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Sept. 11, 2011; Jacksonville FL, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt (18) celebrates catching a touchdown with running back Chris Johnson (28) during the second half at EverBank Field. The Jaguars defeated the Titans 16-14. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE

Tennessee Titans: Options on Offense

When I came up with the idea of writing about all the various options the Tennessee Titans have I wanted to think in terms of, what did we lack before and what do we have now. When thinking solely about personnel, it was difficult for me not to go straight to offense because, honestly, we have never seen anything like this beast in Tennessee.

I am purposely leaving out Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker. That competition is an article in itself, at least. Instead, I will refer to the quarterback as just that, quarterback. This is only for skill positions, or, players that score touchdowns. Before you read the rest of this article, I want you to seriously think about every other team in the league offensively. Try to pick one team that has more weapons than we do.

I couldn’t. Feel free to discuss that in the comments section.

The Titans have always been a run first, dink and dunk offense. Not anymore. They are a team that attacks and takes advantage of defenses and their hopeless match ups. The point I am trying to make is that we have a legitimate threat at every single skill position.


It all starts with Chris Johnson. We are an above-average offense without him on the field, a good one with him in, and an elite one with him dominating. With an improved offensive line and another deep threat out wide, Chris Johnson has no excuse to not be a top-10 running back this year. I am sure he wants to win the rushing title and I am all for it, but he will have to go APE S*** on the gridiron because I don’t seem him averaging more than 20 carries a game. He is a blazer, not a bruiser.

Next up is Kenny Britt. This dude was our Calvin Johnson before he got hurt. Reports are saying he will be 100% by week one. I don’t buy it. I also don’t think it is necessary. Rushing him back too early could damage his knee to the point of no return. When healthy, Kenny Britt is the most dynamic player on the team. The problem is he is rarely healthy. If it was my decision, Kenny Britt would play a limited role in the beginning of the season. Players tend to say they are healthy when they are not. It’s unfortunate, but true. Munchak is a smart coach and I will support whatever decisions he makes regarding Britt’s playing time.

It might not be fair, but I tend to group the rest of the wide receivers in one category simply because none of them are a #1 threat. I like to think that we have three #2 guys that can all be inter-changeable. This causes matchup nightmares. The title of this article is called “Options on Offense” for a reason. Think about the endless possibilities of Nate Washington, Kendall Wright and Damian Williams moving inside and outside every other play. It sounds like chaos, but it will be organized. Think about it. They are all intelligent and none of them are divas. For once in my life I am happy with the wide receiver corps. Defenses will surely be scared and fans will certainly be pleased. Rounding out the bottom of the receiver depth chart is Lavelle Hawkins. This guy had a career year and was reliable on third down.

Say goodbye to the Titans teams that wasted roster spots on several good-for-nothing wide receievers.

We aren’t done yet, Jared Cook deserves plenty of attention from the defense. Linebackers can’t cover him because of his speed. Safeties and cornerbacks will get swallowed by his 6’5″ frame. His route running is getting better and he seems to be developing the focus he has lacked for the past few years. With the addition of Taylor Thompson, Tennessee has some of the most athletic tight ends in the league.

Imagine the formations we can run with these guys. There will be mismatches all over the field and we finally have a quarterback(s) to lead our squad in the right direction. Look out NFL, Tennessee isn’t messing around anymore.


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