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It appears that the Joe Looney era is over. Undrafted free agent Quinton Spain will finally get his chance to shine on Sunday against the Raiders. Spain will take over at left guard for Looney.
Interim head coach Mike Mularkey broke the news while speaking to the media on Thursday.
Andy Gallik will likely start at center, Quinton Spain at left guard vs Raiders, Mularkey said. #Titans— Jason Wolf (@JasonWolf) November 26, 2015
This will be the third big shake-up to the Titans' offensive line this season. Andy Levitre was set to start, but was dealt after a poor preseason. Then came Byron Bell, then Joe Looney. Now Spain will get his shot.
The first thing you'll notice about Spain is his size. At 6'4, 332, Spain certainly looks the part. He's a powerful player that should make a difference in the Titans' rushing attack. Despite his size, Spain showed a decent ability to move at West Virginia. He was always looking for someone to hit, showing a consistent mean streak.
I think it's interesting that Spain gets first crack at the left guard job over Jeremiah Poutasi, who was Webster's third round pick this season. Poutasi has been working with the guards since Whisenhunt was fired, so it may simply be a matter of getting Poutasi more comfortable in his new position. Whatever it was, a change was needed.
Joe Looney had been the clear weak line in the Titans' offense over the past couple of weeks, so the move makes plenty of sense. If the Titans can hit on Spain, that would go a long way towards finally solving the offensive line riddle. You can consider this a six game audition for the 2016 job.