Is the Tennessee Titans Backfield Too Crowded?
By Kyle Zwiazek
It is no secret that the Tennessee Titans have various weapons to deploy during the season. The question is are there too many running backs in the backfield going into the 2017 season?
Jon Robinson has put the Tennessee Titans in a position to make some major strides heading into the 2017/2018 season. The amount of talent that is currently on the roster is exciting for fans. This includes the offensive backfield. The team is currently stacked at running back, are there enough touches to get everyone involved?
Earth, Wind, and Fire
The Titans running game last season was essentially a two man attack. Starter DeMarco Murray and goal line threat Derrick Henry received most of the carries. This season, rookie Khalfani Muhammad figures to be in the mix as well. Mike Mularkey did a great job of dividing up the carries last season, but fans are going to want to see more of Henry going forward. Henry is a former Heisman trophy winner and has the potential to become the Titans starter in the near future. The Titans will most likely adopt an Earth, Wind and Fire Strategy to get each player carries.
This works by giving Murray the bulk of the carries. He would be the Fire section of Earth, Wind and Fire. This would make sense based on how well he played last season. He was the every down back and had 1287 yards last season according to Pro Football Reference. Murray is a veteran and is the presence the Titans will need to lean on to accompany a young offense. He will for sure be a captain going into next season and will teach the other running backs what it takes to become an NFL player.
The Earth section will go to the bruising Henry. The former Heisman winner makes his presence known on the field. Last season according to Pro Football Reference, Henry accumulated 490 yards on 110 carriess for Tennessee. Those are solid numbers for the second string running back. He also scored five times in their rushing attack. Henry is not just a goal line threat in today’s NFL. The former Alabama product is a strong presence that should get more than just goal line carries. In the current state of the NFL, teams require at least two solid running backs and that is what the Titans have with Murray and Henry.
Sometimes going out of order with names makes sense. The newest piece to the puzzle is Khalfani Muhammad. The rookie running back was drafted by the Titans in the 7th round out of California. By all accounts, Muhammad is a speed demon that would fit as a nice pass catching option out of the backfield. There is no guarantee that the young running back will make the team at this point. If he does, look for the Titans to utilize his speed out of the backfield and in the return game. Early in the season Muhammad will not get a lot of action, but once Mularkey finds a fit for him, the Titans will have a real Earth, Wind and Fire combination.