Every team has issues and questions heading into the regular season. I’m going to write about what specifically worries me about the Titans heading into 2009. Today is part one.
Where is Jason Jones? Most 2009 prognostications have Jones as a key member of a Titans’ defensive line that has to be more than the sum of its parts. There are some great parts, but there’s no Albert Haynesworth, who commanded the attention of an offense. Haynesworth’s one of those guys who is so talented that he only has to turn it on some of the time, and Redskin fans will see this soon enough. Jovan Haye, the new free agent, feels more like a pash rusher. Tony Brown will start and play the most, but is he really a blue-chipper as Mike Lombardi attests? Sen’Derrick Marks is a rookie and probably won’t play much. Mitch King is probably a practice squad player at best. Kevin Vickerson will play serious minutes. Without Jones, the Titans don’t win last December. They’re going to need him to play 50% of the defensive snaps at a high level to expose the Steeler offensive line.
Next on my list: Wide receiver. It’s always a perceived issue. Will it really be an issue this fall?