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Tennessee Titans 2018 Season Preview




Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 8/23/2018.


Tennessee Titans Free Agency Recap


Tennessee got Malcolm Butler from New England and Dion Lewis from the Patriots as well. They also added Bennie Logan as a Free Agent who was the 3-4 nose tackle on the Kansas City Chiefs.



Tennessee Titans Draft Recap


The Tennessee Titans 2018 draft class featured Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry. Both players are getting third string reps on the Titans depth chart.




Tennessee Titans Quarterback Summary: Marcus Mariota returns as the starting quarterback. He built on his rookie season and began putting everything together despite not having a consistent #1 target in 2017. Marcus Mariota declined in his third season and needs to have a huge fourth season in Tennessee. Blaine Gabbert replaces Matt Cassel as the backup with 2018 sixth round pick Luke Falk out of Washington State being the third string quarterback.


Matt LaFleur was a great offensive coordinator for Jared Goff last year. Now he's the offensive coordinator with the Tennessee Titans. Pat O'Hara is the quarterbacks coach for the Tennessee Titans.


Tennessee Titans Running Back Summary: The Tennessee Titans have two backs in Derrrick Henry and Dion Lewis. Murray got injured and Henry did well taking over for him. The Titans also added Dion Lewis from the New England Patriots to compliment Henry in the backfield. Henry is going to be out until at least November thanks to his injury.


Tony Dews is a huge downgrade over Sylvester Croome. The former West Virginia running backs coach is the Titans new running backs coach.


Tennessee Titans Wide Receiver Summary: Marcus Mariota has an abundance of wide receivers to throw to. Rishard Matthews enters this year as the #1 target for Marcus Mariota. Corey Davis is expected to be the number two target after getting limited action as a rookie. Taywan Taylor is running away with the slot receiver job at the moment.


Rob Moore was the wide receivers coach with the Oakland Raiders developing Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. Moore is a nice upgrade over what the Titans had at wide receivers coach.


Tennessee Titans Tight End Summary: Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith are two effective tight ends. Walker is one of the leagues best tight ends and Smith is one of the leagues better number two tight ends. Arthur Smith has been the tight ends coach since 2015.


Tennessee Titans Offensive Line Summary: Right now the starting offensive tackles are Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin two first round draft picks. Quinton Spain did well enough at left guard to keep his job. Ben Jones remains the starting center. Josh Kline remains the starting right guard. Conklin is on the PUP list at the moment, so if he's not cleared to play then this offensive line could become extremely suspect.


Keith Carter is replacing Russ Grimm. I feel like Carter is a downgrade over Grimm. At the same time, I can understand why the Titans made so many new hires with the new regime coming in.


Tennessee should wield a middle of the pack offense. I love the personnel for the Titans. What worries me is that some of the new offensive coaches will not get the most out of this offense. Outside of the tight ends coach, Tennessee has new offensive coaches all across the board.



Tennessee Titans Defensive Line Summary: Jurrell Casey is a great 3-4 right end. Nose tackle Bennie Logan is taking over for Sylvester Williams.


Terrell Williams was a defensive line coach with the Miami Dolphins. Now he heads to Tennessee where he will be a defensive line coach with the Tennessee Titans.


Tennessee Titans Linebacker Summary: The Tennessee Titans have Brian Orakpo as a 3-4 right outside linebacker and Derrick Morgan as a 3-4 left outside linebacker.


Avery Williamson and Will Compton are the starting 3-4 middle linebackers. Rashaad Evans broke his ribs and will be out for the first two weeks of the regular season.


Head coach Mike Vrable was a former outside linebacker himself. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees is a great defensive coordinator. Shane Bowen is an outside linebackers coach and Tyrone McKenzie is an inside linebackers coach. The Titans have four linebackers coaches which is more than any other NFL team.


Tennessee Titans Defensive Backs Summary: Tennessee has Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, and Adoree Jackson. Strong safety Jonathan Cyprien is out for the season and free safety Kevin Byard is out for the first five weeks. That will really cripple the Titans at safety early in the season. Kerry Cooms is the new defensive backs coach for the Tennessee Titans. Without Dick LeBeau and their two starting safeties, I can see this secondary struggling at safety despite playing well at cornerback.


Tennessee should have a top 15 defense in sacks, points allowed, total yards allowed, rushing yards allowed, and passing yards allowed. If LeBeau was still the defensive coordinator and the safeties were healthy then you could argue this is a top 7 defense. Now it's not a top defense though.



Tennessee Titans Special Teams Summary: The Titans still have Ryan Succop as their starting kicker who could be a huge asset for the Titans. Bryan Kern kept his job as a punter. Adoree Jackson is a great addition as a return specialist since he can return kicks and punts.


Craig Aukerman is the new special teams coordinator. Aukerman was the assistant special teams coach last year before being promoted to special teams coordinator by Mike Vrabel.




Tennessee Titans Worst Case Scenario: Tennessee posts a losing record at 7-9. This team has a lot of talent, but at the same time a lot of inexpereinced coaches.


Tennessee Titans Best Case Scenario: Tennessee goes 10-6 again. That's somehow good enough for the Titans to barely capture the AFC South Division.


Tennessee Titans 2018 NFL Schedule


Week
Date
Opponent
Time
Cable Network
Result
Week 1
September 9
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 2
September 16
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 3
September 23
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 4
September 30
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 5
October 7
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 6
October 14
VS
4:25 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 7
October 21
AT
9:30 AM EST
CBS
L
Week 8
Bye Week
Week 9
November 5
AT
8:15 PM EST
ESPN
L
Week 10
November 11
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 11
November 18
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 12
November 26
AT
8:15 PM EST
ESPN
L
Week 13
December 2
VS
4:05 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 14
December 6
VS
8:20 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 15
December 16
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 16
December 23
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 17
December 30
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W


Tennessee Titans 2018 Projected Record (7-9): Tennessee has a lot of new coaches on their staff. They also have numerous starters like Derrick Henry, Jack Conklin, Rashaan Evans, Jonathan Cyprien, and Kevin Byard all dealing with injuries early in the season. I expect this team to get hot late in the year, but they will struggle early just like the Chargers did last year due to injuries and a new coaching staff.









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