Can this Tennessee Titans team finally break the mold and make a new normal

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Real Tennessee Titans fans remember the pain and agony of 2014 and 2015 where the team won just 5 games over that two-year stretch.

That is why fans were so excited when Jon Robinson was hired as the GM and he set a new standard as soon as he walked through the doors.

Since he took over the job the Titans haven’t known anything but winning seasons, which is a massive leap from where they were in the dark ages (’14-’15). Despite the leap, fans have gotten used to winning seasons year in and year out and are ready for more.

Luckily, it looks like they might just get their wish.

Last year, the Tennessee Titans had an 11-win season which was their highest win total since 2008. It was also their first AFC South title since 2008.

Now the Titans are sitting at 10 wins with two games left to go and one win would repeat the success of last year with another 11-win season and a division title.

Is this the new standard for the Tennessee Titans?

The Tennessee Titans have a mix of veteran talent like Taylor Lewan, Rodger Saffold, Ben Jones, Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry, Bud Dupree, Denico Autry, and Kevin Byard, but they aren’t an old team.

In fact, you could argue that their young talent balances out the veterans well with players like A.J. Brown, Jeffery Simmons, Harold Landry, Nate Davis, Amani Hooker, Kristian Fulton, Elijah Molden, and David Long.

Not only are they balanced and talented, but they have played through adversity this season and have had to deal with more injuries and COVID issues than anyone or nearly anyone in the NFL. Despite that, the Titans have still had their foot on the throat of the AFC South and the only reason they didn’t lock it up by Thanksgiving was because of the Indianapolis Colts going on a hot streak.

If the Titans win the AFC South again this year it will be the first back-to-back division win for the franchise since they were the Houston Oilers in the early 1960s.

When or if that happens, it should mark the real start of a new era of expectations in Nashville.