyan Runyan Miller Miller Miller Miller Miller Roos Sacked (rank) 32 (T-5) 35 (T-10) 25 (3) 27 (4) 43 (21) 21 (2) 25 (T-6) 44 (T-23) 30 (T-13) Rush yds (rank) 2,414 (3) 1,970 (9) 1,811 (13) 2,084 (7) 1,794 (12) 1,952 (11) 1,623 (26) 1,871 (14) 1,426 (24) Rush avg (rank) 4.5 (4) 4.3 (6) 3.9 (17) 3.8 (24) 3.8 (23) 3.8 (26) 3.3 (31) 4.5 (7) 3.8 (21) MOST GAMES PLAYED, TEAM HISTORY Most games played in team history: Player Seasons Games 1. Bruce Matthews Elvin Bethea Brad Hopkins Gregg Bingham Ray Childress Mike Munchak MOST STARTS AT OFFENSIVE LINE Most starts by an offensilve lineman in team history: Player Seasons Starts 1. Bruce Matthews Brad Hopkins Mike Munchak T BRAD HOPKINS Now in his 13th season, Titans tackle Brad Hopkins has established himself as one of the team s all-time great offensive linemen. He has played in 193 games with 187 starts, ranking third in team history in games played (behind Bruce Matthewsand Elvin Bethea) and second in starts by an offensive lineman (behind Matthews). All of Hopkins career starts have been at left tackle. He is tied for third place with Gregg Bingham and Mike Munchak for most seasons played in team history with 13, behind only Matthews (19 seasons) and Bethea (16). He is the only player who has been a member of the team for Jeff Fisher s entire head coaching career. He has blocked for three different 1,000-yard running backs on nine different occasions (Gary Brown, 1993; Eddie George, , ; Chris Brown, 2004). He has blocked for a Rookie of the Year (Eddie George, 1996) and an MVP (Steve McNair, 2003). Hopkins has only missed 13 games in his 13-year career due to injury, five of those in 2004 due to a broken right hand. OPPONENT PUNT RETURN AVG. Fewest yards per punt return by opponents in 2005: Opponents Team PR FC Yds Avg TD 1. Tennessee Miami Washington Philadelphia Houston OPPONENT AVG. DRIVE START In 2005, the Titans are third in the NFL in defending kickoff returns. Their opponents average drive start following Titans kickoffs is at their own 24.9-yard line. In 2004, Titans opponents typically began drives following kickoffs at their own 29.6-yard line, which was tied for 18th in the league. Adj. Avg. Opp. Team KO KO TB OB I20 Start 1. Atl SF Hou Ten Mia ACTIVE LEADERS, NET PUNTING AVERAGE Leg strength, poise, hangtime, a unique knuckleball punt and solid coverage units are among the factors that have made Craig Hentrich one of the league s best punters. The two-time Pro Bowler, now in his 12th season, currently ranks second among active punters in net punting average. NFL leaders in career net punting average, active players (minimum 250 career punts): Player Years No. Yds. Avg. TB In 20 Net 1. M. Turk , C. Hentrich , S. Lechler , D. Bennett , B. Moorman ,
15 PACMAN JONES NOTES CB PACMAN JONES Cornerback Pacman Jones, the team s first-round pick (sixth overall) from West Virginia, has emerged as a starter on defense as well as an explosive returner in his rookie season. He has posted 51 tackles and 11 passes defensed at cornerback. On special teams, he is fifth in the league (first among rookies) with a 9.8-yard average on punt returns and seventh in the league (second among rookies) with a 25.5-yard average on kickoff returns. He made his first career start at Indianapolis in Week 4 (10/2). In a Week 5 win at Houston (10/9), he returned a kickoff 71 yards and totaled 145 yards on four kickoffs. He also posted six tackles in the win. In a Week 8 loss against Oakland (10/30), he returned a punt 39 yards. In a Week 11 loss against Jacksonville (11/20), he returned a kickoff 85 yards, the longest return by a member of the team since Derrick Mason s 101-yard return in 2001 (11/18 at Cle.) In a Week 14 win against Houston (12/11), he posted eight tackles and scored his first career touchdown, a 52-yard punt return that was the team s longest since 2003 (Justin McCareins at Atlanta, 11/23). P. Jones 2005/Career Defensive Statistics: G/S Tackles TkL Sack QBP Int PD FF FR 2005/Career 14/ NFL leaders in punt returns (rookies marked with *): Player, Team No. FC Yds Avg Lg TD 1. R. Mahe, Phi B. Sams, Bal M. Moore, Min t 1 4. S. Smith, Car * P. Jones, Ten t 1 6. B. Wade, Chi-Ten t 1 Jones also leads the team and is currently ranked seventh in the NFL with a yard average on kickoff returns. He has totaled 993 yards on 39 returns this season, including three returns longer than 50 yards. His average also is second among all NFL rookies behind Houston s Jerome Mathis (29.1). NFL leaders in kickoff returns (rookies marked with *): Player, Team No. Yds Avg Lg TD 1. T. McGee, Buf. 40 1, *J. Mathis, Hou. 50 1, t 2 3. Q. Morgan, Pit K. Robinson, Min. 47 1, t 1 5. W. Ponder, NYG t 1 6. L. Betts, Was t 1 7. *P. Jones, Ten JONES RANKS HIGHLY IN 20-YEAR TIMESPAN Pacman Jones currently ranks fifth in the NFL in punt returns and seventh among all kickoff returners. In the last 20 seasons (since 1986), only one rookie has finished in the league s top five in both kickoff returns and punt returns -- New Orleans Tyrone Hughes in Should Jones finish in the top five in both kickoff and punt returns, he would become the 11th player to do so in the last 20 seasons. Of the previous 10 players, all but one was selected to the Pro Bowl in that season. (In 1990, Detroit s Mel Gray and the Giants David Meggett both accomplished the feat. Gray received the one NFC Pro Bowl nomination for returners.) Most recently, Detroit s Eddie Drummond finished second in kickoff returns and first in punt returns in The last time a member of the Titans finished in the top five in both categories was the 2000 season, when Derrick Mason was second in kickoff returns and fifth in punt returns. Top five finishers in both punt returns and kickoff returns since 1986: Year Player, Team KR Avg. (Rank) PR Avg. (Rank) Pro Bowl 1990 David Meggett, NYG 23.4 (3) 10.9 (3) No 1990 Mel Gray, Det (4) 10.6 (4) Yes 1991 Mel Gray, Det (1) 15.4 (1) Yes 1992 Johnny Bailey, Pho (3) 13.2 (1) Yes 1993 Tyrone Hughes, NO ** 25.1 (2) 13.6 (1) Yes 1995 Glyn Milburn, Den (2) 11.4 (5) Yes 1995 Brian Mitchell, Was (4) 12.6 (2) Yes 2000 Derrick Mason, Ten (2) 13.0 (5) Yes 2003 Dante Hall, KC 25.9 (4) 16.3 (1) Yes 2004 Eddie Drummond, Det (2) 13.2 (1) Yes 2005 Pacman Jones, Ten. ** 25.5 (7) 9.8 (5) FRANCHISE ROOKIE KOR LEADERS Franchise all-time single-season kickoff return leaders among rookies (by average, minimum 10 attempts): Player Year No. Yds Avg Lg TD 1. Bobby Jancik Zeke Moore Billy Johnson Ode Burrell t 1 FRANCHISE ROOKIE PR LEADERS Franchise all-time single-season punt return leaders among rookies (by average, minimum 10 attempts): Player Year No. FC Yds Avg Lg TD 1. B. Johnson G. Merkens P. Jones t 1 4. W. Drewrey J. Walker FRANCHISE PUNT RETURN LEADERS Franchise all-time single-season punt return leaders (by average): Player Year No. FC Yds Avg Lg TD 1. B. Johnson t 2 2. B. Johnson t 3 3. B. Johnson D. Mason t 1 P. JONES vs. DERRICK MASON Statistical comparison between Pacman Jones 2005 season and Derrick Mason s 2000 season: Jones in Mason in Category Games/Starts 14/12 16/12 Kickoff Returns Total Returns Total Yards 993 1,132 Average Touchdowns 0 0 Long Punt Returns Total Returns Fair Catches 8 17 Total Yards Average Touchdowns 1 1 Long 52t 69t Additional Stats: Jones tackles, 11 passes defensed Mason receptions for 895 yards and 5 TDs ** Rookie
16 ROOKIE NOTES ROOKIES TO WATCH CB Pacman Jones (first round, sixth overall pick out of West Virginia) - Jones has 51 tackles, is fifth in the NFL with a 9.8-yard punt return average and is seventh in the NFL in kickoff return average (25.5). T Michael Roos (second round, 41st overall pick out of Eastern Washington) - Roos can play either left or right tackle. He started at left tackle in Week 1 and right tackle since Week 2. WR Courtney Roby (third round, 68th overall pick out of Indiana) - Roby is averaging 23.4 yards per kickoff return and has 20 receptions for 281 yards and one TD. WR Brandon Jones (third round, 96th overal pick out of Oklahoma) - Jones led the team s rookies with 23 receptions for 299 yards and two TDs prior to being placed on injured reserve after 11 games with an ACL injury. S Vincent Fuller (fourth round, 108th overall pick out of Virginia Tech) - Fuller served as the nickel defensive back before injuring his leg in Week 2. He was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 29. WR Roydell Williams (fourth round, 136th overall pick out of Tulane) - Williams recorded 21 receptions for 299 yards and two touchdowns before suffering a season-ending wrist injury. TE Bo Scaife (sixth round, 179th overall pick out of Texas) - Scaife leads the team s rookies and is fifth among all rookies with 35 receptions for 258 yards and one touchdown. CB Reynaldo Hill (seventh round, 218th overall pick out of Florida) - Hill entered the starting lineup in Week 8 against the Raiders and is tied for the lead among rookie defensive backs with three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Also drafted by the Titans in 2005: T David Stewart (fourth round, 113th overall pick out of Mississippi St.), RB Damien Nash (fifth round, 142nd overall pick out of Missouri) and T Daniel Loper (fifth round, 150th overall pick out of Texas Tech). TE Gregg Guenther was undrafted out of USC, WR O.J. Small was undrafted from Florida, and S Marcus Randall was undrafted out of LSU.. NEW TO THE TITANS SINCE 2004 Rookies (round drafted) CB Pacman Jones (1) T Michael Roos (2) WR Courtney Roby (3) WR Brandon Jones (3) S Vincent Fuller (4) T David Stewart (4) WR Roydell Williams (4) RB Damien Nash (5) T Daniel Loper (5) TE Bo Scaife (6) CB Reynaldo Hill (7) TE Gregg Guenther (undrafted) WR O.J. Small (undrafted) S Marcus Randall (undrafted) Veterans & First-Year Players (2004 team) K Rob Bironas (first year, Arena League) RB Travis Henry (Buffalo) DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (Arizona) LS Jon Dorenbos (Buffalo) WR Bobby Wade (Chicago) Coaches (2004 team) Offensive Coordinator Norm Chow (USC) Wide Receivers Coach Ray Sherman (Packers) Special Teams Asst. Marty Galbraith (Duke) ROOKIE RECEIVERS MATCH 1968 BILLS FEAT The Titans have received significant contributions from three wide receivers and one tight end from their 2005 draft class -- Courtney Roby (third round, 68th overall), Brandon Jones (third round, 98th overall), Roydell Williams (fourth round, 136th overall) and tight end Bo Scaife (sixth round, 179th overall). Each of the four has 20 or more receptions, making them the first group of four rookies on a team since a 1968 Buffalo Bills foursome to accomplish the feat. Scaife leads the group with 35 receptions for 258 yards and one touchdown. Jones was placed on injured reserve with an ACL injury after 11 games and 23 receptions, and Williams also suffered a season-ending wrist injury after playing in 10 games and tallying 21 receptions. Roby has contributed 20 receptions to the team. Comparison of the 2005 Tennessee Titans to the 1968 Buffalo Bills, the last team with four rookies to contribute 20 or more receptions:: 1968 Bills: WR Haven Moses (42 receptions, 633 yards, two TDs), WR Richard Trapp ( ), RB Max Anderson ( ), RB Gary McDermott ( ) 2005 Titans: TE Bo Scaife ( ), WR Brandon Jones ( ), WR Roydell Williams ( ), WR Courtney Roby ( ) 2005 Titans rookie receiving leaders: Player No. Yds Avg Lg TD Bo Scaife (TE) Brandon Jones t 2 Roydell Williams t 2 Courtney Roby Gregg Guenther (TE) Rookie Totals 101 1, t 6 % of Team Totals Titans year-by-year regular season rookie receiving leaders (since 1995): Year Player No. Yds Avg Lg TD 1995 Rodney Thomas (RB) Eddie George (RB) Derrick Mason Kevin Dyson t (none) 2000 Erron Kinney (TE) Drew Bennett John Simon (RB) t Tyrone Calico Ben Troupe (TE) LEAGUE ROOKIE RECEPTIONS LEADERS Titans rookie tight end Bo Scaife, a sixth-round draft choice from Texas, currently is fifth among NFL rookies with 35 receptions. He is third among rookie tight ends, trailing only Pittsburgh s first-round draft choice, Heath Miller, and Tampa Bay s third-round choice, Alex Smith NFL rookie leaders in pass receptions: Player (team) No. Yds Avg Lg TD 1. Mark Clayton (Baltimore) t 2 2. Alex Smith (TE) (Tampa Bay) Reggie Brown (Philadelphia) t 2 Heath Miller (TE) (Pittsburgh) Bo Scaife (TE) (Tennessee) HILL TIED AMONG ROOKIE DEFENSIVE BACKS Rookie cornerback Reynaldo Hill recorded his third interception against the 49ers (11/27). He is now tied with New England s Ellis Hobbs and Chicago s Chris Harris for first place among rookie defensive backs. The only rookie with more interceptions than Hill is Cincinnati linebacker Odell Thurman, who has five intterceptions this season leaders in interceptions among NFL rookies: Player Int. Yds Avg. Long TD 1. O. Thurman, Cin. (LB) t 1 2. R. Hill, Ten. (CB) t 1 L. Tatupa (LB) t 1 C. Harris, Chi. (S) E. Hobbs, NE (CB) Da. Williams, Den. (CB) t 1 D. Foxworth, Den. (CB) J. Butler, NYG (S) C. Rogers, Was. (CB)
17 DEFENSIVE NOTES 3RD DOWN DEFENSE IN THE FISHER ERA Another Jeff Fisher trademark is success as a defense on third down. Since the start of the 1995 season, his defenses rank first in the league in opponents third down success rate at 34.5 percent. In 2005, the defense ranks fifth in the league with a 34.4 percentage on third down. Best defenses on third down, : Team Opponents 3rd Down Pct. 1. Tennessee Miami Tampa Bay Philadelphia Denver 35.7 STOPPING THE RUN IN THE FISHER ERA ( ) The Titans have been the second best team in the NFL in stopping the run since the start of the 1995 season. Their opponents have averaged just 96.4 rushing yards per game, which trails only the Pittsburgh Steelers (92.7). Fewest rushing yards per game by opponents, : Team Opponents rush yards/game 1. Pittsburgh Steelers Tennessee Titans San Diego Chargers Baltimore Ravens Denver Broncos 97.3 The Titans have only allowed five 100-yard rushers (Edgerrin James, Larry Johnson, Fred Taylor, Domanick Davis and Shaun Alexander) in 56 regular season games at the Coliseum. Jeff Fisher s teams are also effective against the run when the team goes on the road. Since the start of the 1995 season, the Titans have allowed the fourth-fewest rushing yards on the road during the regular season. Fewest rushing yards allowed in road games since 1995: Road Team Games Opp. Rush Yds. Opp. Avg./Game 1. Denver Broncos 87 7, Pittsburgh Steelers 88 7, San Diego Chargers 88 8, Tennessee Titans 87 8, San Francisco 49ers 88 8, DT ALBERT HAYNESWORTH Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has become one of the most dominant players on the Titans defense. The 24-year-old entered 2005 as the most experienced returning member of the defensive line. In Week 2 win against Baltimore (9/18), Haynesworth tied for the team high with eight tackles and helped the defense hold the Ravens to a franchise-low 14 total rushing yards. However, Haynesworth left the game near the end of the third quarter with a sprained left knee. He returned in a Week 5 win at Houston (10/9) and recorded four tackles, including one for a loss. In a Week 6 loss against Cincinnati (10/16), he posted seven tackles, including his first sack of the season. He also was instrumental in two short-yardage stands by the defense -- the first a fourth-and-one from the Tennessee 40 in the second quarter and the second a third-and-goal from the Tennessee one-yard line. In a Week 11 loss against Jacksonville (11/20), he recorded seven tackles, two tackles for loss, one pass defensed and two quarterback rushes. He helped limit the Jaguars to a 1.6-yard average on 30 rushing attempts. He recorded six tackles and two quarterback pressures against the 49ers (11/27). At Indianapolis (12/4), he led the team with a season-high 11 tackles, including two for losses. In Week 14 against the Texans, posted seven tackles, two quarterback pressures and his second sack of the season. 3RD DOWN DEFENSE, Best defenses on third down, : Team Opponents 3rd Down Pct. 1. Tennessee Tampa Bay Philadelphia Baltimore Miami 34.3 RUSHING DEFENSE, Fewest rushing yards per game by opponents, : Team Opponents rush yards/game 1. Baltimore Pittsburgh San Diego Denver Tennessee 97.1 MOST TEAM SACKS SINCE 1999 Jim Washburn began coaching the Titans defensive line in Since that time, the Titans have been one of the best in getting to opposing quarterbacks. Defenses that have recorded the most sacks since the start of the 1999 season: Team Sacks 1. Pittsburgh Steelers St. Louis Rams Philadelphia Eagles Miami Dolphins New Orleans Saints 296 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tennessee Titans 289 MOST SACKS IN A GAME BY TITANS Most sacks in a game by the Oilers/Titans defense since sacks became an official statistic in 1982: Date Opp. Sacks 1. 09/12/82 Cin 8 11/10/85 Buf /08/91 Pit 7 12/27/92 Buf 7 09/25/94 Cin 7 11/14/99 Cin 7 11/28/99 Cle 7 09/19/99 Cle 7 10/09/05 Hou 7 Haynesworth s 2005 and Career Statistics: G/S Tackles TkL Sack QBP Int PD FF FR / Career 51/
18 KEITH BULLUCK NOTES LEADING TACKLERS Franchise players who have led the team in tackles in three consecutive seasons: Player Seasons Gregg Bingham Al Smith Keith Bulluck Most combined tackles by an Oilers/Titans player over a three-year period ( ): Player Seasons Tackles 1. Gregg Bingham Keith Bulluck Keith Bulluck Gregg Bingham Robert Abraham FRANCHISE TACKLES LIST Most tackles by a member of the franchise (since 1974): Player (Position) Seasons Tackles 1. Gregg Bingham (LB) , Robert Brazile (LB) , Ted Washington (LB) Al Smith (LB) John Grimsley (LB) Blaine Bishop (S) Ray Childress (DL) Keith Bulluck (LB) Steve Kiner (LB) Marcus Robertson (S) LB KEITH BULLUCK Linebacker Keith Bulluck, the unquestioned leader of the Titans defense, has led the team in tackles in each of the last three seasons, tallying 180, 171 and 171 tackles in , respectively. The brash, athletic defensive leader is in his sixth season, his fourth as a starter. He now ranks eighth in the franchise s history in tackles. In a Week 2 victory against Baltimore, Bulluck tied for a team-high eight tackles and recorded his 11th career sack. In a Week 3 loss at St. Louis, he forced a Marc Bulger fumble and also recovered a Marshall Faulk fumble that set up a Titans touchdown. In a Week 5 win at Houston (10/9), he recorded one of his career-best games, posting 15 tackles, one sack and a pass deflection that was intercepted by teammate Andre Woolfolk. It was the fourth time in his career that he recorded at least 15 tackles. In a Week 6 loss against Cincinnati (10/16), he led the team with 11 tackles. In a Week 8 loss against Oakland (10/30), he tied for the team lead with six tackles. In a Week 9 loss at Cleveland (11/6), he led the team with 14 tackles and posted his first interception of the season (ninth of career), picking off Trent Dilfer at the end of the first half. The game was the 14th of his career in which he posted 14 or more tackles. In a Week 11 loss against Jacksonville (11/20), he recorded nine tackles, one tackle for loss and two passes defensed. He helped limit the Jaguars to a 1.6-yard average on 30 rushing attempts. In a Week 12 win against San Francisco (11/27), he led the team with 12 tackles, including two tackles for loss, and added one interception and two passes defensed. He recorded his 10th career interception in the third quarter and returned it 16 yards. He surpassed 100 tackles during the season for the fourth consecutive year. In a Week 14 win against Houston (12/11), he led the team with 11 tackles and tied for the team lead with a career-high two sacks of David Carr. He recorded a solo sack to thwart the Texans opening series and on the next series shared a sack with Peter Sirmon. He split a sack with Travis LaBoy in the second quarter. In a Week 15 loss against Seattle (12/18), he led the team with 10 tackles and added a pass defensed. In a Week 16 loss at Miami (12/24), he tied for the team lead with nine tackles with one sack and one tackle for loss. His first quarter sack of Gus Frerotte gave him five sacks in 2005, tying his career high from He moved past Steve Kiner (738 career tackles) for eighth place on the team s all-time tackling list. Bulluck s 2005 and Career Statistics: G/S Tackles TkL Sack QBP Int PD FF FR / Career 94/ Bulluck s career vs. Jacksonville: Date Opp. Res. Tackles TkL Sack QBP Int PD FF FR 10/16/2000* Jax W L L /13/2002 Jax W W W /16/2003 Jax W /26/2004 Jax L W /20/2005 Jax L G/S W-L Tackles TkL Sack QBP Int PD FF FR Totals 10/ * Did not start ** Playoff game BULLUCK NOW EIGHTH IN FRANCHISE TACKLES Bulluck can become the first player in over 20 years for the team to record 150 tackles in four consecutive seasons. With nine tackles against the Dolphins (12/24), linebacker Keith Bulluck passed former Oilers linebacker Steve Kiner for eighth place on the team s all-time tackles list. In his five-year career with the Oilers, Kiner delivered 738 tackles. Bulluck, now in his sixth season with the club and fourth as a full-time starter, has 746 career tackles. Bulluck s season totals include 139 tackles, two interceptions and five sacks. With 11 tackles in the season finale at Jacksonville, Bulluck would become the first player on the team since Gregg Bingham from to record 150 or more tackles in four consecutive seaons.
19 KYLE VANDEN BOSCH NOTES DE KYLE VANDEN BOSCH Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch was signed during the 2005 offseason as an unrestricted free agent from Arizona. Two of his four seasons with the Cardinals were cut short due to separate ACL injuries. Now fully recovered and entering his prime in his fifth season, he has established himself as one of the defense s leaders and is tied for second in the NFL with 12.5 sacks. In a Week 2 win against Baltimore (9/18), Vanden Bosch led the team with a career-high with three sacks, all against Anthony Wright. He also recovered a fumble. In a Week 3 defeat at St. Louis (9/25), he led the team with two sacks. On one of the sacks, he knocked the ball loose from Rams quarterback Marc Bulger s hand. It was recovered by fellow Titans defensive end Antwan Odom and returned 25 yards for a touchdown. Since the start of the 1999 season, only one other Titans defender had recorded five sacks over a two-game stretch -- Jevon Kearse in 2001 (3 vs. Jacksonville, 11/4; 2 vs. Baltimore, 11/12). In a Week 5 win at Houston (10/9), he posted eight tackles and one sack of David Carr. In his Week 7 return to Arizona (10/23), he recorded seven tackles, one sack of Josh McCown, one quarterback pressure and two tackles for loss. In a Week 8 loss against Oakland (10/30), he tied for the team high with six tackles. In a Week 11 loss against Jacksonville, he tied his season high with nine tackles and added one sack, one forced fumble, three quarterback pressures and two tackles for loss. In the third quarter, he sacked Byron Leftwich and stripped the ball, which was recovered by Antwan Odom for a 27-yard touchdown return. It was the second time in 2005 he forced a fumble that Odom returned for a score. In a Week 12 win against San Francisco, he recorded eight tackles, including a game-high two sacks. He took down Ken Dorsey in the first and fourth quarters. On his fourth quarter sack, he forced a Dorsey fumble that was recovered by the Titans. It was the second consecutive game and the third of the season in which he forced a fumble on a sack that was recovered by the Titans. In a Week 14 win against Houston (12/11), he posted seven tackles and tied for the team lead with two sacks of David Carr. In a Week 16 loss at Miami (12/24), he recorded five tackles, two quarterback pressures, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble. He created a turnover in the second quarter, stripping the ball from QB Gus Frerotte. Vanden Bosch s 2005 and Career Statistics: G/S Tackles TkL Sack QBP Int PD FF FR / Career 50/ VANDEN BOSCH TIED FOR SECOND IN SACKS TEAM SACK LEADERS, Season sack leaders for the Titans since 1998: Season Player Sacks 1998 Lonnie Marts (LB) Jevon Kearse Jevon Kearse Jevon Kearse Kevin Carter Jevon Kearse Kevin Carter Kyle Vanden Bosch 12.5 TEAM SINGLE-SEASON SACK RECORD Most sacks in a season, team history: Season Player Sacks 1973 Elvin Bethea 16.0* 1979 Jesse Baker 15.5* 1991 Wiliam Fuller Jevon Kearse 14.5 * Sacks were not an official statistic until TACKLES BY DEFENSIVE LINEMEN Most tackles by franchise defensive linemen in the past 25 seasons (since 1981): Total Player Season Tackles 1. Ray Childress Ray Childress Richard Byrd Jesse Baker Kyle Vanden Bosch Ken Kennard Ray Childress Ray Childress Jevon Kearse Jevon Kearse With 12.5 sacks, defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch is currently tied with Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants for second in the NFL. They trail Oakland Raiders defensive end Derrick Burgess, who leads the league with 15 sacks. Current NFL sack leaders: Player Team Sacks 1. Derrick Burgess (DE) Oakland Kyle Vanden Bosch (DE) Tennessee 12.5 Osi Umenyiora (DE) NY Giants Simeon Rice (DE) Tampa Bay 12.0 Aaron Schobel (DE) Buffalo 12.0 Jason Taylor (DE) Miami Robert Mathis (DE) Indianapolis 11.5 Michael Strahan (DE) NY Giants Jared Allen (DE) Kansas City (four players are tied with 10.5 sacks) DE Kyle Vanden Bosch is tied for second in the NFLwith 12.5 sacks with one game to play.
20 OFFENSIVE & DEFENSIVE RANKINGS BY THE WEEK WEEKLY RANKINGS Offensive rankings in 2005 by the week, followed by yearly rankings since 1999: After NFL Offense AFC Offense Week Opp. Tot Rush Pass Tot Rush Pass 1 at Pit 20 15t Bal at StL 23T Ind at Hou Cin at Ari Oak at Cle (bye) Jax SF at Ind Hou 15T T Sea at Mia at Jax Final yearly team rankings: Titans in Titans in Titans in Titans in T Titans in Titans in T 6 9 5T Defensive rankings in 2005 by the week, followed by yearly rankings since 1999: After NFLDefense AFC Defense Week Opp. Tot Rush Pass Tot Rush Pass 1 at Pit Bal at StL Ind 22 17t at Hou Cin at Ari Oak at Cle (bye) Jax SF at Ind Hou Sea at Mia at Jax Final yearly team rankings: Titans in Titans in Titans in Titans in Titans in Titans in
21 POSITIONAL BREAKDOWN QUARTERBACKS: Steve McNair is now in his 11th season. In 2004, he passed for 1,343 yards and eight touchdowns but was limited to just eight starts due to a sternum injury. He underwent corrective surgery in late December and is fully recovered, primed to lead a young and exciting Titans offense. In 2005, he has completed 292 of 476 passes for 3,161 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He was limited last week due to a pectoral injury. Billy Volek once again serves as the team s backup quarterback. He led the team in passing in 2004, completing 218 of 357 passes for 2,486 yards and 18 touchdowns. In 2005, Volek is 36-of-63 for 360 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. First-year quarterback Matt Mauck serves as the third-string quarterback. He appeared in 2004 with the Denver Broncos. RUNNING BACKS/FULLBACKS: The Titans feature a potent running back combination. Running back Chris Brown returns to the backfield and will try to build on his 1,067-yard, six-touchdown effort in His 4.85 yards-percarry average led the NFL among backs with 200 or more carries. He leads the team with 851 yards and five touchdowns on 224 carries (3.8 avg.) through 15 games. He is joined by Travis Henry, who was acquired in the offseason via trade from the Buffalo Bills. In four seasons in Buffalo, he became the team s fourth all-time leading rusher with 3,849 total yards, including 1,438 in 2002 and 1,356 in Henry has 75 carries for 287 yards (3.8 avg.) in First-year back-up Jarrett Payton was promoted from the practice squad prior to Week 4. He has 33 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns this season. Back-up Damien Nash (Missouri) was drafted in the fifth round by the Titans this year. He has been inactive for 12 games and active for three contests. Former University of Tennessee star Troy Fleming is the starting fullback. The Franklin, Tenn., native showed promise as a rookie last season, collecting 19 receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns while providing solid blocking in the running game. He has recorded nine receptions for 58 yards and one touchdown in TIGHT ENDS: The Titans offense features starting tight end Erron Kinney, now in his sixth season. He played in nine games last year, missing seven contests with calf and ankle injuries, and contributed 25 receptions for 193 yards and three touchdowns. Kinney is second on the team and tied for tenth in the league among tight ends in 2005 with 55 receptions for 543 yards and two touchdowns. He returned last week from a knee injury that sidelined him for two games. Second-year player Ben Troupe also contributes at tight end following his recovery from an offseason foot injury. He set a record for franchise rookie tight ends last year with 33 receptions for 329 yards. Troupe has 46 receptions for 441 yards and a team-high three touchdown receptions. Rookie Bo Scaife (Texas) was selected in the sixth round of the draft to add depth to the unit. He has contributed 32 receptions for 240 yards and one touchdown in Undrafted rookie Gregg Guenther (USC) has two reception for 13 yards in limited action. WIDE RECEIVERS: Drew Bennett has assumed the leadership of a young and talented group in his fifth season. Bennett totaled 80 receptions in 2004 and ranked third in the AFC with 1,247 receiving yards and fourth in the conference with 11 receiving touchdowns. He leads the team with 57 receptions for a team-high 729 yards and four touchdowns in A trio of draft picks -- third-round draft picks Courtney Roby (Indiana) and Brandon Jones (Oklahoma) along with fourth-rounder Roydell Williams (Tulane) -- have contributed as rookies. Jones led the team s rookies with 23 receptions for 299 yards and two touchdowns before being placed on injured reserve after 11 games. Roby is averaging 23.4 yards on 19 kickoff returns and has 20 receptions for 281 yards and one TD. Williams posted 21 receptions for 299 yards and two TDs before being placed on IR with a wrist injury. Third-year receiver Tyrone Calico returned from knee (ACL) rehabilitation in Calico has registered 22 receptions for 191 yards. Third-year receiver Bobby Wade was acquired in December via waivers from Chicago. In 13 games (12 with Bears), he has 12 receptions for 94 yards. Rookie free agent O.J. Small was signed off the practice squad after 11 games. OFFENSIVE LINE: Four of five starters on the offensive line return in Left tackle Brad Hopkins is in his 13th season and ranks third on the franchise list for number of games played in a career. Left guard Zach Piller is in his seventh season after missing all but one game in 2004 due to a bicep injury. Center Justin Hartwig is in his fourth season overall and third as a starter. Right guard Benji Olson returns for his eighth season and has started all but one game since the start of the 1999 season. Second-year guard/tackle Jacob Bell, who started 14 games at left guard as a rookie, returned from an ACL injury to start at right tackle in the season opener. Rookie Michael Roos (second-round draft pick from Eastern Washington) started for Hopkins at left tackle in Week 1 and has since started at right tackle. Second-year center Eugene Amano and rookie tackles David Stewart (fourth round from Mississippi State) and Daniel Loper (fifth round from Texas Tech) serve in back-up roles. LINEBACKERS: The linebackers are led by sixth-year right outside linebacker Keith Bulluck, who in 2004 led the team with 171 tackles and became the first franchise player since Gregg Bingham ( ) to record 170 or more tackles in three consecutive seasons. Bulluck currently leads the team with 139 tackles and also has five sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Peter Sirmon rejoined the starting lineup at left outside linebacker after missing 2004 due to an ACL injury. He has 87 tackles and has added 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery in Starting middle linebacker Brad Kassell is building upon his 128-tackle campaign last season at middle linebacker. Kassell has 87 tackles in 2005 and has returned an interception for a touchdown. The Titans also have solid backups in fourth-year veteran Rocky Boiman (22 tackles in 2005) and second-year players Robert Reynolds (12 tackles and one blocked punt) and Cody Spencer (20 special teams tackles). DEFENSIVE LINE: Albert Haynesworth headlines a young and talented group of defensive linemen. The fourth-year defensive tackle contributed 62 tackles, one sack and 13 quarterback pressures in 10 games last season. He has a career-high 78 tackles, two sacks and nine tackles for loss in Second-year tackle Randy Starks has assumed a starting role in He recorded 4.5 sacks in 2004 to lead all rookie defensive tackles, and Starks has followed that effort with 72 tackles, four tackles for loss and three sacks this season. In his third year, Rien Long (five sacks in 2004) has posted 43 tackles and 3.5 sacks in Jared Clauss (17 tackles in 2004) provides quality depth with 30 tackles and a half-sack on the season. At defensive end, Kyle Vanden Bosch was signed as an unrestricted free agent from Arizona during the offseason. In four seasons with the Cardinals, he totaled 93 tackles and five sacks. He leads the team and is tied for second in the NFL with 12.5 sacks and also has 96 tackles, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Also at defensive end, three 2004 draft picks are in their second NFL seasons. Antwan Odom played in all 16 games and posted 43 tackles and two sacks in In 2005, Odom has 44 tackles, two sacks and two fumble returns for touchdowns. Travis LaBoy played in 13 games as a rookie and totaled 34 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Thus far in 2005, LaBoy has tallied 61 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 14 quarterback pressures. Bo Schobel has seven tackles in 2005 after posting 15 tackles in five games as a rookie. SAFETIES: At free safety, Lamont Thompson has inherited the full-time starting job in his fourth NFL season and third with the Titans. He started 13 games in 2004 and tallied 63 tackles and four interceptions. Through 15 games in 2005, he has registered 77 tackles, one interception and one sack. Tank Williams, a starter at strong safety, posted 52 tackles, one sack and one interception before suffering an ACL injury in In 2005, he has 77 tackles and has also recorded an interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal. Donnie Nickey earned six starts in place of Williams in As a reserve in 2005, he has one tackle on defense and 14 stops on special teams. Fourth-round draft pick Vincent Fuller (Virginia Tech) served as the nickel defensive back at the start of the season before injuring his ankle and being placed on injured reserve. Rookie free agent Marcus Randall was signed off the practice squad after 13 games. CORNERBACKS: Pacman Jones (West Virginia) was drafted with the sixth overall pick in Jones has taken over a starting role at cornerback and has 51 tackles and 11 passes defensed in He s also fifth in the NFL with a 9.8-yard punt return average and is seventh in the league in kickoff returns (25.5-yard average). Seventh-round draft pick Reynaldo Hill (Florida) entered the starting lineup midway through the season and has 44 tackles and a team-high three interceptions, one for a touchdown. Andre Woolfolk, a first-round draft pick in 2003, primarily served as the team s nickel defensive back in his first two seasons, collecting 59 tackles and two interceptions in 16 total games. He has 45 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in Fourth-year veteran Tony Beckham totaled three starts and one interception in 35 career games prior to He has posted five tackles and three passes defensed this season. Second-year corner Michael Waddell (31 tackles and one interception in 16 games in 2004) has 16 tackles on the season, while second-year cornerback Rich Gardner (10 tackles and one interception in 2004; 12 special teams tackles in 2005) serves as a back-up. SPECIALISTS: Punter Craig Hentrich is in his 12th NFL season and his eighth campaign with the Titans. The two-time Pro Bowler owns a career 42.9-yard average (36.8 net). He is averaging 42.9 yards on 73 punts (37.8 net) thus far in Rob Bironas is in his first year as the placekicker. Prior to joining the Titans, the first-year player most recently enjoyed a successful season with the Arena League s New York Dragons. He is on field goals and on PATs this season. Ken Amato was in his third season as the team s long snapper before being placed on injured reserve (leg). Third-year player Jon Dorenbos has was signed prior to Week 8 as Amato s replacement after playing two previous seasons in Buffalo.
22 MEDIA INFORMATION Players day off; no access Tuesday, December 27 Wednesday, December 28 10:15 a.m. Marcus Stroud conference call 11:15 a.m. Jack Del Rio conference call 12:50-2:50 p.m. practice Jeff Fisher/locker room access Thursday, December 29 12:50-2:50 p.m. practice Jeff Fisher/locker room access Friday, December 30 11:30-1:15 p.m. practice Jeff Fisher/locker room access No access MEDIA SCHEDULE Saturday, December 31 Sunday, January 1 3:05 p.m. (CST) Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars WEEKLY TV RATINGS 2005 week-by-week ratings for Titans games in the Nashville TV market: Nashville Weekly Game Network Rating/Share Rank 9/11 at Pittsburgh CBS 22.2/43 1 9/18 vs. Baltimore CBS 23.9/48 2 9/25 at St. Louis CBS 28.2/ /2 vs. Indianapolis CBS 22.2/ /9 at Houston CBS 23.4/ /16 vs. Cincinnati CBS 24.0/ /23 at Arizona CBS 27.5/ /30 vs. Oakland CBS 19.9/ /6 at Cleveland CBS 22.2/ /20 vs. Jacksonville CBS 21.6/ /27 vs. San Francisco FOX 19.7/ /4 at Indianapolis CBS 21.5/ /11 vs. Houston CBS 22.7/ /18 vs. Seattle FOX 18.6/ /24 at Miami CBS CONTACT INFORMATION Media Relations Staff: Director of Media Relations - Robbie Bohren (615) Assistant Director of Media Relations - Dwight Spradlin (615) Media Relations Assistant - Corry Rush (615) Media Relations Season Intern - Matt Toy (615) Director of Internet and Publications - Gary Glenn (615) Site Address: Tennessee Titans Baptist Sports Park 460 Great Circle Road Nashville, TN Phone: (615) (main) (615) (media relations) (615) (fax) MEDIA ONLY WEBSITE Once again in 2005, members of the media can access a media only website through TitansOnline.com. Current and archived statistics, press releases, media schedules, PDFs of the media guide and credential applications are featured on the site. To access the site, go to TitansOnline.com and click on Press Box. Then click Media Only. RB Travis Henry led the team with 65 rushing yards against the Dolphins.