Three burning offseason questions for the Tennessee Titans


Thanks to Saturday’s disappointing loss to the Baltimore Ravens, instead of preparing to host next week’s AFC Championship Game, the offseason has officially begun for the Tennessee Titans.

Over the next several weeks, the Titans will have many important decisions to make that will play a huge role in shaping the team’s roster for next year and beyond.

Let’s get the offseason ball rolling by discussing three burning questions that the Titans need to answer before the start of the 2009 regular season.

1. What’s gonna happen at the QB position?

Perhaps the biggest question mark heading into the offseason is at quarterback.

IMO, Veteran Kerry Collins has earned the right to be the team’s starting signal-caller in 2009. Replacing an injured Vince Young, KC provided the Titans with a veteran presence in the huddle. He was a great fit for Mike Heimerdinger’s offense and emerged as a leader on the AFC’s best team during the regular season.

In the other corner, we have the talented but enigmatic Vince Young. Optimistically, the lessons learned from a frustrating 2008 season would propel Vince into a comeback year of sorts in 2009. Realistically, there’s a good chance that even in the best-case scenario, he may have a shot of competing for his old job next year.

Gonna be interesting to see how this situation plays out. Stay tuned…

2. To re-sign or not to re-sign Big Al: that is the question.

Albert Haynesworth’s dominance has been well-documented. He’s perhaps the league’s premier DT and whether it’s courtesy of the Tennessee Titans or another franchise, Big Al should expect a big payday in a month or so.

Life without Haynesworth was horrible in 2007 but when Al was befelled by injury in 2008, rookie Jason Jones stepped up with a memorable 3.5 sack performance in a playoff-type matchup with the Steelers.

Can Jones replace Haynesworth on a full-time basis or are the Titans better off locking up “Fat Albert” for the long haul?

3. Can we get another playmaker on offense, please?

The ankle injury that prevented rookie sensation Chris Johnson from playing in the second half of Saturday’s loss exposed the proverbial 800-pound gorilla in the room for the Tennessee Titan offense.

The Titans are in dire need of a speedster at the WR position. Justin Gage, as indicated by his clutch performance against the Ravens, is a keeper. However, instead of a non-contributor such as Justin McCareins, Gage needs to be paired with a more dynamic player who can consistently make plays down the field.

Needless to say, with the offseason officially upon us, the Tennessee Titans will have some big decisions to make in the weeks and months that lie ahead. 


8 Responses to “Three burning offseason questions for the Tennessee Titans”

  1. Andrew Strickert Says:

    Drexel, I believe you are absolutely right and I’m sure we’ll have plenty of discussions about these points during the next two months and maybe beyond. I too would love to see Collins re-sign and for him and Vince to compete for the starting job in training camp. Competition brings out the best in a team and may the best man win. Also, re-signing Albert is a priority and I hope the Titans can find a way to get it done without breaking the bank. I’ve got to disagree slightly about McCareins, but for a different reason, and that’s just a nit which I may write about later. Agree we could use another playmaker.

  2. Alvin Mullins Says:

    We need another playmaker like Jacobs is coming out of the backfield. I think its time to give up on Lendale White. Often Saturday after CJ went down. Lendale would get the ball with a hole to run in and before he even could get to the line the hole would close. He is just too slow.
    We obviously need a #1 WR for KC to throw to. When we get that guy, then Justin Gage will shine. & we need to give up on VY. He is never going to be a decent NFL QB. We need to trade him for whatever we can get and look to getting a guy with the size and poise of Flacco.
    Finally we need to keep Big Al.

  3. Drexel Perry Says:

    Looking forward to reading your piece about McCareins.
    What’s frustrating is that there’s a guy on the bench who was drafted in the 2nd round in 07 by the name of Chris Henry who has failed to make his mark in the league.
    The Titans have devoted three high draft picks to the RB position in as many years. Johnson’s obviously a stud, White has his limitations and Henry has been a bust thus far.
    Maybe Henry can finally step up next year, but I wouldn’t bet on that happening.
    Personally, I’d like to see the Titans devote a late round draft pick towards a RB in the draft, but I’ll save that conversation for another boring offseason day.

  4. Seth Leonard Says:

    Trades are the only way that we’ll be able to pick up a consistent deep threat. It’s gonna be up to the front office to identify where we can lift someone from. Maybe next season we’ll actually get to see Lavelle Hawkins get some reps because he seems to have potential.
    As for QB…I’m certainly no NFL expert. If it were me I would see what Collins does. Apparently he wont come back as anything less than a starter, and I can commend him for that. Chris Simms could become a legit guy, but I haven’t seen him throw a single ball. Perhaps this is the draft where we should take the big step and select a new leader for the huddle. Apparently there are rookie guys out there who can step into the league and do things. The Titans’ offense is simple enough to learn, which further helps any fresh meat coming in. Vince is simply a gamble. It might be better to trade him than continue his development. It’ll be interesting to see the moves we make here in the earliest part of the off-season.

  5. black and gold Says:

    The Titans now know the power of the Terrible Towel!! Cincy found out a few years ago.

  6. Scott Says:

    I agree that Chris Henry is done in Tennessee. That last game against the Colts would have been the prime spot to use him to see what he could do and Fisher only let him carry the ball once. I think his limited role in that meaningless game says everything you need to know about where Henry fits into this team’s future plans.
    The guy that is on the Titans roster who hasn’t been talked about too much is Rafael Little. As I think we discussed before, he started out on the PUP and moved to IR for the remainder of the season. The only reason that I can see for the Titans to have kept him around this year (and pay him) would be because Fisher believes that he will be able to contribute next year. Fisher must see something in him to keep him around like that. Little did put up some pretty good numbers in Kentucky in 2007, although he did have some fumbling issues. I suspect that Little will be challenging Lendale for the #2 RB spot on this team in training camp this year and I won’t be surprised if he takes it from him.

  7. Alvin Mullins Says:

    the snot rag had nothing to do with it, Lendale and Algie’s not protecting the ball and poor officiating had everything to do with it.

  8. fireballfan32 Says:

    I almost forgot about Little, should be intresting to see what he brings next year. Another offensive weapon is just what the doctor ordered. Michael Crabtree would be great but I highly doubt he will be around for the Titans come draft day. Imagine the speed of Jeremy Maclin or Percy Harvins lined up on the same field as CJ. They would have the fastest team on the field every week. I love this time of year, seeing how the roster and coaching staff takes shape, I was just hoping that it wouldn’t get here until next month.

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