One of those sportswriter buzzwords that can be as exciting as a slice of white bread, but is a meaningful term to the fanatic in all of us. It denotes a sought after time and place where preparation meets opportunity, where personnel, management , and coaching share one vision. Toss in a bid of good luck and fortune can smile brightly upon our team and cast an afterglow that makes all the bad times worth it. Not every team gets a window and they are fickle as sirens drawing ships to the rocks. They can be open for a streak, for a season, for a decade, or sometimes never at all, but rest assured fate dictates that one day your ship your team will be shattered on the rocks. And that is why the window is so special.
So why wax poetic about a sportswriter idiom? Very simply Rewind a few months to December and the Titans looked like a rudderless ship on fire in a hurricane inexplicably stuck in the desert. Pardon the phrase, but us fans needed change we could believe in and change started out strangely. It did not make much sense that Alan Lowery was fired, while Jerry Gray stayed. Reinfelt was dismissed, but was he the problem and what to make of keeping Munchak and Dowell Loggains when both have not shown they have what it takes. In other days in those dark, cold December and January days we could all admit there was not much too look forward to next year if things stayed as they were. There was not the hint of a window, there was a big fat brick wall of woe between the Titans and the promised land.
The cracks in that wall started forming with the hiring of Greg Williams. Williams can build championship defenses and the combination of Gray and Williams has years of NFL success behind it. Then came free agency and a normally complacent front office erupted with the full blessing of Bud Adams to do what it took to build a winner. Bricks came tumbling out the wall as the Titans made 12 signings and replaced or put players who could not get the job done. If you were not on board the train it did not matter how much potential you had, you could feel free to go underachieve somewhere else. Finally it looked like for once that there was a frame being built into that once impenetrable wall and nails were not being pounded in random places. There was a definite plan going on here. The vision was not clear yet but good things were happening.
Watching the last day of the draft right around the time the Titans were making the two biggest value picks of the draft in Brian Schwenke and Lavar Edwards I heard it. It was the click of the window now clean and polished opening. I have a clear sense of what 2013 and beyond could look like and for once the Titans are prepared for bad things to happen as you can point to single positions in 2009 cornerback, in 2010 quarterback, and last season offensive line late and linebacker early that absolutely wrecked a season. The talent on the roster is young and I am hard pressed to find a position group where there is a group of players who are not in or potentially hitting what could and should be the prime of their careers.
The offensive line should be the best in the league with the additions of Warmack and Levitre. Our tight ends can beat you in the air as chain movers and on the ground as road graders and CJ and Greene should be able to average 4 yard a carry with their shoe laces tied. Teams looking to stack the line will pay for it when Britt, Washington, Wright, and now Justin Hunter and others make plays down field cause Jake has a laser-rocket arm. Defensively we attack and beat you into submission with young talent that can absolutely fly at Linebacker, interchangeable pieces on the defensive line that can show multiple looks, which should help a solid secondary look solid every game this season even against the better passing attacks we face. I should add that Bernard Pollard will knock the piss out a you.
I have already run the risk of being too rosy in my sentiments as we all know nothing is guaranteed. Can Locker take the next step and will the staff play to his strengths like other teams have to get their young quarterbacks early success ? Can Griffin keep his head with the help the front office provided for him in Pollard and Wilson? Will the tandem of Chains and Gains TM. be better together than apart? Who will actually make this team at receiver and who will play it well or will the potentials of Kenny Britt, Hunter, and Kendall tease us more than please us? How many games will Britt be suspended? Is there a member of the defense truly ready to be a game changer or is a solid collection of talent not good enough again? Hell can these coaches even coach their way out of a paper bag because many of were ready to throw the towel in a few months ago myself included?
The answers will come as the window appears open to every team the day after the draft and even Jacksonville's 1 fan has high hopes today. Still I can not discount the enthusiasm and excitement as a mere mirage as I as look our Titan's window I feel the coming season could be one heck of a ride and even better this team has started to build to sustain success for seasons to come. If you are still reading I could really sum all this up in a few words. The window is open so LWSS.