Winner: Brett Kern
The GOAT finally got the recognition as the best punter in the NFL this season.
Brett Kern led the NFL in punts landing inside the 20, and finished fourth in net average punt yards and gross average punt yards. He also flashed his QB2 arm on multiple fakes.
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees called Kern “the most valuable player on defense” because of his ability to flip the field, which was especially important when the Titans couldn’t score points for much of the first six games.
We saw that again in the wild card round against the Patriots when Kern was one of the key difference makers in what was a low-scoring, defensive battle. You can’t talk about that win over the Pats without mentioning what Kern was able to do.
For his efforts, Kern made his third straight Pro Bowl and was named a first-team All-Pro for the first time in his career.
Loser: Ryan Succop
Field goal kicking in general was a loser for the Titans in 2019. With the combined efforts of Ryan Succop, Cairo Santos and Cody Parkey during the regular season, the Titans finished 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) on field goals, the worst by far in the NFL.
Succop started the season on IR, and upon his return we quickly found out why. Succop went on to miss five of his six field goal attempts and was later placed back on IR, ending his season.
As a result, Succop had one of the hardest falls from grace on the team and his future is in doubt. There’s definitely a chance the Titans part ways with him to save some money for the upcoming offseason.
Winner/Loser: Greg Joseph
Greg Joseph is a winner because he landed himself a job and a three-year contract (non-guaranteed) after Succop was shelved for good. The only problem there is that Joseph only attempted one field goal in his time with the team and the jury is still very much out on him; although he was perfect (9-for-9) on extra point attempts.
Bottom line: Joseph is not guaranteed a spot as the team’s kicker in 2020 and will almost certainly have to compete for the job in training camp.