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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The next big thing: Titans

By Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- What’s next for the Tennessee Titans?

Once Ken Whisenhunt fills out his staff, the Titans need to assess their roster and decide who fits at his scheduled price and who doesn’t.

The biggest question is Jake Locker at quarterback. Indications are Locker will have every chance to be the Titans’ guy in 2014, but the team could still look to add another QB.

But more broadly, the team needs to sort out its defensive front.

A shift to a hybrid front that will feature plenty of 3-4 is coming.

I’m sure they see defensive tackle Jurrell Casey as a fit for the scheme, and he’ll likely be an end in the 3-4. Akeem Ayers came into the league projected by many as an outside linebacker in a 3-4. Beyond those guys, who do the ends and outside linebackers sort out? Does Sammie Hill project as the nose tackle? How badly does a team that often didn’t have a quality middle linebacker need to add in order to field two quality inside linebackers?

Those are among the big questions the Titans have to answer as they plot what to do in free agency and the draft.