In sports there are certain players that have to come ahead of the franchise. Certain player development cases are more important than the current state of the franchise. My friends that is what we have here in Jake Locker.
2008 was an outlier, but the VY era clearly set the franchise back 5 years. Whether we like it/realize it or not the 2012 Tennessee Titans are a lot close to being a Super Bowl winner than the 2011 Tennessee Titans. There is direction, albeit poor execution, but we are in the process of watching pieces grow. I do not have to explain to all of you which pieces are growing.
The only reason I would like to point this out is because I do not think CJ's production nor Chris Palmer's vision for the run game is the least bit relevant to the state of our franchise. We were in the complete dumps 2 years ago, got lucky last year while taking steps forward, and are paying for the shit mess that was left here 2 years ago. Chris Palmer was brought in to do 1 thing...develop Jake Locker...so far I would give Chris a B+. Chris IMO has this season and one more. At the end of 3 years, we evaluate what we have in Jake, what we have in an offense, and who is the right man to take the offense forward. If the Jake Locker Tennessee Titans will be a regular contender CJ will be at the most the type of player he was in his rookie year, more likely out of the league or on another roster.
Repairing the rosters holes, not signing dead money, (looking at you Griff) and developing Jake, Casey, CMac, Wright, possibly Morgan, possibly Britt, the two corners, need to be the stress. IMO the Michael Griffin issue is much more pressing than the CJ issue.
Your thoughts? I know this is a long term project, but I think once the destination is reached it can be far more sustainable.