No. 1 The Titans can overachieve in 2023 with Mike Vrabel leading the way
Ran Carthon's work since taking over the Titans' front office is commendable and you will be hard-pressed to find a player that isn't willing to run through a wall for head coach Mike Vrabel. But let's be real: Tennessee's odds of seizing back the AFC South crown from the Jacksonville Jaguars are slim.
Heck, the Titans are projected to win around seven or eight games in 2023, which won't be enough to clinch a playoff berth. When you take into account the upgrades other teams in the division made, Tennessee might have a hard time keeping up in the arms race.
The Houston Texans restocked their roster and came out of the draft with several foundational pieces. Moreover, first-year head coach DeMeco Ryans will keep his players motivated and won't let them stop until the whistle blows.
Similarly, the Indianapolis Colts should experience an offensive renaissance under head coach Shane Steichen. On top of that, they'll get several difference-makers — running back Jonathan Taylor and linebacker Shaquille Leonard among others — will return after missing significant time with injuries last year.
Having said that, not everything is doom and gloom for the Titans. In fact, flying under the radar could be the best thing that could happen to them in 2023. Without having to deal with the burden of expectations, they could focus on playing football without having to worry about any potential outcome. Similarly, Vrabel could use the lack of respect as a motivational tool to make his players give their best week in and week out.
You have probably heard that the most dangerous teams are those without anything to lose. That seems like an apt description for the 2023 Titans.