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20 in 20: Is Tennessee the AFC South's worst team entering camp?

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Marcedes Lewis tries to drag Titans defenders for a gain of 7-yards t the Titans 7-yard-line setting up the TD pass to Mike Brown on the next play. Blidi Wreh-Wilson rides him to the ground. The Jacksonville Jaguars played their last home game of the 2013 season against the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field in Jacksonville on Dec. 22.  Bob.Mack@jacksonville.com
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Marcedes Lewis tries to drag Titans defenders for a gain of 7-yards t the Titans 7-yard-line setting up the TD pass to Mike Brown on the next play. Blidi Wreh-Wilson rides him to the ground. The Jacksonville Jaguars played their last home game of the 2013 season against the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field in Jacksonville on Dec. 22.

Continuing today and until the Jaguars report to training camp on July 24, I’ll ask/answer one question per day:

5. Is Tennessee the AFC South’s worst team?

This could be one of the worst divisions in NFL history based on three of the four teams in Building Mode. The Titans are particularly non-descript – fans can connect the Colts with Andrew Luck, the Jaguars with Gus Bradley and the Texans with J.J. Watt/Arian Foster/Jadeveon Clowney.

The Titans haven’t won a playoff game since after the 2003 season and among the Jaguars’ combined six wins in 2012-13, two came against Tennessee.

Our colleagues at Pro Football Talk have started their pre-season power poll and Oakland (No. 32), Miami (No. 31) and the Titans (No. 30) bring up the rear.

Will the Titans be that bad?

Maybe.

After hiring Ken Whisenhunt as head coach (he’ll call the offensive plays) and hiring Ray Horton as defensive coordinator (and switching to a 3-4 hybrid scheme), the Titans were active in free agency, adding RB Dexter McCluster (KC), DT Al Woods (Pittsburgh), LB Wesley Woodyard (Denver), OT Michael Oher (Baltimore) and LB Shaun Phillips (Denver).

But are any of those players true difference makers?

And Tennessee moved on from running back Chris Johnson (he signed with the Jets). Is second-round pick Bishop Sankey ready to assume that role?

At receiver Kendall Wright (94 catches) and Justin Hunter (second-year player) are decent and tight end Delanie Walker caught 60 passes but who will throw it to them.

The biggest question is quarterback Jake Locker. Taken two spots ahead of Blaine Gabbert in the 2011 draft, Locker has missed 14 games because of injury and his 2013 season ended when he broke his foot against the Jaguars. This is Locker’s last chance to make it in Nashville.

Figure on the Jaguars and Titans splitting their two games again this year, but I agree with the preseason predictions having the Jaguars ahead of Tennessee.

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gunny48.5
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gunny48.5 07/09/14 - 02:52 pm
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@Jungle Cat: You have some

@Jungle Cat: You have some valid points but personal attacks against Caldwell & Khan based simply on YOUR opinion detract from them. If we can get back to at least being the "Cardiac Cats" with everybody doing their best I'd say we're on track. GO JAGS!

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Jungle Cat 07/09/14 - 07:01 am
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The Titans are to be

The Titans are to be commended for arriving at a 98% season ticket renewal rate this year.

Those are connected to PSLs. (If you fail to renew you lose the personal seat license)

Nevertheless, unlike Jaguars' GM David Caldwell, Tennessee has been effectively selecting exceptionally talented pro prospects. It was comical to see Caldwell draft yet another "franchise" quarterback, turning his nose up at superior offensive line talent.

The Jaguars are less talented now than when Caldwell took over. If the Jaguars are NOT knocking on the door of the playoffs by December there is absolutely NO REASON beyond David Caldwell's lack of backbone and his total incompetence as a college talent evaluator.

It does NOT take five seasons to turn a franchise around. Typically a good GM can find enough exceptionally fine talent in the draft to almost immediately improve the gate, and turn the franchise into a true competitive force within two years.

If Blake Bortles is NOT the opening day quarterback, it simply means Caldwell has absolutely no idea how an NFL draft works.

I anticipate the Jaguars' lack of talent will show all season long.

I expect Caldwell to be de-throned by the end of this up-coming season, with Bradley, as well, as casual football fans come to terms with the horrible drafts Caldwell has engineered with the 'help' of the leftover Gene Smith scouts STILL inside the Jaguars' organization.

If they are still here, it simply means we need a brand new owner that knows the game of football.

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Davethecaveman 07/08/14 - 02:41 pm
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I say there will be no split.

I say there will be no split. We take them both.

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