Trust me; I was just as disappointed as you were when the Baltimore Ravens beat the Tennessee Titans. I am still slightly disappointed.
The season was promising, and the accolades were piling up. The only thing that was left to add to their 2020 season trophy case was the Lombardi Trophy.
It’s difficult to determine if this season was a success or a failure because the Titans accomplished so much.
Winning the division, a double-digit win season, a 2,000-yard rusher, and a record-breaking quarterback are all accomplishments of 2020. But they were one and done in the playoffs.
Now there are some significant overreactions from the Titans fan base. I’ve had three days to read them, and now I will respond to the overreactions I’ve seen the most.
TEAMS WON’T HIRE ARTHUR SMITH
I haven’t just seen it over the last several days, but I have seen it since the loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
This prediction came about because of a couple of games Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith’s playcalling wasn’t all that great. As if a few bad games truly take away from his entire body of work with this offense.
Smith is one of the most sought out offensive coordinators in the NFL. He garnered interest from all seven teams that have head coach vacancies.
Another Jets’ candidate drawing interest from the Eagles.
Arthur Smith, by the way, has been asked to interview with all 7 teams currently searching for a new head coach. https://t.co/9eb5wJ5QIj
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) January 12, 2021
There is always a chance all seven teams who have interviewed him decide to hire someone else. However, if all seven teams with head coaching vacancies are interested in him, I would guess at least one will hire him.
Besides, Smith made a historically dull offense one of the most exciting in the league. You could make the argument that he had a superstar running back at his disposal, but that means he knows how to utilize his talent. Teams will want that.
ARTHUR SMITH BLEW THE GAME TO BEGIN COACHING SEARCH
This one is funny every time I see it. Some critics truly believe Arthur Smith called a lousy game to immediately begin interviewing for open head coaching positions.
Let’s look at it this way: Let’s say you are being evaluated at your job for a possible promotion. Would you try to do the best you can so your boss sees you as worthy of that promotion? Or, would you do terrible so that you can get to the promotion quicker?
The second one doesn’t make much sense. The offensive performance in the playoffs was less than ideal. It was the lowest point total of the offense all season long.
Yet, I highly doubt it had anything to do with Smith looking forward to setting up interviews.
MIKE VRABEL OR JON ROBINSON SHOULD BE FIRED
I hate that I am even addressing this. But, it’s been one of the more popular opinions I’ve seen around the social media world.
Tennessee Titans General Manager Jon Robinson is coming off the worst offseason in his career. His biggest free agency acquisition failed (Jadeveon Clowney), and the entire draft class was mostly nonexistent.
Head coach Mike Vrabel’s decision not to hire a defensive coordinator has led to fans blaming his “ego” and “arrogance” as a reason the team failed to reach the Super Bowl.
Although both statements may be factual, firing them is not the answer.
The 2020 season is a small piece of the bigger picture. These two men will undoubtedly lead the Tennessee Titans to more successful seasons.
But giving up on the General Manager or Head Coach after a bad offseason in an unprecedented year is a bit much.
Regardless of what happened, the future is still bright. The Tennessee Titans can improve their defense and make another run at it in 2021.
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