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Ask Mike: Do You Have a Favorite Bud Adams Story?

Posted Nov 5, 2013

Chris in Memphis: “Do you have a favorite Bud Adams story?”

I don’t have one favorite story. I enjoyed interviewing him at LP Field right after the team won the AFC Championship in January, 2000. I enjoyed introducing him at the press conference when he announced the team would change its name to “Titans” and when he was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. I certainly enjoyed the private tour that he gave us eight years ago when our Titans All Access crew visited his office in Houston for a long-form interview. I was always fascinated when he started telling old AFL stories because the history of that league is very important to the pro football that we have today.

Like many of the employees who came to work for Mr. Adams when the team moved to Tennessee, I wish that I had had more time with him. I really did enjoy him when I was around him; he was one of the most original, interesting people that I ever met.

I was proud to work for him for the last 15-plus years. It was an honor.

Kenny in Hamburg, N.J.:With so much emphasis on the QB (Jake Locker), I'm hoping the Titans will move slightly more to a passing game. It seems as though so much time is taken to establish the run game. Do you see the Titans at some point this year throwing the ball more?”

I really believe that the rushing performance at St Louis (35 rushes for 198 yards and four touchdowns) is more toward what the Titans’ offense wants to be. I believe that Brian Schwenke’s emergence at center and Shonn Greene’s return at tailback make this offense “100 percent whole” in regards to run game. The Titans can throw and will throw, but they would much rather be a run-first team than a pass-first team. I don’t see Tennessee throwing the football all over the yard. 

Kate in Fredonia, N.Y.: “Why were the cheerleaders wearing princess uniforms (at the San Francisco game on Oct. 20)?”

With no home games around Halloween, the Titans cheerleaders wore their Halloween costumes at the Oct. 20 game versus San Francisco. I am advised that not all of the cheerleaders were dressed as princesses.

Greg in Thompson’s Station:Can you describe how strange that it was to see Jeff Fisher on the other sideline (in St Louis last Sunday)?

Before the game, it was stranger than I thought it would be. Frankly, I had not given it a lot of thought, but when I saw Fisher on the field during pregame warm-ups on the opponent’s side of the field, wearing the opponent’s colors, coaching the team AGAINST the Titans, it threw me for a minute. To see the same guy on your side of the field, in your team’s gear, coaching your team for 13 years (over 270 games from 1998-2010), you kind of think that he’s on your team forever. Obviously, he’s not.  

It felt the same way when I saw Steve McNair warming up with the Ravens in 2006.

Once the game started, however, all of that wore off. At that point, he’s the other team’s coach.

But, yes, I have to admit that there was some initial shock.

Darryl in Murfreesboro: “Is it possible that we could take a page and run some type of read option with (Chris) Johnson and (Jake) Locker like San Francisco and Seattle?”

I think that now that Locker is getting healthier, that is possible. But I sure wouldn’t look for it a lot. The most important factor in the Titans making a playoff run is keeping Locker healthy for the final eight games. Running read option is probably not the best way to do that. But could he run it? Absolutely. Would it be a good change-up? Maybe so.

Gary in Winchester: “On offense, why not put CJ (Chris Johnson) in the slot receiver on some plays? Let Shonn Greene and Jackie Battle pound the ball, especially on the screen plays?

I wouldn’t look for that. I believe that Johnson is a much more dangerous threat in the backfield, because then opponents have to worry about him as a potential runner and receiver. And with Andy Levitre, Brian Schwenke and Chance Warmack providing fresh legs in the offensive line, the Titans are improving as a screen team.

Now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see two of these backs on the field at the same time. Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains is a really creative coach. I won’t be surprised at anything that I see from Loggains.

Frank in Brentwood: “What’s it like working with Frank Wycheck?”

I must say that I find it odd that Frank in Brentwood is asking about Frank Wycheck. Seems like there might be a connection there.

Anyway, the answer is that it is very rewarding working Sundays with Frank. He has a great knowledge of the game and has given me many excellent tips on offensive concepts.  He takes the game and our broadcasts seriously and still has a great deal of fun. The best part about Frank — and really the best part of any color commentator — is that no matter the football background, he is still a fan first. As a listener, that is what I identify with first and foremost. I want someone talking to me like they were right there with me in my car or in my den, like we were just talking football. Frank does that very well, which is why people enjoy listening to him and why all of us at Titans Radio enjoy working with him so much.

Hope that answer was OK, Frank in Brentwood.

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