Prior to 2010, securing the services of skilled playmakers on the offensive side of the football has often been a primary offseason goal for the Tennessee Titans.
2008 ushered in the speedy Chris Johnson, who has since went on to become arguably the league's best running back. Last offseason, free agent Nate Washington and 1st round draft pick Kenny Britt satisfied the Titans' craving for playmakers.
Contrary to the recent past, this offseason, much of the focus has been on replenishing the talent on a defense that struggled mightily in '09. As for the offense, based on last year's successes, the team appears to be more than content with maintaining the status quo.
Reeling in talent at the wide receiver position has seemingly been a team need since the franchise arrived in the city of Nashville over a decade ago. We've seen the likes of Carl Pickens, Yancey Thigpen, Kevin Dyson, David Givens, etc., (brought in via the free agency or the draft), fail (mostly due to injuries) in their attempts to serve as the missing piece at WR.
For once, the Titans appear to be set at WR. Youngster Kenny Britt displayed signs of emerging as a solid pro in only his rookie season and the sky's the limit for him. Last year's free agent WR acquisition Nate Washington struggled a bit with consistency, but he did add the dimension of speed to the position ( now if only he can learn how to hold onto the football).
After the Titans' forgettable 0-6 start, many believed that the team would look to reel in another signal-caller in 2010. Veteran Kerry Collins had fizzled after coming out of the blue to emerge as the ultimate game manager in 2008. At the time, Vince Young was considered a lost cause due to his well-documented struggles.
Of course, we all know what happened next. A rejuvenated VY helped steer the Titans to a respectable 8-2 finish in 2009, earning the trust of the coaching staff while re-establishing himself as the team's QB moving forward. With VY's re-emergence, the need to bring in another guy at QB no longer exists.
With an offensive centered around the exploits of Chris Johnson and VY having targets such as Britt and Washington to throw to, there's little-to-no talk about making any major offseason moves on offense.
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the pigskin, whether's it's the debate over what defensive position the Titans should address with their first round selection or the free agent visits/signings thus far, all of the focus on improving the team has been centered upon the defense.
My, how times have changed!
What are your thoughts, guys? Should the team stay with what they have on offense, or would you still like to see the Titans make some type of move to bring in some additional talent on the O?