Programming note: I'll have something up, likely over the weekend, about the official Gregg Williams hiring announcement and Thursday's press conference formally introducing the 2013 coaching staff.
Next up on our trip around the Tennessee Titans as we head into the 2013 offseason is a look at the fullback position.
As I expected in the preseason look at the position, Quinn Johnson was the Titans' fullback in 2012 and looked, well, a lot like how Quinn Johnson had looked in the past. He blocked guys, sometimes even reasonably well, though too often for my taste not so. He handled the ball not very often, running the ball thrice for 5 yards and catching it 5 times for 40 yards. He played less than the man he replaced, Ahmard Hall used to. As noted in the snap report, Johnson played 25% of the time, approximately all of them as a regular or offset fullback with Chris Johnson. That's down from the 40% of the time the Titans in the Jeff Fisher days used a two-back set. QJ is not under contract for 2013, so what might the Titans do here?
First, it seems very likely the Titans will have a fullback-type player on the roster in 2013. Dowell Loggains spent time under Mike Heimerdinger, who was the offensive coordinator when Hall was playing close to 40% of the snaps. QJ played 25% of the time under Chris Palmer and 25% of the time under Loggains. If Loggains didn't believe in having a fullback, he could have run plays without one on the field. The fullback will have to play special teams and do other things, because that's what fullbacks pretty much have to do in the modern NFL, but it seems pretty likely there will be one.
Who will that fullback be, though? WIll the Titans bring back Johnson, another candidate from the roster, or somebody else?