I appreciate all the questions, and sorry if some slipped through the cracks.
It’s been a fun year.
Let’s go out with a bang. Here we go…
Looking on to the Week 17, I still feel like there is a lot to play for, though. With a victory, we will claim our first winning record since 2011 and will finish tied for 1st in our division. That is a display of improvement in leaps and bounds over last season.
Also, how good does the prognosis look for Mariota's future? Obviously, this brings up fears of career-defining or even career-ending, with Joe Theismann's injury. However, from my understanding, Joe Theismann's was much worse, with both the fibula and tibia cleanly broke and one of them even broke through the skin. Marcus's injury, on the other hand, was a simple fracture of only 1 bone, I believe?
Jim: Hey Michael. Yeah, it was a brutal weekend for the Titans. Every scenario went against them. And, of course, the Titans didn’t take care of business. Guys are still ticked off about it. I can’t give you the specifics of Mariota’s injury. I haven’t seen x-rays, and even if I had, I couldn’t share. Just being honest here. But my understanding is he should be back at 100 percent when next season starts. His recovery time is 4-5 months. And I’ve seen a ton of players come back from a similar injury and be very successful.
NK Miller from Alberta, Canada
Jim: Hey NK. You’re right. They could both finish 9-7. But Texans are 5-0 in the division, and the Titans are 1-4 right now. The Texans would win the tiebreaker (behind head-to-head).
Wyland L from Hononlulu, HI
My question is...with the loss of Marcus and the playoffs, what is the mood and feel of the team? And when is he expected to return to full strength? Also, what happened to the mindset of the offense and line...two weeks they keep Marcus clean from Miller and Houston, then in Jacksonville, they allow defenders to wreck them at the line and pour into the backfield. Really enjoyed watching this season as well as reading your posts. Thanks Jim.
Jim: Hey Wyland. Yeah, it was a bad weekend. And the mood, it hasn’t been great. No one is moping, but guys are ticked off. They know they let a great opportunity slip away. It’s a long wait until next year. The offensive line was solid all year, but it definitely struggled more against the Jaguars compared to previous weeks. The unit had a solid year, though, and the foundation is in place. Appreciate the email.
Randy Phillips from Mount Vernon, IL
Jim: Hey Randy. I like Williams. I need to see more of Davis. And there are plenty more receivers out there. It’s definitely a position of need. So is cornerback. The top two needs in my opinion. Will be interesting to see how the puzzle is put together for 2017.
Mark Hankins from Madison, Alabama
Jim: Hey Mark. The depth has been good. I’ve heard good things about all of them. Blackson has really made strides. They’ve been more patient with Johnson, and he’s had to adjust, and I think you’ll see more from him in Year 2.
Jason Sansom from Palm Harbor, FL
Jim: Hey Jason. I’ve been to the Pro Bowl twice, once in Honolulu and once in Fort Lauderdale. Both times the access for autographs at events was pretty good. I haven’t seen the schedule for Orlando yet. I imagine most the events will start on Tuesday or Wednesday. Check back with me in a week or so and I might be able to tell you more about the schedule.
Rob Smith from Aiea, HI
Jim: Hey Rob. Michael asked me this as well. I can’t tell you the specifics about Mariota’s injury. I did read a piece from David Carr about his brother Derek that described his injury. He said he had no ligament damage, I know that. I just thing all injuries/breaks are different. I broke a wrist when I was younger and it healed relatively quickly. I broke it again – I actually fractured both wrists at the same time – in an accident later in life because the breaks were more complex and needed plates and screws to repair. So the rehab/recovery times were dramatically different. Have a good one.
Jonathan Tulloss from Brentwood, TN
Let's be honest, the majority of the Rams have already booked their flights to Jamaica. I'm loving the collapse, and the inevitable top 10 pick makes John Robinson my hero. That being said, what do you think Robinson will do with two first rounders? Many mock drafts have us taking a wide receiver with our first pick. That might have been a Ruston Webster move, but don't you think Robinson can find value deep in the draft (again)? I wouldn't even put it past him trading back and acquiring more picks. What do you think?
Jim: Hey Jonathan. Yeah, the Rams sliding has been a good development for the Titans. Makes that trade last year look even better. I’m not sure what Jon will do, but I trust he knows what he is doing. Just look at all his moves last year. Receiver, cornerback, tight end, linebackers are all positions of need in my mind, and there’s more. Another trade, based on his history, wouldn’t shock me either. Stay tuned.
Seif Hussein from Cairo
Yes I'm from Cairo, Egypt
Jim: Hey Seif. Thanks for the email. And way to represent Cairo! Don’t worry about jinxing moving forward. Fork out the money and enjoy the games! (Easy for me to say since it’s not my money, huh? I do have a feeling you’re going to want to watch in 2017!
Happy New Year everyone! Be safe!