The Titans came into the 2012 season with reasonably high expectations, but they fell flat last year due to injury and some sloppy quarterback play. This season the Titans have been working hard to bolster their status in the NFL odds, but with two very tough teams ahead of them in their division, should the Titans still be looked at in the rebuilding phase? I’m not so sure, and it’s mainly because this offense is going to be pretty solid this season if all goes well.
The Titans got a raw deal last season. Jake Locker was solid but very inaccurate and inconsistent last season. He got hurt about 9 games into the season, and then Matt Hasselbeck took over, leading to more heartache in Nashville. Locker is back to full health and all signs point to him starting the season.
The biggest lack of fluency in Nashville was their offensive line. They gave up a combined 39 sacks last season, and despite the fact that the running game ranked 21st in the NFL in rushing yards, Chris Johnson still put up over 1200 yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry behind a bad offensive line. Imagine if Johnson had a good line to run behind. This season should be much different, but the Titans are not without some major concerns.
The main concern will be the line, but the Titans have been improving in that area. After that it will be the accuracy and the general play of Locker under center. If he cannot get the ball to his receivers and hit them in-between the numbers, this is going to be another long season.
After Locker, I am also a little concerned about their receiving core. Kenny Britt was not healthy last season, while Nate Washington and Kendall Wright look like just solid dudes. If they don’t have Britt holding down the #1 WR roll for this team, they are going to suffer in the passing game even more. An inaccurate quarterback on this team is not good. Locker could improve, but he has not shown much over his brief career, in which he has only played in 16 total games.
I really like what the Titans have done with their line and running game this season. This team was known for defense and running the ball, and I think they are going to get back to that this season. They added line depth and they even added Shonn Greene to take some pressure off of Johnson in the backfield.
All in all however, I wish I would have seen more. They did draft Justin Hunter, which should help their receiving if he can indeed play at this level, but overall the Titans haven’t done anything spectacular this offseason to improve their offense. They have a chance to receive an ‘A’ later on in the course, but if you're looking to add them to your NFL picks, right now they are on the verge of a C.
My Grades: B-
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