Tennessee Titans made a decision this offseason that could define the franchise but also one that could cost the franchise dearly.
With the second overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Titans selected quarterback Marcus Mariota, formerly of the Oregon Ducks, in a move that could see Mariota propel the AFC South team to success in the next several years.
But Mariota's selection also might not work out how the Titans want. The dual-threat signal caller is predicted to be a star, but there are plenty of examples of star players who don't make the grade.
Time to step up
The Titans currently have one of those players on board that could well fail to live up to expectations, and that man is Justin Hunter. The wideout is enigmatic to say the least, and headed into his third year, Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt says that 2015 is a make or break season for Hunter.
Whisenhunt made some brutal comments on Monday as he explained that players need to make the grade sooner rather than later when quizzed on Hunter's future, and the comments seem to suggest that this will be Hunter's last campaign with Tennessee unless they see some major improvements.
Hunter has only 852 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in his NFL career so far over the course of two seasons, and Whisenhunt and co at the Titans are looking for much more from the talented wideout during the 2015 season.
"At some point, you either get it or you won't be in this league anymore," Whisenhunt said last week, according the Tennessean. "That's the natural order of the NFL."
Can he step up?
These comments might seem quite harsh but as Whisenhunt explains, the NFL is a dog-eat-dog league and eventually the cord is cut if you don't step up to the plate.