A number of events have occurred since September 25, 2011. That was the day Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt was taken down by Broncos safety Rahim Moore, tearing his right ACL. After Moore’s season ending tackle, Britt and the Titans have seen a 9-7 season, a change at starting quarterback, a DUI arrest, a single game suspension, and extensive rehabilitation from reconstructive knee surgery.
But after all of that, Kenny is back.
A reoccurring issue in the NFL by turning a blind eye towards off the field negative behavior, in exchange for production in-between the lines, seems to have become commonplace. Kenny Britt has provided both. In the two complete games Britt played in last year, his fourteen receptions accounted for 271 yards and three touchdowns. Those statistics equal points, points equal wins, wins equal money.
After last week’s loss to the defending AFC champion New England Patriots 34-13, Tennessee should have realized that offensive firepower wins you football games in this day and age. Kenny Britt gives the Titans size and strength on outside which they lacked desperately in Sunday’s loss to go with a nonexistent running game.
Without Britt, the starting receivers are an average of six feet, one hundred and ninety pounds. Britt alone is six-three, two hundred and fifteen pounds. Paired with tight end Jared Cook, it creates a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.
The other thing that Britt brings besides his physical attributes is attitude. This team is motivated to find their identity with a new young starting quarterback and one thing Britt will bring is the confidence to make plays on the field. Britt knows that he is a playmaker and rubbing that moxie he exudes off on his teammates can only help.
For Britt, the seas aren’t as rough as they once were but putting together a productive 2012 is key if he wants to become a star in this league. Britt will get his first chance at redemption on Sunday in San Diego as the Titans square off against the Chargers where they haven’t won since September 27, 1992.
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