Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans are a professional football team based in Nashville, Tennessee. The franchise competes in the NFL as part of the American Football Conference (AFC) South Division.

Early Days

Bud Adams founded the franchise and owned it until he died in 2013. From the franchise’s birth in 1960, the now Tennessee Texans played in Houston for the first 40 years of their history as the Houston Oilers. The team then moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1997 and played at the Liberty Bowl Stadium for one season.

The team embarked on a rebranding effort in 1999 that saw a name change to the Tennessee Titans. Currently, the Titans play at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

Current Front Office

Following the death of Bud Adams, the original owner, there were slight front office reshuffles. Currently, the Titans have Amy Adams Strunk as owner and chairperson, Susie Adams Smith as chairperson, Burke Nihill as CEO and President, and Jon Robinson as general manager. Mike Vrabel is the current head coach.

NFL history

The Tennessee Titans’ NFL record isn’t exactly a glittering one, with a single Super Bowl appearance in their history (in the 1999/2000 season when they were beaten 23-16 by the St. Louis Rams). Sadly, the franchise has yet to win a championship.

After that Super Bowl appearance, the Titans went to the playoffs for three consecutive seasons from 2000-2002. Following the year 2003, however, the Titans have only made two playoff appearances in 13 years, and haven’t won a division title since 2008.

NFL Rivalries

Talking rivalries, the Titans have a fierce one with the Houston Texans, due to the combination of the Titans being formerly located in Houston and to the Texans currently playing in the same division. Although the Titans dominated the rivalry in its early days, the record has evened out recently.

Other rivalries exist between the Titans and their two other AFC South opponents in the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars. Lastly, the Titans, during their time in Houston as the Oilers, shared a rivalry with their same-state counterparts the Dallas Cowboys.

Players of Note

Led by legendary quarterback George Blanda in the 60’s, the franchise (whilst still the Houston Oilers) won the 1960 and 1961 AFL titles and were only edged out by the Dallas Texans side when they tried to three-peat in 1962. Blanda ended up finishing his career with the (then) Houston Oilers having won two AFL titles and racking up more than 26,000 passing yards.

Remember the aforementioned Titans’ Superbowl appearance in 1999? Well, Eddie George made a considerable contribution to that team and to the late 90’s and early 2000’s Titans teams. Arguable the best running back of his generation, George was drafted by the Titans in 1996 and played with the team until 2003.

He had seven 1,000-yard seasons (with three of them topping 1,300 yards) in his 15-year NFL career, and was a bruising back with good speed.. He was also a solid pass catcher out of the backfield.

Alongside Eddie George in that legendary 1999 season was the late great quarterback Steve McNair. A gifted dual threat QB, he was drafted by the franchise in 1995 and spent 10 seasons there. With 31,304 passing yards and 3,590 rushing yards over a 12-year career, Mc Nair’s death in 2009 shocked the football world.

Current Line-up and Upcoming Season Predictions

Riding off an impressive end to last season that included knocking out NFL MVP Lamar Jackson and the heavily favored Ravens, the Titans look to get past the AFC title game (which they lost this past season to the Chiefs) this season, though they have some tough company in the AFC.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been locked in to a four-year contract worth $116m (making him the team’s highest-paid player). Star running back Derrick Henry has also committed to the franchise for another year, and will likely carry a huge workload once again. The Titans also hope for improvements from second year receiver A.J. Brown, and a solid defense that will look to build on last year’s success.

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