NFL Update: The Tennessee Titans 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft
Can The 2014 Tennessee Titans Sneak In The Playoffs?
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2013 Recap: The Tennessee Titans had an up-and-down season that ended with a 7-9 record and no playoff appearance for the fifth straight year. The Titans had an inconsistent offense that consisted of a passing game that ranked 21st in the league and a defense that allowed 112.2 rushing yards per game. The Titans lost five of their last eight games and finished a horrible 2-4 in division play.
Key Losses: The Titans lost their leading passer in Ryan Fitzpatrick, their top running back in Chris Johnson and a solid wide receiver in Kenny Britt. Of course, their biggest loss was Johnson, a top-tier running back who has more than 7,900 rushing yards and 50 rushing touchdowns. Defensively, the Titans lost playmaker cornerback Alterraun Verner, who had 11 interceptions in four seasons with the franchise. Verner had his best season last year with five picks.
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Key Additions: In a attempt to replace Johnson, the Titans signed Dexter McCluster, who was a versatile player for the Kansas City Chiefs and is a threat to score any time he touches the ball. The Titans also picked up a big name on the defensive side of the ball with the addition of Shaun Phillips. Phillips is a 10-year veteran who has 79.5 sacks and 22 forced fumbles. He has 19.5 sacks in the last two seasons.
Draft: The Titans picked up two players who can start right away with offensive lineman Taylor Lewan and running back Bishop Sankey. Lewan was one of the top offensive linemen in the draft and has that Michigan pedigree, while Sankey is a shifty back with game breaking speed and moves. The steal for the Titans came when they drafted quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Although he’s coming off a major injury, Mettenberger is a smart player and has the skill set to be a solid pro quarterback in due time.
2014 Outlook, So Far: The Titans have pieces to build around, but I’m not sure they’re quite there yet to take on the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texas in the division. The Titans still need to find their quarterback and could take another step defensively. There’s going to be plenty of value with the Titans this season, as they’ll win games they probably shouldn’t, but I don’t see a playoff berth this season.
Sept. 7 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1
Sept. 14 Dallas Cowboys, 1
Sept. 21 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1
Sept. 28 at Indianapolis Colts, 1
Oct. 5 Cleveland Browns, 1
Oct. 12 Jacksonville Jaguars, 1
Oct. 19 at Washington Redskins, 1
Oct. 26 Houston Texans, 1
Nov. 2 BYE
Nov. 9 at Baltimore Ravens, 1
Nov. 17 Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon), 8:30
Nov. 23 at Philadelphia Eagles, 1
Nov. 30 at Houston Texans, 1
Dec. 7 New York Giants, 1
Dec. 14 New York Jets, 4:05
Dec. 18 at Jacksonville Jaguars (Thu), 8:25
Dec. 28 Indianapolis Colts, 1