NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Ask Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger if they will throw more this year, and he jokes Tennessee will toss 10 or 12 passes a game.
The Titans always have been able to run the ball under coach Jeff Fisher, but they ranked 27th in the NFL for yards passing per game last year. The Titans had 24 touchdowns rushing but just 13 passing.
Then the Titans signed receiver Nate Washington as a free agent and drafted receiver Kenny Britt and tight end Jared Cook to give quarterback Kerry Collins some help.
Everyone else now has a full year in Heimerdinger's system, and the early results have the Titans optimistic that they can match Johnson's big-play potential on the ground by going to the air.
Despite the upgraded offense, Fisher says the offensive philosophy hasn't changed.
He says that is "to do what it takes to win the ballgame whether it's run it or pick it up and throw it."