Titans Looking for Respect
The Tennessee Titans come into the season off two straight seasons above 500. The problem is that only a few pundits have noticed that the team’s performance has been consistently good.
1n 2017, the club reached the divisional playoffs after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in a wild card game. Eventually, the team would lose in a lackluster performance against New England.
In 2018, the team played in a virtual play-in game against the Colts in the final game of the regular season. Marcus Mariotta did not play in the game due to injury, and their division rival the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Titans.
Titans Current State
Despite these successes, a dubious dark cloud hangs over the team created by the national media. The club dismissed Mike Mularkey at the end of 2017 in favor of Mike Vrabel. Vrabel’s Titans defeated four playoff team last year including the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles and a blowout the Super Bowl champion Patriots.
The cloud is created based on several factors the big ones are that Mariotta is due for a new deal. The Titans need to decide whether Mariotta is worth a new contract. The former Heisman Trophy winner’s best season came in 2016 where he threw for 26 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. Last year Mariotta only had 11 touchdowns with eight interceptions in 14 games.
Mariotta’s numbers show a distinct digression in performance. The rise of other young quarterbacks like Jared Goff, Patrick Mahomes, and Dak Prescott amplifies Mariotta’s shortcomings. Goff, Mahomes, and Prescott’s numbers are higher and better than their counterpart in the last two seasons.
Vrabel suffers from Mariotta’s continued development at this moment, and despite the team performing well many times last season, the team looks like a disappointment to the national media. The Titans traded for former first-round and Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill places pressure on Mariotta to produce or Vrabel may look to replace Mariotta if the team and he starts the season poorly.
On defense, the Titans signed Cameron Wake. The team selected defensive tackle, Jeffery Simmons in the first round. The additions should lead to their defense to be a strong point.
The Titans are projected to win eight games this season. I think the Jacksonville Jaguars additional of Nick Foles at quarterback and the improvements of the Colts and Houston Texans rosters is notable. The division improvements will lead this team to not finish above 500 this year. The record of 8-8 is best case scenario for the Titans. The under is the play hear and that the Titans will not make the playoffs.
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