Titans’ 2007 Season Preview

I was contacted recently by someone who asked me to write a Titans’ season preview for their publication. Before I send it to them, I want to let my regular Total Titans readers get the first look at it.
Following is the info they wanted, with my responses.
Last Year’s Record: 8-8
Last Year’s Summary: After an 0-5 start, the Titans finished strong by winning eight of their last eleven. Rookie of the Year Vince Young, a retooled offensive line, and RB Travis Henry were the keys to Tennessee’s turnaround. Young was 8-5 as a starter and the reshuffled o-line paved the way for 2,214 rushing yards, fifth best in the league. Henry led the way with 1,211 of those yards with 13 starts after wresting the starting job from Chris Brown. The defense was the weak link, ranking last in the league.
Key Losses: Henry, WR Drew Bennett, WR Bobby Wade, CB Pacman Jones (suspended) and DT Robaire Smith.
Key Additions: MLB Ryan Fowler, CB Nick Harper, CB Kelly Herndon
Team Strengths: The offensive line and linebackers.
Team Weaknesses: Receivers, right defensive end, defensive tackles, free safety.
2007 Projected Team MVP: Vince Young
2007 Projected Record: 7-9
2007 Season Projection Summary: Inexperienced receivers and questions about the running backs will likely result in an offense which is inconsistent at best. Defensively, the addition of Fowler should help against the running game. The Titans desperately need a better pass rush from the right edge and will play more zone coverage this year. If the Titans can succeed in running the ball again this year, they should find themselves in a lot of close games but they’ll probably also get blown out badly a few times.
Division Projections:
1 Indianapolis
2 Jacksonville
3 Tennessee
4 Houston

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