Tennessee Titans: 2014 NFL Strength of Schedule

Reading the coverage of the Tennessee Titans…

When Shaun Phillips played in Denver, the Broncos paid special attention to Dexter McCluster when they played Kansas City. Phillips offered a review of his new teammate, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

Nate Washington embraces his role as the old man of the Titans’ receiver group, says Wyatt.

With coaches not allowed on the field with players at this stage, Charlie Whitehurst is serving in that role in some ways, writes Glennon.

Though Chris Johnson was periodically critical about his offensive line, left tackle Michael Roos said there was never a rift. Glennon’s story.

The Titans hired Tre' Stallings as director of player engagement, says Wyatt.

Shaun Phillips’ quest for 100 sacks and the Titans' need for pass pressure mesh nicely, says David Boclair of the Nashville Post.

McCluster is a gadget back, but Ken Whisenhunt can help make him an effective player, says Tom Gower of Total Titans.

Jake Locker can’t drop back yet, but Washington is impressed the quarterback is throwing go routes standing still, says Craig Peters of the team’s website.

Strength of schedule: Tennessee Titans

February, 10, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Based on the winning percentages their 2014 opponents compiled in 2013, the Tennessee Titans will play the second-easiest schedule in the league.

But strength of schedule is misleading in a lot of ways.

Yes, it's all we have to go on for now, but some teams make drastic improvements in the span of a year and others drop off horribly. The Atlanta Falcons were 13-3 in 2012, so they helped make the strength of schedule for their 2013 opponents tough. But the 2013 Falcons were 4-12.

Also, a team has a bearing on the perceived toughness of its schedule. The Titans play the Colts twice annually. Tennessee lost that game twice in 2013, helping boost Indianapolis' record to 11-5. That 11-5 helps make the Titans' strength of schedule in 2014 tougher, but the Titans had a hand in creating it.

The only team with an easier strength of schedule in 2014 is, incidentally, the Colts. Indy's opponents were a collective .430. As I said, the Titans had a big hand in that.