There have been substantial changes in Tennessee on all front: new head coach, a new starting running back, and letting go of a key CB without a replacement. The Titans need to figure themselves out if they want to take advantage of a vulnerable AFC South.
After once again missing the playoffs, the Titans fired Mike Munchak and hired Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach while adding Ray Horton as the defensive coordinator. Both coaches have a reputation for getting their units to overachieve, and the Titans may need just that to have a shot in the AFC playoff picture.
QB Jake Locker has only started 18 games since being drafted 8th overall in 2011, he is 8-10 as a starter and may not be the answer for the Titans beyond 2014. But his receiving corps looks competent with Kendall Wright, Delanie Walker and Nate Washington combining for over 2,500 yards in 2013.
Long-time starting RB Chris Johnson left in free agency and has been replaced by Shonn Greene, who has never quite matched Johnson’s productivity but has carried a heavy workload in the past. But Greene does not have nearly the explosiveness that Johnson had and it will be interesting to see if he can handle the number of carries that Johnson used to get per game.
The defense lost CB Alterraun Verner and made very little attempt to find a replacement, leaving the skill level of the defensive unit in doubt. But with Horton as the defensive coach, the unit may still find some success if they can lineman Jurrell Casey to replicate his double-digit sack season again.
The Titan report to training camp in Nashville, Tennessee on July 26.