It Won't Be a Miracle This Time for Tennessee Titans

Chris MorelandContributor IMay 25, 2009

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 14:  Linebacker Keith Bullock #53 of the Tennessee Titans reacts to defeat in the closing seconds of the game with the Houston Texans on December 14, 2008 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.  The Texans won 13-12.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Titans are headed into the 2009 season better prepared than they were the previous season. With the additions of the speedy Nate Washington and the speculated sure-handedness of first round draft pick Kenny Britt, the Titans have made a valorous attempt to build an arsenal of offensive weapons.

Chris Johnson returns this year with even bigger goals than the year before, and with the way their O-Line has been playing, we should see some staggering numbers for CJ on the ground and through the air.            

The Titans’ quarterback situation has to be something they’re getting slightly worried about. 

I know this next year is somewhat safe with Kerry Collins taking the snaps. But the Titans are going to need to look a year or two into the future and hope fate deals them a good hand at the QB position. After all, Kerry Collins isn’t getting any younger, and Vince Young is inconsistent at best.

Oh, and he would cost them $14.21 million against the cap in 2010 if they keep him, and only about $4 million if they release him. Sometimes it’s just best to cut your losses and move on.

Sorry VY fans, he isn’t the foretold “Quarterback of the Future.” In reality, judging by his reported performance at the minicamps, he may be the quarterback behind the quarterback of the future somewhere other than Tennessee in 2010.

Two major losses struck the defense this offseason in the form of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and a very large portion of the defensive line in Albert Haynesworth.

Schwartz parted with the Titans to take on the job as Head Coach of the Lions in Detroit and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth struck gold in the free agency, landing a record-breaking hundred-million dollar contract with the Redskins.

The main difference in last year’s Titans and this year’s is going to be aggressive play calling. I believe the Titans are going to bring in more blitz packages, not only as a result of losing Haynesworth and not having anyone on his d-line with the ability to completely fill his shoes, but also because of the new defensive coordinator, Chuck Cecil.  

I’m not doubting the abilities of Jason Jones, Tony Brown, Javon Haye or Sen’ Derrick Marks, but what I am saying is that none of them are Albert Haynesworth and none of them will demand the double teams every game that Big Al did.

And based on the way Cecil played the game himself, he’s a pretty intense guy, leading me to believe the Titans will use their blitz packages a little more than they did in ’08 under Schwartz.                     

With that said, I’m going to still rate the Titans D-Line in the top 5 behind the Vikings, Giants, Redskins, and Steelers. They’ll still wreak some havoc every time they step on the field, no doubt.

The linebacker corps and the secondary didn’t really take any shots this offseason, losing only Chris Carr and Eric King to the free agency.

They did pick up Ryan Mouton out of Hawaii to add depth to the secondary, and I believe that they will address the need to replace Nick Harper early in the 2010 draft.

I definitely see the linebackers, led by veteran Keith Bullock, and the secondary, led by pro-bowlers Cortland Finnegan and Chris Hope putting up the same impressive stats they did in ’08. 

Overall, I still believe the Titans are contenders for a ring this year.  They’ve retained most of 08’s squad, while adding much needed speed on the on the line of scrimmage.

I don’t see them lighting up the scoreboard like Tom Brady and the Patriots, but I do see them winning a lot of games and their division again this year.


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