The truth of what happened to the Tennessee Titans last offseason
By Will Lomas
Looking back with context
The context is incredibly important when we talk about what happened this past offseason. Jon Robinson didn’t just throw away money on bad players to fill his roster. Poor coaching on the defensive side of the ball erased all the progress that Dean Pees made and rookies and veterans were both subjected to dealing with Shane Bowen as he actively seemed to try to put them in the wrong positions.
On offense, Robinson managed to replace All-Pro Jack Conklin with Dennis Kelly for one-third of the price and that extra money allowed him to make great deals with Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry. Those two became the core of one of the best offenses in the NFL along with another Robinson steal in A.J. Brown.
Was it a perfect offseason? No, but the free agency period and the 2020 NFL Draft were filled with both filled with logical moves, and this process still led to one of the best offenses in the NFL and an 11-win season despite one side of the ball refusing to show up all season.
Trusting the process is an overused phrase in sports now, but with Jon Robinson, during the 2020 offseason, the problem was never with the moves that he made aside from missing on Wilson in the 1st round. The problem ultimately came from Mike Vrabel’s decision at DC which should reassure some Titans fans…until you remember that Vrabel doubled down on that decision again this offseason.
Well…let’s hope that Jon Robinson can throw enough talent at the defense that even the Bowen/Vrabel connection can’t mess it up.