It’s not often that I get to type the words “The Tennessee Titans received some respect in latest ____ rankings”, but here we are.
For whatever reason, the Titans get overlooked….a lot.
Tennessee is coming off their second straight 9-7 season, which included a playoff win (their first since 2003). After the season, the Titans weren’t satisfied with their progress, so they fired head coach Mike Mularkey and hired former Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel.
The Titans also improved their roster, adding veterans like Malcolm Butler and Dion Lewis, plus rookies like Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry.
But that hasn’t stopped certain national media outlets from labeling the Titans as one of the teams most likely to regress in 2018.
Bleacher Report, however, believes in the Titans. In their latest power rankings, they have Tennessee ranked No. 11.
I think that’s completely fair for a talented team that has a first time head coach.
Here’s what Bleacher Report had to say about the Titans:
Tennessee is one of the better teams no one wants to acknowledge.
Despite winning a playoff game on the road last year, the Titans get very little run as a player in their own division—much less the NFL as a whole.
Tennessee has a dual-threat quarterback in Marcus Mariota. A “thunder and lightning” backfield in Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis. Capable veteran pass-catchers in Rishard Matthews and Delanie Walker. A potential field-stretching No. 1 wideout in Corey Davis. And an excellent offensive line.
The defense may be even better. The Titans are solid at all three levels and feature a slew of talent, from tackle Jurrell Casey to edge-rushers Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo to inside linebacker Wesley Woodyard to cornerback Malcolm Butler and free safety Kevin Byard.
If new head coach Mike Vrabel can get Tennessee to play to its potential, it will give Jacksonville all it can handle in the AFC South.
It’s hard to disagree with what they’re saying.
The Titans clearly have a very talented team. General manger Jon Robinson has done an incredible job of flipping Tennessee’s roster and turning it into one of the best, overall, in the AFC.
Of course, the Titans will have to prove they can put it all together under Vrabel. If they buy in immediately (and it appears they are), then Tennessee could walk away at the end of the season with the AFC South division title.
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