- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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After the previous post about unreasonable causes for optimism around the division at this stage of the offseason, I found myself thinking more about the Tennessee Titans’ interior line uncertainty.
And while I don’t think the Titans aren’t thinking this way, I think they could and that I would have fewer concerns if they did.
Chris Johnson is still regularly mentioned as one of the team’s primary weapons.
But things are shifting.
The Titans drafted a receiver, Kendall Wright, in the first round. All indications are coach Mike Munchak and offensive coordinator Chris Palmer are falling more in line with the modern NFL, which is a quarterback-centric, passing game league.
If that is the case, if the Titans get good quarterback play from Matt Hasselbeck or Jake Locker, if they get a healthy Kenny Britt making regular contributions, if they get a repeat season from Nate Washington, if they get good rookie production from Wright, if they find ways to funnel passes to the dangerous tight end Jared Cook, then perhaps being a great pass-protecting line will be enough.
Perhaps being a great run-blocking line will prove to be a luxury, not a necessity.
Last season's Super Bowl winner, let's remember, was the only team in the league that averaged fewer rushing yards per game than the Titans.