AFC South Preview- Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans dethroned the Indianapolis Colts a year ago in 2008, posting a NFL-best 13-3 regular season record and going to the playoffs before losing to Baltimore in the divisional round of the playoffs, leaving a very bitter taste in the players, coaches, and fans alike.

This year, they are hungry for more.

Tennessee had a huge loss in free agency in regards to Albert Haynesworth, who departed Music City for the Nation’s Capital, and the Washington Redskins. Despite his loss, the defense is still strong, and offense has made strides to improve. It’s no reason to say that Tennessee could and should repeat as division champs. Only this time, this team is thinking Super Bowl.

Offensively, as of right now, the best QB option for the team is Kerry Collins over Vince Young. Collins has had a history of struggling the season after the playoffs though, and if Young’s mind is clear and he’s focused on football, he will definitely be waiting in the wings. Head coach Jeff Fisher has always made decisions in the best interest of the team, and until Collins does so poorly that a change is warranted, expect him to be the starting QB. Chris Johnson and LenDale White (the artists formerly known as Smash & Dash) are back and White has lost a lot of weight and combine that weight loss for his faster speed with his already bruising power, he’s going to dominate on the inside and Johnson on the outside. One good pick up the Titans made in free agency was Nate Washington, who is looking for a starting job at WR after being the #3 guy for the defending champion Steelers. Expect him to start opposite Justin Gage, but don’t be surprised if first round pick Kenny Britt gets the starting job as well.

Defensively, the Titans have a new coordinator, Chuck Cecil, who replaces the departed Jim Schawrtz, who left to take over as head coach of the Detroit Lions. The in-house move has been received well by the players and not much will change on defense. Despite the loss of Haynesworth, this defense is still going to be hard to score on, they have Keith Bulluck, Kyle Vandenbosch, Cortland Finnegan, they signed Jovan Haye from Tampa Bay to replace Haynesworth. The defense is still in good shape.

The Titans definitely have the tools to repeat as AFC South champions, and go deeper in the playoffs than last year. If Collins doesn’t have a slump, or if Vince Young does not have another breakdown, this team is in good shape to exceed expectations like they always have been known to do.

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