After hitting a massive home run with veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill last season that saw their team play at a level they never did under former starter Marcus Mariota, the Tennessee Titans are hoping to make an even bigger push toward winning the AFC Championship at the very least in 2020. Now, with their confidence-laden signal-caller under center and the game’s most bruising running back still in the backfield, it’s time to take a look at what could lie ahead for the Titans once the 2020 regular season does get underway.
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Titans Offense Analysis
The Titans went 9-7 in the regular season and 8-7-1 ATS. Tennessee took off after elevating veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill to their starter in place of Marcus Mariota and the former Miami Dolphins signal-caller responded with his best season ever. Tennessee finished the 2019 campaign ranked 12th in total offense, 21st in passing, a stellar third in rushing and 10th in scoring (25.1 ppg).
To address their issues on offense, Tennessee re-signed Tannehill while placing the franchise tag on superstar running back Derrick Henry. The Titans also signed veteran tackle Dennis Kelly, tight end MyCole Pruitt and tackle Ty Sambrailo in free agency. In the recently completed draft, Tennessee drafted Georgia tackle Isaiah Wilson with the 29th overall pick, Appalachian State running back Darrynton Evans in the third round, strong-armed quarterback Cole McDonald in the seventh round.
Titans Defense Analysis
Not only did Tennessee mostly succeed on offense last season, but they were solid on defense as well. The Titans finished the 2019 campaign ranked an uninspiring 21st overall and 24th against the pass, but they also finished an encouraging 12th against the run and an identical 12th in points allowed (20.7 ppg). To address their needs on the defensive side of the ball, the Titans signed veteran linebacker Vic Beasley Jr., linebackers Kamalei Correa and Nick Dzubnar and defensive tackle Jack Crawford in free agency. Tennessee followed that up by drafting LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton in the second round, NC State defensive tackle Larrell Murchison in the fifth round and Marshall safety Chris Jackson in the seventh round.
Tennessee 2020 Overall Analysis
For me, Tennessee is looking pretty damned good heading into the upcoming 2020 NFL regular season. The Titans have the most powerful running back in all of football in the incomparable Derrick Henry. More importantly, they found out that Ryan Tannehill is a guy that could help them get where they want to. Yes, the Titans do need to improve their passing attack, but I believe they could thanks to their additions on the offensive line this offseason.
Defensively, the Titans need to improve against the pass and while I’m not overly impressed by their offseason additions on the defensive side of the ball, the bottom line for me is that Tennessee finished in the top dozen teams as far as points allowed and I expect they’ll do so again for underrated head coach Mike Vrabel. With Houston looking like a team poised to take a step backwards in 2020, the AFC South crown is there for Tennessee’s taking. I’m thinking 10 wins and another playoff berth are both quite likely for the Titans this coming season.