The Titans Need Leaders to Step Up

Sep 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) yells cadence during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

It's early on in the season but the Titans seem to be reeling. As if the two blowout losses weren't enough for this young team, there's been speculation the players don't believe in Chris Palmer's offensive schemes and Chris Johnson called out his offensive line for poor play. I'm betting the Titans facility isn't a very fun place to be right now and things are only going to get tougher with Detroit this week.

We're about to see the mettle of this roster. Some players' attitudes are going to sour but some will rise to the challenge. This team needs leaders. It needs someone to believe in. Who's it going to be?

Jake Locker is the obvious answer. No one will doubt his work ethic or attitude. He suffered through some very difficult seasons as a Washington Husky and that makes him an ideal candidate for our season.

However, this team will need others.

Offensively the choices are limited. Nate Washington would be my best guess as to who else could be considered a leader. I don't think anyone else really fits the job description. Maybe Steve Hutchinson? Jared Cook pointed out Matt Hasselbeck as a leader too and I can't say that's a good sign.

The other side of the ball is in no better shape. Colin McCarthy has asserted himself as the leader of the defense, but his injury issue will mean others have to step up. Is it going to be Michael Griffin? Kamerion Wimbley?

You can see that this is a hard thing to figure out, and I'm open to any names you guys want to suggest. There is a sliver of hope in what is quickly becoming a dire season though. Vince Lombardi was quoted as saying "Leaders aren't born, they are made." We're going to see who really wants to turn this team around and which players are merely passengers along for the ride. Just something to keep in mind as the season progresses.

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