Wednesday, August 21, 2013

NFL 2013 Preview - Tennessee Titans

TENNESSEE TITANS                                                             

Head Coach: Mike Munchak

2012 Record: 6-10-0 (3rd in AFC South)

New Players: RB Shonn Greene; WR Kevin Walter; TE Delanie Walker; QB Ryan Fitzpatrick; DL Sammie Hill; OL Andy Levitre; S Bernard Pollard; OL Robert Turner; S George Wilson.

Gone Elsewhere: TE Jared Cook; QB Matt Hasselbeck; DL Sen'Derrick Marks; S Jordan Babineaux.

Offense: The Titans will have Jake Locker at quarterback again this season after an up and down year for the third year signal caller.
Locker missed five game with injuries but did pass for 2,176 yards and threw ten touchdown passes to go with eleven interceptions. Backing up will be Ryan Fitzpatrick, former starting QB with Buffalo, and Rusty Smith.
RB Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson (1,243 yards rushing with six TD) is the main man in the backfield while Shonn Greene (1,063 yards with eight TD with New York Jets) is also on hand for the 2013 season.
Wide receivers include Kenny Britt (45 receptions for 589 yards and four touchdowns), Nate Washington (46, 746, four TD) and Kendall Wright, who made 64 catches for 626 yards and four touchdowns.
Rookie draft pick Justin Hunter (Tennessee) will have a chance to play as well. Veteran Kevin Walter had 41 receptions for 518 yards and two TD for Houston last season. The tight end is Delanie Walker, who had 21 receptions for 344 yards and three scores in San Francisco last season.
Up front on the line is center Fernando Velasco, tackles David Stewart and Michael Roos. The guards include Andy Levitre and rookie draft pick Chance Warmack, who played for national champion Alabama.

Defense: After giving up a league high 471 points last year, the Titans know the defense has to step up and do better this season.
DE Kamerion Wimbley
The run defense was fair,but the pass defense allowed too many big plays and was torched to the tune of 248 passing yards per game. Even though the defense came up with 19 interceptions, the Titans ranked  26th in the NFL against the pass.
The 4-3 set has tackles Sammie Hill and Jurrell Casey along with ends Derrick Morgan (6 1/2 QB sacks) and Kamerion Wimbley, who had six sacks.
Colin McCarthy is the middle linebacker while Akeem Ayers (six sacks) and Zach Brown (5 1/2 sacks) are on the outside. Patrick Bailey, Moise Fokou and rookie Zaviar Gooden (Missouri) will be the backups.
The secondary has safties Michael Griffin and Bernard Pollard, who had a big role for Baltimore's Super Bowl run in the post-season with some timely interceptions. The corners will be Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner.

OUTLOOK: Tennessee is a team that seems to be it's own worst enemy at times with the inconsistencies on both sides of the ball.
Head Coach Mike Munchak would like to see Locker take the next step at the pro level and provide the offense with more explosiveness in the passing game. The Titans have a decent trio of wide receivers and Chris Johnson showed some of his old form at times last season in the running game.
So it's up to Locker to become a leader and show he can be consistent for the full season.
The offense ranked 26th last season, gaining 313 yards per game (105 rushing and 208 passing) while scoring 330 points.
The defense is another story as the Titans brought in an array of players and drafted three defensive players with their first six picks last spring.
Stopping enemy air attacks is a must for the team if they want to be competitive this season because it is hard to win when allowing just under 30 points a game.
Playing in the AFC South provides the Titans with a chance to have a quick turnaround (like the Colts did last season) with Houston being the top dog in the division.
If the Titans can get consistent play from the quarterback and the defense is better against the pass, then perhaps they can make a move in the AFC South. In today's NFL landscape, anything is possible from one season to the next.
The call is for another 6-10 season for the Titans in 2013 as they hope for better fortunes while looking toward the future.


Sept. 8- at Pittsburgh
Sept. 15- at Houston
Sept. 22- vs. San Diego
Sept. 29- vs. NY Jets
Oct. 6- vs. Kansas City
Oct. 13- at Seattle
Oct. 20- vs. San Francisco
Oct. 27- BYE WEEK
Nov. 3- at St. Louis
Nov. 10- vs. Jacksonville
Nov. 14- vs. Indianapolis
Nov. 24- at Oakland
Dec. 1- at Indianapolis
Dec. 8- at Denver
Dec. 15- vs. Arizona
Dec. 22- at Jacksonville
Dec. 29- vs. Houston

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