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How close does PFF/ESPN think the Titans were to contending for the Super Bowl?

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Spoiler alert: Not close

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ESPN has a really interesting piece out today that ranks the qualifying players on each team into 4 catergories: elite, good, average, bad.  The Titans had 35 qualifying players (meaning they played at least 250 snaps).  The Titans had 0 elite players, 3 good players, 23 average players and 9 bad players.  You can click the link above to see which players fall into each category.

The whole story is really interesting, but the comments on Chance Warmack really stood out to me:

A season and a half into his NFL career, Warmack had the look of an underachiever. The No. 10 pick in the 2013 draft finished his rookie season ranked as PFF's 44th guard out of 71 qualifiers, and through Week 10 this year, it actually got worse (62nd out of 78 guards). But get this: Down the stretch, Warmack ranked as PFF's fourth-best guard. So what changed? Warmack finally fulfilled his potential as an elite run-blocker. The Titans gained nearly a full yard per carry more when running toward right guard in Weeks 11-17 than in the previous nine games.

I knew he played better in the second half of the season, but I didn't know it was that good. Hopefully something finally clicked for him and he will become the player we all thought he would be when the Titans spent a first round pick on him.

The article also mentions that Justin Hunter is the least consistent receiver in the NFL, and Michael Oher was the worst value for the 2014 Titans. Neither of those are shocking to me, but it is interesting to see numbers that prove the theories.