It’s that weird time of the offseason when there isn’t much to discuss. We all wish the Tennessee Titans were still playing right now, but only two teams have that privilege.
It’s also at a weird point where it’s kind of too early to discuss free agency and the draft. So, I thought, why not drop some bold predictions?
These bold predictions aren’t just random things I came up with on the fly. These are events I believe can happen, but I also understand it’s a long shot.
Let’s get into it.
SHANE BOWEN LEADS TITANS DEFENSE TO TOP 10
Please don’t laugh at me. Just remember the word “bold.” Mike Vrabel must believe in Bowen to not have moved on from him.
The common thought among analysts is Vrabel must believe the Tennessee Titans issues were personnel driven and not because of Bowen. The Titans will make some key moves this offseason to give Bowen the pass rushers he needs.
By week 6 or 7 of the 2021 season, we will notice the drastic difference in the defense. Bowen will go from the most unwanted man in Nashville to a savior.
DERRICK HENRY GOES BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK
You might be thinking this isn’t bold. Keep in mind; it is rare for a running back to win back-to-back rushing titles. Going for three-straight would put Henry in a very elite company.
The last time a running back won the rushing title three seasons in a row was 1991-1993, when Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith did so.
The only running backs to win three straight along with Smith were Earl Campbell (1978-1980), Jim Brown (1963-1965 and 1958-1960), and Steve Van Buren (1947-1949).
With the amount of volume Henry gets and his rare ability to stay healthy and fresh, Henry’s dominance over the NFL may continue.
CLOWNEY HAS BOUNCE BACK SEASON
Jadeveon Clowney was a polarizing player for the Tennessee Titans. Every Titans fan wanted him signed, but by week five, everyone considered him a huge bust.
Clowney spent all of last offseason waiting on the right situation. He eventually signed with the Titans, but not until a week before the season began.
Clowney did not participate in OTAs or training camp, and the NFL canceled the preseason due to the pandemic. This season, it is possible Clowney stays, actually has an offseason with the Titans, and produces better results.
I would rather the Titans move on from the Clowney experiment, though. But, keeping him on a cheaper deal might be a realistic opportunity.
DARRYNTON EVANS CREATES NEW ERA OF ‘SMASH AND DASH’
Remember Chris Johnson and LenDale White? That 2008 duo was deadly for the Tennessee Titans. It helped lift them to 13-3 and an AFC South crown.
Now, the Titans might have another duo brewing at running back. Titans rookie running back Darrynton Evans was drafted in 2020 to provide a spark behind Derrick Henry.
I am sure the Titans are aware that giving Henry 400 carries a season isn’t sustainable. So they may try to mix in Evans a little more in 2021.
Evans showed some potential last season, particularly versus the Detroit Lions. In 2021, I believe he will shine and provide another layer to an already impressive Titans offense.
It’s fun predicting, but in reality, the Tennessee Titans have some work to do. Their free agency and draft decisions will make or break their 2021 season.
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