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Saturday, August 29, 2009
Three and Out: Titans

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Three quicks hits on the Tennessee Titans

1. The defense is loaded and the transition from coordinator Jim Schwartz to Chuck Cecil should be as smooth as the two previous coordinator transitions have been under Jeff Fisher, a coach with a defensive background. They will miss tackle Albert Haynesworth's size and ability to dictate double teams, but when the Titams are healthy they will have waves of defensive linemen who can get pressure without much blitz help. The coverage will help -- three of the four starters were Pro Bowlers last season.

2. Kerry Collins has never put together solid seasons back-to-back, but here's his best chance yet. The Titans have a solid run attack featuring Chris Johnson and LenDale White. The line that paves the way for them also ensures Collins will have time, and he's quite good at throwing the ball away and living for the next play when need be. He's got additional dynamic weapons in Nate Washington, Kenny Britt and Jared Cook. His one issue is slow starts. The Titans need to be better on offense from the opening whistle. The additional firepower on offense should help offset any drop off on defense in the post-Haynesworth era.

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3. Fisher has called this the best two-deep roster he's ever had. At some spots, the team has great depth -- like the interior offensive line with Leroy Harris, at tight end and running back with four capable players, and with the deep pool of defensive linemen. But like most teams, the Titans still have a couple of spots where injuries would hurt them badly. There is a completely different vibe if Collins is out and Vince Young is in, the secondary depth is not very good after Eric King and Chris Carr left as free agents and there is no proven third tackle if anything happens to Michael Roos or David Stewart, the Titans' underrated bookends.