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While everyone focuses on head coach Mike Munchak being on the hot seat in just his third season, much more worrisome is the state of starting quarterback Jake Locker.
Not long ago, it would have been out of the question to place the weight of a franchise on the shoulders of a quarterback who has appeared in only 16 games with 11 starts.
However, with players like Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton, the slow and steady method of development has gone by the wayside.
Owner Bud Adams has grown impatient as he's aged and is willing to do whatever it takes to see his franchise play in the Super Bowl.
Locker had moments of strong play early on in the season, but his struggles with decision-making and accuracy worsened as the campaign wore on.
Much of his woes seemed to arise from standing in the pocket behind an offensive line that broke down due to injuries—a situation that has since been remedied.
New offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains plans to install more zone-read concepts, which Wilson and Griffin ran in their rookie years. The new playbook will shift the pocket to suit Locker's abilities as a runner and thrower on the move.
In addition to the team's offensive line improvements, the Titans brought in more firepower in the form of second-round draft pick Justin Hunter and free-agent acquisition Delanie Walker at tight end.
With a healthy Kenny Britt set to start in a contract year, a refocused Nate Washington and Kendall Wright coming off an impressive rookie campaign, the Titans are set to boast perhaps the best receiving corps in franchise history.
With all the scheme alterations and personnel turnover, the player who may have the largest effect on the Titans 2013 season outcome is Jake Locker.
How he progresses throughout training camp and the preseason will weigh heavily on the Tennessee Titans season.