Last offseason, the Tennessee Titans went against their conservative tradition and made a strong run at getting Peyton Manning. That ended up being a swing and a miss, but this offseason offers the same opportunity to a lesser degree.
The main problem with the Titans this season was coaching. This team has way too much talent to be 6-10 and not competing for a playoff spot.
The Titans decided to retain head coach Mike Munchak for at least another season, meaning that Munchak's decision for offensive coordinator will be a big one. Chris Palmer failed by epic proportions at maximizing Jake Locker's talent and making the running game more effective.
There's one guy out there who could utilize the talent that the Titans have on offense, and that guy is recently fired Norv Turner.
We all know that some coaches just don't have what it takes to be head coaches in this league despite being great minds on offense or defense. Wade Phillips was one of them, and now he is flourishing as defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans.
That's just one example of many, and Turner will probably be another example once he gets hired as someone's offensive coordinator.
The Titans need to be that team.
Numerous teams are interested in Turner being their next offensive coordinator, and it seemed originally that the Dallas Cowboys were the front-runners. Turner recently said he won't be heading to Dallas, but the New York Jets are another strong possibility for Turner.
The Titans have to figure out a way to win over Turner's services, and the Titans definitely have a lot more to offer to Turner than the Jets do. Why would Turner choose a dysfunctional organization over an organization that has all the pieces in place to be a good team?
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However, the Titans have to make an effort on their part. That means offering him a decent contract and entrusting Turner to turn this offense around.
This could very well be a make-or-break year for Locker's future in this league, and he needs a proven offensive coordinator to stabilize this unit.
If the Titans don't get Turner, who else is really out there? According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, Dowell Loggains is being reported as a strong possibility, but that would be a terrible move by this organization, which must stop being so conservative. No improvement was shown from Palmer's disastrous offense while Loggains was interim offensive coordinator. You could even argue that the offense looked worse.
The Titans have to stop burying their heads in the sand and start making bold moves; otherwise, this team will continue to hover in mediocrity, occasionally throwing the fanbase a bone with a 9-7 season.