During the slowest times for an NFL blogger it is important for one to reminisce the previous season. I wanted to touch on a couple things that may help some of you get through this slow time and actually get even more excited for the upcoming season. The Tennessee Titans were a 9-7 team that showed some promise, but lacked talent in a few essential positions. We had players improve and regress, as well as some players that seem to still not understand what it means to be an NFL
Most Improved: Jason McCourty was a laughing stock in his first season. He was constantly compared with Ryan Mouton as a horrible player, but I was one of the few that had some faith in the guy. Then his twin brother, Devin, became a house-hold name as a New England patriot. I am sure this pushed J-Mac because his on-field performances excelled beyond our expectations. Last year he showed good coverage skills, adequate speed, leadership and excellent tackling abilities. With 103 tackles and 13 passes defended, I have no doubt that he is ready to be our number one cornerback. One thing he could improve on is his ability/ timing on jumping routes and making plays.
Most Under-Rated: Nate Washington recorded his first 1,000 yard season of his career and it was the first for a Titan since Derrick Mason in 2003. He battled through injuries, showed excellent leadership and most importantly caught everything in sight. I don’t think the Titans need Washington to break 1,000 again this year, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt. His performances and leadership will go a long way for guys like Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright.
Stuck at Suck: Eugene Amano…man this guy might be the most hated Titan ever. His skill level is at the bottom of the barrel and his future doesn’t look to bright. Maybe this year he will get more aggressive, make the right reads, not get pushed back into the QB, not fall like a girl, not hold every other play, not get owned by Suh, not tackle CJ and maybe, just maybe he might actually be worth the $6+ Million he is getting this year. I doubt it though.
Players I expect to improve this year include Derrick Morgan and Michael Griffin. They will be essential to our success as a franchise, let us pray.