Mike Munchak enters year three at the helm of the Tennessee Titans and must guide this squad to the playoffs to avoid finding himself on the hot seat. While Munchak was left in a bit of a tough spot in taking over this roster, the star players have since been supplemented with enough talent to make this a “prove it” year.
What could make 2013 different?
Jake Locker also files under the “prove it” year category heading into the 2013 NFL season, his third-year as the team’s supposed quarterback of the future. The arm strength, mobility and ability to throw on the run seem tailor-made for this league. But his ability to do it accurately and consistently is leaving much to be desired thus far. If the light turns on in year three, however, this possesses the talent to at least leapfrog the Indianapolis Colts for a wild-card spot out of the AFC South.
Tennessee suddenly boasts an extremely good collection of starting lineman, with no seeming weak-link among a group of left tackle Michael Roos, right tackle David Stewart, center Fernando Velasco and key offseason additions to the interior line with free agent Andy Levitre and 10th-overall pick Chance Warmack. Delanie Walker adds another great blocking presence from the tight end position.
We’ve all seen what Chris Johnson can do behind a good line. After sweeping up their guard issues, the Titans could feasibly see him threaten 2K once again. For all Johnson’s struggles last season, he still proved at times that the home-run threat is still there.
The defensive line could make a huge leap in 2013 as well. Derrick Morgan is finally delivering on first-round promise and Kamerion Wimbley looked dominant at times last season. Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty stepped up in a huge way after Cortland Finnegan‘s departure.
2013 Prediction: 8-8, second in the AFC South