The Tennessee Titans haven’t seen the playoffs since 2008. They’ve had a few close calls, including last season, but nothing has materialized. This year hurts the most, I think.
We came into this season having just missed the playoffs last year and being toted as a surprise team that should make the playoffs. Obviously, things went wrong. An offense that was supposed to mature in it’s second season under OC Chris Palmer sputtered and the guy who was supposed to take the keys to the franchise and run with them (Jake Locker) suffered injuries that practically cost him the season.
The offensive line caught the plague, nearly all of them being placed on IR, and the defense struggled to find an identity, though it was showing something resembling one towards the end of the season.
But the Titans were supposed to make the playoffs this year. None of those bad things were supposed to happen. This was supposed to be the first of many good seasons. Now we seem to be in a worse position than last year. We enter the offseason with no idea who the offensive coordinator will be or whether the defensive coordinator shall stick. Questions still surround QB Jake Locker, though I still count myself among his supporters.
This just hurts.
A disappointing season and no real confidence heading into the offseason make this just plain painful. It also creates confusion. Do we really have all the pieces we though we had? How did this offense not click, even under new direction?
Those are just some of the questions that will haunt the Titans until next season.
Enjoy watching the playoffs if you can. For me, it’s just a painful reminder of how underwhelmed I was by the Titans this season.
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