Time for 10 outlandish Titans predictions. 10 predictions that I do not think will actually happen, but under the right conditions bizarre and unlikely scenarios could emerge.
1) The Titans defense ranks 1st in the NFL.
Yeah, it’s year 2 for Dean Pees who runs a very complex
system that requires players to learn more and more about
pre-snap movement and disguise. Everybody’s back and
if Harold Landry and Cam Wake can bring pressure on the
edges it could a big year.
2) Marcus Mariota gets a new deal, mid-season.
You’re absolutely right, the big question is can he stay
healthy and so what if he’s healthy at week 8, but what if
he’s putting up big numbers and the Titans say better to
deal now than February? They have a plan for Marcus
and be shocked if they didn’t already have numbers in
3) Jack Conklin gets benched.
It’s a huge season for Conklin and the pressure is on.
Conklin has looked good so far in camp, but what if he
struggles out of the gate and Kelly plays well for Lewan?
We could easily see Kelly flip to the right side with the
Titans knowing Conklin isn’t in their future.
4) Ben Jones gets cut.
Yeah, I’m way out on a ledge on this one. What if Jones
struggles in the preseason though and Corey Levin
continues to develop? Mike Vrabel talks about teams
ramping up to January and what if they feel Levin
in 16 weeks is a better player than Jones. They could also
save $4.5-million against the cap by cutting Jones.
5) Corey Davis tops 10 TD’s
I know this is what Titan fans are salivating over. The
thought of a real go to red zone target. The way he’s
attacking the ball in camp he’s going to have a lot thrown
his way and defenses will have to account for Walker and
Humphries underneath. I see a lot of one on one for Corey
and Marcus giving him a lot of chances to make plays.
6) The secondary goes from 10 INT’s to 18.
Yep, that’s a massive jump, but I actually think it is
entirely possible. Here are the numbers last year…
Byard 4, Butler 3, Jackson 2, Vaccaro 1, Ryan 0.
I think the offense will score more putting more teams
in obvious passing situations and they will benefit
from a healthier pass rush. Mike Vrabel’s had a year
to work with Landry and Finch and now bring in Wake
and I think they’ll get a lot more pressure forcing more
bad throws and opportunities for the secondary. Maybe
Adoree Jackson will even score!
7) The Titans win 3 games!
OMG! Did I just write that? Could Adam Rank be right?
Folks just look at the schedule. They could play well and
lose all 4 of their first 4 games. If they start 0-4 they’re in
trouble with the Chiefs, Chargers, and Saints all coming to
Nissan Stadium and road games ahead at Indy, Carolina
and Houston. If it starts poorly it could spiral out of control.
8) Sharif Finch has a breakout season.
We saw it from Jayon Brown last year and we are all
all expecting it from Harold Landry this year, but what if
it’s Finch? He’s on the field all the time at training camp,
they didn’t draft or sign anyone to take his job and he’s
had a year with Mike Vrabel. Vrabel joined the Texas staff
in 2014, that year Whitney Mercilus had 5 sacks. The
next two years he exploded for 12 and 7.5, could Finch be
9) Derrick Henry gets benched.
I know, it’s blasphemy for even saying it. Look I don’t
think it’s going to happen, but there is a lot of pressure
on this guy to be the guy he was the last 4 weeks of the
season when he topped 500 yards. If he goes back to
trying to hit home runs every play and bouncing to the
outside over and over again we could start to see more
of David Fluellen and Dion Lewis. The head coach loves
Fluellen and he was ready to start taking away carries in
2018 when he got hurt against the Patriots. Had he stayed
healthy who knows where we would be right now?
10) Titans go to the Super Bowl.
Steve McNair took the Titans to the Super Bowl in year 5,
it’s year 5 for Mariota. Mariota is also facing some of the
same criticism and skepticism McNair faced. They’ve
addressed the offensive line with a big Heisman winning
running back and the defense is looking to take the
jump from good to dominant. Oh and have I mentioned
the head coach has a mustache?
If I had $100 I am not betting it on any of these, but every season something unexpected always happens.