The Ringer put out an interesting article last week, but of course there was a dig at the Tennessee Titans in it.
An interesting article posted by Danny Heifetz of The Ringer last week outlined how second-year NFL head coaches have been getting to the Super Bowl in recent years, but a shot was taken at the Tennessee Titans in it.
The intriguing part is that it pertains directly to the Titans, as head coach Mike Vrabel is in his second season, and second-year head coaches have taken teams to the Super Bowl in each of the last three years.
Those head coaches are as follows: Los Angeles Rams’ Sean McVay in 2018, Philadelphia Eagles’ Doug Pederson in 2017, and the Atlanta Falcons’ Dan Quinn in 2016.
Could Vrabel be the next one in line?
The diss came in Heifetz’s mention of the Titans, as he said they might not be worth watching should the team make it to the Super Bowl.
"After two years of head coach Mike Mularkey going 9-7, the Titans fired him, hired Mike Vrabel, and promptly went … 9-7. Not only were they mediocre, but they were ugly. Tennessee beat the Jaguars 9-6 with 83 passing yards in Week 3, lost 21-0 to the Ravens with 51 passing yards in Week 6, and beat the Giants 17-0 with 86 passing yards in Week 15. If the Titans somehow make the Super Bowl, it might not even be worth watching."
Heifetz goes on to say that “Luckily, we probably don’t have to worry too much about that” in regard to the Titans making it to the big game.
He cites the Titans having a new offensive coordinator and quarterback Marcus Mariota looking “lost” the last few seasons, and the fact that the signal-caller is recovering from a nerve injury in his elbow from 2018.
To his credit, Heifetz does point out that the Titans did beat some good teams last season (Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots), which in his eyes gives credibility to Vrabel and Co. You can also add the Houston Texans to that list.
My only question is: if the Titans did make the Super Bowl, wouldn’t that mean they’re a great team, thus not so boring to watch?
I mean, I get it that the Titans haven’t exactly been the model of offensive explosiveness during Mariota’s career, but that would have to change at least somewhat if the Titans found themselves in the Super Bowl.
The correlation between the second-year coaches is interesting to say the least. Titans fans will certainly hope that trend continues in 2019.
Will the Tennessee Titans be fun to watch?
As a whole, Tennessee has been right on the cusp of being a great team in recent years and the fact that the offense as a whole is better around Mariota could produce a greater result than the three straight 9-7 seasons.
Not to mention, the amount of young and veteran talent on the Titans’ defense in and of itself will make this team fun to watch.