HOUSTON, TX - January 01: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Tennessee Titans is congratulated for a touchdown pass, by punter Brett Kern #6 of the Tennessee Titans after the Tennessee Titans scored against the Houston Texans on January 1, 2012 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Titans won 23 to 22. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
The good, recreational folks over at Covers.com have released their over/under for NFL win totals in 2012. They set the Titans number at 7. While I think that number is low, I can understand why it is there. The Titans had two big holes to fill in the offseason, pass rush and interior line, and from an outsiders perspective it probably looks like they only did a decent job addressing those needs.
Think about it this way, the only defensive ends that are on this roster that were not when the season ended are Kamerion Wimbley and Scott Solomon. While Wimbley is a clear upgrade, there are some questions regarding how he will hold up as a 4-3 defensive end.
Steve Hutchinson is clearly an upgrade to the interior of the line, but Eugene Amano is still the center. The Titans brought in every NFL center with a pulse but were not able to sign any of them. Vegas probably views that as a huge minus.
There is also the fact that the Titans face a brutal 2012 schedule that starts off with an especially tough September.Of course the flip side of that is that anyone who has really been paying attention knows that Jerry Gray has a plan for the pass rush that doesn't require a Mario Williams. The Titans will use multiple looks to get pressure. They will also be able to use Akeem Ayers to get after the passer because of the addition of Zach Brown, and the fact that there is actually an offseason program this year.
I understand the concern around the interior line. I share that concern. It sounds great that Kevin Matthew is getting some reps at center right now, but if he was that good they would have plugged him in at some point last season while Amano was struggling.
All of that being said, if I were a betting man, I would take the over. This staff did a remarkable job last year in a very short period of time. They have a more talented 2012 roster with more time to implement their system.
7 wins for the 2012 Titans
Over (474 votes)
Under (46 votes)
520 total votes