Team Name: Tennessee Titans
Division: AFC South
Stadium: LP Field (Nashville, TN)
2013 Record: 7-9
Head Coach: Ken Whisenhunt (2014), or “Whiz” as we like to call him, was the Cardinal’s head coach for 5 years and then the offensive coordinator for the Chargers last year
Quarterback: Depends on which week you ask, as the answer could be Jake Locker, Charlie Whitehurst, or Zach Mettenberger. Eek.
3 Offensive Players You Should Know:
– Shonn Greene, Running Back (23) – Spent the first four years of his career with the Jets. He missed the first part of the season with a knee injury, so he hasn’t been able to explode quite as much as they were hoping.
– Kendall Wright, Wide Receiver (13) – This second-year player is a bright-spot on the offense. If the quarterback situation were more favorable/consistent, his stats would be higher. Speaking from experience, he’s not a bad guy to have on your fantasy team as a WR2 or WR3.
– Michael Oher, Right Tackle (72) – Used to be a left tackle, but he’s transitioned to a right tackle. He’s the real-life inspiration for The Blind Side book and movie. If you’ve never seen that movie, drop what you’re doing right now and go get your dose of Oscar-winning Sandra Bullock.
3 Defensive Players You Should Know:
– Jurrell Casey, Defensive End (99) – Drafted by the Titans in 2011, Jurrell signed a pretty sweet 4-year $36 million contract extension prior to the regular season.
– Jason McCourty, Cornerback (30) – He’s got a twin brother named Devin who plays for the Patriots. Their mom has a Facebook page of her own with 10,000+ likes. He’s a friend of our girl Chrissy Carew and one of her Insightful Players. He does a lot of charity fundraising with his brother for sickle-cell disease. He posts pictures of his daughter on social media and she is adorable. At the risk of sounding creepy, I would totally offer to babysit her.
– Michael Griffin, Safety (33) – First-round draft pick that currently leads the team in total tackles. He also has three sacks and two interceptions on the season.
What Happened This Offseason:
– The Titans fired Mike Munchak, who held the head coaching position for 3 years after growing up in the organization. They hired Whiz.
– The team lost Chris Johnson, also known as CJ2K for the year he ran over 2,000 yards in a season. He went to the no man’s land also known as the Jets.
– The team also lost Alterraun Verner, a Pro Bowl cornerback, to the Buccaneers, who gave him a pretty hefty contract.
– They signed Dexter McCluster to a three-year deal. I think the original plan was to utilize him more as a running back, but he’s made more of a difference as a punt returner so far.
– Despite their revolving-door quarterback situation, they have some big names on the offensive line, like Andy Levitre and Michael Roos. They drafted Chance Warmack last year and Taylor Lewan this year to round out the group.
– They brought in Ray Horton from Cleveland as the new Defensive Coordinator. He’s switched up their scheme. Not sure it’s working out too well.
Why You Should Cheer for Them: If you’re looking for a long-term team to invest in, the Titans could be for you as long as you can overlook the short-term because they’re kind of a hot mess right now. They’ve only won two games at this point in the season, one against the hapless Jaguars, so that’s kind of sad. They’ve got a great offensive-minded coach who doesn’t quite seem to have the weapons he needs.
2014 Theme Song: Jesus, Take the Wheel (Carrie Underwood) – It doesn’t have to be Jesus, but someone has to take the wheel here because this team should be better this year.
Also, as Val pointed out to me, quarterback Charlie Whitehurst’s nickname is Clipboard Jesus, which makes this song choice even more appropriate. He got the nickname because of his long Jesus-y locks of hair and his perennial backup status.
You didn’t expect me to do a non-country song for a NASHVILLE-based team, did you?
(Side note: Is Carrie Underwood not one of the best looking pregnant ladies you’ve ever seen?)
The Last Word: We’ve always wanted to go to Nashville. If we did, our first stop probably wouldn’t be to see the Titans play (at least until they get their stuff together), but if there’s anyone that wants to put us up, let us know!