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Titans desperately need playmakers

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones Titan receiver Damian Williams (17) gets both feet down in the back of the end zone. It was one of the few clutch plays made in the game by the offense.
NASHVILLE - After watching the Titans' 24-17 loss on Sunday at LP Field I realized that there is not a "playmaker" on either side of the football.

When you step back and think about it, who can you count on to make a big play to get a first down to keep a drive alive or a much needed touchdown on offense? And who is the defensive player that will be there to make an important stop when needed for Tennessee?

Running back Chris Johnson has shown in the past that he has the ability to score any time he touches the football but thus far this season that's not the case.

Wide receiver Kenny Britt is a "playmaker" but he's out for the season and hopefully he'll make a full recovery.

Rookie Jake Locker has settled in as a backup to Matt Hasselback and it remains to been seen if he can develop into an elite quarterback in the future.

On defense Courtland Finnegan might be called a "playmaker" but there's not a defensive lineman, end or linebacker that fit's that role.

There's no Keith Bullock, Jevon Kearse (early in his career) Kyle Vanden Bosch or Blaine Bishop on defense and remember when the offense was led by Steve McNair, Eddie George, Frank Wycheck and Derrick Mason.

By the way, a number of these guys helped take Tennessee to a Super Bowl.

If you're an offensive or defensive coordinator that is scheming up a game plan against the 2011-2012 Titans, who really puts a fear into you?

I know that football is a team sport but within that team there's got to be a number of players that standout and have the ability to take their play to a higher level.

Every successful team has them.

If the Titans are going to get back to being a playoff contender instead of an early season playoff pretender, they've got to develop or find some "playmakers" on both sides of the ball.

Gary Johnson is a sports writer for the Times-Gazette. Email him at gjohnson@t-g.com.

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