The buzz around LaFleur is real. Nashville is practically buzzing with excitement over Lafleurs offense. With such a seismic shift in culture, this Titan train needs to continue rolling. So let’s just crack on then, shall we?
Assessing the Marriage: Rushing and Passing
How do you define a successful marriage? Two equals contributing what they can to something bigger than themselves, anchored by mutual respect and understanding. Apply that to Lafeurs offense and that’s a formula for success. The Titans have everything they need to be an unpredictable offense capable of putting up points in a myriad of ways.
One successful recipe is a thunder and lightning system. Boy oh boy, do the Titans have that covered. Derrick Henry brings all the thunder necessary to rattle the defenses chinstraps. Dion Lewis brings all the burst and shiftiness to make quick strikes in the screen game. Put them together and you have Todd Gurley. While not as proven a pass catcher as Devonta Freeman, Henry is a fast and angry runner capable of bulldozing opponents. Dion Lewis is a lot like Tevin Coleman, quick hitting and a proficiency for pass catching. LaFleur’s last two stops; two explosive, top-tier offenses. Similar usage in the running game. Both backs are capable of racking up yardage and scoring a lot of points. With a top-five ranked offensive line, according to Pro Football Focus, there should be a lot of running lanes created for each of these backs.
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Unless You Throw It
The running game could be predicated upon the success of the passing game. Part one already established just how much of a leap Mariota should make. The biggest question mark to the passing game is, what is Corey Davis? Davis was drafted to be the big shot pass catcher to this offense. Unfortunately, Robiskie and a nagging hamstring injury kept Davis from showing exactly who he is. Is Corey Davis more similar to Julio Jones or Robert Woods? Both the top wide receivers on their respective teams under LaFleur’s tutelage. Either way, Davis is expected to become the top option on the Titans. With quality complimentary pass catchers like Rishard Matthews, Taywan Taylor, and tight end Delanie Walker, the passing game will La-Flourish.
How Will the Marriage Go
With a middle of the pack strength of schedule and an explosive offense in the making, look for this to be a successful marriage. Look for the Titans to add about 10 to 12 touchdowns to their 2017 total of 32. Pairing that with an up an coming young defense and the Titans are ready to take the division. Amazing how much a coaching change will bring to a team.