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Ruston Webster: Opportunity to get a franchise QB supersedes everything else


The Titans held their pre-draft press conference on Tuesday and General Manager Ruston Webster shared some thoughts about the No. 2 pick that may give us a hint about what the team is prepared to do when they are on the clock on Thursday.

Webster said that he’s been in contact with a few teams about a possible trade, but that the Chargers are not among the clubs he’s spoken to about a deal and that no serious discussions have taken place at this point. The chances of a deal being made will likely have a lot to do with the Titans’ evaluation of the top two quarterbacks in the draft class.

Webster said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, that a franchise quarterback being available when you pick supersedes everything else that you might be able to do with the pick.  Webster wouldn’t say whether he thinks that will be the case for Tennessee, but did offer that the team likes both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota and that the Buccaneers’ selection with the top pick wouldn’t have any bearing on what the Titans did.

That much makes sense since the Titans likely joined the rest of us some time ago in the expectation that the Bucs will take Winston. It doesn’t clear up what they think about Mariota, however, and we’ll probably have to wait a couple more days to find out the answer to a question that will have a lot to do with how the rest of the first round plays out.


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23 Responses to “Ruston Webster: Opportunity to get a franchise QB supersedes everything else”
  1. hjb99992013 says: Apr 28, 2015 4:56 PM

    Get a Franchise QB to be successful ????

    the analytics group will be stunned by this revelation

  2. TheDPR says: Apr 28, 2015 4:57 PM

    Your chances of landing a “franchise quarterback” in the first round seem to be about the same as landing one in any other round. You don’t risk such a high pick on a project or a maybe unless you are planning to pick that high again next year, as well.

    I don’t understand why the bad teams don’t observe the good teams and use them as a model.

  3. melrandall123 says: Apr 28, 2015 5:06 PM

    It’s trade bait. They wanna trade down and if nobody thinks they are taking mariota then other teams will just wait and trade with the jags 1 pick later

  4. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 28, 2015 5:06 PM

    “The thing that makes my pick as expensive as possible to people who want it is what I am going to say now” – Titans

  5. mctitan4 says: Apr 28, 2015 5:07 PM

    most of the good teams , were bad at some point, i think the reason they got better was likely because they now have a franchise QB.

  6. dlove4392 says: Apr 28, 2015 5:09 PM

    Trade the pick to Philly. So we get our guy, and you get 4 new starters.

  7. drosewindycityassasin says: Apr 28, 2015 5:20 PM

    So taking quarterbacks early is a no no if you want to win? So I guess Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Cam newton, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, and Joe Flacco were bad picks because they were qb’s selected in the first round?

  8. scrp2 says: Apr 28, 2015 5:21 PM

    Wait, Chip Kelley has an idea for a four team trade:

    Bradford and Ryan Matthews and a 3rd Rnd Pick back to St Louis

    Nick Foles and Tavon Austin to the Browns

    Manziel, 1st round pick, 2nd Round pick to the Chargers

    Philip Rivers and a 4th rounder to the Titans

    Titan’s 1st Round pick (2nd overall) and Zack Mettenberger to the Eagles

    Comon Guys!

  9. distracted9 says: Apr 28, 2015 5:30 PM

    If I was Mariota I think I’d get busted with weed.. no way you want to play for Tenn, Cleveland, Oak, or Washington.. I’d definitely see a slide in this year’s draft as having huge upside.. So you lose a few endorsements.. you’ll lose them anyway playing for those dumpster fire organizations.

  10. alonestartexan says: Apr 28, 2015 5:36 PM

    It’s amazing how many people think the Titans are a terrible organization. This team might be one of the worst teams in football today but it’s not like they’re in the midst of a decade long drought like the Raiders or Jaguars. From 1999-2010 the Titans were always considered to be contenders. From 1999-2005 they were considered one of the best in the league.

    With the firing of Jeff Fisher and the death of Bud Adams, it was only a matter of time before a rebuild was coming. The defense actually looked solid until Whisenhut was hired and changed the defense from a traditional 43 to a 34.

    The hiring of Dick LeBeau and a few pieces on offense and the Titans will be back.

  11. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Apr 28, 2015 5:38 PM

    scrp2 says:
    Apr 28, 2015 5:21 PM
    Wait, Chip Kelley has an idea for a four team trade:

    Bradford and Ryan Matthews and a 3rd Rnd Pick back to St Louis

    Nick Foles and Tavon Austin to the Browns

    Manziel, 1st round pick, 2nd Round pick to the Chargers

    Philip Rivers and a 4th rounder to the Titans

    Titan’s 1st Round pick (2nd overall) and Zack Mettenberger to the Eagles

    Comon Guys!

    Sounds good to me.

    Two questions:

    Ryan Matthews is still on the Eagles? I forgot that.

    Who gets Mariotta?

  12. bobsnygiants says: Apr 28, 2015 5:56 PM

    Winston won’t last 2 years.

  13. htowntexan says: Apr 28, 2015 6:03 PM

    this is true. i think you have to keep drafting a QB in the first round until you find the franchise QB. as the texans showed last year, you can have the best defensive player in the league (and arguably ever), and still not make the playoffs. until you have the franchise qb, you keeping getting the best one you can get every year.

  14. r8rsfan says: Apr 28, 2015 6:12 PM

    I thought Mettenberger was the second coming of Ben Roethlisberger?

  15. corporatemediaprostitute says: Apr 28, 2015 6:41 PM

    Titans fans shouldn’t expect their team to be a playoff contender for the foreseeable future.

  16. drcap says: Apr 28, 2015 6:42 PM

    A GM who thought he had a franchise quarterback would not be discussing that topic in the way that Ruston Webster did.

  17. tjacks7 says: Apr 28, 2015 6:43 PM

    Teams that waste 3+ years developing QBs that suck also take a huge step back. Not worth the risk of a high draft pick on this subpar group of QBs this year. Draft someone that’ll contribute and possibly become a superstar and grab a better prospect next year, or the year after, or the year after…

  18. starchybunker says: Apr 28, 2015 7:36 PM

    Titans GM = Perd Hapley

  19. justautumnwindbaby says: Apr 28, 2015 7:38 PM

    @tjacks7-i disagree -what about the 3 super bowl qb’s that Tampa Bay let go, before they “developed”?

  20. boonevol says: Apr 28, 2015 9:20 PM

    Who in blue hell would trade FOR Manziel, well except for Jerrah?

  21. xberrios2014 says: Apr 28, 2015 10:19 PM

    A lot of these anonymus Raider haters talking of “dumpster fire ” organization make sure their allegiance to their favorite team isn’t shown. Probably they are more ashamed of their own team and it makes them feel good to troll on their least favorite team. Too bad for them, Raiders could care less for them.

  22. realfootballfan says: Apr 29, 2015 12:25 AM


    It’s not a perception. It is a bad organization. Frankly, they fired the wrong person when Floyd Reese got axed but 5 winning seasons in 20 years or whatever it is at this point Fisher kept his job. The media who is almost as tight with Fisher as they are with another terrible coach, Mike Shanahan (one of his best friends, so go figure), definitely fueled the perception that Reese was the problem, but look at your drafts since he left the building. Not pretty. Webster is a disaster, and what Arians has done along with Keim after Whisenhunt got shown the door in AZ speaks for itself since he was essentially running the whole show after Kurt Warner gave him the leverage to do so in his 2nd contract by winning the NFC West when it was the worst division in football. When they’re finally blowing it up next year (hopefully for you as a Titan fan after Adams’ disinterested family has sold it to someone who cares), you can finally get some people in there who will restore the team to contender. Until then, it’s not gonna happen. And I speak as someone who lived in Nashville for 5 years and saw it up close while it was coming apart at the seams.

  23. sadsackashizz says: Apr 29, 2015 10:15 AM

    It’s not a perception. It is a bad organization.


    As a Titans fan I cannot disagree. We have a terrible front office (GM in particular) & disinterested owners. Bud Adams did a lot to build the NFL but his family has no business owning a team. I know Eddie George would love to buy the team if he had the money. But that’s not ever going to happen so what he should be doing is rounding up a group of investors to buy the team with him as the face of the group. That’s what Nolan Ryan did with the Texas Rangers & it was brilliant. I do think the team will be sold in the next few years, I just think the family is probably waiting for the right buyer (the one who is going to offer the most). Then maybe we can get this ship going in the right direction.

    By the way, I thought Floyd Reese was a really good GM as well. All you can ask from a GM is to hit on most 1st rounders & he did that.

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