By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on June 24, 2014
Coming off a disappointing season, the Tennessee Titans will attempt to rebound in the 2014 campaign. Under new head coach Ken Whisenhunt, the Titans have to wash off the grime of an up and down 2013 where they never got off and running. Tennessee lost a host of key players this offseason, and the roster will look wholly different to begin 2014. These are some of the questions the team needs answered as they approach the season.
The Titans' run defense wasn't much to write home about last season, so it would figure to improve with the transition to a 3-4, right? That's the question Titans fans will be asking themselves going into training camp as new defensive coordinator Ray Horton, formerly of the Browns and Cardinals, transitions the team to a new scheme. Whether the Titans possess the adequate personnel for the switch is a big question that will need to be answered.
Although it may be tough to tell a coach's impact until there are tangible measurables to go by, such as wins and losses, a new coach often has to set the tone in OTAs and training camp. Whisenhunt is no stranger to being a head coach having spent several years as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, and he knows how to steer a team. Whether or not he can improve this Tennessee team with questionable talent is anyone's guess.
Although Chris Johnson had fallen off a bit in recent seasons, he was still the biggest weapon that the Tennessee offense had. Year in and year out, the one constant Tennessee could count on was, if they gave Johnson room to run, he could make things happen. With Johnson in a Jets jersey this season, the Titans will have to rely on veteran Shonn Greene and rookie Bishop Sankey to carry the load, which is a potentially daunting proposition.
One of the more surprising aspects of the Titans' offseason was that they never made a move to replace their top cornerback, Alterraun Verner, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Verner is one of the top corners in the league and was a key catalyst in Tennessee's pass defense being in the top half of the league last season. Veteran Jason McCourty and youngster Blidi Wreh-Wilson will be asked to pick up the slack, which won't be easy.
The biggest question that the Titans need answered, both in training camp and the regular season, is whether or not Jake Locker is truly the franchise QB they thought he was. Locker has shown flashes over his first few seasons, but he has also been inconsistent as well as injury-prone. The Titans brought in some competition in rookie Zach Mettenberger, but this is Locker's job to lose. If he doesn't perform in 2014, he could be elsewhere in 2015.
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