Almost Half Way

The Titans enter week 8 sitting atop the AFC south at 4-2. This situation was like this at the beginning of the season however. Back in week 1 the Titans lost a "should’ve" win game against the Giants. No knock on the Giants but the Titans were up 13-0 and Randy Bullock missed a makeable game winning field goal. I’m done with Randy Bullock as the kicker. I know he came in last year and did better than the last four Titans kicker but Jon Robinson should’ve made it a higher priority to bring in a better kicker. While Bullock did somewhat stabilize the kicking game for us last year, let’s not forget that he had a few crucial misses last year as well, notably the game tying kick against the Jets. I’m not trying to knock Bullock but he’s like a C student; good enough to pass but leaves plenty left on the field. No dicing around it, the Titans should’ve won this game.

The next week at the Buffalo Bills the Titans were embarrassed on national television on Monday Night Football. Now I expected this to be an L but it was much worse that I thought it would be. Looking back at the notes in that game the defensive line was undisciplined racking up 2 encroachment penalties that should’ve been 3; very uncharacteristic of a Mike Vrabel coached team. The defense did not play well at all in this game with our corners being exposed often by Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs. The offense was awful. The offensive line continues to struggle as neither Tannehill nor Henry had room to operate. Tannehill didn’t play well but it wasn’t his fault as his receivers played poorly and his line rarely gave him time. Because of the poor line play and the dominant Bills defensive line it made life miserable for Henry to operate at any level. The receivers and tight ends played poorly not giving Tannehill anything outside of the first drive. Taylor Lewan was hurt and announced out for the rest of the season. At this point Jon Robinson has to consider moving on from Lewan. Ever since signing his extension he’s either been hurt or not playing up to his contract. The special teams return team needs major help. Kyle Philips needs to be pulled from return duties as he muffed a punt twice now in as many weeks. I know we tried out Amani Hooker as well on one return but even he muffed that punt. One quick note, Malik Willis came in of relief for Tannehill after the game was out of reach and I wish we could’ve seen him throw more instead of just hand off the ball. Despite this change, there should NOT be a quarterback controversy. Willis should remain the backup as he does not look ready and as of now Tannehill offers this team the best chance to win. This game was all out a terrible performance on prime time television.

Sitting at 0-2 to start the season, things were looking bleak for the Titans, especially seeing the 2-0 Jaguars sitting on top the division. However, as Vrabel usually does he turns his team around and fires off 4 straight wins to be at 4-2 and division leaders once again. Coming into this season my hopes in this team was low. After the AJ Brown trade and the team looking like they took a step back instead of forward, I was expecting this team to be good but not great. The Titans have few easy games coming up but then have a brutal stretch. By seasons end I expect this team to be around 10-7 or 9-8. In relation to a future post, I believe that this team’s superbowl window has closed and in the next few years will need to rebuild their talent again to aim at the coveted Lombardy Trophy.