Bud Adams: I didn’t spend that money for nothing

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The Titans weren’t shy about spending owner Bud Adams’ money this offseason.

Guard Andy Levitre, tight end Delanie Walker, safety Bernard Pollard and defensive lineman Sammie Hill were among a big group of free agents brought in by the Titans, making for a 38 percent turnover from last year’s roster. Owner Bud Adams said that it was the only way for the team to bring in the talent they were missing on the roster and called himself “very pleased” with the job done by General Manager Ruston Webster.

But keeping Adams pleased will take improvement on the field so that he doesn’t wind up feeling like he threw money out the window during the offseason spending spree. He stopped short of promising “playoffs or pink slips” or putting the organization on notice as he did last November, but it isn’t hard to figure out the owner’s expectations.

“We have the talent in there, and now we have to put it to work,” Adams said, via the Tennessean. “I think we’re going to have a good team, and I’ll be real unhappy if we don’t. We put out a lot of money to get what we got, and I think we have some people who can get us in the championship. If we don’t make the playoffs, then we’re sitting [still]. We have some great talent we brought in, and we paid a lot of money to get them in there. I am banking on us getting it done this year.”

Despite all the new faces, returning quarterback Jake Locker is probably the member of the roster with the most impact on whether the Titans can satisfy Adams’ desire to see a good team. Without better play there, it’s hard to see a significant improvement for the Titans and just as hard to see Mike Munchak getting a fourth year as coach.

35 responses to “Bud Adams: I didn’t spend that money for nothing

  1. I do feel pretty bad for Bud Adams, he knows that he’s near the end of his time on earth and his franchise still hasn’t won the big one in 50+ years (if memory serves correct they never won an AFL championship either).

    The Titans/Oilers have been one of the more historically successful franchises never to win a Superbowl. I would put the Vikings and Bills at the top of the list, and the Titans/Oilers at #3.

  2. My question is where was this thinking 10 years ago when Bud Adams was blowing off standouts like Randall Godfrey, Derrick Mason, and then Steve McNair? On behalf of Jeff Fisher and Titans fans everywhere: Thanks for THAT, Bud.

  3. It’s been proven time and time again, that you just can’t buy a superbowl via free agency.

    I suppose you could buy talent, in an effort to get rid of the stigma of complacency and mediocrity, but I dont know if that would work any better.

    From everything I have seen over the last 35+ years, teams that win the superbowl are built mostly through the draft, and supplemented with a few key free agent pieces. Not vice versa.

  4. “I didn’t spend all that money for nothing”

    Of course not. It generated plenty of headlines…

  5. Reality Check: Last year record: 6-10.
    Divisional rivals Texans: 12-4, Colts: 11-5, Jags: 2-14.
    To get to playoffs, the Titans need at least a record better than .500, which is highly unlikely given that your free agent acquisitions are guys who’s coming in for the money and not a chance of winning the superbowl.

  6. He will be lucky to improve upon last years record. Should just tanked this year and gone for a high draft pick.
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who hears the names, Andy Levitrie, Delanie Walker, and scumbag Bernard Pollard and automatically thinks “now that is a group of guys that will put any team over the top” it would help if you decide to splurge to splurge on some guys who will make a difference. Although I do love Walker.

  7. Their schedule doesn’t help. Believe they are the only team to open with their first two games on the road (and against tough conference/division opponents) and also have a three-game road stretch later in the year. Plus AFC South plays NFC West in the rotational scheduling this year, which projects as one of the more competitive top-to-bottom divisions.

    Bud’s money may put a decidedly more competitive team on the field this year and he might still not see a jump in wins.

    But first things first, they have to prove they actually are more competitive. Some encouraging signs in preseason, especially offensively (including Locker) but defense still looked like a scary mess at times.

  8. The Titans have 20 new players on this year’s opening day roster. The 38 percent turnover is the highest in the franchise’s 53-year history.

  9. Someone should’ve pointed out that Bud is required to spend a certain amount of money. Isn’t this the first year of the salary floor under the new CBA?

    Bud, don’t make it sound like you’re a martyr for doing something you have to do anyway.

  10. Remember he thought Warren Moon was past his prime and went with Cody Carlson as his starter? What a colossal mess up!

    I still don’t understand why Houston wouldn’t help build a stadium for the Oilers, but a few years later they do it for the Texans.

  11. still don’t understand why Houston wouldn’t help build a stadium for the Oilers, but a few years later they do it for the Texans.

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    Threatened to move to Jacksonville is he didn’t get updates to the Dome. Houston did the renovation.

    Couple years later threatens to leave again if he doesn’t get a new stadium and pays for a new stadium plan that includes the Rockets. The Rockets nor the city knew nothing of this plan until he had a press conference announcing it and that it would be built by the taxpayers.

    City laughs, Bud leaves and Houston is all the better for it

  12. tennesseeoilers says:Sep 6, 2013 10:09 AM

    My question is where was this thinking 10 years ago when Bud Adams was blowing off standouts like Randall Godfrey, Derrick Mason, and then Steve McNair? On behalf of Jeff Fisher and Titans fans everywhere: Thanks for THAT, Bud.

    tennessee oilers, they didn’t lose Steve McNair and D Mase b/c Bud wouldn’t spend, they lost them b/c their stupid GM Floyd Reese mucked up their salary cap numbers and they couldn’t keep them, reason why Floyd got fired.

  13. I think Bud Adams deserves a winner. The man has seemed to be patient, just look at Jeff Fisher’s time in Tennessee. He doesn’t make rash decisions but gives things time. The problem now is he is getting older and wants to see his team win a Super Bowl before he passes on.

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