Patriots, Bills and Chargers have a better chance at a Super Bowl than Titans
By Will Lomas
How can you justify this list?
I feel like I should include this before I really go on a rant. I like Connor Orr’s writing and I have enjoyed him going back to his days with NFL.com and his Around the NFL spots. But, as someone who watches everything the Titans do, I think it is my responsibility to point out when they are being overlooked.
To that end, let’s look at what this list is actually supposed to indicate:
"“Should we have a 2020 season, it would seem like the upper tier would be slightly more closed off when discussing which teams actually have a chance of winning the Super Bowl. Talent aside, a new coaching staff is at an extreme disadvantage. Same for a new quarterback. Same for teams that recently decided to go young and are relying on a horde of unproven players who have not had time to acclimate to the NFL.” On the other hand, we’re in a fairly steady time in league history. There are a lot of teams with continuity at both the quarterback and head coaching position. And, given the complete lack of an offseason, the field widens based solely on the fact that we have no idea how these coaches have handled the unprecedented offseason. Someone could have had a brilliant idea. Someone could be wonderful at developing emergency plans. During the lockout, how many teams were busy getting to work and how many were terrified of what Bill Belichick might be doing?"
So, after setting the table that teams with new QB/HC combinations would be at a disadvantage, 25% of his teams were teams that changed one of those positions during the offseason?
I guess all of that would be fine, except when you go 12 teams deep and you include teams like the Chargers and Patriots who are probably going to be closer to the #1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft than they will be to the #1 seed, you open yourself up for criticism.
Specifically, how are the Tennessee Titans not on this list?
You want continuity? On offense, the Titans return every coach and 10 of 11 starters including:
-Taylor Lewan one of the most decorated left tackles in the NFL who hasn’t even turned 30.
-The league’s rushing champion Derrick Henry who finally has a competent 3rd down back behind him to help lighten the load.
-Ryan Tannehill, who was the most efficient QB in the NFL for the 13 weeks that he started last year.
-A.J. Brown who should have been offensive rookie of the year after his historic rookie campaign. Side note, Brown is flanked by Corey Davis and they are one of the most efficient WR tandems in the NFL.
-Jonnu Smith, one of the best tight ends in the NFL after the catch who will be starting for the first time next year.
That doesn’t even include players like Kevin Byard, Jeffery Simmons, Harold Landry, Adoree Jackson, Rashaan Evans, Jayon Brown, and Kenny Vaccaro on the defensive side of the ball.