In a recent interview with the Tennessean, Tennessee Titans CEO Tommy Smith spoke about his goals for the maligned franchise. He stated clearly that he feels that the playoffs are the benchmark next season (2015). By 2016, he hopes for the team to be challenging for a Super Bowl.
Now, to Titans fans this sounds otherworldly. The team hasn't reached the postseason since 2008 and hasn't won a playoff game in over a decade. Any talk about the Superbowl comes off as fantasy. That said, the team is in new hands from the top down, with new management, new coaches, and, by next season, a remade roster.
Benching Jake Locker and moving forward with Zach Mettenberger was a big move for Whisenhunt and co. It showed that he has the backing of management to re-boot and re-make the team in his own image. Mettenberger was his guy, so we'll see if he will be the QB of the future by the end of the season (or at least know more in regards to the question). So far, Smith has been pleasantly vocal about the team and has maintained a policy of accountability, something that has certainly been lacking in recent years.
The Titans fanbase has long been fed unfulfilled promises, so words along ring hollow. But lofty expectations from a vocal owner and his new crew are a start. Now all the team has to do is fix it's issues on defense and answer questions along the offensive line. If they can roll into 2016 after finishing strong this year, everyone in Tennessee will be feeling better about Smith's optimistic words.