I’m not among those who believe the Tennessee Titans have to reach the playoffs in 2018 to consider Mike Vrabel’s first season as a head coach a success.

2018 is all about Vrabel finding his footing as a head coach and learning what works and what doesn’t work.

But at the same time, reaching the playoffs would give the Titans some momentum entering the 2019 season, so it should absolutely be a goal for the team.

The Titans, at 5-5, are squarely in the mix for wild card spot, but for that to happen they’re going to have to play better than they did against the Indianapolis Colts last weekend.

Defensive back Logan Ryan, however, knows what’s at stake when the Titans visit the Houston Texans on Monday night.

Ryan, speaking on the Midday 180 on Tuesday, said that Monday night’s matchup against the Texans is a “must win game” for the Titans.

That’s an understatement — especially if the Titans hope to reach the playoffs this season.

An UGLY loss to the Colts

I think Titans fans should actually feel confident about their team moving forward.

For the second time this season, I think the Titans were dealt a wake up call.

After back-to-back wins against the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots, it looked like the Titans were ready to make some serious noise in the AFC. But a disastrous game against the Colts brought the entire franchise back to earth.

For what it’s worth, I think the Titans’ loss to the Colts is one of those games that should be left in the past. It reminded me a bit of the Dolphins game earlier this season. Not because of how the game unfolded, but because it was just weird.

Tennessee’s defensive coordinator Dean Pees had to leave the stadium early in the game due to a medical issue, which undoubtedly threw everyone off their game.

The season is far from over

The Titans have a chance on Monday night to get to within a game of the division lead.

While I don’t think winning the division, or making the playoffs, is necessary for the Titans to deem 2018 a successful season, it’s certainly a goal they should hope to attain.

Monday night is yet another chance for the Titans to change the narrative about Mike Vrabel’s first season as a head coach.

Maybe this time they’ll make the most of the opportunity.

Featured image via Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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