Offseason Playbook: Titans
A look at Tennessee's philosophy, team needs and a key free-agent move
In a new offseason series, Insider takes an in-depth look at NFL teams before free agency begins March 12. What is each team's philosophy on offense and defense, biggest needs and one player who could make for an ideal signing in free agency?
Offense -- This Dowell Loggains-Mike Munchak offense will have a similar look to last year's version, and the Titans want a dominating run game that eats up the clock and sets up play-action -- something that they did not do well a year ago. By nature, they are a big and physical man-blocking offensive line. However, to accommodate running back Chris Johnson, they can incorporate some zone-blocking looks, which fit well with his one-cut-and-go and cutback skills. They will use some two-tight end sets, a lead fullback and even a three-back "bone" formation to give this run game versatility.
In the passing game they really like screen passes -- especially to get Johnson in space -- and they go with more vertical passes than you might think. If the run game is not going well, it negatively affects play-action and you get the feeling that the coaches abandon the run game too quickly at times. They will use their tight ends a lot between the hashes and they like to get quarterback Jake Locker outside the pocket and take advantage of his ability to roll out and throw on the move.
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