Tennessee Titans: Off-Season Analysis

Ben CallowayContributor IJuly 26, 2009

NASHVILLE,TN - DECEMBER 21:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans carries the ball up the middle during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 21, 2008 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Tennessee Titans are coming off a great season with a disappointing finish. They finished the regular season with a 13-3 record, but fell to the Baltimore Ravers in their first post-season game. This off-season they tried to add a couple of pieces that would make their team complete.

Their biggest acquisition is likely the addition of former Steeler's wide receiver Nate Washington. This move was well needed due to the Titan's lacking pass offense last season.

With training camp just around the corner, their are a few position battles worth mentioning.

Quarterback: Although Kerry Collins all but has this locked up, coach Jeff Fisher has said the position is up for grabs. Some are speculating Fisher hasn't announced Collins as the started yet to please disgruntled QB Vince Young. If Kerry Collins does indeed win the starting nod, I wouldn't expect Jeff Fisher to give him a very long leash.

Center: Long-time center Kevin Mawae is likely to get the starting nod, but he is getting older and is often injured. Mawae doesn't have very many seasons left in him, so the back-up spot is very valuable at this point. Right now it seems a toss-up between Eugene Amano and Leroy Harris, and this battle could extend well into the beginning of the season.

Wide Receiver: The Titans currently have four wide receivers vying for the two starting spots. They have recently-drafted Kenny Britt, Lavelle Hawkins, Justin Gage, and newly-acquired Nate Washington. I'd expect Washington and Gage to get the starting nods, but expect Britt to be right behind them if one of them were to go down.

Kick Returner: With the departure of last season's returner Chris Carr, the Titans are looking within the organization for someone to step up. This one is simply a toss up between WR's Mark Jones, Chris Davis, and Lavelle Hawkins, along with CB Michael Griffin.

Defensive Tackle: With the departure of Albert Haynesworth, the Titans have a few possibilities to use for his replacement. They could either go with Jovan Haye (signed over the off-season) or recently-drafted Sen'Derrick Marks. I'd expect Haye to win the starting nod, and Marks will slowly gain some experience.

There are high expectations around Nashville for these Tennessee Titans to do well this upcoming season. Let's hope these off-season moves will pay off, and the Titans can put together another great season. Maybe, just maybe, they'll be able to win a playoff game this season.

The Titans will begin their pre-season on Sunday, Aug. 9 against the Buffalo Bills. They will also kick off the regular season against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, Sept. 10.