The Tennessee Titans join the ranks of other peripheral contenders in the AFC by having an excellent offensive line, slew of weapons at receiver and a game-breaker at running back, yet a giant question mark over the quarterback position to cloud it all. Chris Johnson‘s sneaky productive 2012 campaign despite poor interior line push only points toward the return of his CJ2JK form in 2013 with Chance Warmack up front.
My inability to project Tennessee as a winning team this season falls on Jake Locker, whose accuracy issues are documented back to college and seemed to grow only more horrendous down the stretch last season. Pop in tape from the game at Indianapolis late last season just just count the blown scoring opportunities.
Hopefully Locker rectifies it, as his combination of arm strength and mobility are matched by few in this league. The wide receiver unit is not short on talent either — though also mirrors Locker’s lack of polish — with the U-25 group of Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter vying for targets. Nate Washington adds a steady veteran presence as well.
Tennessee’s defense basically fell off a cliff post-Jeff Fisher but does have some intriguing pieces to give this unit hope of bouncing back. Jason McCourty established himself in the second-tier of cornerbacks behind Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis last year, while edge-rushing defensive end Derrick Morgan also made a name among the league’s best at his position. However, major questions remain at the overhauled safety spot and youth-heavy linebacking corps, where free-agent Moise Fokou overtook recent early-round selection starting MLB Colin McCarthy.
Predicted Regular Season Record: 6-10 (3rd in AFC South)
Predicted Finish: Miss postseason
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