Who can the Tennessee Titans build around this offseason?

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If you are a Tennessee Titans fan reading this, now is the time to ask yourself what the ceiling for this team is.

Just a warning, this article is going to get negative before it gets positive, which is probably a great descriptor of what the next 18 months will look like.

After beating the Green Bay Packers on the road in a primetime game, it felt like this could be a team that could get hot and win a game or two in the playoffs.

The slow decline of the 2022 Tennessee Titans

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Then the Titans lost a close one to the Cincinnati Bengals. A team that really had no reason to care about the Titans went into Nissan Stadium and bullied Mike Vrabel’s team on both lines of scrimmage in a game that absolutely mattered to them.

At that point, sentiment dropped to a team that might be able to win a playoff matchup as long as they didn’t have to see the Bengals again because Cincinnati has Tennessee’s number.

Next came the Philadelphia Eagles game where everyone in the building and watching at home knew that they would force-feed A.J. Brown as much as possible. I should rephrase that, everyone knew that was the game plan except for the coaches, who were much more concerned about the running game.

After that, it felt like this was a team that was destined to make it to the playoffs and put up an embarrassing performance in front of a home crowd.

With the Jacksonville Jaguars game behind us, it is safe to say that fans are getting a little nervous about making the playoffs at all.

When Amy Adams Strunk fired Jon Robinson and kept Mike Vrabel, she signaled that she believed that he was a coach that was capable of winning a ring with the right roster. We won’t know whether she was right until Vrabel’s time in Tennessee is over (whether he has a ring or not), but we do know that change is coming.

As the world crumbles around the current Tennessee Titans roster, fans are considering whether they want to bundle up and make a trip to Nissan Stadium just to see the Titans put up 14 points while the defense allows players to have career days.

In times like this, it helps to remember what players this team can focus on building around this offseason.