June 1, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington (85) talks with offensive coordinator Chris Palmer during OTA at the Titans training facility at Baptist Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

The Tennessee Titans Will Make the Playoffs If...

The Tennessee Titans, based on last season and this current offseason, seem to be moving in the right direction and on their way to making a playoff birth. In order for this to occur a few things must happen this season.

1. The development of Jake Locker

This year will most likely be Locker’s first as the lead man. There will be bumps, but that is expected with a first year starter. He showed flashes last year of the playmaking ability that made him the 8th overall pick a year ago. Lets hope that he continues to grow and is the first legit franchise quarterback we have had since Steve McNair.

2. The offensive line gets back to their old ways

Last year was the first, in a long time, that the Titans line was a weakness and it showed. Chris Johnson arrived out of shape after the holdout and a weak interior offensive line didn’t add up to a stellar running game last year. With the addition of LG Steve Hutchinson and competition at the RG and C positions will hopefully add up to an explosive rushing attack that the Titans and Titans fans are accustomed to.

3. Chris Johnson averages over 4.0 yards per carry

The front office has made a point to get CJ and the Titans offense more help with the additions of Kendall Wright out wide and Steve Hutchinson in the trenches. Better blocking and a more “wide open” offense can only help. However, after a lack luster performance last year, the critics are barking and CJ knows he has something to prove this year. With more motivation and a full offseason, hopefully CJ gets back to his old 2K ways.

4. Defense finishes in top 20

This doesn’t seem like too much of an accomplishment. With teams making it to the playoffs, and even the Superbowl with historically terrible defenses, it might not be totally necessary with a good enough offense. Most importantly the Titans’ young defense needs to continue to grow under Grays scheme and take a step in the right direction. More turnovers, pressures, and big plays should be a focal point this offseason.


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