After an encouraging finish to the 2019 season for the Tennessee Titans, the appetite for a Super Bowl in Nashville is substantial. Titans fans are super ecstatic about the 2020 season, and can you blame them?
The Tennessee Titans were among the final four in 2019, and are returning most of its key players for 2020. That includes a superstar running back, a quarterback who thrived with a change of scenery, and an emerging wide receiver. Despite the hype, there are certain flaws this team has that could potentially hold them back from a Super Bowl in today’s NFL.
Let’s take a look at what could keep the Titans out of the big game, while also taking a look at what could help them win it.
REASON WHY TITANS WILL WIN A SUPER BOWL: THE BIG TRIO
The Tennessee Titans are no stranger to having dominant quarterback-running back duo. Think back to the Steve McNair and Eddie George days. This franchise has had more than its fair share of dominant running backs.
However, one thing they’ve lacked is a top Wide Receiver to accompany them. They’ve definitely had some good talent at the position, like Derrick Mason and Kendall Wright just to name two. But, they’ve never had a playmaker at the position who could change the game.
Now they have A.J. Brown. He had a phenomenal rookie season with 1,051 receiving yards on 52 receptions and eight touchdowns. There are concerns that he could be a flash in the pan, but there are good reasons to believe he isn’t.
A.J. Brown’s determination, work ethic, and drive goes unquestioned. Those are good reasons why he shouldn’t be a flash in the pan. Though, we can say that about any NFL player, for the most part.
A true reason why he won’t be a flash in the pan is because of my belief that Derrick Henry will continue his dominance. As long as Henry is playing well in the ground game for the Titans, the system of play-action passes from Tannehill to A.J. Brown will prevail.
If this trio can continue lifting the Tennessee Titans’ offense to new heights, that offense is well-worthy of a Super Bowl appearance, at the very least.
REASON WHY THEY WON’T WIN A SUPER BOWL: PASS RUSH
You may be over the “Clowney Watch” circus at this point, but there is a reason why Jon Robinson has not given up on him. The Titans pass rush needs serious help, and top free agent Jadeveon Clowney could help with that.
The Titans were mediocre in the sack department in 2019 with just 43 sacks, which puts them near the middle of the pack. The Titans weren’t creating much of a disruption, and there were times throughout the season when quarterbacks would have way too much time in the pocket to dissect coverage and find an open man.
This leads to their defensive backs being tired having to keep up with guys like Tyreek Hill for way too long. That amount of time in the pocket allows for guys like Patrick Mahomes to simply have a field day – I mean he had 740 passing yards and six touchdowns versus Tennessee alone, including postseason.
It goes without saying, in this era of the NFL, if the Titans want to reach a Super Bowl they will need to be able to make Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, and Deshaun Watson uncomfortable in the pocket. Those are the teams they will likely meet in the postseason.
If the Titans don’t land Clowney, it’s not the end of the world. They will just need to hope for more production out of guys like DaQuan Jones, Jeffery Simmons, Harold Landry, and Rashaan Evans. I believe at least two of those guy can step their game up in 2020, so that isn’t too far-fetched.
But, it is abundantly clear the Titans will need to address their pass rush if they want to win a Super Bowl. It has been an issue for Tennessee for the last several seasons, and it could cause them to miss their Super Bowl window.
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