The starting center for the Tennessee Titans, Eugene Amano, tore his triceps in a practice last Thursday. A MRI was done Saturday showing that the Titans problem at center just got worse. The results-season ending.
Amano was beyond terrible at pushing the line and run support, so replacement options Fernando Velasco and Kevin Mathews won’t be any worse in that department. Pass protection is something that Munchak and the coaching staff should focus on when evaluating the replacements because the O-line was near dominant with Amano at center in passing situations. This is not to be taken as Amano being the soul reason for our top-5 pass protection, but it is worth noting.
The Titans benefitted from Hasselbeck staying upright last year and Jake Locker will need a clean pocket to perform as a second year pro. It is extremely important to pick a starter soon rather than wait, unlike the quarterback competition it should be a little easier to decide who is better. The starting center needs to get use to making the correct reads and snapping the ball with the first team.
The elephant in the stadium just got so much bigger. The Titans need to invest in a pro-ready center in next year’s draft, or spend some money next off-season for a legit starter.