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Tennessee Titans’ 5 Biggest Red Flags Heading into 2014

Tennessee Titans: The 5 Biggest Red Flags Heading into 2014

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The Tennessee Titans enter the season with a completely different coaching staff and a number of new young players that will be called upon to step up into starting roles. GM Ruston Webster wants to get back into the postseason and he's made big changes this offseason to give them the best shot at doing so. Here are the five main things standing in their way as they head into the 2014 season.

5. Will Taylor Lewan Adapt to Playing RT?

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5. Will Taylor Lewan Adapt to Playing RT?

Taylor Lewan
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There’s no questioning the talent the Tennessee Titans have up front, but putting them all in the right spot to succeed could be challenging. They have two Pro Bowl tackles on their roster already, and will attempt to work Taylor Lewan in at RT during the preseason to see if he can win the starting job from Michael Oher. Lewan is an athletic monster and very intelligent so the Titans are banking on him being able to play at both tackle spots.

4. Changing Play Styles

Ray Horton
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4. Changing Play Styles

Ray Horton
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With new coordinators taking over on both sides of the ball, a new and improved style of play should be expected from the Titans in 2014. Ray Horton on defense and Jason Michael on offense will also be implementing new playing styles for the Titans in 2014. Tennessee has a significant amount of younger players, so adjusting to the completely new schemes could become an issue as the season rolls around.

3. Will Ken Whisenhunt Revamp the Franchise?

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3. Will Ken Whisenhunt Revamp the Franchise?

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The Titans will be looking to make a playoff run for the first time since 2008, and Ken Whisenhunt could be the right man to do it. He’s an offensive-minded guy that will have a ton of young pieces to work with, but without any star power the Titans face an uphill climb back to the postseason. GM Ruston Webster is going to give Whisenhunt plenty of freedom as head coach, so it’s up to him to capitalize on the opportunity.

2. Jake Locker Must Prove Himself

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2. Jake Locker Must Prove Himself

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Jake Locker is in the final year of his contract and has failed to take Tennessee to the playoffs in any of his three seasons in the NFL. He’s had good numbers in the time actually spent on the field, but his injuries each season have raised concerns that he won't be the quarterback of the future for the Titans. There will be a lot of pressure on Locker to perform this season, but the new coaches will give him every chance to succeed.

1. Who Will Replace Chris Johnson?

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1. Who Will Replace Chris Johnson?

Bishop Sankey
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A RB who had six straight 1,000-yard seasons and one year with 2,000-yards is tough to replace. The Titans, though, hope to forget all about Johnson -- they brought in two explosive players in Dexter McCluster and Bishop Sankey who will have a chance at taking over right away for Tennessee. However, McCluster is converting to the backfield and Sankey will be a rookie in 2014, so their production is hard to predict.