Monday, August 6, 2012

Quick Hits: The Tennessee Titans

With only 30 days remaining before the start to the NFL Regular Season, stories are developing fast out of training camps around the league.

Throughout the season, we'll be covering the Tennessee Titans as much as possible, simply because the team is in our backyard.

A few thoughts on the team and where they are today:

Amano is out for the year.
Eugene Amano tears triceps, out for the season:
Mike Munchak confirmed fears when he announced that Eugene Amano, starting center, would be out for the season with a torn triceps injury. Amano will need surgery and a full year to recover in order to return to the Titans' lineup.

Although in a close battle with reserve center Kevin Matthews, Amano was thought to have the starting job locked up going into the preseason. The injury comes after a major changing of the guard for the Titans' offensive line, as Jake Scott hit free agency and Steve Hutchinson was brought in from Minnesota.

The injury will require Munchak to get a little creative on the line, and Chris Johnson's "renaissance" could be a little premature if the line has trouble with chemistry as the season starts. However, Chris Johnson is reportedly in "football" shape, adding much needed bulk and conditioning that he lacked last year.

With an unproven starting line, it looks like he might need it.

Kenny Britt, 15 Touchdowns to 8 Arrests:
Everyone blasting the Kendall Wright pick is now eating crow, as it seems Kenny Britt is at it again with his ridiculous offseason antics and general "lots of questions" rhetoric.

Britt might be headed to the bench.
Apparently all jacked up on more than Mountain Dew, Britt proceeded to get arrested in Fort Campbell, Ky., failing field sobriety tests and earning himself a DUI. He is expected to meet with Roger Goodell before the season starts and could see the bench for a number of games under the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy.

Wright has been lighting it up in practice.
Meanwhile, Kendall Wright has signed his rookie contract for four years and has reportedly looked "incredible" in practice, comfortable in the slot but also on the outside where Britt regularly patrols.

Wright was just the insurance the Titans needed should Britt get injured or into trouble. He is a little undersized, but he's a solid option over the middle and a potential deep threat to spread the field for Cook, Washington, Williams and most importantly, CJ2K.

Locker, not Hasselbeck, the favorite to start in Tennessee:
Locker has the tools to win games.
According to NFL Network's Michael Lombardi, Jake Locker has the inside track to the starting job as helmsman of the Titans.

Given his age and his skill set, Locker makes sense to start. The Washington Huskies product has a wildly strong arm, youthful legs and a penchant for play-making that should make him the favorite.

But so does Hasselbeck.
However, the Titans' brutal start to the season could shift things the other way for seasoned veteran Matt Hasselbeck, and Hasselbeck hasn't exactly made it easy for the front office to decide which way to go. After a solid offseason and great first few days in camp, Munchak said he may not have the correct QB depth chart until after the second preseason game.

From the outside looking in, the Titans' certain have a good problem on their hands with two capable quarterbacks on the roster. Only time will tell.

We'll have more as the season starts to develop.


  1. Locker should definatley start and not Hassleback.. Knowing the titans, they will keep Hassleback in till after it's too late and then put locker in.. Borneo and raised a titans fan and it NEVER fails..

  2. You don't think Hasselbeck should be given a chance, especially with the first four games being against potential playoff teams?

    The Titans believe they can win now, and with either quarterback. Makes it tough to narrow it down.

  3. He deserves a chance, but they will keep thinking he will get better and better and he won't.. and they are dumb enough not to resort to locker.