Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Tennessee Titans. [full archive here].
Season Recap – Things will be much different in Tennessee this offseason with Jeff Fisher departing after 16 seasons as the head coach. Along with Fisher’s outing comes the (eventual) release of QB Vince Young, who at times looked to be the next great. Former offensive line coach Mike Munchak takes over for Fisher and will be the man in charge of the rebuilding Titans.
1. Quarterback – Vince Young will not be on the roster next season and Kerry Collins will be 39 years old. QB is a very big need. With stars Chris Johnson and Kenny Tate in the prime of their careers, the smartest move would be to sign a veteran free agent and spend a season or two developing a rookie. Players like Seneca Wallace, Luke McCown, or Bruce Gradkowski could be possible mentors for prospects such as Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, or Andy Dalton. Before the start of the season, there will be two new capable QB’s on the roster.
2. Outside Linebacker – Gerald McRath didn’t have a great season, which was somewhat disappointing because the Titans expected him to take a big step in his second year. Will Witherspoon played decently, and he is on the decline at age 31. Tennessee needs to find an upgrade in the first three rounds.
3. Offensive Guard – Although having All-pro Chris Johnson, the Titans’ interior line ranks among the leagues worst. Johnson typically gets his yards by stretch plays where he can use his speed. Acquiring a guard to replace Leroy Harris, who was terrible in 2010, would allow Johnson even more opportunity to produce. Tennessee should grab Stephen Wisniewski to solidify the position.
4. Defensive Tackle – There has been a huge void at the position ever since Albert Haynesworth left. Some believe Haynesworth could be returning to Tennessee through a trade, but I believe Tennessee should try to find a new Haynesworth. 2010 first round pick Derrick Morgan will return from injury, and adding a force in the middle will help Morgan tremendously in his first season. Tennessee will have many options in the draft due to the depth of this year’s class.
5. Inside Linebacker – The second league leading tackler last season, Stephen Tulloch looks destined for a move as he prepares for free agency. If Tulloch leaves, there would be a huge whole in Tennessee defense. ILB’s are the leaders of the defense and the Titans can’t afford to enter the season without an entrenched starter.