I wanted to wait a few days to post this. As a Colts fan I know all too well about that feeling after playoff disappointment. This season our hopes were tempered, but the Colts have let a top seed season end too early. It takes awhile, likely longer than this, to move forward. I am not sure I am over the '05 Pittsburgh loss entirely still, tbh.
Anyway, I want to congratulate Titans land on a great year. You won the AFC South. You had an early season QB transition, yet didn't miss a beat. Your team plays great defense. You even outplayed the Ravens in almost every way in the playoff game. There is so much parity in the NFL today that the goal is to just get in the playoffs and anything can happen.
I am not one of these that subscribes to the school of thought that there is only one successful team each year. While the ultimate goal and prize is the Lombardi, to say that thirty-one of thirty-two teams had unsuccessful seasons is ludicrous. I know that thirty-one teams end the season feeling disappointed, but that does not mean their team was not a successful team in a tough league.
I say there are twelve successful teams each year. They are called playoff contenders. Above that, the divisional championship is a higher standard of success and a greater achievement in a successful season. Congratulaions to the Tennessee Titans for not only reaching the playoffs, but for winning their division and for having the best record in the AFC Conference.
You earned the top conference spot by beating very good playoff teams. You beat the Colts, Steelers and Ravens in the AFC alone to get that top spot. Your team is extremely well coached and will be a force to be reckoned with as long as Jeff Fisher is leading the charge.
I realize that for many this is little consolation at this time, but it will be. I believe that before long, and even now for some, you will look back and appreciate the great success that your team experienced during a year in which it was extra exciting to be Tennessee Titans fan.
Enjoy the offseason, and I look forward to a great rivalry next year again!