The Tennessee Titans offensive line needs to be improved if the teams wants to have a chance at Super Bowl LVII.

Coming off of a season in which Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked 47 times (second most in the NFL), improvement is necessary if the offense is going to take the steps forward.

Only the Miami Dolphins recorded a worse pass-blocking efficiency score than the Titans’ offensive line last season (per Pro Football Focus).

That’s unacceptable.

Derrick Henry is aging, rookie contracts are expiring, and there is no time to waste. Tennessee needs to take advantage of their championship window immediately.

Much of that will be dictated by the play of the offensive line, and the players in the room know it.

Veteran left tackle Taylor Lewan spoke to the media following practice on Friday, and according to Lewan, there is a sense of urgency among the players on the line that motivates them to succeed.

“We need to protect Tannehill now. We need to get Derrick [Henry] yards now.”

– Titans LT Taylor Lewan

The expectation from a veteran like Lewan is excellence, and the time to reach it is now. But how do the Titans get there?

According to Lewan, the key to success up front is the “cohesiveness” of the men on the line. Getting five men on the same page and acting as a unit really begins stirring the drink.

When speaking to the media on Friday, Lewan detailed exactly what that looks like:

“There are certain key points that Keith [Carter] gives us on every single play,” Lewan said.
“If you’re able to register that fast, know the snap count, and fire off the ball…that is cohesiveness. When five guys are doing that, that’s good gel and good chemistry.”

Lewan also added that having a teammate he’s familiar with gives him a leg up from other tackles across the league.

“A lot of guys don’t get the luxury of me and Ben [Jones], playing together for seven or eight years. It’s been a long time.”

The key now for Lewan, Jones, and even veteran Nate Davis, is making sure that the two players to earn the final starting spots are meshing well with the group.

That will likely be Aaron Brewer at LG and either Nicholas Petit-Frere or Dillon Radunz at RT.

If the Titans offensive line can operate as one body, and demonstrate the cohesion that Lewan referred to on Friday, the Titans may have a chance to do some damage in 2022.

If Ryan Tannehill is protected, the field opens up to deliver strikes down field. Treylon Burks and Robert Woods can fully develop their routes and the offensive success will likely follow.

Before any of that though, the Titans most win the war in the trenches.

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