Titans talkers: Who are Nashville media’s go-to guys?
If Vince Young has had a go-to guy in his career with the Titans, it’s tight end Bo Scaife.
They were teammates at Texas, and Scaife seemingly is Young’s security blanket when he’s looking for someplace to throw the ball.
It’s nice to have a go-to guy, the player you know you can count on when all else fails.
The media has go-to guys, too. They are the players in the locker room whom you always can find, even after losses, and who deliver the best quotes. Every team has them. It might go a long way toward explaining why in some markets an offensive tackle or a nickelback seems to pop up in nearly everything that gets written.
[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=Chris+Hope&iid=9484195″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9484195/nfl-titans-training-camp/nfl-titans-training-camp.jpg?size=500&imageId=9484195″ width=”234″ height=”270″ /]In an informal poll of seven writers who cover the team on a daily basis, here are the media’s favorite talkers among the Titans:
3. S Chris Hope. Maybe it’s the veteran perspective. Only one player on the roster, backup QB Kerry Collins, has more NFL experience than Hope’s eight seasons. Only three other Titans boast Super Bowl rings – Washington, G Jake Scott and DE Raheem Brock, who signed Thursday. Hope (left) is always accommodating and cordial, measured and interesting. Hope received one first-place vote.
2. LB Will Witherspoon. The free-agent linebacker not only is the runner-up, but he wins the award for best newcomer talker. It’s no coincidence that writers gravitate toward veterans. They should have a better perspective, more to say and not be shy about saying it. Witherspoon, in his ninth year in the league like Hope, is thoughtful and engaging, and he seems to pick up on what the interviewer is looking for very quickly.
Before we reveal the No. 1 choice, here are the other players who received votes, in alphabetical order: DT Tony Brown, S Vincent Fuller, WR LaVelle Hawkins, RB Chris Johnson, DT Sen’Derrick Marks, LB Gerald McRath, OT Michael Roos, LB Stephen Tulloch and WR Nate Washington.
And a two other quick awards:
Best unit of talkers: The linebackers. Witherspoon, McRath and Tulloch all received votes, and rookie Rennie Curran is solid as well.
Best rookie talker: Too tough to call. It’s a ridiculously gifted class when it comes to dealing with the media. If they become as good on the field as they are in front of digital recorders, the Titans will have struck gold.
And without further ado …
[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=Ahmard+Hall&iid=7333913″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/7333913/titans-hall-runs-against/titans-hall-runs-against.jpg?size=500&imageId=7333913″ width=”234″ height=”325″ /]1. FB Ahmard Hall. He’s the runaway winner. Hall was named on five of the seven ballots, including three first-place votes. Only one other player (Witherspoon) was named on more than two ballots. Who cares that he’s in an offense that offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger estimates uses him only about 40 percent of the time? This is how good Hall is: He loves that he won this award.
“That’s awesome,” Hall said. “I pride myself on being able to communicate well with the media. I just answer questions from my heart. I give you what I really feel. I don’t sugarcoat things. I’m a straight shooter.”
There’s no trophy, Ahmard.
“That’s all right,” Hall said. “I’ll take that award.”