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Tennessee Titans Exit Interview

The Tennessee Titans finished 3-13 this season and their fans will be disappointed to see their team win less games than they did in 2014.

Last year, the team drafted Marcus Mariota to be the franchise quarterback and there were some concerns about his durability and skill at the next level.

Mariota played in 12 games this season and had a decent rookie campaign with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

The Titans were one of many teams this season who simply couldn’t finish or come back at the end of games. Six of their losses were by six points or less, which means their record could have been much better.

The team just hired Mike Mularkey who has a combined record of 18-39 as a head coach. The Titans played much better with him as the interim head coach for the last nine games of the season but his track record isn’t that encouraging.

STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

STRENGTHS:

Defense, quarterback, tight end

Defense:

The Tennessee Titans have built a solid defense of the last couple of seasons. The problem is they really haven’t had much help from their offense. Their front seven has studs like Jurrell Casey, Brian Orakpo and Wesley Woodyard.

They’re also solid in the secondary with pros like Jason McCourty and Michael Griffin. They finished 7th in passing defense and 12th in total defense, that’s pretty impressive since it’s a pass happy league now. The Titans have a solid defense to build around and they’ll soon become Marcus Mariota’s best friend.

Quarterback:

It may not seem like Marcus Mariota is a complete strength for this team but it’s only a matter of time before he is. Mariota has shown that he isn’t likely to be a bust. All young quarterbacks need to work on their decision making but everything else is their.

His running ability along with his throwing accuracy will soon make a deadly combination. Hopefully Mariota makes a big leap in year two.

Tight end:

One of the lone bright spots for the Tennessee Titans this year was Delanie Walker. He managed to establish a great connection with Mariota and reached 1,000 receiving yards in a season for the first time of his career.

Having an option like Walker will be huge for Mariota and the Titans, especially little to no wide receiver help right now.

WEAKNESSES:

Wide receiver, offensive line, running back

Wide receiver:

The Titans have done plenty to address this issue but they are still very inexperienced at the position. Kendall Wright is probably their best receiver but is he a true number one receiver?  They drafted another wide receiver with plenty of baggage, Dorial Green-Beckham.

He has plenty of potential and he started to come along nicely at the end of the season. However, is he a guy the team can count on? There are still so many question marks when Mariota needs someone to get the ball to. They should address it this offseason.

Offensive line:

The Titans drafted Taylor Lewan who is a beast and they have Chance Warmack who they also drafted in the first round. Outside of that, the line needs some help because Marcus Mariota was sacked the most in the NFL.

The franchise quarterback can’t afford to be taking that kind of punishment on a week to week basis. On top of that, the Titans were 25th in the NFL at running the football. Unfortunately there isn’t a lineman highly rated enough for them to take at number one. Free agency will be critical for the Titans.

Running back:

This team is desperately searching for a featured back but the problem is that they’re basically stuck with what they have. They’ve drafted Bishop Sankey who has been a relative disappointment and the same goes for David Cobb came back from injuries to do very little.

Antonio Andrews, the undrafted back out of Western Kentucky was average at best. They have so many players at the position but little to show for it, they’d love to have CJ2K back right about now.

TEAM NEEDS

PLAYERS TO RE-SIGN:

RB Antonio Andrews

CB Coty Sensabaugh

FREE AGENTS TARGETS ($40.5 MILLION PROJECTED CAP SPACE 2016):

RB Matt Forte

RB Lamar Miller

WR Alshon Jeffery

OT Russell Okung

2016 NFL DRAFT FIRST ROUND TARGETS (NO. 1 PICK)

DE Joey Bosa (Ohio State)

 

Read Salute Magazine‘s other NFL exit interviews:

AFC East: Buffalo Bills | Miami Dolphins | New York Jets

AFC North: Baltimore Ravens | Cleveland Browns

AFC South: Jacksonville Jaguars | Indianapolis Colts

AFC West: San Diego Chargers

 

 

 

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