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2013 Season Rewind: Titans OL

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Season Rewind is a position-by-position review of the Titans in 2013.

A complete overhaul of the interior of Tennessee’s offensive line characterized the 2013 season.

None of the 48 possible starts from the left guard, right guard and center positions were made by players who were with the team in 2012.

The Titans signed highly sought free agent Andy Levitre to a multiyear contract, as well as veterans Chris Spencer and Rob Turner during free agency last March.

Click here for a slideshow of Titans offensive linemen in 2013.

Tennessee then drafted guard Chance Warmack with the 10th overall pick of the NFL Draft and Brian Schwenke in the fourth round (107th overall) in April.

The Titans wanted to identify the best combination to put between longtime bookend tackles Michael Roos and David Stewart, but injuries impacted the decision-making and recovery times affected the rate at which the unit could grow together.

Levitre missed time during the offseason program but played all 16 games, completing his fifth pro season by again making every start. Roos, who has only missed one game (because of an emergency appendectomy) in nine seasons, and Warmack also started all 16 for the Titans.

The center and right tackle positions, however, were different stories. Schwenke’s development during training camp was slowed because of a hamstring injury. The Titans started Turner for the first six games of the season, but he was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Schwenke started the next three games, but suffered an ankle injury on Nov. 10 that lingered the rest of the season. Spencer, Tennessee’s “swing guy,” capable of playing center or guard if an injury happened during a game, started in place of Schwenke on Nov. 14. The rookie returned to the lineup the following game and finished the season with nine starts.

Stewart returned from the broken leg he suffered in December 2012, but dealt with calf and shoulder injuries in 2013. He started the first seven games of the season, but was replaced by Mike Otto for the next two. Stewart returned for five more starts, but missed the final two games of the season with Byron Stingily making his third and fourth career starts.

All told, the Titans started five different combinations of offensive linemen a year after needing six combinations to make it through an injury-riddled 2012 season.

The chart below shows the different starting combinations, along with some rushing and passing stats:

 

LT

LG

C

RG

RT

Rush Yds.

Rush TDs

Pass Yds.

Pass Att.

Sacks Allow.

Pass TDs

@Pit

Roos

Levitre

Turner

Warmack

Stewart

112

1

117

20

1

0

@Hou

Roos

Levitre

Turner

Warmack

Stewart

119

0

119

30

4

2

SD

Roos

Levitre

Turner

Warmack

Stewart

170

1

282

37

2

1

NYJ

Roos

Levitre

Turner

Warmack

Stewart

78

0

244

32

2

4

KC

Roos

Levitre

Turner

Warmack

Stewart

105

1

234

41

3

1

@Sea

Roos

Levitre

Turner

Warmack

Stewart

66

0

157

29

3

0

SF

Roos

Levitre

Schwenke

Warmack

Stewart

70

0

298

41

3

2

@StL

Roos

Levitre

Schwenke

Warmack

Otto

198

4

165

22

4

0

Jax

Roos

Levitre

Schwenke

Warmack

Otto

83

1

279

42

1

2

Ind

Roos

Levitre

Spencer

Warmack

Stewart

122

2

218

28

2

1

@Oak

Roos

Levitre

Schwenke

Warmack

Stewart

114

0

312

42

2

2

@Ind

Roos

Levitre

Schwenke

Warmack

Stewart

162

1

185

37

1

1

@Den

Roos

Levitre

Schwenke

Warmack

Stewart

96

3

158

24

2

1

Az

Roos

Levitre

Schwenke

Warmack

Stewart

66

0

394

58

3

4

@Jax

Roos

Levitre

Schwenke

Warmack

Stingily

182

1

164

26

3

1

Hou

Roos

Levitre

Schwenke

Warmack

Stingily

151

1

160

24

1

0

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