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

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The Tennessee Titans put together a to-do list.

All of the Tennessee Titans tasks could be put into one of two categories.

1. Build a defense to make Trevor Lawrence look more like David Carr than Andrew Luck.

To do this, the Titans needed to make sweeping changes on defense. If they were going to double down on Shane Bowen, Jon Robinson was going to be tasked with giving him so much talent that even he couldn’t fail.

Specifically, the team had to figure out how to massively improve on third downs where they were the worst team in the NFL…and actually the worst team in NFL history.

2. With limited resources, find a way to sustain the offense in a cost-effective way.

In retrospect, this was a much more difficult task than it appeared at first. Losing OC Arthur Smith hurts, but the system is in place for his replacement (Todd Downing) to succeed. However, to compensate for this the Tennessee Titans would probably need to end up with an offense that was more talented than 2020.

With those goals in mind, how did the Titans start the offseason?