Ghosts of 2020 offseason puts pressure on Titans GM in 2021

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Titans GM now facing the price of greatness

Throughout his tenure as General Manager of the Tennessee Titans, Jon Robinson has built a consistent winner.

After winning 9 games in four straight seasons, with the fourth culminating in an AFC Championship Game appearance, the Titans took the proverbial next step in regular season success last year by winning 11 games and the AFC South division.

While Titans’ 2020 campaign was successful, the entire season was marred by a historically bad defense and ended with a swift playoff exit over Wild Card Weekend against the Baltimore Ravens.

It is easy to look back at the season now that time has passed and think, “11-wins and one of the best offenses in the NFL? That was a great season.” On my television screen, however, I saw a football team that flatlined much too early in the season and, frankly, was clearly worse than the Titans team that was playing in January of the same calendar year.

For reasons that will be discussed throughout this article, Jon Robinson failed in an attempt to improve the Titans roster from 2019 to 2020. The setbacks and decisions from last year will make this upcoming offseason Robinson’s most important since becoming the Titans’ General Manager.

Turning a losing franchise into a winner is one thing. Building a consistently competitive Super Bowl contender is a completely different beast.