Ultimate Fan Guide
It's another great year to watch Tennessee Titans football! If you're a fan of free tickets, tailgates, amateur football analysis and draft recaps, you've come to the right place. What's in store for 2017? Can our guys take the next step forward both offensively and defensively? Does Marcus Mariota continue to impress and improve? Do any draft picks have an instant impact in areas of need? It can be tough to imagine what it takes to improve with so many moving parts, but this season in particular seems to have some strong arguments for optimism. Let's take a closer look...
The Tennessee Titans improved from a 3-13 record in 2015 to a 9-7 record in 2016. This implies two main points that fans should consider: The difference between Mariota and no Mariota suggests he is the franchise quarterback that many teams are still searching for, and Mike Mularkey seems to understand how all of the pieces and parts of this team can work together. The theme of this season is progress, whether that is reflected in the final record or not. Building a team is a multi-year process, and — while short term gains are exciting — the focus should really be on the long-term development in areas of need.
A Look at Seasons Past
At QB, Mariota finished the season with 3,426 yards, 276/451 passing, 26 touchdowns, and only 9 interceptions. The offensive line showed some improvement, allowing 23 sacks compared to 38 in 2015. Keeping Mariota healthy throughout the 2017 season will be a priority for the Titans, but if OL play continues to improve as it has, and if a few more receiving threats can be developed, that may be a very accomplishable goal. The Titans offense averaged 136.7 rushing yards and 232.5 passing yards per game, with DeMarco Murray and Rishard Matthews leading their respective units. At TE, Delanie Walker didn't quite reach the same incredible stats of last season but was still the ever-reliable target for Mariota in a pinch. If the offense can build upon what they did well last season, other teams should watch out.
On the other side of the ball, the defense had its moments of brilliance but found defending against the pass to be a challenge for the secondary. Opponents threw for 269.2 yards per game through the air but only ran for 88.3 yards per game on the ground. Can the Titans maintain their hold on the ground attack while improving their pass defense? Perhaps some new talent and another year in Dick LeBeau's system can do the trick. A player to keep an eye on is free safety Kevin Byard. Byard had a solid rookie season and is certainly someone to watch with interest in 2017.
Overall, the Tennessee Titans seem poised for an exciting 2017 season, and we hope to join you all in the celebrations to come!
Gary Ashton's Keys to Gridiron Success
In a nutshell, these four things likely need to happen for this season to be considered a success. Football, of course, loves to surprise us once everything is in motion, but these factors are all areas that could be critical to not just wins in 2017 but also to wins in future seasons.
Keep Mariota Healthy
Mariota is the future, and that really isn't an exaggeration. This kid has jets but the Titans can't rely on his running ability to the point of injury. If the cast around him can keep him from needing to stay in the pocket for too long, or putting the team on his shoulders to fight for yardage on critical downs, his size should keep him from any unnecessary wear and tear.
Develop Another Receiving Threat
Similar to how a good defense can make a good offense, a strong receiving corps can lead to a strong run game. Mariota simply needs another big-time target to emerge. If opposing secondaries have their hands full with another productive receiver or tight end, more holes will open up for runners. Additionally, another receiving threat can mean Mariota can spend less time waiting for a man to get open, meaning less opportunities for defenses to get a piece of him.
Find Answers at Strong Safety & Cornerback
Allowing receivers to get free in today's pass-happy league can make winning games a rather challenging ordeal. The secondary needs to stay in coverage long enough for the line to make it to the opposing quarterback, meaning more sacks can be made and more errant throws can be intercepted. If third and long situations can go in the Titans' favor more often, it would be hard to imagine increased rest for the defense and better field position for the offense could ever be a bad thing.
Improve Linebacker Coverage
The linebackers looked lost in coverage at times last season, and, in order to shut down that part of the field, it simply must improve. When this unit falls apart, it often doesn't matter how well the rest of the defense performs as opposing offenses exploit this to their advantage. Perhaps this was a problem caused by trying to do too much all at once, or simply a tough transition into a somewhat different style of play – either way, the hope is that the linebackers can play smart, yet instinctively as well.
2017 Tennessee Titans Football Schedule
Based on 2016 records, the Titans go into 2017 tied for the second easiest regular season schedule. Of course, not all teams stay the same year to year, but this could definitely be great news for a team looking to build upon improvements made in its previous season. The Titan's 2017 home opponents finished last season with a combined record of 60 wins and 66 losses, and Away opponents finished with 51 wins and 76 losses. Plenty of those teams will be looking to improve, but it would be hard to deny that the Titans have a good chance to capitalize on this schedule.
|Sun, Sep 10||vs Raiders||Nissan Stadium||12:00 PM|
|Sun, Sep 17||@ Jaguars||EverBank Field||12:00 PM|
|Sun, Sep 24||vs Seahawks||Nissan Stadium||3:05 PM|
|Sun, Oct 1||@ Texans||NRG Stadium||12:00 PM|
|Sun, Oct 8||@ Dolphins||Hard Rock Stadium||12:00 PM|
|Mon, Oct 16||vs Colts||Nissan Stadium||7:30 PM|
|Sun, Oct 22||@ Browns||FirstEnergy Stadium||12:00 PM|
|Sun, Nov 5||vs Ravens||Nissan Stadium||12:00 PM|
|Sun, Nov 12||vs Bengals||Nissan Stadium||12:00 PM|
|Thu, Nov 16||@ Steelers||Heinz Field||7:25 PM|
|Sun, Nov 26||@ Colts||Lucas Oil Stadium||12:00 PM|
|Sun, Dec 3||vs Texans||Nissan Stadium||12:00 PM|
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Come on over and cheer with us at one of the biggest Titans tailgates out there! If you enjoy food, fun, and football, this is the place to be. You don't need to bring anything but yourself, a smile and a winning attitude (and maybe some sunscreen for those mid-day games).
Tennessee Titans Current Events
While there's no shortage of NFL content on the web, it can certainly be a challenge to keep up with everything your favorite team is up to. Come back to this page every now and then and you won't have to keep searching! We'll keep you updated with news about the Titans in the community and on the field. Here are some of the most interesting stories we've seen lately:
- Titans on Caravan Stop at Fort Campbell: "Pretty Awesome"
- Titans will make you to pay attention to them in 2017
- Titans QB Marcus Mariota is right on track in rehabbing from a broken leg
- Tennessee Titans 2017 Schedule: Games to Mark on Calendar
- Projecting the Tennessee Titans' depth chart, 53-man roster
It's hard to not feel lucky to have this team as a part of our city. From everything they do to give back to the community to how they bring so many of us together through the spirit of friendly competition, the Titans are something Nashville can truly be proud of.
2017 NFL Draft Picks
This year's draft for the Titans was rather productive. It turns out that the organization was serious about finding more ways for Mariota to spread the ball around – and who can argue with that? On top of this, defensive player picks managed to be solid as well. One could argue it is more likely that the offensive picks will generate more of an instant impact on the team, but that is not really a knock on everyone else. Overall, while it can be hard to tell who "wins" a draft until many years later, it seems like the Titans finished the weekend as well as anyone while avoiding any picks that left everyone scratching their heads.
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Wide receiver is a position of need without a doubt, but this pick still managed to look bold to some viewers on the first night of the draft. Don't let the fact that he comes from a smaller school cloud your judgement – this receiver looks to be the real deal. Corey Davis is quick on his feet and appears to have glue on his hands every time the ball goes in his general direction. Mariota needs a target that can catch in traffic, break free, and make acrobatic grabs in the clutch. Corey Davis looks like he will fill that role.
Adoree' Jackson, CB, USC
Adoree' Jackson is the definition of an electric player. He was picked as a cornerback, but Tennessee also gets a kick returner and part-time wide receiver. Adoree' finds a way to make exciting plays every game. Whether he's making gravity-defying interceptions, evading just about everyone on his way to the endzone, or helping out the offense for a few plays, he gets fans and players alike excited for the next play. He can keep up with just about anyone with his elite speed, and if he can develop his coverage skills, he will truly be a force to be reckoned with. Don't let his size fool you, either. Though he comes in at just 5'10" and 186 lbs, he's only missed 4 of his 54 solo tackles.
Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky
This quick receiver is likely destined for the slot. Yet another man for Mariota to throw to, Taywan Taylor likes to make people miss and gain yards after the catch. To make it in the NFL, he'll need to get stronger, but if he can even see a portion of the success he found at WKU (4234 yards & 41 touchdowns in four years), he'll be a significant boon to this already-growing offense.
Jonnu Smith, TE, Florida International
The Titans offense likes having two tight ends that can do it all. Jonnu Smith looks to fill that role. He's fast, he's big, and he can block pretty well for someone who was relied on more for his catching abilities. Smith will need to get comfortable with blocking NFL-sized players, but don't be surprised if he breaks out for a big gain airmailed via quarterback. No one can replace Delanie Walker, of course, but it'll be nice to have someone new and promising emulate what he brings to the offense.
Jayon Brown, OLB, UCLA
Jayon Brown can provide much needed assistance at linebacker. While he isn't the biggest linebacker prospect in this draft, he should be able to use his speed and athleticism to help out in coverage against opposing tight ends. Brown seems to have a high football IQ and good technique as well – perhaps he will be able to see consistent play sooner rather than later. The Titans traded up from 155 to 100 to snag Jayon Brown, and many consider it to be a good move.
Corey Levin, OG, Chattanooga
This far in the draft, the Titans were clearly looking for someone they liked, regardless of position. Corey Levin is big, strong, hard-working, and can add depth to the line (which is almost always a good thing). He may not be a starter right away, but it is important to remember that many teams do not have the luxury of having solid replacements on their offensive line.
Josh Carraway, LB, TCU
Josh Carraway is an instinctual and athletic player who has a very high ceiling. He needs time to develop his run defense skills, but with the abilities he has already shown, this could be a great pick late in the draft. The Titans likely won't rely on him too much his first year, but don't be surprised if he sees a bigger role in the defense as time goes on.
Brad Seaton, OT, Villanova
Seaton is a big guy with a great attitude. The team, however, is quite stacked with left and right tackle talent, so he will likely be fighting for fourth string or a spot on the practice squad. If he can improve his technique and pad level quickly, he could become a serviceable replacement for veteran Dennis Kelly.
Khalfani Muhammad, RB, Cal
The Titans need another player to compete for the third running back position. Khalfani Muhammad isn't a big bruiser like DeMarco Murray or Derrick Henry, but at 5'8" and 175 lbs, he may be able to provide a change of pace with his speed and pass-catching abilities. Using the last pick on a talented player who can run a 4.35 is not a bad look at all and a great way to wrap up a successful draft.
Facts and Stats
If you like to get into the nitty gritty of the sport, we have you covered with our compilation of statistics. We will be updating our 2017 team statistics as the season progresses if you'd like to see how the Titans are stacking up against the competition. If you're a fantasy football fan, we also have individual stats from 2016 just in case you're looking for that sleeper pick that no one else in your group has found. Look here for the team roster, player statistics, and team statistics.
2017 Team Stats
|Points Per Game||22.0||28.4|
|Abdesmad, Mehdi||DE||6-6||284||Boston College|
|Amaro, Jace||TE||6-5||265||Texas Tech|
|Barton, Karim||G||6-3||313||Morgan State|
|Byard, Kevin||S||5-11||212||Middle Tennessee St.|
|Carraway, Josh||OLB||6-3||242||Texas Christian|
|Cliett, Reshard||LB||6-2||222||South Florida|
|Conklin, Jack||T||6-6||308||Michigan St.|
|Cunningham, Jerome||TE||6-3||250||Southern Connecticut State|
|Cyprien, Johnathan||S||6-0||223||Florida International|
|Davis, Corey||WR||6-3||209||Western Michigan|
|Jackson, Adoree'||CB||5-11||185||Southern California|
|Johnson, Austin||DL||6-4||314||Penn St.|
|Jones, DaQuan||DL||6-4||322||Penn State|
|Kline, Josh||G||6-3||300||Kent State|
|Lelito, Tim||G/C||6-4||315||Grand Valley State|
|Matias, Josue||G/T||6-5||309||Florida State|
|McBride, Tre||WR||6-0||210||William & Mary|
|Morgan, Derrick||OLB||6-4||261||Georgia Tech|
|Palmer, Nate||LB||6-2||248||Illinois State|
|Reed, Kalan||CB||5-11||192||Southern Miss|
|Riley, Curtis||DB||6-0||190||Fresno State|
|Searcy, Da'Norris||S||5-11||207||North Carolina|
|Semisch, Tim||TE||6-8||275||Northern Illinois|
|Sims, LeShaun||CB||6-0||203||Southern Utah|
|Smith, D'Joun||CB||5-11||193||Florida Atlantic|
|Smith, Jonnu||TE||6-3||248||Florida International|
|Spain, Quinton||G||6-4||330||West Virginia|
|Succop, Ryan||K||6-2||218||South Carolina|
|Supernaw, Phillip||TE||6-5||248||Ouachita Baptist|
|Tanney, Alex||QB||6-4||220||Monmouth (Ill.)|
|Taylor, Taywan||WR||5-11||203||Western Kentucky|
|Walker, Delanie||TE||6-2||248||Central Missouri|
|Williams, Sylvester||NT||6-2||313||North Carolina|
|Woods, Antwaun||NT||6-1||318||Southern California|
2016 Team Stats
|Points Per Game||23.8||23.6|
2016 Player Stats
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