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.
|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.