Most Realistic Scenario
Realistically, you probably shouldn’t expect Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill to double-down on their respective career years in 2020.
That’s not to say they won’t still be great, however. I’m expecting Pro Bowl-caliber years out of Henry and Tannehill again in 2020, and that will be a crucial factor in determining the Titans’ success. AJ Brown will have an above-average year, and fully cement himself as a star receiver in this league.
The Titans’ schedule is middle-of-the-pack, and assuming the team is mostly healthy, they should have no problem getting back to the familiar territory of 9 wins. I expect the Titans’ offense to be Top 15, but due to the lack of complementary pieces, I don’t see a top 10 unit here.
As for the defense, it seems like Jadeveon Clowney won’t be coming to Nashville, but I think that’s ok. D’Andre Walker has something to prove, and Harold Landry has proven himself to be a star in the making. Logan Ryan will be missed, but Johnathan Joseph and rookie Kristian Fulton will adequately make up for the loss. The Titans had a middle-of-the-pack defensive unit last year, but I’m expecting an improvement in 2020.
Vic Beasley and D’Andre Walker help Landry form an admirable pass-rush, and Rashaan Evans and Jayon Brown make up the best MLB duo in the league. Throw in possibly the best safety duo in the league, and you get a top-10 unit.
Not be overlooked, but the Titans kicking in 2020 literally cannot be any worse than it was last year.
I expect the Titans to finally eclipse the 9-win purgatory, and 10 wins should be enough to clinch the division in a so-so AFC South.