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Titans release Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson's time with the Titans has come to an end, as the team has released him today. Johnson had several amazing seasons in Tennessee, rushing for at least 1,000 yards in his first six seasons and passing the 2,000-yard mark in 2009, but his declining production and big contract have made him something of a burden for the Titans. His impending release is an example of the disposable nature of running backs in today's NFL; aside from rarities like Adrian Peterson, it seems that a running back's time in the spotlight is briefer than it has been in years.
Titans make Ken Whisenhunt coach
A franchise and a coach both longing to get back to the Super Bowl joined forces Monday, with the Tennessee Titans announcing the hiring of Ken Whisenhunt as their boss on the sideline. The Titans made six playoff appearances from 1999 to 2008 -- including a Super Bowl trip under Jeff Fisher -- but haven't been back since. Whisenhunt led the Arizona Cardinals to an improbable Super Bowl berth in 2008-09, but a dropoff led to his dismissal after last season (he served as San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator in 2013). Whisenhunt was a hotly sought-after candidate; the Detroit Lions also seemed like a strong suitor. Was his choice a good one?
Who makes playoffs from AFC?
With each passing week, things get muddier in the AFC playoff picture. Well, not among the top five teams -- the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals all have one foot through the postseason door. But that last spot is up for grabs, with eight teams within one game of qualifying.
The New York Jets, they of a 37-14 loss at Buffalo on Sunday, are tied for the spot. The Miami Dolphins, who gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their first win all season, also own a 5-5 record. A trio of AFC North teams -- the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens -- all are 4-6, as are the Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. How will the whole thing play out?