Titans by the Numbers: 2013 Stats Tennessee Must Improve in 2014

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Titans by the Numbers: 2013 Stats Tennessee Must Improve in 2014
Mark Zaleski/Associated Press

While the record book may not show any difference, the 2013 NFL season was an improvement over the 2012 season for the Tennessee Titans in several ways. Unfortunately, there was too much that didn't change for the team to overcome.

Offensively, improvement was seen in nearly every major offensive stat category except yards per rushing attempt. Though there was definite improvement, it was also very incremental.

In the most important category there is for an offense—scoring—the Titans scored two more points per game than the year before. While it is good to see that the offense was better, it was not enough to make them even an average unit in the league.

Defensively, the Titans couldn't have been much worse in 2012. The defense made major strides of improving in every category but run defense. The Titans jumped 10-plus spots in the rankings from 2012 to 2013 in four of the six stats covered below.

 

Determinable Data

2012 Tennessee Titans Category 2013 Tennessee Titans
313.1 YDS/G (26th) Total Offense 336.9 YDS/G (22nd)
20.6 PTS/G (23rd) Scoring Offense 22.6 PTS/G (19th)
207.7 YDS/G (22nd) Passing Offense 218.5 YDS/G (21st)
6.6 YDS/A (25th) Yards Per Attempt 7.0 YDS/A (16th)
105.4 YDS/G (21st) Rushing Offense 118.4 YDS/G (14th)
4.5 YDS/A (10th) Yards Per Attempt 4.1 YDS/A (19th)
     
374.9 YDS/G (27th) Total Defense 337.9 YDS/G (14th)
29.4 PTS/G (32nd) Scoring Defense 23.8 PTS/G (16th)
247.8 YDS/G (26th) Passing Defense 225.8 YDS/G (11th)
7.5 YDS/A (24th) Yards Per Attempt 7.0 YDS/A (14th)
127.2 YDS/G (24th) Rushing Defense 112.2 YDS/G (20th)
4.2 YDS/A (15th) Yards Per Attempt 4.0 YDS/A (17th)

  

With the hiring of new head coach Ken Whisenhunt, the Titans are hoping to make similar strides to the ones they made defensively, from 2012 to 2013, on the offensive side of the ball.

In a year of transition to a new 3-4 hybrid defense, defensive coordinator Ray Horton would do well to maintain the improvement seen this past year.

If the Tennessee Titans, like their fans, are through with being a middling team, there needs to be clear improvement in a few key areas. Let's delve into the main areas of necessary improvement the 2014 Titans must make to become a playoff-caliber team.

 

 

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