The Tennessee Titans are one game away from the Super Bowl.
That’s not something I thought I’d be writing when Tennessee started the season 2-4 and benched quarterback Marcus Mariota.
But here we are.
The Titans are in this position for a lot of reasons. But it can mostly be attributed to general manager Jon Robinson.
Six decisions that Robinson has made, dating back to the winter he was hired, set the stage for the Titans’ 2019 Super Bowl run.
1. Trading for Demarco Murray/drafting Derrick Henry
After going 3-13 in 2015, it’s safe to say the Titans didn’t have much of an identity (aside from “throw the ball to Delanie Walker”).
No wide receiver on the roster had more than 550 receiving yards. No running back rushed for more than 520 yards.
That kind of offensive output isn’t a recipe for success.
So one of the first things Robinson did after taking over as the Titans’ GM in 2016 was to trade for running back Demarco Murray, who was coming off a rough 2015 season with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Robinson then drafted Heisman Trophy winning running back Derrick Henry in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Suddenly the Titans went from having no running game to having a one-two punch with loads of potential.
Murray helped carry Tennessee’s offense in 2016, rushing for over 1,200 yards. Henry waited in the shadows until Murray’s retirement after the 2017 season.
Henry has since become one of the best offensive players in the league. Without Henry on the roster, it’s safe to say the Titans wouldn’t be playing in Kansas City on Sunday.
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