2019 Tennessee Titans Preview
Can Titans Muster an Air Attack?
Our AFC South Tennessee Titans Preview 2019 notes that they have gone 9-7 each of the last three years. This Tennessee Titans Preview 2019 sees this team as having a shot at the division title or a wildcard. Mike Vrabel (9-7 Tennessee & Overall) did a good job in his first season as a head coach. Vrabel, who admitted he’d be learning throughout the season, had some questionable calls but was in no way an embarrassment. He was smart to bring in 11-year vet Arthur Smith as OC and 16-year veteran Dean Pees as DC. This season, the team looks promising.
Tennessee Titans Preview 2019 – Team
The Tennessee Titans need to get more from their pass attack, and they must figure out how to score more points. Our Tennessee Titans Preview 2019 notes that this club will put a decent defense on the field. Plus, the Titan schedule is fairly friendly. It could help them get into the postseason.
Tennessee – Offense
The Titans scored just 19.4 PPG (27th) last season. They tied for 22nd in sacks allowed (47) and were 29th in passing yards. Their rush attack was seventh in the league as they averaged 126.4 YPG. Tennessee ranked 25th in total offensive yards (312.4 YPG). The team’s third-down conversion rate of 40% tied them for 14th.
The fact is QB Marcus Mariota (331 ATT, 228 COMP, 2528 YDs, 11 TDs, 8 INTs) needs to be able to manufacture points. In four NFL seasons, he’s struggled. WR Adam Humphries joins the Titans after making 76 catches for the Bucs last season, averaging 10.7 YPC and scoring five TDs. WR Corey Davis (65 REC, 891 YDs, 13.7 AVG. 4 TDs) is the team’s top returning receiver. RBs Derrick Henry (215 ATT, 1059 YDs, 4.9 AVG, 12 TDs) and Dion Lewis (155 ATT, 517 YDs, 3.3 AVG, 1 TD), who provided a solid one-two punch in 2018, are ready to repeat and, hopefully, expand their fine performances in 2019. The O-line needs to protect Mariota better.
Titans – Defense
The Titans were helped by the fact that they allowed just 18.9 PPG (3rd). Our Tennessee Titans Preview 2019 observes that this defense allowed 333.4 total YPG (8th) and just 216.9 passing YPG (6th). But they were not as strong upfront, allowing 116.4 YPG (18th). The team’s turnover differential came in at -1 (21st) while they tied for 23rd in picks with 11 and tied for 16th in sacks with 39.
The D-line is anchored by DE Jurrell Casey who led the team with seven sacks. LB Jayon Brown posted 107 tackles and six sacks. He’s the heart of the LB unit. Last season, safety Kevin Byard (96 TKLs, 4 INT) and corner Malcolm Butler (3 INT) finished first and second in picks. Both start in 2019. Logan Ryan and Kenny Vaccaro round out the remaining corner and safety spots.
With PK Ryan Succop on IR, Cairo Santos, who was 14-18 on FG and 22-23 on XP with two teams last season, gets the nod. Pro Bowl punter Brett Kern returns for his 12th NFL season. Darius Jennings did a fine job on kick returns last season and is back, while punt returner Adoree’ Jackson has been replaced by Adam Humphries.
Tennessee Titans Preview 2019 – Prediction
This Tennessee Titans Preview 2019 likes the Titans due to their solid rush attack, fine secondary, and friendly schedule. However, Marcus Mariota really needs to come through in what is his fifth season in the NFL and contract year. If he cannot become the QB he needs to be, this team will miss the mark again.
- Quarterbacks – 7.0
- Running Backs – 8.2
- Receivers – 6.6
- Offensive Linemen – 7.1
- Defensive Linemen – 6.2
- Linebackers – 7.1
- Secondary – 8.2
- Special Teams – 7.8
- Coaching – 7.2
AFC South Tennessee Titans Preview 2019 – Projection
Tennessee Titans Second in AFC South