The Tennessee Titans struggled mightily in 2018. Can Marcus Mariota and Mike Vrabel get things turned around in 2019?
Aug 17, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) attempts a pass during the first half against the New England Patriots at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
The Titans looked good against the New England Patriots Saturday and while it's only the preseason, fans will take the victory with optimism.
On paper, the Tennessee Titans were expected to be an improved team last season. A playoff victory over the Chiefs in the 2017-18 season led to big unment expectations in 2018 when the team went just 9-7. While they showed signs, critics were force to point towards the performance of QB Marcus Mariota for the downcast. In 2018, Mariota threw only 11 TD’s and 8 total interceptions in 14 games played. Analyst like myself know that the Titans haven’t had stellar talent at the WR position in consecutive years and this may be to Mariota defense. Administration drafted Rookie WR A.J Brown this spring in order to change things in the passing game but I'm expecting the physicality of the AFC South rattle the 22 year old rookie early on. It’s just simply hard for me to project for the Titans will win more than 7 games when the Colts, Jags, and Texans host contest against them this year. As the AFC continues to become a more high scoring offensive division (Chiefs, Chargers, Patriots, etc.), Titans administration may want to try to acquire offensive talent to help them remain competitive over the next few years. With all this, there are some positives in the Titans locker room.
Jul 26, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel runs from one set of drills to the next at St. Thomas Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports
Head Coach Mike Vrabel was hired by the Titans last offseason and led the team to a 9-7 record. Vrabel improved team morale, helping the Titans defense to rank 3rd in points allowed per game. Vrabel's defensive mastermind echos his legacy playing LB with the Patriots in the early 2000’s but also hints that the Titans need to focus on building the other side of the ball. Former TE Coach Arthur William Smith will now take over Offensive coordinator duties. Smith’s ability to build up TE Delanie Walker May bode well for the Titans offense that averaged just 19.4 points per game last year. With Mariota still developing, the Titans may want to build up through the draft to become reputable contenders in the AFC. Potentially, their run 1st possession-football approach will get them continuous playoff berths. In order to breach the AFC Championship game however, they will want to beef up by acquiring quality WR's for Mariota to get the football too.
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