IMO we're close

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by Tim, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Tim

    Tim Special Teams Standout

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    I hate seeing all our doubtful fans. IMO we should always hope for a good season, we have a lot of young talent. We just need some solid vets here and there
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  2. Titan43

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    I know I am in the minority here, but I agree that we are a few pieces away from being playoff contenders.

    Last year our 2 biggest problems were the OL and the DL. And IMO those are the 2 most important parts of a team. If you struggle in the trenches, you will struggle at every other position on the team. Its a ripple effect. The inability for our OL to get a push, and pickup decent yards on 1st down really affected the entire team more than a lot of people think.

    If we can revamp the OL, CJ WILL be an elite RB again. Like him or not, he is still good. No RB in the history of the NFL could be elite without a good OL infront.

    Similar with the D. If you have a good DL, then everything behind it looks better. And we already have some solid pieces behind the DL. JMAC and Verner are solid corners. Ayers and ZBrown can be absolute monsters esp behind a good DL.

    I think the OL needs 2 new starting gaurds and a TE to replace Cook. That way we can rely on the running game, and not put so much pressure on Locker to have to convert 3 and 12s 10 times per game. Locker will learn and grow and hopefully improve into an above average (or better) QB. But he won't become that overnight without getting experience.

    The D needs a NT and depth. If we can keep teams from gashing us up the middle in the run game, then our D improves to the 15-20 range I think, and a big DT should be a big help there. I also think Greg Williams will be able to utilze ZB and Ayers a lot better.


    So for us to contend for POs:

    FA - G, TE, DE
    1st round - G/NT
    2nd round - G/NT
    3rd-7th - depth players

    Obvioulsy there are other positions that could be upgraded (CB, RB, S, etc), but I don't think its necessary to be playoff contenders (get in as a 4th seed or WC). I mean, we can be as good as the Colts/Bengals were last year with a few upgrades.

    Which brings me to my next point ... I don't think the AFCS will be all that tough this year. The Colts weren't as good as thier record IMO (Hell we should've beaten them twice) and I think they come back down to earth this year. Bruce Arians will be a big loss for them. Houston will still be the team to beat, but they won't be as good as last year. They started to fizzle late last year. Jags are still a few years away IMO with a new everything.

    Not saying we should be favorites to win the division, but with a few upgrades its possible.

    Now going deep in the POs is a different story. We will have to upgrade a lot of positions to compete with the elite teams.
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  3. Ensconatus

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    Sounds like boldin gonna be a free agent might be a good vet target at wr
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  4. The Hammer

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    Man are you in the wrong place.


    I always do. Unfortunately there are some out there who want the Titans to lose so we can move up a few spots in the draft.


    And a good coaching staff.


    Overall I think the also think future looks bright. This team reminds me a lot of the short lived Tennessee Oilers. A project starting QB with great leadership skills along with some great young players. Need them to develop and add a few pieces before we can become elite again. That Tennessee Oilers team went on to become a strong Tennessee Titans team for several years.

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  5. Tim

    Tim Special Teams Standout

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    We can be a 13 win team if our lines beef up
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