The goal for the Tennessee Titans this past offseason, and every other team in the NFL, was to improve their roster.
By most accounts, that’s exactly what the Titans did.
General manager Jon Robinson addressed several major needs for the team. He added one of the top free agent offensive linemen in Roger Saffold. He addressed the pass rush by signing veteran Cam Wake. And he gave quarterback Marcus Mariota another quality receiver in Adam Humphries.
Speaking of Mariota, Robinson also managed to take the Titans’ backup quarterback situation from one of the worst in the league to arguably the best. Bringing in Ryan Tannehill, via trade, is a move that could pay major dividends for Tennessee.
But according to ESPN, that wasn’t enough to make the Titans one of the most improved teams heading into 2019.
ESPN has the Titans as the No. 24 most improved team in the NFL. That means they believe there are 23 teams that had a better offseason than Tennessee.
Here’s what they had to say about the Titans:
Despite constant quarterback headaches, Tennessee has managed to stay competitive during the Marcus Mariota era thanks to a strong defense and a stable offensive line. Both units initially took a hit during the offseason, but the team upgraded at left guard with Saffold and signed Wake to team up with 2018 second-round pick Harold Landry in place of Morgan and retired Orakpo. Ryan Tannehill supplies the team with a capable backup behind injury-plagued Mariota.
I’m not sure what else the Titans could’ve done this offseason. They were already a solid team (9-7 with the adversity they went through is impressive). There was no reason to flip the entire roster and start over.
Titans fans should be happy with the work Robinson did this past offseason. He made a good team even better. And that’s really all fans can ask for.
At the end of the day, however, it doesn’t matter what I think or what ESPN thinks. The standings at the end of the season are all that truly matters.
In a few months, we’ll see if Robinson’s moves panned out and then we can make an accurate judgement on this past offseason.
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