The Tennessee Titans are hoping to be a lot better in 2014. They were surprisingly competitive for much of 2013 despite an oft-injured Jake Locker missing time under center, while they were surprisingly even more competitive when he was healthy.
New head coach Ken Whisenhunt will probably stick with Locker for at least 2014, but the Titans could otherwise be looking at new faces in a lot of places heading into next season. However, with aging and ineffective players like Chris Johnson, Kenny Britt and possibly others likely being shown the door, there is a good amount of optimism that Tennessee’s youth can take the next step in their development in 2014.
If they start to do that, it’s not crazy to think the Titans can step away from the murky waters of mediocrity and challenge the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts atop the AFC South. Starting with Locker under center, though, Tennessee must see some improvement across the board from their young talent.
Let’s take a closer look at Locker and some other young pieces that need to realize their potential in 2014 if the Titans are going to get back into the playoff mix: