The AFC in the NFL is impossible to figure out. As a matter of fact, the NFC has a tremendous amount of questions as well. Accordingly, every day, national analysts try to break down who are “contenders” and “favorites” around the league. Stephen A. Smith of ESPN is the latest to doubt Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans.

There’s a lot to break down here.

Firstly, Smith discusses postseason success and experience for the quarterbacks, including Titans QB Ryan Tannehill. Patriots QB Mac Jones is a rookie. That means there is no precedent for his play in the playoffs as of yet. There is no way to undermine other starters’ playoff experience when New England’s does not have any at all.

Sure, Belichick and company as a coaching staff is helpful. There is no doubt about that – ask Tom Brady. Regardless, using playoff performances as a point while vying for a team with a rookie QB does not line up. The unknown could be impressive, but it is exactly that. Unknown.

Also, he discusses how important Belichick is to playoff success for the Patriots. He is arguably the greatest coach of all-time, so that is no surprise. In this argument, it doesn’t hold as much weight, though. Ryan Tannehill and the Titans beat New England in their last matchup in the playoffs. Don’t forget that tom Brady was still a Patriot at that point, too.

Every single week welcomes a new narrative against the Titans. This is just the newest. That usually means you’re doing something right, though. Tennessee is definitely doing that so far this season against all odds.


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