The Tennessee Titans will probably go as far as Jake Locker can develop and take them in what shapes up as a make or break year for many in the organization in 2013.
The Titans made staff changes in order to bring out the best in players like Chris Johnson, Kenny Britt and Jared Cook (provided he doesn't depart in free agency) next season to help their young quarterback.
In trying to play to Locker's strengths, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains even admits that the Titans will look at the things Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III had success as rookies and will keep an open mind toward incorporating an element or two of that into their own system. Not that the Titans are headed toward running the read option, but Loggains said those quarterbacks' success will be studied by him this off-season.
“We’re going to do just like every team in the league and look at clubs like Seattle and Washington. We’re still very early in the process of building this offense, but we’re definitely gonna look at all that stuff, just like every team in the NFL is gonna do,” Loggains said via TitanInsider.
One of Locker's best strengths is rolling out and throwing on the run or taking off when the play breaks down. The Titans would be wise to add some emphasis to the types of plays that can help Locker make a big step forward - provided they don't put him in harm's way as Locker missed five games last year with a separated shoulder.
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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com