Tennessee Titans fans should look at 2021 for optimism
In 2021, when the Texans once again got even worse as a roster, Kelly once again got the most out of everyone, including his rookie third-round quarterback.
Davis Mills that year had 2664 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, a 66.8% completion rate, and looked like someone who, with time, had the potential to develop into a starting-caliber quarterback in the NFL.
Without Kelly, Mills regressed in every way, and not only is his future with the Texans all but over, he was being used as part of a two-quarterback system with Jeff Driskel.
Let’s also talk more about Brandin Cooks, who has constantly flipped from team to team throughout his career. He recorded two of his very best seasons on the Texans, including a career-high in receptions in 2021 as Kelly did a tremendous job utilizing his speed, which is his best quality.
As you could probably guess, Cooks regressed wildly in 2022, and his season was more notable for him wanting out of Huston than anything else. Now that he is likely to be released, the Titans could take advantage of the opportunity to reunite him with Kelly since they have been very successful together.
One thing Mike Vrabel harped on in his press conference following the Kelly hire was familiarity mainly in terms of the scheme. While he acknowledged that they would incorporate some newer ones, Kelly proved in Houston that he can design and run plays to help the Titans stay true to what they do best.
This is largely going to depend on the moves the Titans make in the offseason, but as long as they address the most important areas, which looks likely with what has been regarded as a great GM hire, Kelly will have the most amount of talent he has ever had in 2023. There is a very good chance that their offense will look similar to the way they did in 2020 when they ran the plays they were best at and had one of the best units in the league.