2014 Fantasy Football Team Previews- Tennessee Titans

Tennessee was unable to show any improvement with Mike Munchak (22-26) as their head coach over the last three seasons. Their offense has been below average for five straight seasons. Their defense was one of the worst in the league in 2012, but it did show some growth in 2013. Ken Whisenhunt will take over as head coach. He has worked at various positions with eight different NFL franchises in his career. He has six years of head coaching experience with the Arizona Cardinals where he led them to one Super Bowl appearance. Last year he was the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers. They improved from one of the worst teams in offense in 2012 to finish fifth overall in total offense. This was the key reason he received another shot at a head coaching position. Ken is 45-51 as a head coach with four postseason wins in six tries. Jason Michael will take over as the offensive coordinator. Last year he was the tight end coach for San Diego. He has a short resume, but I’m sure Whisenhunt will have a close eye on the offensive side of the ball. Ray Horton was brought in to be the defensive coordinator. He has held this same position with two different teams over the last three seasons and has ties to Ken Whisenhunt as the head coach when they were both at Arizona. The Titans were just above the league average in rushing yards (1,894) in 2013 with 16 rushing TD’s. They finished 21st in passing yards per game (218.5) with 22 TD’s and 16 Int’s. Their offensive line allowed 37 sacks. On defense, Tennessee was 20th in rushing yards allowed (1,795) while allowing only 4.0 yards per carry, above the league average. Their downside was 20 rushing TD’s allowed. They finished 11th in the league in passing yards allowed per game (225.8). Their cornerbacks played well, which led to only 15 passing TD’s allowed, although their pass rush was below league average (36 sacks).

Position Breakdown

* Quarterbacks

Jake Locker (QB) – Locker has shown some flashes over the last couple of seasons, but he does have some durability issues as he has missed 14 games over the last two seasons. In his career, he has three 300-yard passing games with an 8-10 record as a starter. Last year he led the Titans to a 3-1 record after the first four games of the season before going down with a hip and knee injury. Over the first four weeks, he threw 6 TD’s with no Int’s as he did a very good job as a game manager, which led to only one plus passing game (299 yards in week 3). When he returned to the starting lineup, Jake had success (326 yards and 2 TD’s) against a top NFL defense (San Francisco). He struggled in week nine against the Rams (2 Int’s), and his season ended in week 10 when he suffered a Lisfranc injury in his right foot against Jacksonville. The Titans didn’t pick up his option for the 2015 season, giving him a short-term opportunity to prove he is worthy of being a starting NFL quarterback. His value from a fantasy perspective is extremely limited as Tennessee would prefer to be a ball control offense. In half of his career starts, he has thrown for less than 200 yards. He definitely showed some improvement in 2013, but his inability to stay healthy makes him a tough player to trust. When you also consider that the Titans added an upside pocket passer, you know the window for Locker to have success will be short. Decent NFL player with some value in the running game, but his overall stats will fall below NFL average.

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