Previously known as the Houston Oilers, the team began play in 1960 in Houston, Texas, as a charter member of the AFL. The team relocated from Houston to Tennessee in 1997, and played at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis for one season. The club moved to Nashville in 1998 and played in Vanderbilt Stadium. For those two years, the team was known as the "Tennessee Oilers", but changed its name to "Titans" in 1999.
The Titans came so close to clinching their first playoff spot since 2008, but sadly came undone in the end when star quarterback Marcus Mariota's season ended with an injury. The Titans have been a bit of a yo-yo team the last few years: either terrible or above average. But this year's group look the real deal, having turned to a more old-school style of smashmouth football to wear down opponents. Could this be their year to shine?
Head Coach: Mike Mularkey
The Titans are poised for a breakout campaign. After a surprising 9-7 campaign last year under head coach Mike Mularkey, the team only added to the core of talent and turned a couple of weaknesses into strengths. They invested heavily into their secondary, and the team also beefed up its wide receiver corps with the additions of fifth overall pick Corey Davis, third-round pick Taywan Taylor and the signing of veteran Eric Decker. It seems like the Titans have everything in place to make a push for the playoffs. A changing of the guard could be expected in the AFC South.
The Titans have one of the best groung attacks in the entire NFL, thanks largely to their star running back duo of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. They grind down their opponents on the ground, and it's no surprise that they finished 3rd in the league in rushing. It helps that they possess one of the top 5 offensive lines in the game. The line is nasty and do a good job of keeping franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota upright. Mariota has quietly been improving every year, and this could be the year he really breaks through thanks to his new receving weapons.
Similarily to their offence, the defence is great in the run game but not so much in the air. Tennessee had the second best run stopping defence last year, thanks to beasts like Jurrell Casey and Brian Orakpo. However they must improve on their pass defence. General manager Jon Robinson signed Logan Ryan and Johnathan Cyprien and drafted Adoree' Jackson in the first round to improve upon last year's 30th-ranked pass defence. If their new players manage to gel and stop any aerial assualts, then the Titans could end up having one of the better defensive units in the league.
Marcus Mariota, QB
Marcus Mariota has quickly become the face of the franchise for the Titans, although he only turns 23 this season. Known more for his running ability than his passing in college, Mariota has surprised the league at how poised he is under center. He seems to have the perfect balance of knowing when to sit in the pocket or when to take off if he needs.
The Titans almost made the post season last year, but when Mariota got injuerd right at the end of the season it killed any playoff hopes. Everything is in place for him to succeed with a strong supporting cast around him, so if he can build off a great 2016 campaign then Titans fans will be hoping to make their first playoff appearance since 2008.
Other notable players: RB - DeMarco Murray. RB - Derrick Henry. TE - Delanie Walker. T - Taylor Lewan. T - Jack Conklin. DE - Jurrell Cassey. OLB - Brian Orakpo. CB - Adoree Jackson (R).
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Nissan Stadium, formerly known as LP Field, was opened in 1999. It is located on the east bank of the Cumberland River, directly across the river from downtown Nashville.
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Nashville is the capital of the state of Tennessee. It is known as the center of the country music industry, earning it the nickname "Music City, U.S.A." Legendary country music venues include the Grand Ole Opry House, home of the famous “Grand Ole Opry” stage and radio show. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and historic Ryman Auditorium are Downtown, as is the District, featuring honky-tonks with live music and the Johnny Cash Museum, celebrating the singer's life.
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AFC Champions - 1
AFL East - 4
1960, 1961, 1962, 1967
AFC Central - 3
1991, 1993, 2000
AFC South - 2
Playoff Appearances - 21
AFL - 5
1960, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1969
NFL - 16
1978, 1979, 1980, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008
All Time Record
(Since end of 2016 Season)
Wins: 413 Losses: 449 Ties: 6
Wins: 14 Losses: 19
Wins: 427 Losses: 468 Ties: 6
Hall of Famers - 8
George Blanda, QB/K - Class of 1981
Ken Houston, S - Class of 1986
Earl Campbell, RB - Class of 1991
Mike Munchak, G - Class of 2001
Elvin Bethea, DE, LB - Class of 2003
Warren Moon, QB - Class of 2006
Bruce Matthews, G/C/T - Class of 2007
Curley Culp, DT - Class of 2013