Although Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster is far from finished rumbling through the rubble of unclaimed available low cost veteran free agents, there is still hope. The Titans have been in the dungeon of mediocrity for nearly four years and team owner Bud Adams patience is running thin.
However, the roster has its fare share of playmakers on offensive side of the ball that are more than capable of eliminating the Titans’ playoff drought.
Starting quarterback Jake Locker has shown glimpses of brilliance despite his struggles with accuracy and bonehead plays. The Titans are expected to utilize Locker’s legs more this season by incorporating some read option into their playbook. This is a make or break season for the young quarterback who has wisely made the Titans facility his second home, spending endless nights breaking down film attempting to refine his craft.
Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt has struggled with avoiding trouble just as much as he has struggled catching the ball. Britt was fortunate to avoid being implicated in a homicide in his hometown, and has wisely adhered to his father’s request to state out of New Jersey and fully committed himself to fulfilling his tremendous promise.
Britt and Locker are both fighting for their professional lives and youth and inexperience are no longer excusable. Opposing defenses stack the box against Locker and this must be the year that he exploits the single coverage and throw it up to Britt who is a match up nightmare.
The Titans ability to be explosive on offense is enhanced due to running back Chris Johnson, who can break for a long gain at any time thanks to his gazelle-like speed. Although Johnson garners most of the limelight his production relies on the top offensive line duo in the NFL, offensive tackles Michael Roos and David Stewart, who are tremendous athletes in their own right. Last season Johnson rushed for nearly 1,300 yards in what was considered a down year, acquiring guard Adam Levitre and Ron Turner will likely yield immediate dividends in the running game.
Versatile tight end Delanie Walker and second year wide receiver Kendall Wright make the Titans offensive arsenal even more potent. The cupboard on the offensive side of the ball is far from bare, and if the promising play-makers finally fulfill their potential and live up to their draft selection the playoffs may be a reality after all.