While the 2012 Tennessee Titans certainly weren’t a team that was just going through the motions, there wasn’t a lot for fans to get excited about, either. It was simply a mediocre, six-win season. Quarterback Jake Locker didn’t really take that next step you’d like to see, and the defense very average. There wasn’t a point in the season when the playoffs seemed like a realistic thing, but all that has changed heading into 2013.
For the first time in a long time, the Titans have made some noise this offseason. Starting with the key acquisitions of guard Andy Levitre, running back Shonn Greene and safety Bernard Pollard; and continuing in the draft, with guard Chance Warmack and wide receiver Justin Hunter. The Titans have gotten serious about upgrading their roster, that’s for sure.
What these additions ultimately do, is make things easier for Locker. He’s the key here. The Titans went out and made themselves better on both sides of the ball, and now Locker has to do his part and mature as a quarterback. If he doesn’t take his game to the next level, the team isn’t going to get to the next level. It’s that simple.
There are several key pieces that have been added to the puzzle, and the Titans’ offensive line is now looking like it could be one of the best units in the AFC. They’ll be paving the way for Greene and Chris Johnson, which will be the Titans’ bread and butter.
Now, there’s only the matter of improving the pass rush. All the other major needs have been filled, and if Tennessee can grab another solid veteran pass-rusher like Dwight Freeney or John Abraham, they could be sitting in good shape to make a run at the playoffs in 2013.
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