The Tennessee Titans are long shots to make a strong run at the Super Bowl in 2013, as they face tough 100/1 odds. It only makes sense, too, as they’re once again hanging their hat on the inexperienced Jake Locker at quarterback, who through two seasons has proven to be inaccurate and injury-prone.
While that looks to be the case at first glance, it’s worth noting that Locker has also displayed a knack for big plays and strong leadership in stretches. With the Titans reportedly set to implement some read-option packages into the offense to better take advantage of Locker’s elite athleticism, it could free the quarterback up to think less and simply react more.
That’s an interesting notion, to be sure, but it’s also fair to wonder if asking Locker to use his legs more is just begging for disaster. After all, Locker did get hurt twice in 2012 and may not prove to be durable enough to handle the rigors of the NFL.
There is still hope for Locker to develop into the franchise passer the Titans thought they drafted though, and if it’s going to happen, 2013 is as good a year to bank on as any. With an improved offensive line via draft pick Chance Warmack and another solid option in rookie Justin Hunter added to an offense already full of them, Tennessee could be running out of excuses.
All of the Titans’ 2013 fortunes can’t rest solely on the broad shoulders of Locker and the Tennessee offense, however. Even if the Titans find balance and put up the points, they’ll still need their so-so defense from a year ago to take the next step in their development, as well.
The Titans remain a young team with loads of talent that is just waiting to take the league by storm. Whether or not it happens in 2013 remains to be seen, but if it doesn’t, it could be time for heads to roll in Tennessee.