NFL Team Previews: Tennessee Titans
AFC West: DEN | KAN | OAK | SDG
NFC West: ARI | STL | SFO | SEA
The Titans have lost a lot since losing in the playoffs last year.
Gone is Albert Haynesworth, the unquestioned spark plug of the defense. Gone is Jim Schwartz, the creator of the defense.
But they also added a few pieces in the offseason, including defensive tackle Jovan Haye and wide receiver Nate Washington.
The draft focused equally on helping the offense improve and keeping the defense near the top as the top four picks clearly show: wide receiver Kenny Britt, defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks, tight end Jared Cook, and defensive back Ryan Mouton.
They also added depth to the line in Troy Kropog and to the backfield with Javon Ringer.
Three Burning Questions
Will the Titans Weather the Loss of Haynesworth?
When a tackle as dominant as Haynesworh moves on, it affects a team much more than just that position.
The Titans' defense overall is very solid. Keith Bulluck leads the linebackers and the team, and the Titans also feature Kyle Vanden Bosch, Courtland Finnegan, and Michael Griffin.
But will Haye and Marks, along with Jason Jones, bring enough to the middle of the defense to replace Haynesworth?
Will the Offense Be As Effective As It Was Last Season?
Last year, the Titans were able to hit you with Chris Johnson, and I think he surprised a lot of teams with his success.
Tennessee has Johnson and LenDale White, so a heavy dose of the run should continue.
But what about the pass? At 36, will Kerry Collins be able to continue to play at a fairly high level?
The team certainly added weapons that should help him in Washington and Britt. If all goes well, opposing defenses will not be able to focus on just stopping the run, because they will get beaten through the air.
Is Vince Young's Head Still in the Game?
In a recent magazine, he proclaimed himself the next black quarterback to win a Super Bowl and that he will end up in the Hall of Fame.
Let's just assume he was talking about the NFL's Hall of Fame, because he's certainly a shoo-in for the college hall.
Is he delusional? Is he just trying to motivate himself by any means necessary? And the most important question: Is he good enough to play football at the highest level?
So far this preseason he has looked good at times and bad at others, but has only played against second and third string defenders.
Does he have a shot when being stared down by Harrison and Polamalu?
Good plays: Chris Johnson is likely the only Titan that will be drafted early. The defense should be picked among the first five or six and Bironas is a steady kicker. Middle rounders include White as well as Bo Scaife.
Avoid: Don't be fooled by the preseason success of Alge Crumpler. The Titans do not plan to use him as the primary receiving tight end. His job will be to block and his numbers will reflect that. I wouldn't pick Britt either. One, he's a rookie, and two, Justin Gage and Nate Washington seem to be in place, at least for the time being.
Sleeper: I'm going to go with Nate Washington here. He may be good enough to become the teams' featured wideout this season, plus he's always a threat for a deep play.
For the prognosis and final record, read the originally posted article here.
This is an original article by Pigskin Heaven Staffer, Sascha Bartels. You can read it, more of Sascha's articles, and more from the Pigskin Heaven staff here.
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