If you're following Butch Jones and the Vols this offseason you've noted they are killing the 2014 recruiting class. If they put together a solid season in 2013, upset one or two SEC teams, maintain the excitement and actually sign all those kids they have a solid chance to emerge as a top 25 team in 2014 with 10+ wins.
Everything's faster in the NFL including the shift from poor to great team. It feels like Webster and the FO boys are laying the right groundwork but unlike college if the QB isn't at least Dilfer-grade there is basically no chance. If the Titans D emerges as studly under Williams tutelage, the O-line and WR's are set (Britt departs, Hunter emerges), and we finally move on from Johnson into an exclusive power-back philosophy then it will be all about the QB.
In 2014 surrounded by strong cores on all sides will Locker prove to be at least Dilfer-grade? Is a rookie Bridgewater Dilfer-grade?
The Volunteers have that unmistakable slow-build phenomenon happening. The engines of change are whirring under the hood. It is tangible. The Titans will spend 2013 kicking all their tires (Locker, Johnson, Munch, Loggains, Griffin, Britt, Morgan) one last time and if they are found to be the weak parts then 2014 is the year to jettison them and march forth with a completely rebuilt machine.