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Despite all of the excitement surrounding the shift to a more aggressive style of defense, the national media generally doesn't seem to be buying it.
The Titans are widely considered a mediocre team heading into the 2014 season, with the biggest reason being the lack of stability at quarterback. This makes sense considering how hard it is to be successful without being strong at quarterback.
Nate Davis of USA Today actually has the Titans regressing in 2014 to a 6-10 record, citing that it will take time for the new coaches to make their changes.
Another win-loss projection has the Titans finishing 9-7, per Sean Maczko of TitanSized.com.
An average season of 8-8 or 9-7 seems way more likely than a season where the Titans take steps back. The people who are predicting five or six wins are showing their reservations with a team that does have a lot of question marks.
The Titans have made mild upgrades to their roster, and the end result falls behind the quarterback situation with Jake Locker. If he stays healthy, then the Titans are strong enough around him to challenge for a wild-card berth.
We can't really predict what will happen with Locker when it comes to avoiding injury. With that said, Locker will manage the season well enough to get the Titans just short of a playoff berth and maybe even extend the suspense all the way to the final game of the regular season.