Tennessee Titans 2014 Camp will open to the public on Saturday, July 26th. What should most Titans fans expect?
First of all, I think we should expect that the mapquest app for directions to the training facility in MetroCenter will be hot the morning camp begins. Not from the fans usage, but by the Titans Coaching Staff. This is definitely a new regime.
Second of all, new Titan Michael Oher will be asked about the movie Blind Side about a million times. Expect this one…..Was his guardian/supermom Leigh Anne Tuohy really that jaded against Phil Fulmer and the Vols?
Other than those, all expectations are lost on the fans. We have no idea of what to expect, or what we should expect. Heck, this staff is so new to Nashville that they can walk in a restaurant anywhere without anyone asking them “what should we expect?”. No one recognizes them…yet.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt brings his show to Nashville in 2014. He has had a “better than decent” run in his career. As funny as it seems, it is similar to long time Coach Jeff Fisher. He turned a terrible Arizona Cardinals team into a Super Bowl team, and won another NFC West Championship in back to back years. He also saw the team go down the tubes after veteran Quarterback Kurt Warner went down and retired.
He brings a bright offensive mind as evident of his success in Pittsburgh with the Steelers, and at San Diego this past season. He oversaw the resurgence of the Chargers and Quarterback Phillip Rivers in 2013. Here in Nashville he has Jake Locker, who is not exactly Phillip Rivers.
The Offensive coordinator is Jason Michael, not exactly a house-hold name at the moment. Rest assured it will be Coach Whisenhunt’s offense though.
The Defensive Coordinator is Ray Horton. He is an ex NFL player and long time assistant. He developed a strong defense in Cleveland before making the move south to Tennessee.
He will bring a 3-4, 4-3 hybrid type of defense that will be on the nasty side. The players are excited to play in this scheme. They should be fun to watch when he has talent to work with. He has some now, but will need to get more out of players that should have a breakout year such as Akeem Ayers and Derrick Morgan. Look for Karl Klug to flourish as well.
Bottom line is that we won’t know what to expect from this team until the first preseason games begins. We will just expect it to be different. Fans have long wanted to break the Houston Oiler ties. Those ties are definitely gone.