2014 Tennessee Titans Season Preview
The Titans went 7-9 last season when the expectations were low, so they’ll be expecting at least a .500 season this time around. Chris Johnson is no longer a Titan, but the team has added Dexter McCluster to try to cover in his absence. Bishop Sankey was also picked in the draft to compete for carries at the running back position. Tennessee’s first round pick was used on offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, who is seen as one of the most sure things of the 2014 draft. The big question going into the season is whether or not Jake Locker can stay healthy and lead the team. Locker has missed 14 games over the past two seasons, and this may be his last chance to prove the Titans are his team. The first home game of the season is against the Cowboys in Week 2. Other big home games on the schedule include Week 11 against the Steelers and Week 17 against the Colts.
2013 Tennessee Titans Season Preview
This season the Titans will have their sights set on returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Tennessee will be entering its third season with Mike Munchak calling the shots. For the first time quarterback Jake Locker is the undisputed starter. The Titans made significant changes on both sides of the football to improve their team. Tight end Delani Walker, who played in Vernon Davis' shadow in San Francisco, has a chance to blossom in Tennessee. Running back Chris Johnson could have new life this season after the Titans signed guard Andy Levitre and drafted guard Chance Warmack with the 10th overall selection in the NFL Draft. Defensively, the Titans added Super Bowl winning safety Bernard Pollard to sure up the secondary. The improvements made by the Titans should reflect in an improvement in the team's record this season.
2011 Tennessee Titans Season Preview
The Tennessee Titans had a tumultuous 2010 season and as a result stumbled to a 6-10 record and missed out on the playoffs. Looking to rebound from a disappointing 2010, the Titans brought in Mike Munchak as their new head coach, and will be led by veteran quarterback Matt Hasslebeck. Hasslebeck replaces Kerry Collins and Vince Young (now in Philadelphia) at quarterback, but his health is sometimes a question as well. When he's on the field, he has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league, which will bode well for a Titans team looking for consistency. Running backs Chris Johnson and Javon Ringer are both explosive and Hasslebeck will have a reliable target to throw to in Nate Washington. Defense was what former head coach Jeff Fisher focused on during his time in Tennessee, but the team looks much different this year than it did in previous seasons. There are a lot of questions surrounding the Titans front seven, but the secondary should be reliable. Cortland Finnegan will provide some veteran leadership and Myron Rolle has a very high ceiling.
2010 Tennessee Titans Season Preview
The Tennessee Titans got off to an abysmal 0-6 start last season, which bottomed out with a 59-0 loss to the New England Patriots. A resurgent Vince Young took over and lead them back to a respectable 8-8 finish, and while the Titans will be looking to ride the late season momentum into this year, a difficult schedule may keep them out of the post season. Much like last season, the Titans offense will focus primarily on getting the ball to running back Chris Johnson, who lead the league in rushing in 2009 with an impressive 2,006 yards on the ground and 14 touchdowns. Young looked ready to lead the team down the stretch last season and should be reliable under center. He has a stable of solid receivers to throw to, and second-year man Kenny Britt and veteran Nate Washington are likely to be his prime targets. While the offense had its troubles last year, the defense was even more suspect. The squad ranked second-to-last against the pass, surrendering more than 258 yards per game through the air. The secondary will rely on cornerback Cortland Finnegan to improve on their numbers from last year, as he is looking for a return to the production of 2007 when he recorded 95 tackles. Additionally, big things will be expected of middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who lead the team with 121 tackles last season.
2009 Tennessee Titans Season Preview
2008 was a breakthrough year for the Tennessee Titans; so what is on-deck for them in 2009? Hopefully more of the same, with just a little better results in the playoffs. The Titans will again win with a ball control running game and a dominate defense. Quarterback Kerry Collins is back at the helm on offense. Collins will rely on a veteran o-line and a fantastic one-two punch in the running game with Chris Johnson and LenDale White. The Titans defense loses a key component, Albert Haynesworth, both should still be the class of the AFC. Haynesworth was a star in their '08 defense, but linebacker Keith Bulluck was the straw that stirred the drink. Bulluck is back, so you can count on the Titans to field another Super Bowl caliber defense. The goal for Jeff Fisher in 2009 is to get the offensive production up, keep the defense playing at a superior level and get his team down to Miami for the Super Bowl.
2008 Tennessee Titans Season Preview
The Tennessee Titans are one of the most exciting teams to watch in the NFL today. Behind the leadership of incredibly mobile and unpredictable quarterback Vince Young, the Tennessee Titans will manage to stay well within the playoff hunt this season. As a rookie, Young took over the reins as quarterback among the din of many detractors that he wouldn’t pan out in the NFL. Young has managed to become one of those players who simply wins, whether by passing or running. The Tennessee Titans should continue to be an exciting team to watch and a playoff dark horse for years to come.