?????????????? Tennessee Titans 2014 Season Preview

?????????????? Tennessee Titans 2014 Season Preview

<p>While the Titans cut ties with the long-time running back Chris Johnson in the offseason, allowing him to sign with the New York Jets, the club brought in a head coach with Super Bowl experience -- something Johnson didn't have.</p>

While the Titans cut ties with the long-time running back Chris Johnson in the offseason, allowing him to sign with the New York Jets, the club brought in a head coach with Super Bowl experience -- something Johnson didn't have.

Whisenhunt led the Arizona Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII with Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin leading the offense. The question for Whisenhunt is: Can he duplicate that success with Jake Locker under center and even less around him? Because even with a Super Bowl appearance, the one thing Whisenhunt doesn't have this time around is an offensive juggernaut, something the departed Johnson could've helped create even if he is late in his career.

As a result, the Titans are entering a rebuilding period. Even though they went 7-9 last season, finishing second in a weak AFC South, the upside of this club is minimal. Locker is an injury-prone signal caller who isn't surrounded with much firepower and the defense isn't a group that will be able to allow the offense to steal some wins.

Tennessee did do itself a favor by cutting ties with trouble wide receiver Kenny Britt. Although he showed glimpses of stardom, his off-field issues were too much for the organization to deal with, giving the club another reason to start over.

The rebuilding began in the draft, as the Titans selected offensive lineman Taylor Lewan out of Michigan, adding depth to a solid offensive line. Starting in the trenches with a lineman who is expected to be a star is a good move. The club also hedged its bets with Locker and took Zach Mettenberger in the sixth round. A strong-armed quarterback, Mettenberger brings some off- field issues with him, but if he can learn for a year behind Locker, his maturity might catch up.

Whisenhunt also has a knack for giving life to QBs. He did it in Pittsburgh with Ben Roethlisberger, in Arizona with Warner and in San Diego with Phillip Rivers.

It's going to be a tough year for th 1-1 .500 Elias Ymer (SWE) 0-0 .000 1-1 .500 1-1 .500 Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 4-1 .800 17-21 .447 21-22 .488 Jiri Vesely (CZE) 2-2 .500 12-13 .480 14-15 .483 Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 3-1 .750 7-10 .412 10-11 .476 David Goffin (BEL) 3-2 .600 7-9 .438 10-11 .476 Benjamin Becker (GER) 1-3 .250 17-17 .500 18-20 .474 Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 1-4 .200 17-16 .515 18-20 .474 Gilles Simon (FRA) 3-3 .500 14-16 .467 17-19 .472 Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 0-0 .000 15-17 .469 15-17 .469 Dudi Sela (ISR) 3-4 .429 12-13 .480 15-17 .469 Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 0-0 .000 14-16 .467 14-16 .467 Albert Montanes (ESP) 1-3 .250 12-12 .500 13-15 .464 Federico Delbonis (ARG) 2-8 .200 17-14 .548 19-22 .463 Dustin Brown (GER) 2-1 .667 10-13 .435 12-14 .462 Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) 1-2 .333 5-5 .500 6-7 .462 Malek Jaziri (TUN) 0-0 .000 6-7 .462 6-7 .462 Peter Gojowczyk (GER) 0-2 .000 5-4 .556 5-6 .455 Andreas Seppi (ITA) 4-4 .500 14-18 .438 18-22 .450 Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 0-1 .000 9-10 .474 9-11 .450 Marius Copil (ROU) 1-0 1.000 3-5 .375 4-5 .444 Jimmy Wang (TPE) 0-1 .000 4-4 .500 4-5 .444 Alexander Zverev (GER) 0-1 .000 4-4 .500 4-5 .444 Victor Hanescu (ROU) 1-1 .500 10-13 .435 11-14 .440 Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 2-1 .667 9-13 .409 11-14 .440 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 2-0 1.000 5-9 .357 7-9 .438 Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 1-1 .500 6-8 .429 7-9 .438 Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 2-2 .500 11-15 .423 13-17 .433 Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 1-2 .333 14-18 .438 15-20 .429 Guido Pella (ARG) 0-1 .000 3-3 .500 3-4 .429 Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) 1-1 .500 12-17 .414 13-18 .419 Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 2-3 .400 11-15 .423 13-18 .419 Ivan Dodig (CRO) 2-2 .500 9-14 .391 11-16 .407 Marcel Granollers (ESP) 4-2 .667 12-22 .353 16-24 .400 Robin Haase (NED) 1-4 .200 13-17 .433 14-21 .400 Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 1-1 .500 13-20 .394 14-21 .400 Sam Groth (AUS) 1-0 1.000 5-9 .357 6-9 .400 Daniel Evans (GBR) 2-0 1.000 2-6 .250 4-6 .400 Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 0-1 .000 4-5 .444 4-6 .400 Inigo Cervantes (ESP) 0-0 .000 2-3 .400 2-3 .400 Borna Coric (CRO) 1-1 .500 1-2 .333 2-3 .400 Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 0-2 .000 2-1 .667 2-3 .400 Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 0-0 .000 2-3 .400 2-3 .400 Joao Sousa (POR) 3-2 .600 14-24 .368 17-26 .395 Lukas Lacko (SVK) 1-2 .333 8-12 .400 9-14 .391 Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 2-2 .500 7-12 .368 9-14 .391 Stephane Robert (FRA) 1-0 1.000 4-8 .333 5-8 .385 Alejandro Falla (COL) 2-1 .667 7-14 .333 9-15 .375 Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 1-0 1.000 2-5 .286 3-5 .375 Gastao Elias (POR) 0-1 .000 3-4 .429 3-5 .375 Denis Kudla (USA) 1-0 1.000 2-5 .286 3-5 .375 Michael Llodra (FRA) 0-2 .000 3-3 .500 3-5 .375 Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 1-1 .500 10-18 .357 11-19 .367 Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) 0-2 .000 8-12 .400 8-14 .364 Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 1-2 .333 9-16 .360 10-18 .357 Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 0-0 .000 5-9 .357 5-9 .357 Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 0-4 .000 6-7 .462 6-11 .353 Michael Russell (USA) 1-0 1.000 5-11 .313 6-11 .353 Tim Smyczek (USA) 0-2 .000 6-9 .400 6-11 .353 Tobias Kamke (GER) 2-2 .500 5-11 .313 7-13 .350 Benoit Paire (FRA) 2-2 .500 7-16 .304 9-18 .333 Blaz Rola (SLO) 2-1 .667 2-7 .222 4-8 .333 James Ward (GBR) 1-2 .333 3-6 .333 4-8 .333 Michael Berrer (GER) 1-1 .500 2-5 .286 3-6 .333 Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 1-0 1.000 2-6 .250 3-6 .333 Albano Olivetti (FRA) 1-0 1.000 1-4 .200 2-4 .333 Rhyne Williams (USA) 1-0 1.000 1-4 .200 2-4 .333 Martin Alund (ARG) 1-0 1.000 0-2 .000 1-2 .333 Vincent Millot (FRA) 1-1 .500 0-1 .000 1-2 .333 Mate Pavic (CRO) 0-0 .000 1-2 .333 1-2 .333 Filip Peliwo (CAN) 0-1 .000 1-1 .500 1-2 .333 Potito Starace (ITA) 0-0 .000 1-2 .333 1-2 .333 Adrian Ungur (ROM) 0-0 .000 1-2 .333 1-2 .333 Jurgen Zopp (EST) 0-0 .000 1-2 .333 1-2 .333 Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 0-6 .000 9-13 .409 9-19 .321 Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 0-2 .000 10-20 .333 10-22 .313 Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) 2-1 .667 6-17 .261 8-18 .308 Ryan Harrison (USA) 1-1 .500 4-11 .267 5-12 .294 Lukasz Kubot (POL) 0-1 .000 5-11 .313 5-12 .294 Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 2-0 1.000 5-17 .227 7-17 .292 Kenny De Schepper (FRA) 0-2 .000 6-13 .316 6-15 .286 Frank Dancevic (CAN) 1-2 .333 1-3 .250 2-5 .286 Mate Delic (CRO) 0-0 .000 2-5 .286 2-5 .286 Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 0-1 .000 2-4 .333 2-5 .286 Rajeev Ram (USA) 0-1 .000 2-4 .333 2-5 .286 Robby Ginepri (USA) 1-2 .333 2-6 .250 3-8 .273 Alex Kuznetsov (USA) 1-0 1.000 2-8 .200 3-8 .273 Pere Riba (ESP) 1-1 .500 2-7 .222 3-8 .273 Igor Sijsling (NED) 1-4 .200 7-19 .269 8-23 .258 Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) 0-0 .000 2-6 .250 2-6 .250 Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 0-0 .000 2-6 .250 2-6 .250 Ante Pavic (CRO) 1-2 .333 1-4 .200 2-6 .250 Peter Polansky (CAN) 0-0 .000 2-6 .250 2-6 .250 Radu Albot (MDA) 1-0 1.000 0-3 .000 1-3 .250 Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 0-1 .000 1-2 .333 1-3 .250 Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 0-0 .000 1-3 .250 1-3 .250 Illya Marchenko (UKR) 1-0 1.000 0-3 .000 1-3 .250 Joao Souza (BRA) 0-1 .000 1-2 .333 1-3 .250 Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 0-1 .000 1-3 .250 1-4 .200 Aleksandr Nedovyesov (UKR) 0-1 .000 3-12 .200 3-13 .188 Somdev Devvarman (IND) 0-3 .000 2-6 .250 2-9 .182 Matthew Ebden (AUS) 1-0 1.000 3-19 .136 4-19 .174 Daniel Brands (GER) 0-2 .000 2-8 .200 2-10 .167 Bradley Klahn (USA) 0-1 .000 2-9 .182 2-10 .167 Jesse Huta Galung (NED) 0-2 .000 1-3 .250 1-5 .167 James Duckworth (AUS) 0-1 .000 1-5 .167 1-6 .143 Julian Reister (GER) 0-1 .000 1-9 .100 1-10 .091 Michal Przysiezny (POL) 1-1 .500 0-14 .000 1-15 .063 Filippo Volandri (ITA) 0-6 .000 1-10 .091 1-16 .059

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