As the Tennessee Titans begin OTA’s (Organized Team Activities) this week, we get our first glimpse into what the 2012 team is capable of. The big story going into camp is the quarterback battle between Jake Locker and Matt Hasselbeck. Regardless of the outcome, one thing is for sure—this team has the ability to be much better than the one from last year.
Last year, the Titans were a team that overachieved in the eyes of many experts. The fact of the matter is the team went 9-7 and lost at least three games they probably should have won.
Chris Johnson didn't look himself most of the season, and Kenny Britt was lost to injury as well. In my opinion, the season was a disappointment. Don’t agree? Let’s break down the Titan's worst losses.
- Week 1. This was a 16-14 loss to the Jaguars on the road. Jacksonville is a team with major problems and the win was their only one in the first six games. They went on to fire head coach Jack Del Rio in late November.
- Week 9. The team lost a matchup at home against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals finished 9-7, and this game is the reason they were an AFC wild card while the Titans sat at home. Tennessee led 17-7 at the half only to give up 17 unanswered points in the second half. The Bengals were a good team last season but not the better team in my opinion.
- Week 15. This game was a disgusting thing to watch for Titan fans. The Colts were winless at the time, and Tennessee considered the win a foregone conclusion. Instead, Indianapolis won 27-13.
If the Titans had been able to win just one of these three games, they would have been in the post season. To put the in perspective, the Titans would have had the same record as the super bowl champion Giants at the end of the regular season.
How many games will the Titans win in 2012?
Vegasinsider.com puts the over/under on the Titans win total in the upcoming season at 7.5 games, only a game above last year’s projection. The talking heads believe a tough schedule will cause trouble for Mike Munchak and his players. However, nine of the Titans 16 games come against teams with some very large questions marks.
The Chargers win total has dropped each of the past two seasons so will that trend continue? If it does, they will be sub .500 for the first time since 2003.
The Bills were 6-10 last season after getting hit with the injury bug. Which team will they put on the field this season? The one that started the season 5-2 or the squad that ended it 1-8.
The Colts and the Jaguars are both a mess. Indianapolis will win more than two games this year, but those wins should not come against the Titans. A couple may come against the Jags. Titan fans should consider anything less than four wins against these two division foes a disappointment.
The Dolphins have a new head coach in Joe Philbin and the best quarterback on their roster was a receiver two years ago. Don’t get me started.
With the additions made on defense, along with Kendall Wright and the return of Kenny Britt, this team has improved. Now imagine if offensive coordinator Chris Palmer can get Chris Johnson and the running game going. The floor on any teams win total can be low, but Titan fans should be excited for the ceiling in the Music City.