It starts at the top – Assuming this statement is true and is adage for success or failure depending on the quality of leadership at the key positions within an organization, the future of the Tennessee Titans looks extremely bright. Why? Two of the top positions, Quarterback and General Manager, have been addressed with individuals as talented as this organization has ever seen.
Marcus Mariota – Yes, it is way too early in his career to anoint him the next coming of Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, but he has all the tools and traits necessary to attain similar levels of success. Crazy? Decide for yourself by comparison. As with any second year QB, Marcus needs to improve in some areas, but without delving into the intricacies of the position, does he not compare favorable physically, cognitively and emotionally to those listed above? Some may even suggest that he contains a better balance of characteristics than any of those “other guys.” What if he falls short? Then the Titans “settle” for a QB with a high floor and ceiling that embodies the best qualities of the organization’s greatest quarterbacks to date, Hall of Famer Warren Moon and league MVP Steve McNair. Time to go Nike on the expectations, Marcus, and “Just Do It.”
Jon Robinson – Jon was regarded as one of the front-runners for the open GM position. Once hired, concern surfaced, as the word on the street was that there were conditions to his acceptance. As a fan, of any team, in any sport, in any city, in any universe, we…want…the…best! Not the best, if he compromises. Not the best, if we settle. Not the best, value. The best, PERIOD! Have the Titans hired the best? The 2016 offseason provides the answer. Although each, individual, move may not be judged favorably, the thought and intent behind each is easily recognizable and has provided a sense of calming confidence that this organization has not had for quite some time…Maybe ever. The Titan transformation from a weak, thin, lost and undeveloped team to one of depth, toughness, purpose and performance has been swift, evident, and much appreciated. Welcome home, Jon! Boy have you been missed.
With these two additions to the organization, the Titans now have a strong player evaluator with a plan and an elite QB in the making that will elevate teammate performance and maximize team potential. As the talent, depth and balance continue to increase, so will the Super Bowl ring count.