The Coaching Category
This is where we celebrate the greatest from the brains of the Tennessee Titans operation. The coaches, trainers, and coordinators along the sidelines made the 11-5 Titans run like a well-oiled machine. Or, occasionally, a sputtering unwatchable Category 5 disaster.
Position Coach of the Year: Keith Carter
Despite losing All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin in free agency, despite losing both Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan, and his back-up Ty Sambrailo to injury, despite, well, just about every challenge that the universe could throw at them– from first-round draft pick Isaiah Wilson planting himself as the odds-on favorite to be the biggest draft bust of the Jon Robinson era consistent nagging injuries to the interior linemen throughout the year– the offensive line has put up numbers.
Granted, they’ve had some help along the way. Finishing second in the league in rushing yards and yards per carry is an easier task when you have the league’s leading rusher and a human freight train in your backfield in Derrick Henry. Same way that allowing the sixth-fewest sacks in the NFL is made easier with a mobile quarterback who leads the league in not caring if he’s about to get blasted by an EDGE rusher and just throwing the ball anyway (not an official stat).
But also, don’t overthink it. It’s still an offensive line paving the way to the league’s second-best rushing attack, and it’s still an offensive line that has allowed only 25 sacks through 16 games. Despite missing the same level of high-end talent from the 2019 roster, Keith Carter has put together one of the best position groups in the league.