2012 Season Preview: Tennessee Titans

The 2010 season was a disaster for the Tennessee Titans. After starting the season 5-2, the Titans went 1-8 for the remainder of the season and finished the season with a 6-10 record. The organization came to the conclusion that it was time to part ways with longtime Head Coach Jeff Fisher and QB Vince Young and go in a new direction.

Because of the NFL Lockout, Free Agency would not begin until after the draft, so the Tennessee Titans were first going to have to build a team through the draft. For the 8th overall pick, the Titans decided to drafted Washington QB Jake Locker. Even though Locker never completed more than 56% of his passes throughout his college career, the Titans felt his intangibles were enough to build a team around.

The NFL Lockout finally ended in July and Free Agency began. The Titans made another surprising decision by signing veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck to a 3 year, $25 million dollar contract. They intended to start Hasselbeck when the season started, and then they would start Locker when he was ready. whether it be Week 2 or 2014. The Titans would go on to end the 2011 season with a 9-7 record and miss the playoffs due to a tiebreaker with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Hasselbeck had a very good year with the Titans. He lost his #1 WR in Kenny Britt, but he still put up 3541 yards, 18 TDs, and 14 INTs and a completion percentage of 61%.

Even though Matt Hasselbeck started all 16 games, Jake Locker got major playing time during against the Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints. Locker looked very good in those games earning 542 yards, 4 TDs, and no INTs. When the season ended, the Titans announced a quarterback position battle between Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker would take place during the offseason. The best QB would be the starting QB Week 1.

Free Agent Additions: 

LG Steve Hutchinson, DE Kamerion Wimbley, DT Leger Douzable.
Draft Picks:

WR Kendall Wright, OLB Zach Brown, DT Mike Martin, CB Coty Sensabaugh, TE Taylor Thompson, FS Markelle Martin, DE Scott Solomon
Offseason Losses: 

CB Cortland Finnegan, DE William Hayes, DT Jason Jones, MLB Barrett Ruud

After OTAs and training camp, the Tennessee Titans named Jake Locker starter for the Titans Week 1. They believe that Locker is ready to take to the next step in his NFL career. In the preseason, Locker showed improved pocket passing and patience, something that was missing in 2011. If Locker continues on this path of success, he will be a great quarterback in this league. The addition of Kamerion Wimbley will help the pass rush tremendously, and the loss of Finnegan isn’t as big as people think. The Titans have two very good starting CBs in Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner. They also have an upcomer in Tommie Campbell. The Titans offense and defense has improved, and I believe their record will as well.

Projected Record: 10-6

Written By – James Carter – AFC South Writer – @JamesCarterTV

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