Tennessee Titans Breakdown

Is it possible for an NFL team to be built and rebuilding at the same time?  If it is the Tennessee Titans are doing it.  They have a top flight wide receiver in Kenny Britt (when he’s healthy, and not suspended), they have a true game breaker at running back in Chris Johnson, they have a high quality veteran quarterback (Matt Hasselbeck) and a up and coming young gunslinger in Jake Locker.  What is this offense missing?  The answer, consistency.  Britt and CJ2K compete on their terms and at their times, taking several plays off a game and often showing a lack of focus when they are on the field.  Britt has become the reincarnation of old (straight cash) Randy Moss, running at half speed on running plays or passes to the opposite side of the field.  Chris Johnson has shown the speed that gets him the Usain Bolt comparisons but his desire to hit the holes quickly and decisively is gone.

So the offense has talent, but does not work together.  Supposedly that is exactly what Offensive Coordinator Chris Palmer was brought in to change.  In order to do so, he has added veteran leadership to the field and locker room with Steve Hutchinson.  The offense has weapons and if they can create a rapport with each other they can compete against any defense.  The breakout player, and the one either QB will look to lean on, may wind up being Tight End Jared Cook.  Cook is a big bodied reciever with speed.  Cook stepped up his performance and really seemed to understand the offense late in the year, catching 21 of his 49 receptions in the last 3 weeks, including a 8 catch 169 yard and a touchdown effort against the Jaguars in week 16.

The Defense is expected to come together the way Defensive Coordinator Jerry Gray was hoping.  The defensive game plan will be use the front four to put pressure on the quarterback and use a quick, spying secondary to force turnovers.  To help them to that game type, the Titans have added former Oakland Raider pass rusher Kamerion Wimbley.  Opposite Wimbley was supposed to be Derrick Morgan, but his performance so far in camp has led to Pannel Egboh getting first team reps.  The Secondary was overhauled with the subtraction of Cortland Finnegan, taking away a former pro-bowler, however young corner Jason McCourty has stepped his game up and is looking like he will be productive this year.

Fantasy Football Impact

Kenny Britt’s injury and possible suspension is causing him to fall deep into drafts, he is a #1 wide receiver talent, even if you only have him for 12 weeks, if he is still sitting around in your draft in round 10 or 11, grab him.  Chris Johnson is a mystery, he has all the talent in the world but lacks the effort and drive to be as good as he can, the CJ2K nonsense needs to stop.  He is still a valuable Fantasy Football commodity, and if can be gotten in the late 2nd early 3rd, should be worth the pick.  The break out star for this team fantasy wise will be Jared Cook Jr. (the junior comes from Madden, he’s a beast in Madden 12).  Cook has great speed, size, and runs clean routes for a tight end.  He has soft hands and in an offense with lots of speed on the outside and in the back field, Cook becomes a change of pace in the passing game, going over the middle for 12 – 15 yard ins, hooks, and the occasional seam route between the safeties.

The Titans defense perplexes me.  They have a lot of quality talent and are big and nasty up front, however, they don’t seem to get the pressure this group should.  Perhaps this is a scheme issue and through a full preseason will work itself out, but at the moment I not willing to pick them up, except for the two spot starts against Jacksonville.

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