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Analysis: What's ahead for the Titans in 2014?

Updated: Tuesday, December 31 2013, 03:49 PM CST
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak is expected to meet with Tommy Smith and the rest of the decision makers to discuss his future with the team.  

Despite notching a 22-26 record in three seasons, it's not out of the question that he will return under his current contract to coach next year.

Munchak has deep roots with the organization and has been loyal to Bud Adams and the front office for years.  That said, there is a time when friendships have to be separated from business.

Despite spending $100 million in free agency during the offseason, the Titans failed to make a splash and could not win games against playoff caliber teams. 

One of the biggest critiques can be found on the offensive side of the ball. Although some wiggle-room should be allowed given starting quarterback Jake Locker missed most of the season with injury, the team was built to run the football --something the Titans did not do this year.

The tandem of Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene running behind Andy Levitre and Chance Warmack was supposed to be a key to success.  But instead, the Titans attempted 533 passes compared to 462 rushing attempts.  That gap would have been larger had Chris Johnson not carried the ball a season-high 27 times on Sunday.  It's no coincidence the Titans won that game.

In the Titans' seven wins, Chris Johnson carried the ball 19 or more times in six of those matchups. In their nine losses, Johnson totaled more than 18 carries just once, that being the overtime loss to the Texans in Week 2.

If numbers never lie, then Mike Munchak will need to run the ball more next season.  The only problem is Chris Johnson might not be around to do that. 
Rumors are swirling the organization might not be willing to pay his $8 million 2014 salary and Johnson has stated he's not willing to take a pay-cut. 

While much can change between now and the start of the 2014 NFL calendar year, running the ball more will likely be a top priority which endures.  But only time will tell who is doing the running.Analysis: What's ahead for the Titans in 2014?


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