I felt depressed initially. I mean going 1-8 in the later half of the season was pretty bad, but major changes are coming and we aren't consistantly bad like the Lions, Browns, or Bills. 6-10 has been our worst season in half a decade and 6-10 is a dream to fans of those teams. Just two years ago we were 13-3 and lost a pretty close playoff game. We still have alot of good talent on this team and a top 15-20 HC who has at least gone to a super bowl. Anyone can make an arguement that his time is done. I understand that. But I feel like I have alot more hope and alot more to look forward to than the bottom tier franchises. It would be great to be better than a middle of the road and maybe that only comes with Fisher gone and maybe it doesn't.
Just keep in mind of what we are competing against in not only our division, but the AFC as well. The AFC has only been represented by 5 other teams since the 1999 season. (The NFC has had 9. With only two repeats.) All of those teams are still competing in the playoffs nearly every year (with the exception of the Raiders) and we play the Colts twice a year and it seems like the Steelers every year now too. I feel like we have been moderately competative during that stretch. Do I acknowledge that it could be better, sure, but I am also acknowledging that it could be alot worse. I am so glad that we aren't the Texans of the AFC South.
The bottom line is that I can sit a little more comfortably with the decisions being made over this offseason than half of the other franchises in the NFL because of the body of work over the past decade. The most disheartening thing about this past year is that I have to wait 8 months to see my favorite team play again. Every fan can hope for next year but I think there is alot more hope to be had for the Tennessee Titans than most.