Explaining how Tennessee Titans made 2021’s offseason a brilliant one

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The Tennessee Titans have executed their master plan to perfection.

Right now, the Tennessee Titans are just two months away from their first preseason game of the 2021 season, but any explanation of the state of the roster has to start with the playoff loss five months ago.

After a year where the offense was red hot and nearly everyone seemed to hit career highs, the Titans walked into the playoffs worrying more about where they would play instead of if they would play in the postseason.

Following their 11th win of the year and their AFC South crown, they hosted the Baltimore Ravens. After a disappointing 20-13 loss, the Titans were in a weird spot. For the first time all year, the defense had managed to not completely embarrass the franchise, but the offense just didn’t have enough firepower when Corey Davis was injured.

The to-do list for the offseason was long and questions about whether the Titans would be able to re-sign Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith made it even murkier.

Any plan had to start with the defensive side of the ball though and Mike Vrabel made the decision to back his protege instead of his players, ultimately picking Shane Bowen as the official Defensive Coordinator for the 2021 season.

After that, the game plan was mapped out.