5 Reasons Why Tennessee Titans Will Win the AFC South in 2014

5 Reasons Why the Tennessee Titans Will Win the AFC South in 2014

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The Tennessee Titans just missed out on a playoff birth in 2013, but will be looking towards grabbing a division crown from the 2013 AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts in 2014. Tennessee has a brand new coaching staff to lead this very talented team into battle against an improved division, but Tennessee may be a dark-horse favorite for the division title. Here are the top five reasons why Tennessee will win the AFC South in 2014.

5. A Healthy and Improved Offensive Line

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5. A Healthy and Improved Offensive Line

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Last season the Tennessee offensive line underwhelmed due to injuries and age, but in 2014 the unit is back with another year of experience for G Chance Warmack and a new tackle in 2014 first-round pick Taylor Lewan, who will likely play RT this season. The offensive line is much improved heading into 2014 and will look to protect QB Jake Locker, while also bringing a new physical nastiness in the run game.

4. Improved Rushing Attack

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4. Improved Rushing Attack

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Many believe that rookie RB Bishop Sankey will be Tennessee's top back this season, but Sankey will have to battle it out with the savvy veteran, Shonn Greene, who brings a bit more power to the table than Sankey does. Both player compliment each other quite well and it looks as though Tennessee will use the two as a tandem moving forward. This two-headed rushing attack could prove to be quite deadly for opposing teams behind this offensive line.

3. Ray Horton's Influence

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3. Ray Horton's Influence

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Tennessee will switch to a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who is a Pittsburgh disciple. Horto completely turned around an aged Arizona Cardinals defense with absolutely no names into one of the league's best defensive units in 2013. Horton has numerous key players to work with including LB Akeem Ayers, DT Jurrell Casey, S Michael Griffin and many others. The speed of this Tennessee defense could give opposing teams fits.

2. A Healthy Jake Locker

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2. A Healthy Jake Locker

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We have heard it time and time again, Jake Locker is fully healthy and ready to lead his team this season. Well in 2014, I truly believe that this is the season where Locker stays healthy and leads this Tennessee team to the playoffs. Locker has a ton of talent offensively and Horton's defense should be able to keep the game within reach for the Locker-led Tennessee offense. Locker just needs to be protected by his offensive line.

1. Ken Whisenhunt

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1. Ken Whisenhunt

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Ken Whisenhunt is a darn good offensive mind and is one heck of a coach. He showed how great he can be last season working with QB Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. Rivers not only had a career season, but he also led his team to the playoffs. Whisenhunt will now have a new QB to work with in Jake Locker and a young offense to groom to his style of play. Whisenhunt could be the missing piece that Tennessee has missed since Jeff Fisher.


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