NFL: Tennessee Titans Offseason Suggestions
As we now head into the offseason, every team has their specific plans for the upcoming season. With the new NFL season around 5 weeks from opening, it’s time to dive into some teams. I give my best suggestions for what they should be trying to get done this offseason. I last left you off going over what I thought the Cleveland Browns should do. Now it’s time to go south and switch to another conference foe and go over the Tennessee Titans.
The Titans had a very good year. They have been picking at the top of the draft for a while. Now they will have to look from the bottom of the draft for the first time in a long time. The team has a revamped coaching staff and both the offensive and defensive coordinators will be new. They will enter the offseason with the 8th most cap space in the league and an extremely talented, young roster. They may not need too much more to get them to the top. However, there are certainly some spots to improve to get them there.
So, without further ado, let’s get to my Tennessee Titans Offseason Suggestions:
SS, Kenny Vaccaro – This one is a something that the powers that be may not agree with. It was just last year that the Tennessee Titans signed Johnathan Cyprien. He probably fits the mold of a Bernard Pollard as the enforcer in this defense now ran by Dean Pees. I just think he was average last year. Vaccaro would be an upgrade in pass coverage, something that Cyprien struggles in.
NT, Dontari Poe – One position that the Titans have ignored for a while is NT. There were rumors that they liked Brandon Williams of the Ravens, but he was kept. They signed Sylvester Williams, but he has not solidified the position. Poe has always been a dominant run stuffer. Also, he would allow the LBs and the secondary to play off an extra step or 2. This would help a lot in pass coverage.
G, Justin Pugh – The great thing about a player like Pugh is his versatility. He can play inside and outside on the offensive line. Guard is one of the few positions that need to be addressed on the offensive side of the ball. Titans pride themselves on being one of the best lines in the sport, with how Q.Spain and J.Kline played last year, and with both being free agents, one of those spots is very likely to be upgraded.
QB, Josh McCown – Don’t jump off your chairs Titans fans, I’m talking about backup QB. Matt Cassel is god awful and he showed it in the 1 game he started this year, a loss to the Miami Dolphins. As we saw this year with the Superbowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, the backup QB is crucial to not seeing a huge drop off in case of injury. McCown is a team leader, a great teacher, a coach on the field, and he still has some pep left in his arm. The same cannot be said about Cassel.
Pick 25 – Cornerback – The reason I’m saying a position and not a player is because it’s anyone guess of where the CBs will go in this year’s draft. I’ve seen all 3 of the guys I have at the top of my CB board all possible falling to the Titans. My #1 guy is Joshua Jackson from Iowa, #2 is Denzel Ward from Ohio State, and #3 is Mike Hughes from UCF. Any of the 3 could come in and play outside in Nickel packages, which would allow Logan Ryan to slide inside to the slot, a more comfortable spot for him.
Pick 57 – ILB, Malik Jefferson – The Titans have some specialist at ILB. Avery Williamson, who is a free agent, is primarily a run stuffer. Rookie Jayon Brown is great in pass coverage. Veteran Wesley Woodyard is above average at both. However, they don’t really have a stud ILB. If you look at the history of Dean Pees, that is something he requires. Malik Jefferson, may not fall to them, but if he does, I’m sure he the Titans will run to the podium to select him.
Pick 89 – Edge, Jaylon Ferguson – This is a very weird year for pass rushers. I truly feel that you can get someone in the 3rd with as much talent as someone in the 1st. I don’t see a Myles Garrett type guy this year and it may work to the advantage of the Titans. Ferguson has loads of talent and had a bad year. In 2016 he had 14.5 sacks, but only 7 last year. He may sneak below the radar, but in the right situation, could be a top 5 pass rusher in this draft. He will learn well behind Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.
The 4th round is typically the round you just take the best player available. Nonetheless, for the Tennessee Titans, I think this is the best place to take a 3rd down back. Derrick Henry will likely be taking over as the bell-cow in the Titans offense and with that, it probably means the end for DeMarco Murray. However, with that, the Titans would lose their best pass protector and pass catcher out the backfield. Using the pick on a 3rd down back would be big to the offense and Mariota’s development.
The Titans have been at the bottom for a while and now that they have made themselves a legitimate contender. They now need to take the next step towards making a conference championship, or even a Superbowl. To do that, they need to get Mariota back on track, which is the new coaches job, specifically new OC Matt LaFleur, but they also need to solidify the defense.
With a couple signings on defense and a couple more drafted in the 1st 3 rounds, the Titans should become a serious title contender as soon as next year. Coaches can have a huge impact on wins and losses with game decisions. With new Head Coach Mike Vrabel and the previously mentioned OC Matt LaFleur and DC Dean Pees, the Tennessee Titans expect to be a playoff team again. Can they make the type of jump that the Jaguars and Eagles made this year? With the moves above, I think likely.