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Old 11.08.2013, 11:29 PM
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TENNESSEE TITANS 2013-14 SEASON PREVIEW


The Titans go into their third season with Hall Of Fame offensive guard Mike Munchak at the helm. It is perhaps a make or break year for him and his coaching staff as 90 year old Bud Adams is looking for immediate success.

Most eyes will be on Jake Locker, the third year signal caller has not shown the consistency required to be a successful starting quarterback in the NFL as of yet. It will be up to him to prove his critics wrong in the upcoming season and he certainly has the physical tools to do so. Locker possesses a cannon of an arm and 4.5 speed. When Locker was drafted 8th overall many analysts suggested that he and Munchak would be tied at the hip, that has proven to be the case. It is unlikely that the Titans will reach the Playoffs this season unless Jake Locker can show significant improvement and consistency in his position as the leader of the offense.

An eventful 2013 off-season for the Titans has added some much need veteran talent to the team. Andy Levitre and Bernard Pollard add some leadership and experience to the team that was much needed. Pollard, especially, can instil a toughness and winning mentality to the defensive side of the ball that has been lacking since Jeff Fisher's departure. Along with Levitre, the Titans drafted young Guard Chance Warmack out of Alabama to quell remaining concerns over the offensive line. Dowell Loggains, the Titans new offensive coordinator, will be happy to see this as he is looking to lead a run-first offense in 2013-14.

Munchak also raised eyebrows by bringing back Gregg Williams as a senior defensive assistant. Williams remains a controversial figure in the NFL after his bountygate scandal, but no one can deny his abilities as a defensive coach. He will be looking to transform Jerry Gray's embattled defence from a passive unit to an aggressive unit. Look for some exotic blitz packages to be used with Akeem Ayers and Derrick Morgan to be the likely beneficiaries in sack numbers.

Even with the high amount of overturn (which will require time to gel) the Titans have to make the Playoffs if the ownership's ambitions are to be satisfied. If they do not then we could see an even greater amount of overturn next off-season with likely a new coaching staff and starting quarterback. Munchak and co. will be eager to make sure that such events do not occur.



Projected 53-man Roster:

QB: Jake Locker/Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB: Chris Johnson/Shonn Greene/Jackie Battle
FB: Quinn Johnson
WR: Kenny Britt/Kendall Wright/Nate Washington/Justin Hunter/Damian Williams/Marc Mariani
TE: Delanie Walker/Taylor Thompson/Craig Stevens
OT: Michael Roos/David Stewart/Mike Otto/Byron Stingily
OG: Andy Levitre/Chance Warmack/Fernando Velasco/Chris Spencer
C: Robert Turner/Brian Schwenke

DE: Derrick Morgan/Ropati Potoitua/Kamerion Wimbley/Lavar Edwards
DT: Jurrell Casey/Sammie Hill/Mike Martin/Karl Klug
SLB: Akeem Ayers/Scott Solomon
MLB: Colin McCarthy/Moise Fokou/Gary Guyton
WLB: Zach Brown/Zaviar Gooden
CB: Jason McCourty/Alterraun Verner/Tommie Campbell/Coty Sensabaugh/Blidi Wreh-Wilson/Khalid Wooten
SS: Bernard Pollard/George Wilson
FS: Michael Griffin/Corey Lynch

LS: Beau Brinkley
P: Brett Kern
K: Rob Bironas



Schedule Analysis:

Optimistic Prediction -

A Pittsburgh Steelers: Win - I'm going optimistic here, the Steelers have some injuries and I think we could just nick this one.
A Houston Texans: Loss - Texans will be too good at home.
H San Diego Chargers: Win - The Chargers are in transition and we're at home.
H New York Jets: Win - Their whole organisation is in disarray so we edge them at LP Field.
H Kansas City Chiefs: Win - This could be a loss under Reid's new regime but I go with the home side.
A Seattle Seahawks: Loss - Seattle's defence is too good.
H San Francisco 49ers: Loss - Once again we are stifled by an excellent defence.
A St Louis Rams: Win - Revenge for the Super Bowl defeat!
H Jacksonville Jaguars: Win - We beat the Jags at home as per usual.
H Indianapolis Colts: Win - We should have won last season, this season we finish the job.
A Oakland Raiders: Win - It's the Raiders...
A Indianapolis Colts: Loss - Indy edge us away from home.
A Denver Broncos: Loss - One of the best current teams in the NFL, I'd be shocked if we won.
H Arizona Cardinals : Win - We snap a two game losing streak with a close win at home.
A Jacksonville Jaguars: Win - I can see us doing the double over the Jags this season (sorry Jags fans).
H Houston Texans: Win - Pushing hard for the playoffs we come away with the win.

Predicted Record: 11-5

OK now I know many people will laugh at me for this highly optimistic prediction, but it is totally feasible. If Jake Locker is the QB that all Titans fans know he can be then he could certainly propel us to this record. It's not unheard of, teams coming out of mediocrity to become legitimate challengers, the 49ers and Seahawks have both managed to do it with young and inexperienced QBs. This prediction could be totally wrong and I could certainly see a 6-10 record out of this schedule if Locker does not improve. But once again this is the optimistic prediction and 11-5 could happen if all the pieces fall in to place for Munchak and co..

Pessimistic Prediction -

A Pittsburgh Steelers: Loss - Strong side at home.
A Houston Texans: Loss - Texans will be too good at home.
H San Diego Chargers: Loss - Our bogey team.
H New York Jets: Win - Their whole organisation is in disarray so we edge them at LP Field.
H Kansas City Chiefs: Loss - Reid beats us.
A Seattle Seahawks: Loss - Seattle's defence is too good.
H San Francisco 49ers: Loss - Once again we are stifled by an excellent defence.
A St Louis Rams: Loss - Fisher beats his former side.
H Jacksonville Jaguars: Win - We beat the Jags at home as per usual.
H Indianapolis Colts: Win - We should have won last season, this season we finish the job.
A Oakland Raiders: Win - It's the Raiders...
A Indianapolis Colts: Loss - Indy edge us away from home.
A Denver Broncos: Loss - One of the best current teams in the NFL, I'd be shocked if we won.
H Arizona Cardinals : Loss - Palmer and Arians just beat us
A Jacksonville Jaguars: Loss - We split the series again.
H Houston Texans: Loss - Texans do the double.

Predicted Record: 4-12

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Old 12.08.2013, 10:14 PM
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Nice article, very informative too. I tend to think the 11 - 5 prediction will be closer. I fancy the Titans to nudge ahead of the Colts this year and give the Texans a much closer run.
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Old 13.08.2013, 11:50 AM
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Nice summary and agree with this mainly.

You are spot on that we need to win all of our home games or as near dammit to even think about a playoff spot and with our schedule, I think that's doable

We start at home with the Chargers, Jets and Chiefs. If you are looking at 3 of the poorer teams in the NFL, let me introduce you to the Chargers, Jets and Chiefs.

Ok the Chiefs have got Reid in and are looking stronger, but the Jets are in disarray and the confidence in Rivers is shot, I would fully expect us to take all 3 games.

Our next 3 games are 49'ers, Jags and Colts. I agree that if we are going to lose, then it's to the 49'ers who are many people's pick for the Super Bowl. However, being at home, you never know.

The Jags are rebuilding and are in disarray and if we can keep MJD quiet, then we should win that one.

The Colts game is key to our season. A win here and the playoffs are possible, but a win is all about keeping Luck under pressure and keeping the Defense strong.

Our last two home games are to the Arizona Cardinals who again are poor and we should win that one easily and the Houston Texans who we have done well against in the past at home.

If we can remain in the hunt for that last game, you never know.

Optimistically 7-1 at home. Pessimistally 5-3 with losses to 49'ers, Texans and Colts.

On the road is tougher to start with, but I like having to play the Steelers first. We have a good record against them and they have injuries and aren't as strong offensively. I fancy us to win that one.

Then it's Houston. If we can get a win on the road against Houston in Week 2, then I would make us division favourites with a potential 13-3 record. I honestly see us losing that one.

Our 3rd away game is against the excellent Seahawks. If we can stifle their running game, put pressure on Wilson and find away through their awesone defense, then I make us 16-0 for the season. Realistically, I expect a loss here.

Then we get a couple of easier road games with the Rams and the Raiders.

Although the Rams have improved, if we want to make the playoffs, this is a game that we should be targetting to win. I honestly think we can do that. Fisher, though, may come back to haunt us. If we lost, I see us with a losing record overall and not making the playoffs. I do see a win here.

Then we have the Raiders, this really should be an easy game. The raiders have QB, WR and DEF issues. Their biggest strength is their kicker and then their injury prone RB. We should win this one. If we lose, we are looking at an early round draft pick next year, potentially a new QB.

Then we hit two tough away games in the Colts and the Broncos.

Hopefully we should have some momentum going into the Colts game and If that is the case, I reckon we can pull the win over them. It'll be tough but if we are to reach the playoff, we need to win within our division. Realistically, it should be a loss here.

Broncos next, we need to get past their strong defence, cripple Manning, and outmark Thomas and Dekker........ I don't see it happening. Another Loss.

We finish with the Jags on the road. The awful terrible Jags who hopefully will be beaten, bruised and demoralised by the time we get them and we should win this one.

I make it a 4-4 record on the road, pessamistically a 2-6 record.

Optimistally, I see an 11-5 record for the season, pessamisticaly a 7-9 season, with a mean and more likely 9-7 season, perhaps sneaking into the playoffs or missing out by the skin of our teeth.

I think we are better this year, but alot relies on Locker and whether he can cope under the pressure.

The key games to our season are Pittsburgh (a), San Diego (h), St Louis (a), Indiannapolis (h). If we can win these games, we are play off bound.
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We should in theory finish better then we did last season.
Some very good moves by the front office in the off season, especially in rearranging the O Line. 2 decent guards in Levitre and Warmack coming in from the start, between 2 accomplished tackles in Stewart and Roos. And I like the look of Chris Schwenke coming in and winning the battle for the Centre starting position.
All positive additions IMO with the only exception of having lost Cook to the Rams and getting Walker what with now his health concerns.
Also love the addition of Jackie Battle, he looked really good last season, great pick-up.
It's Deffo Munchak's last chance this season as we know Bud wants the big one NOW!
In terms of schedule I can see us very much going into the bye week at 4-3.

@ Pittsburgh - Win
@ Houston - Loss
San Diego - Win
NY Jets - Win
Kansas City - Win
@ Seattle - Loss
San Fran - Loss
BYE
@ St Louis - Win
Jacksonville - Win
Indianapolis - Win
@ Oakland - Win
@ Indianapolis - Loss
@ Denver - Loss
Arizona - Win
@ Jacksonville - Loss
Houston - Win

10-6
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Loving the articles written about our boys in blue here. Thought I would add in my 2 cents on how I think our season will pan out. Gotta say I'm a lot more pessimistic than everyone else!

@ Pittsburgh - Loss - Steelers away will just have too much for us.
@ Houston - Loss - Still have ground to make up on best team in division
San Diego - Loss - Bogey team. No logic to this just they always seem to win!
NY Jets - Win - C'mon its the Jets & I think they'll be worse than last year!
Kansas City - Loss - Think they'll have improved enough this year
@ Seattle - Loss - One of the best teams this year!
San Fran - Loss - See Seattle!
@ St Louis - Loss - Fisher & the old titans to dish out some payback
Jacksonville - Win - we tend to split the series with this lot, so win @ home
Indianapolis - Loss - If we couldn't beat this lot last year, don't see it now!
@ Oakland - Loss - On the fence with this one, but as they're at home!
@ Indianapolis - Loss - See no Luck here!
@ Denver - Loss - See Seattle
Arizona - Loss - Wonder if we'll have a new HC by this point?? Better than people expect them to be!
@ Jacksonville - Loss - See previous Jags comment!
Houston - Win - Starters will be rested for the Post season

I think we have a tough schedule which is the reason for my predictions. Like many I'm not sure that the coaching staff we have are up to the task. I like the addition of Williams to help with the D, but I'm not convinced the offensive will click enough to outscore a lot of the opposition.

Truly hope I'm wrong & everyone can have a laugh at this come January!
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Loving the articles written about our boys in blue here. Thought I would add in my 2 cents on how I think our season will pan out. Gotta say I'm a lot more pessimistic than everyone else!

@ Jacks

Yeah, you sure are a little pessimistic. I think I might be depressed after reading that run down. Haha.

Seriously though, this is a massive season for Tennessee - I still think there is work to be done with our defensive weapons - Likewise I think our offence is going to be somewhat jittery, but I truly believe we have finally laid some great foundations to build off. I am team Locker all the way!

I jest about your pessimistic view, but in all good conscious - I can see us having a complete meltdown, or stepping up and going the complete other way.

If we start strong, there are a few 'swing' games, which if we win will be all the difference to us grabbing a widcard spot. It's an interesting time to be a Titans fan, that's for sure.

@ Pittsburgh - WIN
@ Houston - Loss
San Diego - WIN
NY Jets - Win -
Kansas City - Loss/WIN
@ Seattle - Loss
San Fran - Loss -
@ St Louis - Loss/WIN
Jacksonville - WIN
Indianapolis - WIN -
@ Oakland - WIN
@ Indianapolis - LOSS
@ Denver - Loss
Arizona - Loss/WIN
@ Jacksonville - WIN
Houston - LOSS

Best case scenario - 10-6
Minus those 'swing' games, we go - 7-9
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Yeah, you sure are a little pessimistic. I think I might be depressed after reading that run down. Haha.

Seriously though, this is a massive season for Tennessee - I still think there is work to be done with our defensive weapons - Likewise I think our offence is going to be somewhat jittery, but I truly believe we have finally laid some great foundations to build off. I am team Locker all the way!

I jest about your pessimistic view, but in all good conscious - I can see us having a complete meltdown, or stepping up and going the complete other way.

If we start strong, there are a few 'swing' games, which if we win will be all the difference to us grabbing a widcard spot. It's an interesting time to be a Titans fan, that's for sure.

@ Pittsburgh - WIN
@ Houston - Loss
San Diego - WIN
NY Jets - Win -
Kansas City - Loss/WIN
@ Seattle - Loss
San Fran - Loss -
@ St Louis - Loss/WIN
Jacksonville - WIN
Indianapolis - WIN -
@ Oakland - WIN
@ Indianapolis - LOSS
@ Denver - Loss
Arizona - Loss/WIN
@ Jacksonville - WIN
Houston - LOSS

Best case scenario - 10-6
Minus those 'swing' games, we go - 7-9
Its definitely an interesting time to be a titans fan. I've tried to take any bias out of my predictions. I really do worry about the skill of the coaching staff on the team. I for sure think we have many very good offensive weapons & the defense has been improved too. I am hoping that what has been put in place takes us back to at least a 9-7 season. Even that though might not be enough to save Munch! Bud wants to win now & they have invested quite heavily this off season, but realistically they're not going to the post season! So I see all change for us in the next off season!

I guess Sunday will give us a good benchmark. We should be capable of beating what appears a pretty weak Steelers outfit. If we can do that I feel it'll be much more in line with what the rest of you say, than I say!
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We need to add some defensive playmakers in the next couple of drafts and free agency if we ever want to compete for a Super Bowl in the next few seasons.

And that's not taking into account the fact that CJ2K is an ageing runner and isn't going to last forever (maybe 4 or 5 more seasons as a main back AT THE MOST) and we're not even sure if Jake Locker is a true franchise QB yet...

Teddy Bridgewater or Jadeveon Clowney aren't be consolation prizes if we do end up tanking the season, though I would suspect we would be more in a position to acquire the Bradley Robys of this world as opposed to the Bridgewaters or Clowneys.

I'm comfortable with our offensive line right now and our RB and WR corps. Semi-comfortable in our defensive line in that I think Derrick Morgan and Jurrell Casey are legitimately good and should be in Pro Bowl contention. We likely need to add another good DE and maybe a new MLB if we are to be solid in our defensive front seven going forward.

One thing I am REALLY concerned about though is our secondary. I am not wholly comfortable with any of our cornerbacks. I think Jason McCourty is good but should really be more of a #2 corner than a #1 guy. Michael Griffin is only useful as a roving ballhawk, anything to do with tackling he's useless and Pollard is the exact opposite. Sorting out our secondary will be a number 1 priority next off-season methinks.

Anyway let's hope I'm wrong and we go all the way this season. Go Titans!
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What a great start..... well, it's a win!

It wasn't pretty, it wasn't eloquent, but do we care? NO! I think Tennessee are now succombing to the fact that we are not going to have an offence like the New England Patriots, and so we should just play how we play and evidently that's a tough, ground and pound football. Greene / Battle & Johnson is a very potent running game.

Locker looked a little shaky, but I can forgive that in week 1, but we need to improve next week when we will have no excuses.

Onto the DEF - Two words; Jerrell Casey! What a play maker. The guys is an animal! We rushed the passer better than any other team on Sunday. Not only that, but we did it against the Blitzburgh Steelers. The one point to note, which may be knit picking, but we are giving up too many yards after the carry, and it's mainly to wide outs - Our corner backs need to up their game. I love McCourty in open play, he's a hawk - but he's got to be smashing receivers. If he does, we stop a lot of unnecessary 1st downs.

What are your thoughts guys?
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What a great start..... well, it's a win!

It wasn't pretty, it wasn't eloquent, but do we care? NO! I think Tennessee are now succombing to the fact that we are not going to have an offence like the New England Patriots, and so we should just play how we play and evidently that's a tough, ground and pound football. Greene / Battle & Johnson is a very potent running game.

Locker looked a little shaky, but I can forgive that in week 1, but we need to improve next week when we will have no excuses.

Onto the DEF - Two words; Jerrell Casey! What a play maker. The guys is an animal! We rushed the passer better than any other team on Sunday. Not only that, but we did it against the Blitzburgh Steelers. The one point to note, which may be knit picking, but we are giving up too many yards after the carry, and it's mainly to wide outs - Our corner backs need to up their game. I love McCourty in open play, he's a hawk - but he's got to be smashing receivers. If he does, we stop a lot of unnecessary 1st downs.

What are your thoughts guys?
Cant argue with any of that. It was certainly not the best game to watch (unless your a titan ) I am a big fan of this smash mouth running. We are now playing to our strengths and that's what we need to continue to do.

Jake Locker just needs to continue to improve on his passing game. If we continue with Lots of shots simple passing routs, his confidence will grow.

I don't think anyone apart from us Titan fans predict we can get to the playoffs. Everyone still thinks we are a below par team and aren't considered any challenge I believe this year we will reach the playoffs and prove all our critics wrong

GO Titans!!
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