- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans lack star power.
Star power drives attention.
The Titans' last, biggest star was Chris Johnson. He was super-recognizable and still produced on a reasonable level. But his game last season was nothing compared to his game at his peak and his value wasn’t close to his scheduled salary of $8 million.
Still, many bemoaned the Titans cutting him, often on the grounds of having no one left behind who is a known quantity by the NFL fan population at large.
Do you have to have a star to be good or do you have to be a good team to have a star?
“That’s kind of a tricky answer,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “When you classify a player as a star, is that stat-driven? Is that perception by somebody outside? I think if you watch a Tennessee Titans football game and you watch Jurrell Casey or you watch Kendall Wright, you have a tremendous amount of respect for the way those guys play.
“I’m just using those two guys as an example. Derrick Morgan could, obviously, fit into that, as could (Michael) Griffin and (Bernard) Pollard, and I could continue to name them. Now, whether they’re considered stars in fantasy stats, or whether they’re considered stars by all of these experts that are out there, I don’t know.
“I consider them to be good football players. I think the thing that we judge, or the way that I judge it, is the respect they have when you put that tape on. I feel like we have a lot of those players on this football team, good football players. Maybe, I guess the long answer to the question is, maybe the star comes after you have success.”
The face of a franchise doesn’t have to be a star, but I think on most teams it is.
Who’s the face of this franchise?
I’ve only got five slots in a poll and I’ve got a strong feel for whom I believe it is. But I want to hear from you first. So please cast a vote.