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Why Titans Need to Address O-line with First Pick


We all know the Tennessee Titans offensive line really struggled in their run blocking this year. That’s a fact. They were actually pretty good in their pass protection, but this team isn’t built to be one dimensional. The Titans have arguably the best back in the league and he struggled to break 1,000 yards this season. It wasn’t all the lines fault but it’s really hard to make positive yards when you get hit in the backfield seven out of ten times.

Here’s a quick look at the top eight teams in both run blocking and pass blocking. Notice anything special about the teams in the top eight run blocking?

Courtesy: FootballOutsiders.com

Five of the eight teams in the run blocking section made the playoffs. Even more to the point, the top four in run blocking made the playoffs. Flip to the other side of the chart. Out of the top eight in pass blocking, there were still five that made the playoffs but only two of the top four made the playoffs.

Now if we take a look at the top four in run blocking, they all have something in common. They all rank within the top six when it comes to running behind the center/guard (follow link to see stat). Where do the Titans rank? 31st.

Guard Jake Scott is set to be a free agent and should be let go. The current center Eugene Amano has a big fat contract, so he’s not going anywhere, but he could be shifted back to guard where he played well enough. This team needs a quality center. The Steelers and Dolphins both drafted a center first round the past two years (they each own a Pouncey twin) and their run games have been great. Reggie Bush had his first 1,000 yards season since entering the league in 2006. The center is the anchor of the offensive line and Amano just hasn’t been able to hold up there. Putting a solid center on the Titans offensive line would make it better by leaps and bounds.

It’s highly likely that the center Peter Konz from Wisconsin could fall to the Titans at pick 20 and he’d be a solid base for the Titans line. They don’t have to draft a center, as free agency could be sporting a few decent centers. But wouldn’t it be nice to pair Jake Locker with a nice young center that he could possibly play with for the entirety of his career?

 

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  • jlomas72

    I’m not sure why the Titans keep Amano. He is slow, gives up leverage to easily, and struggles to get push on anyone over 280 lbs. The though process this year should be wipe the interior clean. Munch is a guy who is big on consistency on the OL, so if we have to change RG when Scott leaves, we should also move Harris and Amano out. That cap room can be used to try to entice FAs like Evan Mathis, Chris Meyers, or even Carl Nicks to help bolster the line. jlomas

  • jstitansized

    @jlomas72jlomas Amano got given a big contract a few years back. I think that’ll make it so they don’t get rid of him. He plays the guard position well enough that he should just be moved back there. I also loathe Harris. His play is terrible. Can’t wait for free agency to see what happens.

  • jlomas72

    @jstitansizedjlomas This year, Amano will be our 7th highest paid player (before free agency) and will make $3,180,000. Amano is a decent guard but his good play, in my opinion, was mainly the product of great double teams with Mawae. But if we don’t get rid of him I will be ok as long as Harris and Scott aren’t starters.

  • jlomas72

    I’m not sure why the Titans keep Amano. He is slow, gives up leverage to easily, and struggles to get push on anyone over 280 lbs. The though process this year should be wipe the interior clean. Munch is a guy who is big on consistency on the OL, so if we have to change RG when Scott leaves, we should also move Harris and Amano out. That cap room can be used to try to entice FAs like Evan Mathis, Chris Meyers, or even Carl Nicks to help bolster the line. jlomas

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

    @jlomas72jlomas Amano got given a big contract a few years back. I think that’ll make it so they don’t get rid of him. He plays the guard position well enough that he should just be moved back there. I also loathe Harris. His play is terrible. Can’t wait for free agency to see what happens.

  • jlomas72

    @jstitansizedjlomas This year, Amano will be our 7th highest paid player (before free agency) and will make $3,180,000. Amano is a decent guard but his good play, in my opinion, was mainly the product of great double teams with Mawae. But if we don’t get rid of him I will be ok as long as Harris and Scott aren’t starters.

  • seagle1

    Amano was mainly given a contract because he was a great lockerroom guy and Fish loved his work ethic. he was one of the last guys to get a contract extension when the SS Fish was going down. I actually think Fish did it on purpose. Anywho, we need to get two guards and a center and that can happen via free agency or the draft, there are a few options out there. I won’t subscribe to the theory that we must have an OL first though, we really need help on the DL and maybe a LB falls that we have to take. We have more than a few holes to fill so we may be able to pick up someone at 20 that is as big of a need or more. OL traditionally don’t fly off the shelf and we could conceivably spend our 2nd and 3rd and get upgrades.

  • jstitansized

    @jlomas72jlomas Valid argument

  • seagle1

    Amano was mainly given a contract because he was a great lockerroom guy and Fish loved his work ethic. he was one of the last guys to get a contract extension when the SS Fish was going down. I actually think Fish did it on purpose. Anywho, we need to get two guards and a center and that can happen via free agency or the draft, there are a few options out there. I won’t subscribe to the theory that we must have an OL first though, we really need help on the DL and maybe a LB falls that we have to take. We have more than a few holes to fill so we may be able to pick up someone at 20 that is as big of a need or more. OL traditionally don’t fly off the shelf and we could conceivably spend our 2nd and 3rd and get upgrades.

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

    @jlomas72jlomas Valid argument