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Divisional Rival History:
The Texans would have swept this series last year if the Week 17 tilt meant anything to them.
The Colts own the Titans again, having won six of the past seven matchups.
If you watched old and improved NFL Primetime
you might remember that Chris Berman always said, "The Titans know all and tell all at Alltel Stadium." That's definitely true; Tennessee has won seven of the previous 11 in this heated rivalry.
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Tennessee Titans Free Agents:
Kamerion Wimbley, DE/OLB, Raiders. Age: 28.
Signed with Titans (5 years, $35 million)
Kamerion Wimbley, a perfect fit for either the 4-3 or 3-4, has 16 sacks in the past two years. He's also a force against the run.
Steve Hutchinson, G, Vikings. Age: 34.
Signed with Titans (3 years)
Steve Hutchinson will be 35 in November, but he's still getting it done. He was terrific this past season, and based on how long interior linemen can usually last, he should be able to play at a high level for a couple more years.
- Leger Douzable, DT, Jaguars. Age: 26. -- Signed with Titans (1 year)
2012 NFL Draft Grade: B+
Goals Entering the 2012 NFL Draft:
Cortland Finnegan, CB, Titans. Age: 28.
Signed with Rams (5 years, $50 million)
Cortland Finnegan is a really good cornerback unless he has to cover Andre Johnson. He's expected to reunite with Jeff Fisher in St. Louis.
Michael Griffin, S, Titans. Age: 27.
Franchised by Titans
Michael Griffin played very well in 2011, but had issues with consistency beforehand. He could join Cortland Finnegan in playing under Jeff Fisher again in St. Louis.
Jason Jones, DT, Titans. Age: 26.
Signed with Seahawks (1 year)
Jason Jones thrived as a defensive tackle in a wide-nine scheme prior to this season. He was moved to defensive end in 2011 and consequently struggled. Jones needs to go to Detroit, Philadelphia or St. Louis this spring.
Jake Scott, G, Titans. Age: 31.
Jake Scott is a good pass-protector, but struggles to open up running lanes. Considering his size (6-5, 292), that's not a surprise.
- William Hayes, DE, Titans. Age: 27. -- Signed with Rams (1 year)
- Lavelle Hawkins, WR, Titans. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Titans (3 years)
- Dave Ball, DE, Titans. Age: 31. -- Re-signed with Titans (1 year, $1.2 million)
- Jordan Babineaux, SS, Titans. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Titans (2 years, $5 million)
- Daniel Graham, TE, Titans. Age: 33.
- Chris Hope, SS, Titans. Age: 31.
- Donnie Avery, WR, Titans. Age: 28. -- Signed with Colts
- Fernando Velasco (RFA), C/G, Titans. Age: 27.
- Tony Brown, DT, Titans. Age: 31.
- Ahmard Hall, FB, Titans. Age: 32.
- Barrett Ruud, ILB, Titans. Age: 29. -- Signed with Seahawks (1 year)
- Tim Shaw, ILB, Titans. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Titans (3 years)
- Mike Otto, OT, Titans. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Titans (2 years)
- Patrick Bailey, OLB, Titans. Age: 26.
- Anthony Smith, S, Titans. Age: 28.
- Duke Robinson, G, Titans. Age: 25.
CJ2K turned into CJ1K last year, partly because the interior offensive line couldn't block. The Titans added Steve Hutchinson through free agency, but he's not nearly enough. Upgrades at right guard and center are still needed. Tennessee is also expected to address the defensive front.
2012 NFL Draft Accomplishments:
I know that Mike Munchak didn't want to address the offensive line with the 20th pick, but he should have made an exception for David DeCastro. DeCastro, along with newly signed Steve Hutchinson, would have allowed Tennessee to have the type of front it maintained when the team was so dominant a few years ago.
It's hard to dislike to Kendall Wright pick though. Wright is a play-maker and should be a great deep threat for Jake Locker. Meanwhile, the defense was addressed with three consecutive selections after that. The Titans filled needs at outside linebacker, defensive tackle and cornerback, all with players who provided at least good value at the three spots.
Tennessee had a solid draft overall, but it's a bit frustrating that the front office failed to upgrade the interior of the offensive line with DeCastro in Round 1 or Peter Konz in Round 2. If CJ1K doesn't revert back to CJ2K, the Titans can only blame themselves.
2012 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
20. Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor: B+ Grade
I really like this pick, but the thing that's keeping me from making this an A is the fact that David DeCastro is still on the board. DeCastro could have really bolstered the rushing attack and helped CJ1K turn back into CJ2K. Kendall Wright, however, figures to be a potent weapon for Jake Locker - something the Titans needed to acquire with Kenny Britt coming off a knee injury.
52. Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina: B Grade
Zach Brown, once upon a time, was a top 25 prospect. He was often listed in the first round of my mock draft in the fall. However, his work ethic and attitude, as well as a pedestrian 2011 campaign have forced him into the second round. The Titans are taking a risk here. Brown can be great if they coach him up, but there's also a good chance that he slacks off and underachieves.
82. Mike Martin, DT, Michigan: A- Grade
Mike Martin is decent value in the third round. He also fills a need, as the Titans needed to bring in someone who could compete with the disappointing Sen'Derrick Marks.
115. Coty Sensabaugh, CB, Clemson: B+ Grade
The Titans lost Cortland Finnegan, so they were looking for cornerback depth. Coty Sensabaugh was regarded by many as a Round 3-4 sleeper, so this is a nice selection.
145. Taylor Thompson, TE/DE, SMU: B Grade
Will the Titans use Taylor Thompson at tight end or defensive end? They need help in both areas. Thompson has tremendous upside as a tight end, but he'd play second fiddle to the emerging Jared Cook. This is the right range for him though.
190. Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State: A+ Grade
Markelle Martin was one of the final two prospects remaining in the top 100 of the consensus board (Alfonzo Dennard). In addition to this being a great value pick, it fills a need because the Titans didn't have any depth at the safety position.
211. Scott Solomon, DE, Rice: B Grade
This is a decent final-round selection. The Titans had to acquire depth behind Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan, and Scott Solomon fits the range.
The Titans performed better than most thought they would last year, but I can't help but think that they should have been the sixth AFC team to reach the playoffs instead of Cincinnati. Mike Munchak cost his team by not playing the superior quarterback late in the year, as it was quite apparent that Jake Locker was the better option over Matt Hasselbeck. The good news though is that this gives Tennessee fans hope for the immediate future.
Titans cut TE Daniel Graham
Titans sign OLB Zac Diles
Titans cut G Duke Robinson
Titans re-sign DE Dave Ball
Seahawks sign ILB Barrett Ruud
Rams sign DE William Hayes
Titans sign DT Leger Douzable
Titans re-sign ILB Tim Shaw
Colts sign WR Donnie Avery
Titans sign DE Kamerion Wimbley
Seahawks sign DT Jason Jones
Titans sign G Steve Hutchinson
Rams sign CB Cortland Finnegan
Titans re-sign SS Jordan Babineaux
Titans franchise S Michael Griffin
Titans re-sign WR Lavelle Hawkins
Titans re-sign OT Mike Otto
- Center: The interior of Tennessee's offensive line needs to be completely reworked, as the players simply couldn't open up any running lanes for Chris Johnson. Eugene Amano is one of the worst centers in the NFL, so the Titans will consider Peter Konz at No. 20 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.
- Two Guards: More interior line help. Left guard Leroy Harris is terrible, while right guard Jake Scott is a free agent. Cordy Glenn will be an option at No. 20. The Titans may want to trade up for David DeCastro as well. Signed Steve Hutchinson
- Defensive End: Karl Klug paced the Titans with seven sacks in 2011. That can't happen again. In a division with Matt Schaub and Peyton Manning/Andrew Luck, they'll need to bolster their pass rush. Depth will also be needed because Jason Jones, Dave Ball and William Hayes are all free agents. Signed Kamerion Wimbley; re-signed Dave Ball
- Two Safeties: Tennessee's top four safeties, including starters Michael Griffin and Jordan Babineaux, are free agents. Griffin, the free safety, is the only competent player at his position on the roster, so an upgrade was already needed. Franchised Michael Griffin; re-signed Jordan Babineaux
- Defensive Tackle: Jurrell Casey played well as a rookie, but the Titans need to find an upgrade next to him. Drafted Mike Martin; signed Leger Douzable
- Weakside Linebacker: Akeem Ayers and Colin McCarthy form a quality linebacking tandem. The weakside linebacker position is still a weakness, however. Drafted Zach Brown; signed Zac Diles
- Cornerback Depth: It appears as though Cortland Finnegan will be signing with the Rams, so the Titans will have to acquire depth behind Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner. Drafted Coty Sensabaugh
- Wide Receiver Depth: Lavelle Hawkins and Donnie Avery are free agents, so depth is needed here. It wouldn't hurt to have someone push Damian Williams. Drafted Kendall Wright; re-signed Lavelle Hawkins
2012 Tennessee Titans Analysis: The Titans are a very solid team that could win as many as 10 games in 2012. That will be difficult, however, because of the aforementioned schedule. Their best bet is developing Jake Locker for a run at the AFC South crown in 2013. Locker will have experience by then, while Kenny Britt will be fully recovered from his torn ACL. In the meantime, however, a series of taxing, early-season matchups could derail Tennessee's playoff aspirations this year.
Projection: 8-8 (2nd in AFC South)
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