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Rusty Smith: Coaches know what I can do

Rusty Smith, Mario Williams AP

While Cardinals and Vikings fans may disagree, the Titans are probably the team most desperate for a quarterback this offseason.

The only guy on the roster that is sticking around is Rusty Smith, a 2010 sixth-round pick who threw four interceptions and no scores in 40 attempts last year.  Smith has heard the talk that the team will be adding a veteran and a rookie to the mix.

“I think a lot of that has to do with newspaper people talking about that stuff,” Smith told John Glennon of the Nashville Tennessean.  “They tend to forget about small guys like me. I think the coaching staff knows what I can do and that I’m still here and working hard.”

This is one time you can’t blame the newspaper people.   Titans G.M. Mike Reinfeldt has specifically said the team is interested in adding a  draft pick  (probably a high one) and a veteran to the mix.    When talking about a possible starter, Reinfeldt didn’t mention Smith.

Smith is currently working out with roughly 10 other Titans at Father Ryan High School, in workouts organized by cornerback Cortland Finnegan.

With only Smith at quarterback and a new offensive coordinator, the Titans may be hurt by the lockout more than any team.

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12 Responses to “Rusty Smith: Coaches know what I can do”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Mar 30, 2011 10:27 AM

    Yes, they do know what Rusty Smith can do, and that’s not good news for Rusty Smith.

  2. TurdSandwich says: Mar 30, 2011 10:40 AM

    Rusty’s team nickname is ‘Lucky Charms’. He’s gotta be the next starter. Worth it for the swag alone…

  3. chapnastier says: Mar 30, 2011 10:54 AM

    Another attempt to slam an inexperienced guy who has not had an opportunity to prove himself yet. There is absolutely no reason why this guy doesn’t at least deserve at shot. Hell as the QB he is likely running the workouts.

  4. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 30, 2011 10:55 AM

    Rusty…may I call you Rusty? I had a bad experience on this ride once.

  5. tcdeg says: Mar 30, 2011 11:24 AM

    “chapnastier says:
    Mar 30, 2011 10:54 AM
    Another attempt to slam an inexperienced guy who has not had an opportunity to prove himself yet. There is absolutely no reason why this guy doesn’t at least deserve at shot. Hell as the QB he is likely running the workouts.”

    If you think he still deserves a shot, go back and watch his game against the Texans last year. He had an absolutely horrid performance against the worst secondary in football, which was regularly (if not every game but this one) giving up 100+ passer ratings to opposing QBs.

    He managed to make one of the most laughable secondary’s in league history look good with 3 picks. I think that’s chance enough to prove oneself, personally.

  6. seanmmartin says: Mar 30, 2011 11:58 AM

    tcdeg,

    The worst NFL secondary can still demolish a rookie quarterback…

    The biggest part of transition is preparing for a secondary. As a rookie, it takes time to learn to read secondaries. It’s not unheard of to perform poorly as a rookie.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Mar 30, 2011 12:34 PM

    Bring back VY. He may be immature but he WINS.

  8. jhorton83 says: Mar 30, 2011 12:41 PM

    To be blunt, he seemed like a clueless punk last year. He was caught on camera getting into arguments with coaches on the sidelines. For a 6th round rookie QB to be doing that, it just screams of cluelessness.

  9. TurdSandwich says: Mar 30, 2011 1:44 PM

    –thefiesty1 says:
    Mar 30, 2011 12:34 PM
    Bring back VY. He may be immature but he WINS. –

    Yeah, a whopping THREE games before his annual season-ending injury/meltdown. No thanks.

  10. zn0rseman says: Mar 30, 2011 1:47 PM

    Good for this kid. I hope he gets a shot. As a QB you have to have confidence and frankly, no rookie has ever looked good as a passer starting out, especially guys like this who were not starting, and thus got few reps before being thrown into the fire.

  11. fjdk4444 says: Mar 30, 2011 2:05 PM

    I don’t know if Rusty is our answer…right now I KNOW VY ain’t. Good luck Rusty!

  12. baseballstars says: Apr 2, 2011 2:32 PM

    Uh, Rusty DID have a chance to prove himself last year, and he didn’t do it well. Yes, he’s a rookie, but watch his game against a historically bad Texans defense and you will not see too many good things to draw upon. That secondary was worse than ANY NFL secondary through 10 games of the year, and they completely shut down the Titans’ offense (including Chris Johnson).

    Rusty isn’t the answer. It’s pretty easy to say he didn’t have a chance (especially if you don’t root for the team in question), but he did. The team was forced to rush back Kerry Collins too early from injury to prevent Rusty from starting again.

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