Which offensive line combination is best for Tennessee Titans
By Will Lomas
What do you do with the Tennessee Titans offensive line?
Right now there is a huge issue on the Tennessee Titans offense and it actually has nothing to do with the wide receivers. The offensive line is going to kill this offense.
So what do you do? You can’t draft or trade anyone right now obviously and the free agent pool is basically players who were fringe practice squad guys or injured veterans.
If you are going to make a change then it has to come from within. That means that this is what we have to work with:
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What is the best combination that you can make with that group of nine offensive linemen? I think there are five realistic combinations.
A: No change
If you really believe in chemistry and that experience together makes an OL good then this has been a bad year for you. Essentially the Titans OL is Taylor Lewan doing well with Jack Conklin and Quinton Spain sometimes doing what they are supposed to.
However if the protections are too complicated to explain and you are worried about free rushers getting to the QB I guess this group is at least getting in the way of defenders on most plays even if they struggle to actually block them.
B: Dennis Kelly to right guard
In descending order the biggest issues for the Titans OL are:
Spain and Lewan are locked in based on what you have behind them. The easiest thing to do would be to take your best bench player (Dennis Kelly) and put him at your worst OL position especially if it doesn’t involve snapping.
The downside is that Kelly is really tall and could get in passing lanes, but honestly I think Mariota would trade a pass deflecting off his right guards head if it meant he wasn’t going to constantly have a 3-tech in his face.
C. Kelly/Conklin right side
So this is the one I see most frequently and it has a lot of merit. The idea is that you take Jack Conklin and kick him inside to right guard (which is actually a pretty difficult task) which should help him since he is struggling a lot with speed rushers right now.
Then to replace him at right tackle you bring in Dennis Kelly who is arguably the Titans 2nd most consistently offensive lineman at this point in the year.
It isn’t crazy to think that this move improves both spots at once.
D. Corey Levin and Ben Jones in the middle
Right now Jones is struggling badly, but he is slightly outplaying right guard Josh Kline. Why not move Jones over to right guard (a position he has played before) and bring in your backup center Corey Levin?
Levin is a better athlete than Jones and can probably be an overall improvement. Jones stays on the line to help communicate protections and he can make the same calls from one spot over.
E. Let’s get crazy
What if the Titans went crazy and just replaced everyone from the center over. This is the biggest change I think the Titans could make:
LT: Taylor Lewan
LG: Quinton Spain
C: Corey Levin
RG: Jack Conklin
RT: Dennis Kelly
The only person out of position here would be Conklin, but I think he could handle the move change. You improve at right tackle and right guard, and at the very least you get more athletic at center.
I don’t think this is a change we will see, but I think this is the best offensive line the Titans could come out with going forward. If the Titans really wanted to make a big swing for the fences this would be the change(s) to make.