Expect a big shuffle in the Tennessee Titans OL


The Tennessee Titans fired Ken Whisenhunt yesterday, and have surprisingly gotten a little bit of backlash. Despite winning less games in two years than any team did last year (except for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ), some people still think that Whiz was the right choice for this job.

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Their bad judgement aside, we are already hearing about a big change that should have been made in the preseason. According to Adam Caplan who is an ESPN NFL insider, there is a shift coming in the offensive line.

The idea (that I have said since the bye week) is that the Titans are going to shift Poutasi inside to left guard and let Byron Bell move to the outside.

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  • You know Jeremiah Poutasi? You remember him right, the guy the Titans drafted in the third round and had a great game against the Buffalo Bills…or you may remember him from allowing 7.5 sacks against Cameron Wake and J.J. Watt in a two game span.

    No matter how you remember him, you should know that he has never truly looked like an offensive tackle, especially against rushers with any sort of speed. Well, that is because he was always meant to be a guard. Despite being announced as a tackle on draft day, everyone from ESPN and NFL draft experts, to the Titans own scouts have said that he best translates to a guard.

    Look at this from Dane Brugler said in his 2015 NFL Draft guide (his draft guides are very good, you should all check them out if you have any interest in the draft). This is part of his summary section of Poutasi:

    “He was a three-year starter at tackle for the Utes, but does his best work in a phone booth as he was constantly falling off balance on the edges on film. Poutasi is a heavy-footed blocker, but shifts his weight well in his movements and has the power potential to be a bully in the run game. Although he needs technique and leverage work, he is a square dominating blocker with his best football ahead of him – projects as a future NFL starter inside at guard.

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    I highlighted the parts in bold, to show you why this makes so much sense. Despite being a starter at tackle in college, he has always been a guard because that is where he wins. He is essentially what everyone thought Chance Warmack would be coming out of college.

    If this move works out, it will be a victory for Jeremiah Poutasi, Byron Bell, Mike Mularkey, and honestly for common sense. This has been the move that needs to be made for weeks now and you have to figure out what you have in this group. Was Whiz just being too cute, or was there a reason why this move wasn’t made before? I don’t know, but I have a strong suspicion that this move will work out and that we will all be left scratching our heads as to why this move wasn’t made before.