This article is part of our Team Previews series.
State of the Franchise
The Titans took a step back in Mike Munchak's second year as head coach, notching three fewer wins than they had in 2011, to finish at 6-10. On the offensive side of the ball, their struggles were brought on by both inconsistency and injuries. Jake Locker, who began the year as the team's starting quarterback, hurt his shoulder in Week 4 and sat out the next five weeks. RB Chris Johnson followed up his worst year as a pro in 2011 with a paltry 45 rushing yards over his first three contests. While he improved as the season wore on, consistency was an issue, as he turned in a total of nine games with a sub-4.0 YPC. Though WR Kenny Britt, who tore his ACL and MCL in Week 3 of 2011, managed to play 14 games last season, he was mostly ineffective, surpassing 50-plus receiving yards just four times.
Where the Titans experienced the brunt of their issues was on the defensive side, as they surrendered a league-worst 29.4 points per game. While there was a semblance of a pass rush up front with DEs Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley (12.5 combined sacks), the run defense was too giving (127.2 rushing yards allowed per game).
2013 marks a pivotal year for the Titans, as they continue to put their trust in Locker. His chances of success would no doubt be boosted by Britt approaching his pre-injury form, as well as improved play along