The Titans weren’t shy about spending owner Bud Adams’ money this offseason.
Guard Andy Levitre, tight end Delanie Walker, safety Bernard Pollard and defensive lineman Sammie Hill were among a big group of free agents brought in by the Titans, making for a 38 percent turnover from last year’s roster. Owner Bud Adams said that it was the only way for the team to bring in the talent they were missing on the roster and called himself “very pleased” with the job done by General Manager Ruston Webster.
But keeping Adams pleased will take improvement on the field so that he doesn’t wind up feeling like he threw money out the window during the offseason spending spree. He stopped short of promising “playoffs or pink slips” or putting the organization on notice as he did last November, but it isn’t hard to figure out the owner’s expectations.
“We have the talent in there, and now we have to put it to work,” Adams said, via the Tennessean. “I think we’re going to have a good team, and I’ll be real unhappy if we don’t. We put out a lot of money to get what we got, and I think we have some people who can get us in the championship. If we don’t make the playoffs, then we’re sitting [still]. We have some great talent we brought in, and we paid a lot of money to get them in there. I am banking on us getting it done this year.”
Despite all the new faces, returning quarterback Jake Locker is probably the member of the roster with the most impact on whether the Titans can satisfy Adams’ desire to see a good team. Without better play there, it’s hard to see a significant improvement for the Titans and just as hard to see Mike Munchak getting a fourth year as coach.