The Titans offense finally looks elite. We can thank Arthur Smith for that.
When was the last time you saw a Tennessee Titans offense that actually looked good? Like, regularly, consistently, actually good– with talent everywhere on the field and players that carried an aura of “oh yeah, we’re scoring on this drive whether you like it or not?”
Think about it for a second. Chances are, you’ll probably be thinking for a while.
Sure, 2016 had its moments, and the overall numbers actually look pretty darn good. But look back at the box scores, most of the Titans’ truly special games came during a magical, “how is this happening” level run from the offense, before reverting back to games with just a couple touchdowns to show for.
To find the last truly, undisputedly great offensive season, you need to take a trip back to 2003. Steve McNair was in the midst of an MVP season, Eddie George the seventh 1,000-yard season of his career, and things were happy. An offensive paradise that the Titans haven’t seen anything like since. That is, of course, until Arthur Smith came along.
No, 2019 wasn’t 2003. Back in McNair’s MVP year, Tennessee was putting up on average just over 27 points a game, ranking fifth in the NFL– the highest since the franchise was in Houston. So no, 2019 wasn’t 2003. But it was the greatest offensive season the Titans have had since then– and we owe that to Smith.