- "Media" Predictions For The Titans Season
Before I go into this I feel I must disclose that on the next episode (not yet released, that we will give our predictions for the 2013 season. That being said, here are my thoughts.
With the upcoming 2013 season, the so-called "media" are giving their thoughts about what we can expect out of the Tennessee Titans. Writers like Michael Schottey from bleacherreport.com predicting an ominous 4-12 record, Wes Sims of examiner.com predicting a mediocre 8-8, and Joshua Vance of footballnation.com predicting a improvement of 10-6, each give what they think are valid reasons for their opinion. However, even with the opinion given by Mr. Vance, I feel few give credit to the Titans coaching staff and front office for the massive, sweeping changes made to remake this team.
At first I was outraged by writers like Michael Schottey because it fits into the very small-minded thinking from the media because we are a small market team (picking teams like Jacksonville and Kansas City to beat us handily... really?!!). However, I then welcome his opinion because I believe that the Titans will surprise many teams and sports writers alike, and I want the Titans to play the "underdog" as long as possible.
I especially like the odds of our offense to rebound due to almost complete retooling of our offensive line. Andy Levitre, Chance Warmack, and Brian Schwenke are reason enough to believe that our offensive weapons will have time and room to excel. That means bigger lanes for Chris Johnson and plenty of options for Jake Locker (more on Locker later).
Also, I believe the addition of Greg Williams cannot be overstated. He will bring a consistency and animal-like aggression to our defense. Through the draft and addition of key free agents, our team has also gained speed. Although I believe our defense has the bigger questions to answer, I believe the front office has given them the very best chance to bring them back into the ass-kicking, name-taking, back-breaking organization they once were.
I understand all this is just "blowin' smoke" and that the results will be found on the field each Sunday. I also realize that this is a league of "what have you done for me lately". However, I find it hard to ignore so of these prognostications when they are clearly overlooking everything the Titans have done in the off-season.
- Jake Locker "Death March"
Yes, Jake Locker is the primary question mark on offense, and many have written him off as a mistake. However, I believe we must give him a chance to prove himself with a full season. I realize that with QBs like Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, and Colin Kaepernick having such success in their 1st season that little patience is given for young QBs (especially ones that were given little chance in the beginning).
This team is Locker's to lead, and from what I read and see the team is fully behind him. There is nothing like a team truly united.