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ENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYS
"RUNNING BACK Chris Johnson did not play up to expectations last year. Why that was, I do not know. Maybe it was because of subpar play from the offensive line or maybe he became content after getting that big contract. Whatever it was, he cannot produce like that again or this offense is going to have problems; he's the guy who makes them go. He has the physical tools to light it up, but I don't expect him to have a bounce-back year.
Matt Hasselbeck should consider calling it quits. His touchdown-to-interception ratio was 18-to-14 last year. The rookie, Jake Locker, had a better quarterback rating [99.4 to 82.4] but didn't play as much. I expect the Titans to say that Locker's the starter and bite the bullet. But whether it's Hasselbeck or Locker, neither guy is going to have a big season because this team will run the ball first.
The receiving corps is pretty good. Kenny Britt is a terrific wideout, but he's going to be a gamble coming back from ACL and MCL surgery. The other wideout, Nate Washington, doesn't scare me. Rookie Kendall Wright fits in really well as a slot guy who can play outside. His arrival allows the Titans to put three receivers on the field, which will make it more difficult to stop the run.
I love tight end Jared Cook. When he caught the ball, he caught it for big averages. The staff has to find someone for Locker to throw to, and it's easier for a young QB to find a tight end than a guy downfield."
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