When it came to moving the sticks on a consistent basis last season, the Titans were all too often sticks in the mud.

The Titans produced just 260 first downs, which was the second fewest in the NFL. Just for comparison’s sake, 21 teams compiled at least 300.

Predictably, the Titans were also awful in time of possession, with the league-worst average of 27:24 per game a big reason the defense spent so much time on the field.

The Titans believe they’ve taken concrete steps in correcting the problem. They’ve beefed up the interior offensive line, signed a power running back, added a couple of successful possession receivers and — perhaps most importantly in coach Mike Munchak’s view — given offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains an offseason to retool the playbook.

“It starts with the offensive philosophy being different, as far as the position we put the players in, so that Jake can have more options to move the chains,” Munchak said. “That’s a big part of it, what we’re doing scheme-wise and coaching-wise.”

Specifically, expect a return to the kind of attack the Titans employed when Mike Heimerdinger was offensive coordinator — a ball-control offense featuring the running game, ample use of the tight ends and occasional shots downfield.

“The underneath (passes) to the backs and to our three good tight ends, I think that’s part of the game where we didn’t take as much advantage of that, and you’ll see us do more of that this year,” Munchak said. “I think we’re going to run the ball better. I think we’ll control the line of scrimmage better. I think when you do those things, your offense is a lot better.”

It doesn’t hurt to have new personnel either, and a number of the recent additions have the capability of bettering time of possession and first downs.