Tennessee Titans Continue To Improve On Offense
By Dan Harralson
Usually one would consider preseason games meaningless heading into the start of the actual season, but for the Tennessee Titans that has not been the case.
Teams usually hope to just avoid the injury bug and other parameters, like the Titans in that degree, but the Titans have needed these 2014 preseason games. Ken Whisenhunt is bringing back a championship contending culture to Nashville, something the Titans franchise has not seen in over five years.
The 2014 preseason games have been a tool that has defined not only how far along players are adapting to Whisenhunt's offense, but also a sign that good things are set to come in the near future – and Whisenhunt sees offensive improvement as preseason nears an end.
"We didn't start out well and ran the wrong routes but overall I thought he (Jake Locker) did well," Whisenhunt said Saturday night after defeating the Falcons. "We still had 450 yards of offense, we scored points. We did a lot of good things for who it was against. We are working together to get better."
Quarterback's Learning The Offense
Jake Locker continues to show signs of improvement as the preseason goes on. Saturday night against Atlanta, Locker completed 12 of 17 passes for 188 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown pass to Nate Washington. "I thought it went pretty well," Locker said after a 24-17 victory over Atlanta. "We didn't move the ball early as well as we would have liked but found our rhythm there late in the first half. We responded well and gave us a chance to stay in the game."
Locker is not the only Titans quarterback to show signs of improvement throughout the preseason – LSU rookie Zach Mettenberger is showing he can be an NFL signal caller.
Mettenberger was 11-of-19 passing for 148 yards Saturday, with a passer rating of 82.8. He has also rallied the Titans in the Green Bay preseason opener – and played well at New Orleans.
"There's definitely some things I can hang my hat on and continue to really work on," Mettenberger said. "But there's obviously some mistakes I made tonight. I really have to keep hammering those out where I don't make those any more. I just have to keep working to get better."
The Titans have two weeks until the games actually matter – and there will be no room for error. "We got two more weeks, and in those two weeks it will be a good opportunity for us to continue to work and clean some things up that we need to clean up," Locker said. "I'm thankful that we have two more weeks because there are some things we need to address over those couple weeks."