Tennessee Titans are favorites to win the AFC South in 2020
By Will Lomas
Tennessee Titans edge out the Houston Texans for top spot in the AFC South.
Every year it seems like people forget what the Tennessee Titans did before and chalk them up to be near the bottom of the division the next year.
Well, apparently everyone is dying to be one of THE BOYS including Tom Brady.
That isn’t what I wanted to talk about though, what I want to talk about is that for the first time in more than a decade it feels like the Titans are getting respect for being the team that should win the AFC South in 2020.
Todd Fuhrman posted today that the Titans should be considered the favorites to host a playoff game at home this season.
This makes a ton of sense. You have the most efficient passer in the NFL and the reigning rushing leader heavily leaning towards being back in 2020, which should bring some much needed stability to the offense.
There is also a sense that resources will be spent on upgrading the pass rush which has been lacking for years outside of Harold Landry last year and Brian Orakpo a few years before that.
Also, the Titans will get a quiet shot in the arm from Malcolm Butler coming back after he missed more than half of the games last year, and a 2020 season that doesn’t start off with Taylor Lewan suspended.
Finally, there should be no more learning curve for Arthur Smith and he should be able to build off of what worked well while also cutting out some of the absolute duds that the offense had in the first half of the season.
Losing Dean Pees hurts on Monday through Saturday, but the hope that Mike Vrabel has learned something about defensive play calling after two years of watching Pees do it, is…sort of reassuring. Alright, I will be honest the idea of Vrabel calling plays is terrifying to me based off of what he did in Houston.
Still, the team has been built very well by Jon Robinson and it is the most talented team in the AFC South from top to bottom.
With a crazy offseason about to take place, there could be a lot of shake up in the AFC South with the Jaguars needing to burn the place down and with Houston and Indianapolis both looking to add a piece or two. However, barring anything crazy it is hard to see either of those teams taking a big step forward considering the holes on their roster (HC, OL, DB for Houston, QB, WR, and DL for Indy).
This should be the Titans division to lose heading into free agency, and I expect it to stay that way.