Cards show quick change possible

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  1. Titans Insider

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    Arizona’s win over the Titans on Sunday was an example of how quickly one NFL team has turned its fortunes around, while another struggles to do so.

    The Cardinals improved to 9-5 by beating the Titans, already a four-win improvement over last season’s 5-11 record — with two weeks still remaining in the season.

    Arizona is one of four teams that have already made significant turnarounds in a single season, after finishing 2012 with records worse than the Titans. The other three: Philadelphia is now 8-6 (after going 4-12 in 2012); Detroit is 7-6 going into tonight’s game (4-12 in 2012); and Kansas City is now 11-3 (2-14 in 2012).

    All four of those quick-turnaround teams have been relatively stable at the quarterback position this year, with the possible exception being Philadelphia, where Nick Foles didn’t become a starter until the sixth game of the season.

    The Titans, meanwhile, had starting quarterback Jake Locker for fewer than seven full games this year.

    But it’s also hard to overlook the fact that new coaches have presided over three of the quick turnarounds – Bruce Arians in Arizona, Chip Kelly in Philadelphia and Andy Reid in Kansas City.

    The 5-9 Titans will need one win in their last two games just to equal last year’s 6-10 mark. There’s no doubt the 2013 Titans are better than the 2012 club, but the bottom line is that this team has fallen from 9-7 in 2011 to its current state on Mike Munchak’s watch.

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  2. GoT

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    Titans Insider revving the bus up!
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  3. amy

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    Looks as if they got the best deals in coaches and QBs. ah well, next season may see us in the thick of the fight. All things are out there. All we have to do is manifest them.
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  4. JCBRAVE

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    Its all about the QB.

    Look at the teams that made the quick turnarounds, Arizona and Kansas City. Both were able to add proven QB's.

    If we're going to be on this list next year, either Jake Locker drinks his milk, or we go in another direction.
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    I agree to an extent but I definitely don't think it's "all about the QB". Let's not act like Alex freaking Smith is anything special. Put him on this team and I bet he performs a lot more like Locker and FitzMAGIC than his current level of play in KC. That line is blocking for him. He has one of the most talented and versatile RBs in the game lined up behind him. His defense has been absolutely lights out racking up sacks, turnovers, and even scoring on their own quite often. That's just a damn talented and well coached team.

    Put it this way, if you could go back to week 1 and put Locker and FitzMAGIC on their team and Smith on ours I don't think an awful lot really changes record-wise. Sure Locker/Fitz probably blow a couple games for them. But they'd still be a damn good team. And on the flip side, I don't necessarily think Alex Smith wins enough extra games for us to really make a difference, as far as the playoffs go.
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  6. CalgaryTitansFan

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    If our special teams remained the same I'm sure the records would be about the same sadly.
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  7. Vigsted

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    You can't talk about turning fortunes around when it's just one season. We went from 6-10 to 9-7 in 2011 but then right back to 6-10 in 2012, who knows if any of those teams listed will do the same.
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  8. JCBRAVE

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    Chiefs line is no better or worse than ours. Alex Smith scales the pocket like a champ, he IS a difference maker for them. Jake Locker is improving at this and Fitz is alright, but a good QB makes his O-Line look better. Watch our Oline really take off next season when Locker and or new guy come in. Russell Wilson makes that Seahawks line look all-pro, theyre not, Wilson is just a skilled QB, and Marshawn Lynch will fight your mother for green grass. Skill players decide if a line is any good, and since ours suck, people think our line sucks.

    TBH, I wouldn't trade our O-Line for any. Christian Ponder has made the best O-Line in football look horrible. An O-line is an O-Line
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  9. steverife

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    Team was winning when we weren't turning over the ball. Alex Smith doesn't turn over the ball.
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  10. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith LET'S GO PREDATORS!!!!

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    yep. He gets no Respect. Helmed the 49ers to the Playoffs, Just for Kaepernick to steal his spot, now the Chiefs.

    he deserves some. Crappy QBs don't fluke their way into heading 2 great teams.
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