Jan 14, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans new head coach Ken Whisenhunt (center) with general manager Ruston Webster (left) and president and ceo Tommy Smith (right) during the press conference at St. Thomas Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Evan Silva’s Prediction for Tennessee Titans: 2015 No. 1 Overall Pick

The Tennessee Titans are coming off a 7-9 regular season. After a 3-1 start, the team lost 8 of 10 games when Jake Locker suffered a hip and knee injury. Locker came back but suffered a season-ending foot injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Will the team improve from last season? The Titans have a young roster and they’re projected to have one of the NFL’s easiest schedules. They improved the coaching staff when they hired former 2008 NFC champion Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Locker shouldn’t miss any training camp.

Are they ready to compete for a playoff spot? Don’t count Rotoworld editor Evan Silva among the optimists. He has a favorite for the No. 1 pick of the 2015 NFL Draft:

A few responses from his second tweet:

The No. 1 overall pick would almost certainly require no more than three wins (x<=3). Basically, Silva predicts that in a division where three of the four teams finished with top-11 picks, the Titans will have, at best, a 3-13 record.

Silva was extremely critical of general manager Ruston Webster’s draft. Silva gave Tennessee a D in his final draft grades. His only positive comment was for defensive lineman DaQuan Jones.

I’m not guaranteeing a playoff berth, however, the No. 1 overall pick appears unlikely unless Jake Locker goes down very early. Defense alone should win them more than three games. There’s talent on that roster. Now they have a better coaching staff to get it out of them. They have a lot of second, third, and fourth-year players who’ve had more time to adjust to the professional game.

Locker stays healthy equals 0-percent chance of Silva’s prediction coming true. Locker staying healthy for just 10 games equals 0-percent chance of an accurate prediction. Locker goes down before November? There’s enough defensive talent to win games. At the very least, hopefully Charlie Whitehurst, Zach Mettenberger or Tyler Wilson don’t have that uncanny Ryan Fitzpatrick ability to throw away games in the fourth quarter or overtime.

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  • MrTee23

    I’m not so sure that the Titans actually did upgrade their staff at least not to the extent that it will take to win. Whisenhunt’s success as a head coach and offensive coordinator has had a LOT to do with coaching veteran quarterbacks who are smart and know what to do without Whisenhunt’s direction. I honestly don’t get why people think that he’s some kind of offensive brain or quarterback guru. Ben Roethlisberger was the only QB Whisenhunt had any success with and one could make the argument that Pittsburgh’s ground game was the actual force behind their offense. After Waner returned, Whisenhunt made HORRIBLE decisions in Arizona and was duly fired for it. I don’t know why either Nashville or St. Louis want to hire coaches that were fired for being, at best, mediocre. I just don’t get it.

    I don’t think that Evan Silva’s prediction for the number one pick will come true though. The Titans are a team stuck in perpetual mediocrity. They won’t do what is necessary to make the playoffs…or get the overall No. 1 pick so that they can draft a great QB. Maybe Tennessee is a crap market and good coaches and GMs don’t want to work here. Maybe our ownership is simply oblivious. Who knows? All I do know is that Evan Silva’s draft analysis was spot on. This team has become the Raiders of the East.

    I predict that by year three Titans fans will be wondering why Whisenhunt was so highly regarded. Don’t think so? Did you defend the Mike Munchak hire with any of the following excuses: “give the guy a chance” or “he hasn’t even coached a game yet, lets see what he can do” or “he’s got a great character.” I’ve lived in Tennessee all my life and I’ll never figure out why Tennessee fans (of any TN sport) are so damn blindly optimistic when it comes to dismal coaching hires (Bill Battle, Derek Dooley, Mike Munchak, Kevin Stallings, Cuonzo Martin, Buzz Peterson…the list goes on and on).