2015: 3-13 (or the worst record in football, again)
The Titans managed to improve on their 2014 record by one whole game. And it was still the worst record in the NFL last season. Not only that they decided to retain interim coach Mike Mularkey, because if anyone epitomizes winning it’s a former Jags coach.
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Mularkey is 18-39 as a head coach. And the Titans brought him back. You really can’t make this up. It says something about the current state of the franchise when the last winning season was under Mike Munchak back in 2011.
Now, Mularkey has another year to find a way to ruin Marcus Mariota. It looks like the current plan is to build a power run team with a spread QB. DeMarco Murray (who isn’t nearly as good when he has to share carries) and rookie Derrick Henry (a prototype for power running) make up a backfield that will surely have clean running lanes all season long.
Or not. Pro Football Focus has them ranked 29th. And while they added Jack Conklin to anchor the line, the middle is a dumpster fire. Good thing the AFC South is full of terrible interior defenders and not someone like JJ Wa…oh, right.
The Titans, needing to bolster a pathetic receiving corps, just signed Andre Johnson and his slowly decomposing body. It isn’t that Johnson can’t catch anymore, he just can’t get open. The Colts misused him for much of last season, but he’s basically a slow, undersized tight end now.
Surely the defense will be better. If their corners finally remember how to defend. They actually have a number of talented players like Jurrell Casey, Da’Norris Searcy, and Wesley Woodyard. But it didn’t help much.
Much like the Jaguars, the Titans seem to now be in a perpetual state of rebuild. Sure they could be better in 2016, but the odds are against them. With an illustrious coach like Mularkey, they are sure to turn things around. At least until Mariota suffers another knee injury.
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