The Tennessee Titans took on the Houston Texans in Nashville in a game that didn’t mean much to Tennessee, because earlier losses had ruled them out of the playoff hunt. Tennessee won 16 – 10, which means that the Texans gained the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Titans will go into the offseason rather disappointed with their performance, because they would have easily cruised to the playoffs if it wasn’t for special team mistakes, injuries and constant Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions. Tennessee could have had a 10-win season and won the AFC South. However, they didn’t and must now look towards next season.
A lot of speculation has surfaced about firing head coach Mike Munchak, and, in all honesty, I was a huge supporter of it at the beginning of the season. However, if you look at the improvement of the Titans under his time as head coach, they continue to improve and move towards playoff contention. Munchak should be given one more year to prove that he deserves the head coach position before Titans’ management makes any rash decisions about his future with the team.
Another big question that Tennessee has moving forward is at the quarterback position. Jake Locker has been injured far too many times in his career and a lot of people are calling for a change. However, the Titans should not waste an early draft pick on a quarterback when one as talented as Locker is already on the roster. The smart move for the Titans would be to draft a quarterback like Zach Mettenbeger in the third or fourth round and look to train him behind Locker.
Tennessee has a lot of questions moving forward, but the biggest questions have to be who they will and who they will not keep for next season. Tennessee has one of the best young defenses in the NFL and, if they keep players like Bernard Pollard and Alterraun Verner, will continue to get better. Tennessee’s offense is young as well and will get better in the future. The Titans had a disappointing 2013, but have high hopes for the 2014 NFL season.