Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Streak Must End

10 years. You're probably getting sick of hearing it -- I know I am -- but that's how long it's been since Tennessee has beaten it's biggest rival in the Eastern division of the Southeastern Conference. They've had their chances. There have been many close games but Florida just seemed to have Tennessee's number. Well guess what? I don't believe in any of that shit.

Last year people said, "If Tennessee is going to beat Florida, this is the year." and it was true. There really is no valid excuse for losing to an abysmal football team whose coach was soon to be fired for being so awful especially with a 9 point lead in the 4th quarter. Butch Jones has since said that that game was the lowest point of his coaching career. I'm glad he feels that way.

Once again, one year later, pundits and talking heads are saying "If Tennessee is ever going to beat Florida, this is the year." Jim McElwain's offense may work out for Florida eventually but the talent level on that side of the ball is not good right now and probably will not improve enough for Florida to have any success this year in the SEC.

However, Florida's defense has had success this year having given up only 256 yard of offense per game including only 55.3 rushing yards average. Granted those numbers are somewhat skewed by an ECU game which saw ECU having much success through the air without the presence of Vernon Hargreaves III, who was nursing a knee injury, to the tune of 346 passing yards, but only accumulating -13 rushing yards for the game. But guess what, Florida hasn't seen an offense like ours, nor a rushing attack like ours which is ranked second in the SEC with 738 yards rushing.

On paper this is a game the Vols should win. Florida hasn't faced a defense like they will face Saturday and they only managed 14 points vs. a Kentucky defense which still is enduring growing pains. But as we all know and have seen, painfully at times, football is a game played between the hash marks and anything can happen on any given Saturday.

There is a great breakdown of Florida's offense and it's limitations here that you should definitely check out. An Inside Look at the Gators' New Look Offense

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Florida will be without Jalen Tabor who is their second-best lockdown corner and Treon Harris who is their only other competent QB other than Will Grier. If something were to happen to Grier, the next in line is Josh Grady who flamed out at both QB and WR at Vanderbilt and could not beat out any of the lousy QBs Vandy fielded last season. Should Grier go down, their chances of winning this game drop to nearly zero.

So it's prediction time and I've given this game much thought in advance of predicting a score, I do not see a high scoring game and if I were a betting man I'd take the under at 48.5. Both defenses will make it hard on the offenses to score. It may be the homer in me though I try and take emotion out of the picture and make realistic guesses. I say that we win this game 20-10 with a modicum of confidence.

Should we lose though (and it wouldn't be that shocking) Vol Nation will be unbearable. Many will call for Butch's head. We will hear about the awful play-calling (strange that few complain about play-calling when it works.) and fans will demoan the hiring of Mike DeBord.

Win this one because you can, Butch. It's not only the most important game because it's the next game. It's the most important game because of 10 years of Vol fans' suffrage.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Visitors for the Oklahoma Game

It's the home opener. Big for many reasons: a win will signal the Vols return back to national relevancy and set up an undefeated season heading into the Swamp to face a Florida team at it's weakest point in decades. A loss will have Vol fans restless and leave national pundits wondering if this is truly the Vols team that can threaten to win the East and is ready to be back on the national spotlight.

It's big for another reason too. The number of top-flight recruits hoping to take in such an overwhelming atmosphere is seemingly endless and Tennessee will have some of it's top targets in the 2016 class and many of it's top 2017 targets on hand to take in the affair.

I've compiled a list as best I can of everyone who will be in attendance. I'm sure there are more that will show up than are listed here. But this is the most accurate list you'll find. There are no scheduled official visits for this game so all visits are unofficial.

Many of Tennessee's current commits will be here as well but we'll just list the targets as those names will become repetitive throughout the year.


  • DB Joejuan Williams
  • WR Mecole Hardman
  • S Ikenna Okeke
  • DE Tariqious Tisdale
  • DL Marlon Dunlap
  • DE Josh Brwon
  • DE Antonneous Clayton
  • DB Nigel Warrior


  • S DeAngelo Gibbs
  • CB William Poole III
  • LB Justin Foster
  • RB Ty Chandler
  • RB Chase Hayden
  • DB Derrek Pitts
  • TE Matthew Dotson
  • ATH Maleik Gray
  • DT Eric Crosby
  • DE Malik Herring
  • WR Amari Rodgers
  • WR Ryan Jones
  • LB Jaden Hunter
  • CB LeAnthony Williams Jr.
  • OT Jedrick Wills
  • WR Tahj Capehart
  • WR Princeton Fant
  • LB Breon Dixon
  • S Xavier McKinney
  • LB Jacob Phillips
  • S Davondre Robinson
  • ATH Shi Smith
  • OT Obinna Eze
  • WR Shi Smith


  • QB Trevor Lawrence
  • WR Camron Johnson
  • S Mike Jones Jr.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

National Signing Day 2015

Here it is, folks! The day we've all been waiting for. I'll be chronicling who has sent in LOIs here so
we can keep track.


Alvin Kamara
Quinten Dormady
Andrew Butcher
Jack Jones
Chance Hall
Shy Tuttle
Jajuan Jennings
Stephen Griffin
Darrin Kirkland Jr.
Kyle Phillips

Faxed in LOI

Darrell Taylor
Zach Stewart
John Kelly
Quart'e Sapp
Venzell Boulware
Justin Martin
Darrell Miller
Micah Abernathy
Preston Williams
Kahlil McKenzie
Drew Richmond
Riley Lovingood
Sheriron Jones
Kyle Oliver
Austin Smith
Quay Picou
Tommy Townsend

Blueshirts (will not sign LOI)

Vincent Perry
Joc Bruce

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Florida Visitor List

It's setting up to be the best environment inside Neyland Stadium in years. A pivotal game that could be the difference in Tennessee making a bowl or sitting at home for a 4th consecutive year, the checkerboard Neyland movement which promises to paint the stadium like never before, and an all-star list of recruiting prospects who will take it all in. It will be big.

A win would mean we simply need to take care of business against Kentucky at home and Vandy on the road (assuming we beat UTC which is a safe assumption) in order to make a bowl and show the world how far this program has progressed in such a short time and how prepared it is to take the next step. 

As I mentioned, it will be a big weekend for recruiting as several prospects Tennessee is chasing will be taking official visits along with several more who will be on unofficial visits. I've compiled a list of who will be there and will just mention briefly that while Ugo Amadi and Kyle Phillips initially planned to be in attendance, they have ultimately decided to attend the Ole Miss/Bama game instead. Here's the list.

2015 Official Visitors

  • LB Ricky Deberry
  • OT Pat Allen
  • DT Kahlil McKenzie (commit)
  • RB Johnny Frasier
  • CB Mook Reynolds
  • DE Darrell Taylor (commit)
  • CB Micah Abernathy
  • OL Matthew Burrell

Unofficial Visitors


  • LB Jerome Baker?
  • RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn
  • LB Quarte Sapp
  • DE De'Andre Walker

    • DE Andrew Butcher 
    • DT Shy Tuttle 
    • DT Khalil McKenzie
    • QB Quinten Dormady
    • P Tommy Townsend
    • OL Jack Jones
    • WR Preston Williams
    • LB Austin Smith
    • DT Quay Piccou
    • OL Chance Hall
    • TE Kyle Oliver
    • RB Tavien Feaster
    • LB Jaleel Laguins
    • CB Rontavius Groves
    • DB Nigel Warrior
    • RB Elijah Holyfield
    • LB Daniel Bituli
    • OL Drake Jackson
    • RB Antonio Williams
    • OT Bryce Mathews
    • TE Gabe Angel

    • ATH Maleik Gray
    • RB Ty Chandler
    • OL Cade Mays

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    Visitors for the Opener

    It's a big opening weekend for the Tennessee football team and a big opportunity to get recruits on campus with a Sunday day game with no competition from it's rivals for airtime and a vacation from school the following day, being Labor Day. As you would expect, the list is long of both 2015 and 2016 prospects set to take it all in.

    2015 Visitors

    DE Andrew Butcher (commit)
    ATH Joc Bruce (commit)
    DE Dylan Jackson (commit)
    S Jauan Jennings (commit)
    OL Zach Stewart (commit)
    RB Rocky Reid (commit)
    S Stephen Griffin (commit)
    OL Jack Jones (commit)
    TE Kyle Oliver (commit)
    ATH Vincent Perry
    DE Kyle Phillips
    DT Shy Tuttle
    LB Roquan Smith
    CB Ugo Amadi

    2016 Visitors

    OT Ryan Johnson (commit)
    QB Austin Kendall (commit)
    CB Donte Vaughn
    CB Marquill Osborne
    S Joejuan Williams
    DT Malik Walker
    RB BJ Emmons
    CB Mecole Hardman
    WR Dillon Mitchell
    S Donte Vaughn
    RB Moe Neal
    RB Antonio Williams
    OLB Tariqious Tisdale

    2017 Visitors

    QB Hunter Johnson

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

    Junior Day March 8th

    Spring practice starts Friday and it's another important weekend for recruiting. Here is a list of who is expected in for Junior Day this weekend.

    Junior Day March 8

    LB Tyler Cooksey
    LB Roquan Smith
    QB Nick Tiano
    QB Tommy Stevens
    QB Cole Kotopka
    QB Kelly Bryant
    QB Joe Burrow
    RB Bryce Love
    WR Tyron Johnson
    WR Van Jefferson
    WR Alex Ofodile
    WR Jalen McClesky
    DT Elijah Taylor
    DT Sterling Johnson
    DT Tyrell Jacobs
    DE Jalen Dalton
    DE Russell Ude
    DB Cam Ordway
    DB Micah Abernathy
    OL Venzel Boulware
    OL Marquelll Harrell
    OL Alex Givens
    OL/DL Dylan Jackson (commit)
    DE Andrew Butcher (commit)
    OL Zach Stewart (commit)
    OL Jack Jones (commit)


    DL Briston Guidry
    DL Malik Walker
    TE Jake Hausmann
    RB Kareem Walker

    Friday, February 14, 2014

    Jr. Day 2015 class #1 Feb 15

    Watch Emmit Gooden this weekend for a possible commit. Here's a list of everyone planning on being there this weekend for Jr. Day. The guys with a "?" were once scheduled to be here but I'm uncertain if they will make it in.

    • LB Darrin Kirkland Jr.
      DE Sterling Johnson
      WR CJ Sanders
      DE Darrian Roseboro
      OT Matthew Burrell
      DT Tim Settle
      LB Keaton Anderson
      WR Carl Tucker Jr.
      OT Austin Clark
      OL Zach Stewart (commit)
      FB/HB Joshua Thomas
      OT Matthew Burrell
      S Stephen Griffin
      DE Kyle Phillips ?
      OT Drew Richmond ?
      ATH Jaason Lewis ?
      CB Duke Shelley
      OLB Dee Smith
      DE Joc Bruce
      CB Cameron Ordway
      DE/OT Dylan Jackson (commit)
      ATH/Slot WR Jaylond Woods (commit)
      RB Keshawn Vaughn
      WR Jayson Stanley
      OLB Jaye Miner

      '16 commit CB Dorian Banks
      '16 DE Emmit Gooden (may commit)
      '16 OT Ryan Johnson
      '16 OT Bryce Matthews

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    National Signing Day 2014 NLIs

    First 14 are already enrolled

    1. Donatvius Blair
    2. Neiko Creamer
    3. Daniel Helm
    4. Jalen Hurd
    5. Jakob Johnson
    6. Josh Malone
    7. Emmanuel Moseley
    8. D'Andre Payne
    9. LaVon (Von) Pearson
    10. Ray Raulerson
    11. Coleman Thomas
    12. Owen Williams
    13. Ethan Wolf
    14. Demarya Mixon 
    15. Todd Kelly Jr.
    16. Dillon Bates 
    17. Vic Wharton
    18.  Rashaan Gaulden
    19. Derrell Scott 
    20. Aaron Medley
    21. Gavin Bryant 
    22. Treyvon Paulk
    23.  DeWayne Hendrix
    24. Jashon Robertson
    25.  Charles Mosley
    26. Derek Barnett 
    27. Michael Sawyers 
    28. Chris Weatherd 
    29. Cortez McDowell 
    30. Joe Henderson 
    31. Evan Berry
    32. Elliot Berry

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    Top 10 Instate Targets for the 2015 Recruiting Class

    The days until Signing Day are now in the single digits and there's little to talk about in
    regards to the 2014 class so I thought I'd break down where we stand with some of the top instate targets in the 2015 class. We're in good shape with several top prospects instate so let's take a look at them. I'm looking at the 247 rankings so if you want to follow along, look up our targets and click Tennessee on the right to pull up the list.

    1. OT Drew Richmond 4* - Richmond was a frequent visitor on campus this past year and was present for Foundation Day 2014 in addition to taking in the Georgia and Vanderbilt games. He is tight with Charles Mosley which obviously helps the Vols and has been known to chat with some of our prospects on Twitter. Our biggest competition for Richmond is probably Ohio State but we edge them out slightly on the crystal ball.
    2. CB Rico McGraw 3* - McGraw committed to Georgia soon after the hire of Jeremy Pruitt as defensive coordinator. Tennessee will not give up though. Expect them to continue to recruit the talented corner.
    3.  SDE Kyle Phillips 4* - Phillips is another guy who's fairly familiar with UT's campus as he was also present for Foundation Day as well as taking in the Georgia game. This one is shaping up to be a Vanderbilt/Tennessee battle. Phillips is no stranger to Vandy's campus either. He's been there several times and distance wise is much closer to Nashville than Knoxville. His mother played women's basketball for the Commodores so there is certainly a draw but Tennessee has put itself in good position to battle for the uber-talented defensive end. Tommy Thigpen, our ace recruiter is Phillips' primary recruiter. He doesn't let the good ones get away very often.
    4. ATH Juan Jennings 4* - Tennessee has offered this talented athlete though many suspect they like him as an athlete instead of his preferred position of QB. Vandy had offered under the previous staff at QB but it's not clear whether he's in their plans still and if so at what position. Jennings is still wide open and hasn't named any leaders so this one will be interesting to watch.
    5. OLB Joshua McMillon 4* - McMillon intends to take his time with his recruitment and really explore his options. One of those options is Tennessee. McMillon visited the Volunteers back in June of last year. He is a Memphis guy and one who Ole Miss has targeted at the top of their wish list. Memphis guys are always a tough pull for the Vols but Butch has Tennessee squarely in the picture for McMillon.
    6. ILB Josh Smith 4* -  Josh loves the Vols but his brother is committed to Vanderbilt. I think he's going to be tough to pull away from the Commodores who are just 30 minutes down the road from him but I expect us to try. He's been on campus multiple times both with and without his brother and has friends committed to Tennessee currently.
    7. WR Van Jefferson 4* - Jefferson is the son of Titans WR coach Shawn Jefferson. Van resides in Middle Tennessee currently but has no ties necessarily to the area. Tennessee is trying with him but many expect him to go North to Ohio State or possibly even Penn State.
    8. OT Jack Jones 4* - Jones is committed to Tennessee.
    9. CB Ugo Amadi 3* - Amadi, who is a 4* on Rivals, holds a Tennessee offer and we are currently his favorite. Vandy may try with him but Butch has us in a good spot. Amadi was on Tennessee's campus to take in the Auburn game and came away impressed.
    10. OT Zach Stewart 3* - Stewart is committed to Tennessee
    Those are really the names you need to know at this time. A couple of guys just out of the top 10 are ATH Jaylond Woods who is committed to Tennessee but I'm hearing may not end up part of the 2015 class and Dylan Jackson who is also committed to Tennessee. 

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

    Vol Commits in All American Games

    Under Armour All-America Game

    January 2nd, 4 PM EST ESPN

    LB Dillon Bates
    K Aaron Medley

    Offense-Defense All-American Bowl

    January 3rd, 5 PM EST ESPN3

    DL Derek Barnett
    TE Daniel Helm
    S Cortez McDowell
    OG Charles Mosley
    CB Emmanuel Moseley
    DL Cory Thomas
    WR Vic Wharton

    U.S. Army All-American Bowl

    January 4th, 1 PM EST, NBC

    RB Jalen Hurd
    S Todd Kelly
    LB Kevin Mouhon
    WR Josh Malone

    Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

    January 5th, 9 PM EST, Fox Sports 1

    OL Orlando Brown
    CB/S Rashaan Gaulden
    DE Dewayne Hendrix

    * Tennessee targets OL Benjamin Knox, RB Derrell Scott

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Vandy Visitors

    Another home game and yet another important date for recruiting. We have one of our commits who has been to multiple games finally taking his official to Tennessee, several targets officially visiting, and the usual faces of committed recruits taking this one in. Also a '17 recruit with an offer to both Tennessee and Vanderbilt will be in attendence as the Vols take on the Dores.

    I will update this list throughout the week as more names are inevitably added.


    • Charles Mosley
    • Alex Bookser
    • Jakob Johnson
    • Dejon Brown
    • Owen Williams
    • Johnnie Dixon
    • Clint Stephens
    • Jalen Hurd (commit)
    • Calvin Heurtelou

    Unofficial visits '14

    • Ethan Wolf (commit)
    • Todd Kelly Jr. (commit)
    • Vic Wharton (commit)
    • Chris Weatherd (commit)
    • Dontavius Blair (commit)
    • DaVonte Lambert (commit)
    • Daniel Helm (commit)
    • De'Andre Payne (commit)
    • Treyvon Paulk (commit)
    • DJ Smith
    • Dillon Bates (commit)
    • Evan Berry (commit)
    • Elliot Berry (commit)

    Unofficial visits '15

    • Josh Smith
    • Kyle Phillips
    • Cameron Ordway
    • Andrew Butcher (commit)
    • Dylan Jackson
    • Kobe Marfo
    • Lorenzo Nunez
    • CJ Sanders
    • Jack Jones (commit)
    • Zach Stewart (commit)
    • Jaylond Woods (commit)

    Unofficial Visits '16
    • Josh White
    • Jarett Guarantano
    • Tommy Kraemer

    Unofficial Visits '17

    • Maleik Gray

    Early Enrollees and FFAs

    This is just to keep track of everyone we have coming in December/Early January and those who have or have not signed Financial Aid Agreements. Remember, these guarantee recruits a scholarship come time to enroll and allow for unlimited face-to-face and other forms of contact but do not bind a recruit to a certain school.

    These can be signed with multiple schools but only by someone deemed to be on track to enroll early. I will update this list as needed.
    • Lavon Pearson - Signed LOI
    • Jalen Hurd - Signed FAA
    • Daniel Helm - Signed FFA
    • Ethan Wolf - Signed FFA
    • D'Andre Payne
    • Coleman Thomas - Signed FFA
    • Emmanuel Moseley - Signed FFA
    • Neiko Creamer
    • Demarya Mixon
    • Ray Raulerson - Signed FFA
    • Dontavius Blair - Signed LOI
    • Jakob Johnson - Signed FFA
    • Owen Williams - Signed LOI
    • Joe Henderson
    • Josh Malone - Signed FAA

    Friday, October 4, 2013

    UGA Visitors

    As we've thought all season Tennessee decided to break with tradition for a change and is breaking out the Smoky Grays for what is maybe the biggest weekend of the year in regards to recruiting. Many uncommitted prospects will be in Knoxville for the weekend some on officials some unofficially visiting. The largest group of prospects on campus will be the group of uncommitted 2015 prospects with some real gems showing up who Tennessee would love to get ahead on early. I'll break them down into groups below.

    2014 Official visitors

    RB Derrell Scott
    WR Travis Rudolph
    WR Josh Malone
    LB Clifton Garrett
    WR Braxton Berrios
    DE Dewayne Hendrix
    LB Dillon Bates (commit)
    CB Emanuel Moseley (commit)

    2014 Commits visiting unofficially

    S Cortez McDowell
    WR Vic Wharton
    OL Coleman Thomas
    CB De'Andre Payne
    WR Dominique Booth
    RB Jalen Hurd
    S Rashaan Gaulden
    DE Joe Henderson
    S Todd Kelly

    Uncommitted 2014 prospects visiting unofficially

    CB DJ Smith
    S Emanuel Smith

    All 2015 visits are unofficial.

    2015 Commits

    WR Preston Williams
    DE Andrew Butcher
    OL Jack Jones
    OL Zach Stewart
    ATH Jayond Woods

    Uncommitted 2015 prospects

    OT Drew Richmond
    DB Montrell Custis
    OL Chuma Edoga
    RB Taj Griffin
    LB Josh Smith
    DE Kyle Phillips
    DT Shy Tuttle
    CB Kaleb Chalmers
    DE Dylan Jackson
    OLB Roquan Smith
    OLB Anree Saint-Amour
    ILB Brandt Mitchell
    ILB Keaton Anderson
    QB Blake Barnett
    CB Cam Ordway
    ATH Maleik Gatewood

    Friday, June 7, 2013

    Early Summer Visits

    School is out for most of the recruits we are pursuing for the 2014 and future classes which means visits are on. Many recruits are setting up unofficial visits to their list of favorites to get a better feel for who is pursuing them.

    We have several prospects coming in this weekend including OL Brock Ruble and JUCO RB Akeem Judd today.

    On Saturday we are getting a visit from DE Andrew Butcher who is more than likely your next commit for the 2015 class. It really is impressive how Butch is setting up not only this class but next year's as well.

    On Tuesday we will get visits from the following:

    • OT Nick Richardson
    • S CJ Hampton (Ole Miss commit)
    • DT Trenton Thompson (2015)
    Next weekend is setting up to be huge. We will have 13 out of our 15 commits on campus which is huge for a number of reasons: more familiarity with the program, a chance to get to know better your fellow commits, and a chance to help in the recruiting efforts with a number of prospects who will be here as well.

    On the 14th besides the current commits the following are scheduled to be in town:

    The 21st will be busy too with the following expected to be here:

    That's all I have for now. Thanks for reading.

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Locker Up - How Good Does the Titans Quarterback Need To Be in 2013?

    Much of the Titans offseason talk has included discussion of third year quarterback Jake Locker, his "accuracy issue" and whether Ryan Fitzpatrick could push him for a starting job. In my "hot seat" list I did include Locker for reasons that are readily apparent in the article. Clearly Locker has to improve on his 2012 season. Having said that, I do believe there is potential for expectations to be too high for Locker. Why do you ask? Let me explain.

    Locker was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft and played sparingly his first season. With limited snaps however, he looked good.

    I think we often forget how good Locker looked that year and how excited everyone was about what they saw in his performance. Sadly, his performance in 2012 was marred by injury, not only to himself but on the offensive line. Add to that inconsistency in the running game and some inexcusable drops from his receivers and his 2012 looks bad.

    Two things in particular concern me about Locker's 2012 and neither really have to do with "accuracy" per se. One, he had 11 batted passes and that didn't appear to be an issue in 2011 (he had 2). His release point does seem a little low and how much of that was attributed to guarding and his left shoulder injury is a question mark for me. Regardless, that is an area he must work on.


    Locker took 5 sacks in his rookie campaign out of 76 dropbacks. In 2012 he took 25 sacks out of 370 dropbacks. His most significant injury occurred when he was sacked by Glover Quin. Of course, this isn't all Locker's fault. Chris Johnson needs to block better for one. I also think former offensive coordinator Chris Palmers' system contributed. Still, Locker has to recognize pressure better and operate to protect himself and the football. He also fumbled the football 4 times (all of them lost) in 2012 usually at inopportune times (is there ever an opportune time?).

    All of this leads to the question of how good Locker needs to be in 2013 to satisfy the coaching staff and owner Bud Adams. Really what the fans think isn't that important. They say winning cures all and certainly winning more games in 2013 will help. Here is where I think the Titans would like to see improvement in 2013.


    The Titans time of possession stats in 2012 were beyond atrocious. I wrote about it extensively in my game blogs if you are interested. While not all a product of the passing game that certainly contributed and this is a stat I believe without a shadow of a doubt the Titans want to see improved.


    The Titans ranked 22nd in the NFL in red zone scoring percentage based on touchdowns only. This is down significantly from 2011 and it is beyond embarrassing that they ranked only 25% efficiency in the red zone at LP Field. Not coincidentally, they also finished in the bottom half of the league in scoring points at 23.


    I labeled this efficiency and not accuracy with good reason. I have said time and again I think the accuracy issue is overblown. I think the Titans would far prefer to see less sacks, less batted passes and more production than they care about whether Locker throws a pretty pass. The first I have alluded to but one more stat I find discouraging from Locker's 2012 season is that his yards per attempt fell dramatically. Of course, the 2011 season is a small sample size and 6.9 isn't terrible. Locker ranked 18th amongst starting NFL quarterbacks in yards per pass thrown but dang if that 8.2 from 2011 isn't enticing. The Titans passing game ranked 22nd in the NFL in passing yards per game.


    Obviously this is a catchall phrase and area but really if the Titans score points and win games isn't the goal accomplished? The Titans in 2012 finished in the lower half of the NFL in points, passing yards, rushing yards and total offensive yards. Per Football Outsiders, the Titans offense was ranked 29th in the league in offensive efficiency. Offensive production doesn't occur in a vacuum and in order to have a successful one the Titans must operate on all cylinders. Of course he was injured, but I expect the Titans to make better use of Locker's ability to operate out of the pocket and make plays in 2013 whether passing or running.

    What are your expectations for Jake Locker in 2013?