On Wednesday, April 4 in downtown Nashville, the Tennessee Titans hosted a live event showcasing their new “Tradition Evolved” uniform design. Twenty thousand fans packed downtown Nashville on Broadway; the festivities included DJ Silver, live bands including country music duo Florida Georgia Line and former Tennessee Titans that had participated in the last uniform redesign back in 1999, Craig Hentrich, Blaine Bishop, Frank Wycheck, and Eddie George.
Throughout the entire 2017 season, there was a feeling that something with the Titans team was missing. Titans fans were sure that 2017 would be the year the Titans, would finally get nationwide respect and get in the Superbowl, but that did not happen.
The team lost games that they should have easily won, and the Titans never seemed to play a complete game where the defense and the offense were both performing at their best. I couldn’t figure out what the main problem was, but many Titans fans complained that the play calling was too predictable and not favorable to quarterback Marcus Mariota.
In the end, the coaches got the blame for the lackluster season and were axed. Ownership and the general manager Jon Robinson took action, and now the 2018 Titans will have to adjust to an almost entirely new coaching staff.
The Tennessee Titans announced that the team will have a party on Wednesday, April 4 to reveal the new uniforms. The country band Florida Georgia Line will be playing a free concert in downtown Nashville at Broadway and First Avenue as part of the celebration.
The band owns a restaurant nearby called the FGL House, and the location is just across the river from Nissan Stadium where the Titans play, a perfect spot for the big reveal. Florida Georgia Line was originally going to play a few songs for the event but decided to go all out and perform a full concert complete with fireworks.
Let the guessing begin! What will the new uniforms look like? Will they be a total transformation or will they be only slightly changed? Will the Titans keep the same color scheme or go in a new direction?
After the Tennessee Titans lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional game, former head coach Mike Mularkey was set to negotiate a new contract with the Tennessee Titans on January 15th. The Titans had released a statement the previous week after the win against the Kansas City Chiefs during the Wild Card round that the team was sticking with Mularkey and that he would continue to be the head coach. What happened during the negotiations to extend and renew the contract with Mularkey?
Hopes were high for the Tennessee Titans. They were relishing the “underdog” role against the number one seed New England Patriots and were confident after getting an upset victory last week against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Titans players were quoted in the press saying “it’s our time”. They were confident in their quarterback, Marcus Mariota, insinuating that the Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady might be past his prime and due for a fall from the NFL throne.
At the beginning of the game, it looked like the Titans had a good chance to beat the Patriots; the Titans were first to score late in the first quarter when Mariota threw a 15-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Corey Davis for a touchdown. It was Davis’ first NFL touchdown, a one-handed catch that got the Titans on the board and it felt like a breakthrough for the Titans first-round draft pick. Finally, during a playoff game, Davis made a big play. The glee didn’t last for long as the Patriots were able to score on their next possession and even the score.
The first half of the game belonged to the Kansas City Chiefs. They scored on a touchdown by Chiefs’ running back Kareem Hunt, who ran the ball in from the one-yard line. They scored another TD when tight end Travis Kelce caught a 14-yard pass from quarterback Alex Smith. Not a good start for the Tennessee Titans.
Titans’ quarterback Marcus Mariota was leading a good drive during the second quarter until he threw an interception to cornerback Marcus Peters; Titans head coach Mike Mularkey later stated that it was Titan wide receiver Corey Davis’ fault as Davis didn’t run his route correctly. The Titans have had this “miscommunication” and “execution” problem throughout this season. It has frustrated the coaches and the fans and has lead to much speculation about the security of the coaching positions in Tennessee.
Throughout the past two weeks, there has been a lot of rumblings in the press and on social media about head coach Mike Mularkey’s job security. The Tennessee Titans lost three games in a row. Most of the wins this year have been determined to be “ugly wins” and most of the games have been low scoring or “boring”.
When the press asked Mularkey if he felt that he was close to losing his job if he didn’t make the playoffs, he responded: “I haven’t had support to say I was (secure). I just assumed the worst”. The press conference video of this exchange was heartbreaking, Mularkey was quite emotional when questioned about his job security. Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk has addressed the situation with this statement:
Division rivals Jacksonville Jaguars were not gonna make it easy for the Tennessee Titans. The Jags were already in the playoffs, but they still played their first line players and were going all out against the Titans at freezing Nissan Stadium in Nashville on the last day of 2017. The Titans have lost three games in a row and this was their last chance to survive and get into the playoffs. They succeeded and made it in. It was another “ugly” win for Tennessee. It was another low scoring, not the most exciting game. The end result is that the Titans are in the playoffs for the first time since 2008 is beyond exciting.
Today’s playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs will be Mike Mularkey’s first playoff game as head coach. This AFC wildcard game will be played at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs (10-6) have three main weapons in the form of tight end Travis Kelce, running back Kareem Hunt and wide receiver Tyreek Hill. The Chiefs also will have home field advantage and a veteran quarterback in Alex Smith, who will be well rested coming into this game. The Chiefs had rookie quarterback PatrickMahomes II in as their starter last week.
Coach Mularkey had this to say about playing at Arrowhead: “Tough place to play. Good football team. We played them there last year in another close game, so we’re not as familiar playing them this year.”
Being on the road has not been kind to the Tennessee Titans. When the team left Nashville two weeks ago, they were at the top of the AFC South. After a loss to the Arizona Cardinals last week and to the San Francisco 49ers this week, the Titans are now second behind the Jacksonville Jaguars who have two consecutive wins.
It stings, it hurts. What hurts even more, is that Arizona and San Francisco have been having rough seasons with tons of injuries. They were considered teams that should be “easy to beat”. The Titans are making these easy to beat teams look good, unfortunately.