The 2012 Tennessee Titans season did not go as planned.
I certainly had plenty to say about their chances before the season, and now that we've put a bow on 2012, it's time go back and see how much of that panned out.
Here were some of my boldest preseason predictions about the Titans.
It was easy to look at the Titans' talent and see the playoffs. I know I certainly did.
Before the season, I expected Tennessee to be a 10-win team. I certainly never guessed they'd have the worst defense in football.
When it comes to being off on other teams like the Colts and Texans, I point back to the Titans. I felt sure Tennessee would do no worse than split their four games against Indianapolis and Houston, but they went 0-4.
By "the Man" I don't mean he was awesome, but merely he was the guy management decided would start.
The fact that Locker won the job in camp was a mild upset, but in the end it was the only viable choice.
Hasselbeck wasn't going to take the Titans anywhere Locker couldn't, and the change was inevitable.
Of course, Locker didn't end up taking the Titans anywhere Hasselbeck couldn't, but that's another story.
I whifffed badly on the preseason awards for the Titans.
Locker was many things, but he was not team MVP. I have to agree with Tom Gower of Total Titans that Michael Roos probably deserved that honor.
Jurrell Casey had a nice year, but you could make an argument for Derrick Morgan as the defensive MVP.
Kendall Wright put up big numbers, but Zach Brown was clearly the best rookie on the Titans.
Akeem Ayers led the team in sacks, so he works for me as the most improved Titan.
Eugene Amano got hurt in camp so he wasn't cut, but I'll count it as a win.
Finally, Chris Johnson was not the biggest disappointment. That dishonor goes to Kenny Britt.
Johnson is still a complete enigma, by the way. His raw numbers were fine, good even. Not too many people will complain about 1,243 yards, 4.5 yards a carry and six scores. The problem is that Johnson had 56 yards or fewer in eight games.
He had at least 91 yards rushing in seven games, and at least 120 yards in five games.
He's taking boom and bust to new levels.
If there was one thing I nailed about the 2012 Titans, it was the role of Britt in the overall success of the season.
His play was a make-or-break issue for the team, and when he broke, so did they.
Had Britt been fully healthy and/or engaged in the year, perhaps Locker's season looks very different now.
Instead, the wideout was never fully healthy and posted fewer receiving yards than in either of his first two seasons. He did have a 143-yard game, but that was the only time all year he cleared 70 yards in a contest. His yards per reception fell by more than three from his career average.
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