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 2018? 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 repeated a 9-7 record in 2017. With Mike Vrabel now at the helm, it's clear that leadership believes a shake-up is in order to take the team to the next level. The theme of this season is progress. 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 3,232 yards, 281/453 passing, 13 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions while rushing for 312 yards (averaging 5.2 yards per carry) and 5 rushing touchdowns. Keeping Mariota healthy and limiting interceptions throughout the 2018 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 114.6 rushing yards and 199.4 passing yards per game. Statistics-wise, not much progress was made between 2016 and 2017, so it could be inferred that this new staff will be pushed to remedy this.
On the other side of the ball, the defense had its moments of brilliance but found defending against the rush to be a challenge. After taking a big step forward with passing defense, rushing defense - a strength in 2016 - seemed to fall by the wayside.
Overall, the Tennessee Titans seem poised for an exciting 2018 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 2018 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 Against the Rush
If other teams can rush the ball at-will, it becomes quite difficult to take control of a game. While the secondary stepped up in a big way last season, the line will need to do the same in 2018 if the Titans want to take the next step forward.
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.
Win Free Titans Tickets at Our Tailgate!
There's nothing quite like seeing a game in person. There's a buzz of excitement through the crowd, an energy in the air, a liveliness that just can't be captured in any other way. Any fan can get immersed in the roar of the crowd and the excitement of a close game playing out right in front of them; any fan can express their team spirit right there in the stadium. Could it get any better than that? It actually could... if the tickets were free.
Our Tailgate: Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage
Every home game we will be giving away four free tickets in the lower bowl on the 40-yard line to that week's lucky winner. Just get your picture taken with Tagger the Bear for your chance to win! You'll find this superfan around our tailgate, and you can find more information about this great opportunity here!
We'll be running our tailgate at Nissan Stadium every home game, and we'd love for you to come by! You'll find us just south of Gate 9 on 1st street past Victory Avenue.
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.
The Official Real Estate Team of the Tennessee Titans
In August 2012, The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage was named as the official real estate team for the Tennessee Titans and all the organization staff. We love everything this team does for our city and are honored to assist them in any way we can.
If you're a member of the Titans organization and are looking to buy or sell a home, click here to find out more about what we can do for you.