Free Agency Moves
When you only win two games the entire season, big moves need to be made. That was the case for the Tennessee Titans this offseason, as head coach Ken Whisenhunt understood the need to make a major splash in free agency. Luckily, the Titans did just that.
Tennessee held nothing back in going after some of the top free agents on the market, which resulted in several great additions. The Titans landed a huge piece of the puzzle in outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who will immediately be able to change the game on the defensive side of the ball and give Tennessee a new and improved look. Speaking of defense, safety Da’Norris Searcy was also added to the mix, which will aid the secondary without a doubt.
And then on offense, the Titans went out and added wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to give the offense another reliable threat on the outside. They picked up another solid wideout in Harry Douglas as well.
Assessing Tennessee’s Draft
There was no way that the Titans could mess up their first round selection. With everyone knowing that Jameis Winston was heading to the Bucs with the first pick, Tennessee has its pick of anyone that it wanted. And it went with the best possible selection of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.
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While the team is still trying to finalize its deal with Mariota (a bit rare this late in the off-season), he’s the quarterback that could change the franchise. He has all the potential in the world, and with veteran pieces to help him out on offense, he should be able to succeed right away.
The Titans also got him some help with what may be the biggest steal of the draft in grabbing wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham in the second round. He has some off-field issues in college, but when it comes to overall skills, this guy is the real deal.
Going offense for most of their picks made sense, and now the Titans will wait and see how quickly some of these selections will make their presence felt on the field.
Other Offseason Notes
The biggest sticking point for Tennessee at this stage of the off-season is getting Mariota officially signed. Again, after all of the positive steps that have been made, it would be a bit of a bummer to have Mariota miss significant time in training camp.
However, you can almost bet that the two sides will figure out some way to get all this squared away, as both the Titans and Mariota have a lot riding on their new relationship together.
Looking Ahead to Tennessee’s 2015 Season
After the 2-14 campaign a season ago, you can bet that the Titans are ready to get back to playing competitive football once again in order to erase the ugliness of the 2014 campaign.
As for the actual regular season, that will get underway in Tampa Bay on September 13. Of course, assuming that Mariota gets his deal signed by then, it will feature an intriguing Mariota vs. Winston battle that will be must-see TV.
Given all the additions to this Titans team, another two-win season would be a failure on so many levels. As for the playoffs, this Tennessee squad may still be a year away.
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