5 Tennessee Titans Who Shouldn’t Be Back in 2014
5 Tennessee Titans Who Shouldn't Be Back in 2014
The Tennessee Titans weren’t horrible in 2013, but they were second place in a division with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans. GM Ruston Webster has his coach Ken Whisenhunt, who is hopefully going to turn the Titans around into a true contender for the AFC South.
Whisenhunt is still filling out his staff, but he has locked down former assistants to run the defense and offense with Ray Horton and Jason Michael respectively. So with a lot of change among the coaching staff, evaluating personnel will be a hot topic in the offices.
Part of the rebuilding process is attaining the right pieces. Right now, the team has too many question marks, but maybe Titans can get right into the mix for next year’s playoffs with the right moves. The AFC still looks mediocre right now, and don’t forget that the San Diego Chargers got the final spot at 9-7, while the Titans were eliminated at 7-9.
The Titans’ focus should be on defense. In a pass-happy league, they've only allowed 15 touchdowns in 2013. It’s impressive, but they've also given up 21 rushing touchdowns, which is the third-highest in the league. With a new coordinator, an overhaul of the defensive scheme may be inevitable.
The offense was very mediocre, but there are obvious questions at quarterback. Whisenhunt’s hiring assumes that Jake Locker’s game could improve if healthy, or the converse could happen and the Titans could draft a more talented quarterback to groom. The Titans still carry four running backs on their roster and even though two of those four are free agents, Chris Johnson is their biggest question mark.
There are still a lot of moves to be made, but here are five Titans who might have played their last game in a Titans uniform.
5. Bernard Pollard
Pollard led the team’s defense in total tackles and was second on the team with interceptions. He already has a Super Bowl ring, so expect him to find greener pastures with teams that need help at strong safety for the right price.
4. Kenny Britt
Britt is a veteran on a team with a superstar rising across from him in Kendall Wright. His stats tell it all -- 11 receptions for 96 yards for the whole 2013 season. Since Whisenhunt is going to blow the whole thing up anyway, Britt needs to know there are other organizations who need a veteran wide receiver.
3. Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson will never see 2,000 yards again, rendering his "CJ2K" moniker useless. Though Whisenhunt is coming off a tremendous job with handling Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead, Johnson's numbers and attitude will never turn around and his paycheck is too high for this new regime.
2. Ryan Fitzpatrick
The Titans should just eat his salary and let him walk. They’re better off holding on to Tyler Wilson as they will either draft a QB or enter a QB controversy a la Philip Rivers and Drew Brees.
1. Jake Locker
Wiz has not committed to Locker yet, but there is definitely some speculation that Whisenhunt will do wonders developing Locker. The problem with Locker is that he is more inconsistent than Philip Rivers, so it's really possible that he just isn't as talented as they thought he was. Whisenhunt did great with Kurt Warner and Rivers, but not with Kevin Kolb. Locker might be Kolb and not Rivers.