Everyone around here knows the original meaning of LWSS. It's the meme that will stick around here for years to come. And we know the future meaning of our acronym- Locker Won Several Superbowls. But, let's focus on the current meaning- the hidden meaning. There are going to be four keys to the success of our team this year. If ONLY these four aspects are fulfilled, we will have no problem going 9-7... at the minimum. I want to delve into the hidden meaning of LWSS.
Yes. It's not Locker. L stands for leadership in 2012. We have several very hard games this season. Thus, we need strong leaders out there to pull us through those games, making plays, and keeping everyone motivated if it starts getting a little rough. This is a tough schedule, and we have a very young team. This is where Hasselbeck is needed. Whether it be him under center or on the sideline helping young SkyLocker after a bad throw, the Hass is needed on our team- if not the most valuable player in 2012.
Also, we will need leadership on defense. It's time for three players to take that leadership card in 2012: Michael Griffin, Colin McCarthy, and Jason McCourty. These three men will need to make the plays down the field and set an example for how it needs to be done. Griff and Babineaux both are experienced safeties. They need to use that experience to keep the younger guys motivated during these tough games.
Strong leadership is beyond necessary for 2012 because of such a rough schedule.
W- Washington, Wright, and Williams
These three receivers have to step up in to 2012. Kenny Britt won't be playing at his best performance level in the first few games as he rehabs from surgery; thus, we need our other receivers to step up and be targets for our quarterback. They have to make the job easier for Kenny so he doesn't try to over do something and push his progress back. Also, they need to be there all season so that our quarterback can make great plays for all 16 games. No more inconsistency. It's time for the 2012 Titans to become that high-powered offense that we've been dreaming of.
The pass rush has to make plays this year. Our secondary is on a level that it hasn't reached in a long time. J-Mac and ATV are both Pro Bowl-caliber corners who can hold the fort down; nevertheless, let's make it easier for them to make plays. If Dave Ball, Kamerion Wimbley, Derrick Morgan, and Akeem Ayers make their way to the QB, he will throw bad passes... much easier for our cornerback tandem to pick off and take to the house. Quarterback pressure will bring fear to the defensive coordinators. We need this pressure in order to beat Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Matthew Stafford this season.
S- Special Teams
The final key is to build off of last year. Despite a few missed field goals and low return yards, our special teams had a nice 2011 season. Brett Kern solidified his spot as the Titans punter for a while. In order for us to have a great 2012 season, he needs to continue pinning the offenses behind the 20. Pinning Andrew Luck and Blaine Gabbert behind the 20 in LP Field will throw their composure out the window; thus, leading to the downfall of the Colts and Sparklekitties.
Next, we need Mariani to return more. He needs to try to get the ball at least to the 50 on every return. Obviously, that's unrealistic, but it should be his goal. We need it close so that Locker or Hasselbeck will not have far to go in order to score. We have to try and make it as easy for the quarterback as possible.
Finally, we need Bironas to continue to be the best kicker in the league- the true Captain Clutch. If Locker's inexperience or Hasselbeck's not as strong arm prevents a touchdown, we need #2 to be able to kick that 60-yarder. We know he can.
In conclusion, 2012 will be a crazy season. There will be a lot that goes on. We have to expect the unexpected because anything can happen. But one thing that we don't have to worry about is drama. Drama would change the L in the original LWSS to a D for "Don't."
That's what drama does. Fortunately, our 2012 team seems to be drama-proof, as Munch, Reinfeldt, and Webster have worked to turn the Titans into a stellar organization with stand-up guys who call all make plays to win the games.