Last year around this time, the Tennessee Titans hype train was out of control.
A lot of folks predicted the Titans would win the AFC South last season and make a deep playoff run.
While the Titans didn’t exactly live up to the hype, they did manage to win their first playoff game since 2003.
With a new head coach in place, however, the expectations aren’t expected to be quite as high in 2018, despite the playoff win in 2017.
Most rational fans/media analysts know it could take some time for Mike Vrabel to find his groove in Nashville. As a first time head coach, he’ll have to work out some kinks and figure out what works and what doesn’t work.
Expecting him to do what Sean McVay did with the Los Angeles Rams last year in his first season as a head coach isn’t fair. McVay is an anomaly. If Vrabel struggles at times in 2018, it doesn’t mean the sky is falling, or that he was a bad hire.
Now, with that said, the hype train for the Titans, surprisingly, is slowly getting started.
Check out what SB Nation film/draft analyst Brett Kollmann had to say about the Titans.
Corey Davis lighting it up this offseason (now that he’s healthy) is just reason #62 why I think the Titans are one of the most dangerous teams in the AFC. People aren’t paying attention to them right now, but that will change by Thanksgiving. The AFC South is nuts this year.
— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) July 13, 2018
There’s no doubt the Titans are a dangerous team. General manager Jon Robinson has constructed one of the best rosters in the AFC.
But Kollmann is right — the AFC South is going to be nuts this season. If Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is healthy, any team in the division could walk away with the AFC South crown.
Perhaps Vrabel and his coaching staff, and by extension his team, will settle into a nice groove early in the season. If that happens, then sure, the Titans might end up being a dangerous team that replicates the success of the Rams last season.
But Titans fans should still temper expectations in 2018. Don’t get caught up in the hype. Another 9-7 season, especially under a first time head coach, wouldn’t be a failure.
Tennessee will be a fun team to watch this season. How successful they end up being, though, remains to be seen.
Featured image via The Tennessean