The Tuesday after Monday Night Football is usually either remotely positive or negative. For the Tennessee Titans, the panic alarms have been pulled everywhere. The Titans were horrifically embarrassed in primetime against the Buffalo Bills last night. Rifts in the armor of the Titans were on full display.
Titans are 0-2 for the first time since 2012 pic.twitter.com/8VbO6Fzw8Z
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 20, 2022
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill had his worst game as a Titan. The offensive line was shaky, and Taylor Lewan got injured. Treylon Burks was the lone bright spot in the receiving game.
On defense, there were basically no positives. The secondary was horrendous without cornerback Kristian Fulton. The pass-rush was nonexistent. Discipline was below average for the Titans on both sides of the ball.
The blame game will be relentless over the next couple of days. If Tennessee continues to struggle, it will only get worse. Titans’ GM Jon Robinson is at the forefront of it, though. his roster construction over the past couple of few seasons is coming back to bite.
Since a great NFL Draft class in 2019, Robinson has struggled in the draft. He does deserve credit for 2019. Jeffery Simmons and Amani Hooker are cornerstone defenders for the franchise. Guard Nate Davis is a very solid player, too, and A.J. Brown was in that draft class as well.
After that, it’s much more cloudy. 2020’s draft class was largely a disaster. Robinson did get Fulton in round two, but that is the only impact player from the entire class. Three of the six picks are no longer even on the roster, and two of those aren’t even in the league.
The value of their draft in 2021 has been horrendous so far. Caleb Farley has struggled in his limited time due to injury. Dillon Radunz has shown flashes but remains inconsistent on the Titans’ offensive line. Monty Rice and Elijah Molden haven’t provided much so far, either. Those were the Titans’ four picks in the first three rounds of the draft. No hits so far for Robinson.
This team could easily end up with a top 10 draft pick or a WC Round exit. Won’t change the fact that the hit rate in the draft has been too inconsistent. You’re seeing the results of 2 empty classes sandwiched between 2 good/great ones #Titans pic.twitter.com/wnJ6a2jdey
— James Foster (@NoFlagsFilm) September 20, 2022
2022 is much too early to judge. Treylon Burks has played well in his first two games, but the offense still looks to be in quicksand.
Much of that blame can go on offensive coordinator Todd Downing. Social media is doing plenty of that. Robinson and the Titans retained Downing after many questionable decisions last season. It is coming back to bite them, and they have to make a change.
The Titans can either rip the bandage off and fire Downing in order to bring in a new OC, or they can give Tim Kelly more responsibilities in play-calling. Either way, the continuous tosses to Derrick Henry and heavy sets on passing downs have to come to a close.
The Titans are in a dangerous place. They don’t have their QB of the future on the roster unless Malik Willis makes otherworldly strides in the next couple of years. They are paying Ryan Tannehill much too much for his performances. The offensive line has little depth in front of Derrick Henry. Their secondary is extremely inexperienced, and the cornerback depth behind Fulton is alarming, even after multiple top two round selections at that position over the last couple of years.
Overall, the Titans are entering NFL purgatory. The team is probably not bad enough to contend for a top five overall pick. They play in the weakest division in football. The Titans certainly aren’t contenders as of right now, either.
They are somewhere in the middle, and that’s dangerous. Jeff Fisher taught them that all too well.
There are levels to the struggles that the Titans are having right now.
Decisions by Jon Robinson concerning the coaching staff and the NFL Draft are the basis of the possibility that they may enter a rebuild sooner rather than later.