Titans make a change at center


The Titans have run for 249 yards in the last three games, a steep drop from the 401 yards they picked up on the ground over the first three games of the season.

Some of that drop could be blamed on Jake Locker’s injury affecting the way that defenses are approaching Tennessee and some could be blamed on facing the Jets, Chiefs and Seahawks, but the team made a move on Wednesday that shows they don’t blame it all on either of those things. Coach Mike Munchak announced that rookie Brian Schwenke will take over as the starting center from Rob Turner, who won the job in training camp.

“I think he’ll do a great job,” Munchak said, via the Tennessean. “We drafted him for a reason, and we thought he was the best center in the draft. I think Rob did a good job, but we think [Schwenke] has big-time upside and I think now is the time to give him a chance to prove it.”

The Titans made the offensive line a focus of their offseason, bringing in guard Andy Levitre and drafting guard Chance Warmack in the first round and Schwenke in the fourth round. The results looked pretty good during a 3-1 start, even as running back Chris Johnson continued to look nothing like the big play threat he was earlier in his career.

With the 49ers on tap this weekend and Locker still unlikely to play, it’s probably unwise to expect a dramatic turnaround for the offense just because Schwenke’s taken over the snapping duties. That shouldn’t stop you from making a change that you think the team needs to make, but it should keep expectations for the result at an even keel.

10 responses to “Titans make a change at center

  1. The Rams let Center Rob Turner go for a reason, if he was so great they wouldn’t have let him walk in free agency.

    I hope Schwenke is an upgrade over Turner.

    The Titans starting center Fernando Velasco in 2012, is now starting for the Steelers after the Titans cut him.

    Top 10 pick Chance Warmack for the Titans is a great run blocker at Guard at times, but he has been a horrible pass blocker most of the time so far, but the Jury is still out.

    The Titans need strong armed QB Jake Locker back badly, as turnover machine Fitzpatrick who has had 50 turnovers since the beginning of 2011 is terrible with 42 interceptions over the same span.

    You don’t have to be a great Quarterback to win in the NFL, just don’t turn over the ball ! Ask Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith, don’t turn over the ball and play average with a good to great defense and you win!

    Go Titans Go!

    —–Titans Fan Dan

  2. He’s a rookie, I doubt they’re thinking he’s gonna play at an all-pro level, at least not right away. But this is the time to get the process started & as he gets into his groove it should only get better.

  3. Munch and Bruce Matthews are HOF O-lineman and I trust that they made the best decision for the team given our current set of circumstances….I was at the seahawks game and we struggled a little with snap timing and protection up the middle…Cant wait for Locker…By the way, it was cool to see some hawk fans wearing their locker husky jerseys underneath their seahawks gear for support…Go Blue!

  4. Finally this kid gets a shot.. Great player in college can’t wait to see him plow down d linemen on Sundays.. A young Kevin Mawae in the making!

  5. To all the dumb questions about missing Velasco … absolute not! Keep him!!

    Last year, we underachieved with the run. This year, the Steelers have 1 win and are in the bottom 3 rushing and in the top 10 for allowing sacks. Whats to miss?

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