Preseason power rankings are starting to trickle in, and the Tennessee Titans are a hot topic being talked about in the media.
Training camp and the preseason is almost here. Before all the fun can start, teams must be ranked arbitrarily because readers love rankings. While I’ve grown to hate power rankings, mainly because the Titans are usually near the bottom, this season could change my feelings toward the ruse if the
PFT ranks the Titans 10th, not being able to find much negative change in terms of their offseason, outside of Anthony Fasano being a slight loss: “If anything, they’ve lost the ability to surprise people, as they’re suddenly a trendy pick and getting more attention than they have in years.” They believe that the only way the Titans don’t live up to their hype is if their style of play, physical and will-imposing, begins to take more of a toll on them than their opponents as the season rolls on. Not likely, in my not-biased-at-all opinion.
Frank Schwab, and Yahoo! Sports in general, is jumping on the Titans’ bandwagon. They have Tennessee ranked 11th in their rankings, and they seem pretty sure that the Titans are going to win the AFC South: “The Titans have built a competitive roster around their fantastic young quarterback. They play in a division that remains the easiest in the NFL. When the Titans take the next step and get back to the playoffs this season, don’t be too surprised.” They also gave the Titans an “A” grade for their offseason, so they’re officially our new best friends.
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numberFire is a very respected analytical and data-driven site. They have the Titans as the 27th-best team in the NFL. They chalk up “iffy pass defense metrics” as the reasoning for ranking them so low, yet the New Orleans Saints rank sixth overall in their rankings. Make of that what you will.
Back in May, Elliot Harrison moved up the Titans two spots to 12th after their draft, citing Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith as important additions. His concern with Davis was his ankle injury, but Davis has since practiced fully and looks likely to make an early-season contribution. Harrison is confident in the Titans making a January run this season.
ESPN’s rankings are also from May and also have the Titans at No. 12, just like NFL.com. Dan Graziano believes the new additions in the secondary and Corey Davis will allow the Titans to back up the hype that developed after the Titans surprisingly went 9-7 last season.
Yes, you read that right. Peter King has the Titans FOURTH in his offseason power rankings. Why does King have them so high on his list? “Every year there’s one stunner in the league (at least), and this year I like Tennessee to be that team.” He mentions the Titans’ core players, Marcus Mariota, the bookend tackles, Jurrell Casey and the pass-rush as important reasons for the high ranking. Just like the Titans themselves are, King is instilling trust in the team’s young players (like LeShaun Sims) to develop and step up.