There was a lot to like about the moves the Tennessee Titans made this off-season.
From hiring Mike Vrabel to replace Mike Mularkey, to signing Malcom Butler and Dion Lewis, all the way to their aggressive approach in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Titans seemingly made all the right moves.
But ESPN was still able to find one small thing they didn’t like about Tennessee’s offseason.
The self proclaimed worldwide leader in sports doesn’t feel like the Titans did enough to address their offensive line.
Here’s what they had to say:
The Titans’ offensive line took a step back in 2017 because of its interior play, and the team didn’t add much starting-caliber talent to improve the depth and competition. Quinton Spain, penciled as the starting left guard, could be the weak spot in a zone-blocking scheme. The inability to sign Taylor Lewan to an extension before the end of spring creates an unnecessary headache. Jack Conklin is uncertain for Week 1 as he recovers from a torn ACL. There are still many question marks here.
I’m not sure about all of that.
First off, I don’t see the Taylor Lewan contract situation as a big issue. A deal is going to eventually get done between the two sides. And even if it’s not before the season, Lewan will still play in 2018. He’s not going to sit out the final year of his contract. That’s absurd to even suggest. He’s a professional. He’ll be ready.
As far as Jack Conklin goes, I’m not really sure what ESPN expected the Titans do there.
It’s reasonable to expect that Conklin will be back for the start of the regular season. But if he isn’t, he likely won’t miss more than a couple of games. There’s no reason the Titans should’ve signed another starting caliber right tackle. The only thing they can do is hope for the best when it comes to Conklin’s repaired ACL.
I can understand some of the concern with Quinton Spain in the new zone blocking scheme, but I don’t think it should be a big worry for the Titans. He’s been a solid player in Nashville and I think he deserves a chance to show he can be a reliable guard in Tennessee’s new blocking scheme.
Plus, let’s not forget that Spain played at West Virginia under Dana Holgersen — a coach who includes some zone blocking philosophies in his offense. So it’s not like Spain doesn’t have any experience in a zone blocking scheme.
I think the Titans’ offensive line will continue to be a strength for the franchise. And I think they did everything right this off-season in regards to that particular unit.
ESPN reached a bit with this one.
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