5 Reasons Why Tennessee Titans Won’t Win the AFC South in 2014

5 Reasons the Tennessee Titans Will Fail to Win the AFC South in 2014

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The Tennessee Titans finished 2013 with a 7-9 record (second in the AFC South) and missed the playoffs. The AFC South may be one of the weaker divisions in the NFL, but it is doubtful the Titans win the division. It’s actually possible they will finish 2014 in third place (the Jacksonville Jaguars have last place locked down without a doubt). Here are five reasons the Titans will fail to win the AFC South in 2014.

5. New Head Coach

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5. New Head Coach

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In January Ken Whisenhunt was named the head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Ken was the head coach of the Cardinals from 2007-2012 and the Chargers’ offensive coordinator in 2013. His record while in Arizona was 45-51, and the Cardinals made the playoffs in 2008 (lost in the Super Bowl) and 2009. Ken may be a better coach than his record indicates, but even so, it’s difficult when a team has to adjust to a new head coach and learn a new system.

4. New Coordinators

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4. New Coordinators

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In January Jason Michael took over as Titans offensive coordinator, and Ray Horton took over as defensive coordinator. Michael spent the last three seasons as the Chargers’ tight ends coach, so he has a little history with Ken, but it still takes time for a team to adjust to a new system. Horton came over from the Cleveland Browns where he was the DC. Just like with the offense, there will be a learning curve as the defense adjusts to a new DC.

3. Houston Texans

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3. Houston Texans

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Going into the 2013 season no one had the Texans finishing 2-14, but that’s what happened. With the number one overall pick in the draft, the Texans selected LB Jadeveon Clowney out of South Carolina. While it remains to be seen just how effective he’ll be in the NFL, having to go up against Clowney and J.J. Watt twice will be difficult for the Titans.

2. Quarterback

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2. Quarterback

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QB Matt Schaub is no longer in Houston, and it looks like Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the starter to begin 2014. While he’s not in the top tier of NFL QBs, he should provide more at QB than Schaub and Case Keenum did in 2013, and he’s probably better than Jake Locker who will probably start for the Titans to begin 2014. The Titans drafted Zach Mettenberger out of LSU this year, and he may end up being a good NFL QB, but he’ll sit at first.

1. Indianapolis Colts

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1. Indianapolis Colts

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The Colts went 11-5 in 2013 and won the division comfortably. In Andrew Luck they have the best QB in the AFC South by a mile. It’s a passing league, so having the best QB in the AFC South should certainly go a long way towards winning the division. While anything can happen (that’s why the games are played after all), the smart money is on the Colts to repeat as division champs. Doing some quick math—that means the Titans can’t win the division.


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