The Tennessee Titans have a new offensive coordinator.
The Titans have fired OC Chris Palmer and replaced him with Dowell Loggains— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) November 27, 2012
This, unfortunately, comes as no surprise. Tennessee ranks No. 19 in rushing and No. 20 in passing offense and averaged only 327.7 total yards per game, which ranks No. 24.
To make matters worse, the Titans only score 21.6 points per game and just lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-19. Not to mention that AFC South division loss came after a bye week when Tennessee was still somewhat alive at 4-6.
All that said, let's check out Tennessee's offense moving forward with new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains.
What Should We Expect From the Offense?
Tennessee still has to continue establishing a running game. Chris Johnson remains the Titans' best offensive player and feeding him the rock will set the rest of the playbook up.
After all, Johnson has averaged 137 total yards over the past six games, during which he has rushed for at least 80 yards and scored his only four touchdowns of the season. So it is, however, reasonable to anticipate a more run-balance attack.
The victory over the Detroit Lions still serves as Jake Locker's most attempts (42), but dropping back 40 times vs. Jacksonville proved to be a bad approach. He only completed 57.5 percent of his throws, was intercepted twice and got Tennessee only 19 points against one of the NFL's worst defenses.
Considering that Locker is still a young signal-caller and with a back like Johnson to carry the rock, a pass-oriented approach to a division rival cost Tennessee a win. Maybe if Matt Hasselbeck were under center it would be okay, as his experience allows him to read defenses more quickly.
And it's not like the defense underachieved, as Jacksonville put up 37 on the Houston Texans and Tennessee held the explosive Chad Henne to 24 points despite Locker's two picks. As a result of the coaching change after the loss, the quarterback controversy can join the discussion.
Continuation of the QB Controversy
Because the AFC still remains rather wide open for the Wild Card, the Titans are not completely out of it just yet.
Obviously winning out is required, so the question is: Which quarterback can lead the way?
Locker is undoubtedly the future, but a poor performance against Jacksonville and only going 9-of-21 vs. the Miami Dolphins can reasonably raise some concern. On the bright side, he did throw two touchdowns against Miami despite the Titans defense taking over that game with three picks and a defensive score.
If anything,Hasselbeck at least deserves a shot to compete for the starting job.
He was Tennessee's game manager in its wins over the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills, while also playing well against the Indianapolis Colts. However, Locker and Hasselbeck have most definitely been inconsistent overall, otherwise Tennessee would be better than 4-7.
Factor in the games ahead and choosing the veteran is the better option. After all, Hasselbeck sports a 62.4 completion percentage to Locker's 59.3.
Which QB gives Tennessee the best chance to win?
Based on Tennessee's Week 12 performance, that's four tough contests out of five remaining games.
Only the Jets at this point appear to be a cakewalk victory, and Houston knocked Locker out of the game back in Week 4. Hasselbeck fared well against the Colts by going 22-of-29 for 236 yards and a touchdown.
The downside there was the Titans going 0-of-2 inside the red zone and settling for field goals.
Green Bay and Jacksonville will be the explosive matchups because each presents a strong-armed quarterback and a pass-first approach—at least the Jaguars have become that since Henne got under center.
Therefore, Tennessee must maintain efficient balance and ball control to close out the season. Hasselbeck's presence forces a defense to respect the passing game more, and in turn, Johnson won't see as many defenders stacking the box.
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