The end of August nears. Gosh, this year is flying by, but none of us will complain. Why? It’s quite simple. The closing of the Summer always means the beginning of the NFL season approaches. For the Tennessee Titans, this season is hopefully the culmination of a nice story that began in 2019 when Ryan Tannehill supplanted Marcus Mariota for the starting job at the quarterback position.
All of a sudden, a Titans team that couldn’t generate any consistency became one of the more consistent and model franchises in the NFL. You can thank Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel for that. This team began winning and they’ve won a lot since then as they wound up in the AFC Championship Game to close the 2019-2020 season, and they won a division title a season ago.
Ryan Tannehill is 20-10 as the Titans starter. That includes a .500 record in the playoffs at 2-2. This season, he enters with the knowledge that he’s backed by the best supporting cast, arguably, that he’s had.
As if that isn’t enough to whet your whistles, Tennessee also made efforts to be better in the secondary and in the pass rush, making upgrades at several key positions. Maybe that’s why a well-known source for Titans content sees them as one of the ten best squads in the National Football League and the fifth-best team in the American Football Conference.
Thank ESPN for finally giving the Tennessee Titans their just due.
Okay, remember that earlier statement about how the year is flying by? The start of the NFL season always guarantees a few certainties. You can be certain that you’ll see roster projections. You can be certain that you’ll see a few NFL Power Rankings.
Recently, ESPN dropped their most recent power ranking. In it, the Tennessee Titans notched a top-ten ranking. They follow the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, and Seattle Seahawks.
That’s actually a fairly decent list. No one would be shocked if those teams made the playoffs. Here’s what one of the more trusted voices for Titans content, Turron Davenport, had to say about where Tennessee fell.
"The Titans expected last season to be a breakout year for Landry after he finished with nine sacks in 2019. Landry worked to add a complementary move to his speed rush, but it didn’t get results and his production decreased to 5.5 sacks. New outside linebackers coach Ryan Crow isn’t allowing Landry to use his patented speed rush in camp, which is challenging him to develop another way to get to the QB. This is a contract year for Landry, so he needs to prove himself worthy of an extension."
There are a lot of good points that Davenport made in that one, and just in case you’re wondering, rounding out the top ten is the San Francisco 49ers who land one spot behind Tennessee at number ten. Tennessee’s biggest rivals, the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans landed in the 14th, 29th, and 32nd spots respectively.
If that proves to be accurate, Tennessee will earn a second-consecutive AFC South crown, and a chance to compete in the postseason. Perhaps this is the year that they put it all together.
They snuck in the playoffs and came within a few plays of earning a Super Bowl berth. They went 11-5 last year and lost in the Wild Card Round to the Baltimore Ravens. Let’s hope the third act brings more fireworks and, hopefully, a Vince Lombardi Trophy.