Throughout the season, Jon Robinson and the Tennessee Titans have had to listen to outside voices voice their opinion regarding the Titans’ lackadaisical situation at receiver, and how A.J. Brown’s gaping hole is a reason for that lack of production.

Those shouts have been warranted of course, as the Titans have struggled all year long to find consistent success from their unimpressive receiving group.

Well, aside from rookie Treylon Burks.

As a result of these struggles, the offense has undergone a nosedive in watchability this season. Extended scoring droughts, a lack of quality across the board, inept leadership from the offensive coaching staff, it has simply been a disastrous year of offensive football for the Titans in 2022.

The idea of fixing these issues comes with a headache, as all of them require big moves to correct for good, something the Titans just aren’t equipped to do at this point in time.

But one of those issues could’ve been mitigated with one move being made this past off-season, one move the Titans — more specifically general manager Jon Robinson — never made and are paying for it right now.

That move came down to simply paying Brown the money he wanted during some quiet, yet intense rounds of contract negotiations. The movie is well known at this point, with the Titans trading away the disgruntled Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles for a first round pick and some change.

The move was criticized then and it continues to be criticized now. Not only due to the fact that the Titans can’t find any sort of breathing room with their talent deprived receiver group, but also because Brown is lightning it up in his new home, while letting his play back up the money he was eventually paid by the Eagles.

Luckily for the Titans, these two problems haven’t come head on this season, as Jon Robinson’s Titans have found ways to win despite their issues and Brown’s Eagles have coasted through the year, steamrolling the NFC during the process.

But the silent proxy war between the two situations ended today in Philadelphia, as the Eagles welcomed the Titans, along with a battle of narratives between Browns’ departure and the effects it had and is still having on this Titans team.

The Titans would’ve preferred to win the aforementioned battle of words and what ifs, along with the actual game itself. But they did neither, in fact they never came close to achieving even one of those goals, as they got completely torched by the Eagles by a score of 35-10.

Brown was at the forefront of the Eagles’ efforts, hauling in eight catches for 119 yards and two big touchdown catches. In a nutshell, the Titans simply had no answer for him, as he ran wild through Tennessee’s secondary without much in way of resistance.

There wasn’t much of a rebuttal from the Titans’ side of things either, as Brown’s entire yardage total fell only 38 yards short of the Titans’ receiving yardage total as an entire team.

Even with a receiver talent crisis going on in Tennessee, that’s a feat that isn’t easy to achieve. But Brown was able to do so, which only goes to show just how talented and established he is in one of the more complicated leagues in the entire world.

That’s a player the Titans could use right now, even with the many problems that exist within this offense.

Paging one Jon Robinson?

Would his addition suddenly rejuvenate this offense and make it one of the best in the league? Of course not, because as mentioned before, this offense has problems that go beyond the extent of receiving talent being barren.

But Browns’ reliability, experience, and sheer proven talent would make the offensive wounds less severe than they are.

That isn’t an end all solution for this massive obstacle that’s standing in the Titans’ way. But it’s a short term remedy that would’ve helped this team move along, as they try to install more pieces into a roster that’s more flawed than set in stone.

Jon Robinson has mentioned that Brown’s departure was due to the difficulty of an extension being done, so at that point, they “had” to trade him and recoup whatever value they could receive.

But based on this season — and Brown’s revenge game today — it appears that decision, one that has already been met with vast amounts of criticism and vigor, will continue to be mentioned as one of the more negative franchise altering moves in the modern history of this organization.

And for a team that has enough problems as is, these types of consequences should be avoided at all costs.

Not just now, but into the future as well.

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