Friday, May 9, 2014
Titans O-line could be set for 3 years
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans have spent two first-round picks and a fourth-round pick on offensive linemen in the last two years.
They are unlikely to spend a premium pick on an offensive lineman again for sometime.
Incumbent left tackle Michael Roos, one of the team's best players for his nine-year career, is heading into the final year of his deal.
But here's what the Titans have in terms of contractual control of linemen going forward:
LT Taylor Lewan through 2018
LG Andy Levitre through 2018
C Brian Schwenke through 2016
RG Chance Warmack through 2017
RT Michael Oher through 2017
They need the quarterback who benefits from the security they should provide. They need another running back who can get the yards they block for.
I thought heading into last year the Titans were poised to have one of the best lines in the league and it simply didn't pan out that way.
If new offensive line coach Bob Bostad can develop guys like he did when he coached at Wisconsin, if Ken Whisenhunt can scheme to make the group maximize its talent and if they all play close to expectations, the Titans should do better at reaching such expectations.
Whisenhunt wants it to be a tone-setting group.
"I expected that before (Thursday night's) draft," he said. "We talked about that as a group the other day. That is an important piece of your offense, the mentality of that group. I certainly think that Taylor fits that mentality."