2017 TENNESSEE TITANS FOOTBALL CAPSULE

HEAD COACH: Mike Mularkey

RECORD WITH TEAM: 11-14

CAREER RECORD: 27-46

2016 RECORD: 9-7

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Terry Robiskie

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Dick LaBeau

STADIUM: LP FIELD (69,143, Natural Grass)

2017 OFFENSIVE MVP: Marcus Mariota

2017 DEFENSIVE MVP: Jurrell Casey

POSITION BATTLE TO WATCH: CB

 

FIVE-YEAR WINNING TREND:

2012: 6-10

2013: 7-7

2014: 2-14

2015: 3-13

2016: 9-7

 

2016 RESULTS:

L Minnesota 25-16

W Detroit 16-15

L Oakland 17-10

L Houston 27-20

W Miami 30-17

W Cleveland 28-26

L Indianapolis 34-26

W Jacksonville 36-22

L San Diego 43-35

W Green Bay 47-25

L Indianapolis 24-17

W Chicago 27-21

W Denver 13-10

W Kansas City 19-17

L Jacksonville 38-17

W Houston 24-17

 

2017 SCHEDULE

September 10 Oakland

September 17 at Jacksonville

September 24 Seattle

October 1 at Houston

October 8 at Miami

October 16 Indianapolis

October 22 at Cleveland

November 5 Baltimore

November 12 Cincinnati

November 16 at Pittsburgh

November 26 at Indianapolis

December 3 Houston

December 10 at Arizona

December 17 at San Francisco

December 24 LA Rams

December 31 Jacksonville

 

2017 DRAFT SELECTIONS – 9 PICKS

WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan

CB Adoree’ Jackson, USC

WR Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky

TE Jonnu Smith, FIU

LB Jayon Brown, UCLA

OL Corey Levin, Chattanooga

LB Josh Carraway, TCU

T Brad Seaton, Villanova

RB Khalfani Muhammad, California

 

Tennessee showed they aren’t afraid to use rookies in their starting line-up and they may do the same in 2017. In 2016, the Titans played Jack Conklin, Tajae Sharpe, Kevin Byard, Austin Johnson and LeShaun Sims as starters at seasons end, and several more in reserve roles. Corey Davis and Adoree’ Jackson should be immediate starters and be impact players in positions of need. Both possess speed and athleticism the Titans desperately need. Jackson will also see time on special teams. Taywan Taylor may find himself as the starter at slot because of his ability to make plays down field. Jonnu Smith will also have an impact if his blocking improves. Jaylon Brown will look to play right away at LB in the middle. Corey Levin has the ability to play multiple positions on the inside DL. LB Josh Carraway proved to be productive at TCU.

 

KEY PLAYER MOVEMENT

ADDITIONS

LB Daren Bates, Oakland

S Jonathan Cyprien, Jacksonville

OL Tim Lelito, New Orleans

CB Logan Ryan, New England

S Brynden Trawick, Oakland

KR Eric Weems, Atlanta

DT Sylvester Williams, Denver

WR Eric Decker, NY Jets

 

SUBTRACTIONS

CB Valentino Blake, NY Giants

TE Anthony Fasano, Miami

S Rashad Johnson, FA

CB Jason McCourtey, FA

OL Brian Schwenke, Indianapolis

LB Sean Spence, Indianapolis

S Damion Stafford, FA

G Chance Warmack, Philadelphia

DT Al Woods, Indianapolis

WR Kendall Wright, Chicago

 

2016 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

PASSING: Marcus Mariota, 276-451-3,426-26TD-9INT

RUSHING: DeMarco Murray, 293-1,287-4.4-9TD

RECEIVING: Rishard Matthews, 65-945-14.5-9TD

TACKLES: Avery Williamson, 104

SACKS: Brian Orakpo 10.5

INTERCEPTIONS: Perrish Cox, 3

 

2016 TEAM STATISTICS:

OFFENSE

TOTAL: 358.0

RUSHING: 136.7

PASSING: 221.3

SCORING: 23.8

THIRD DOWN%: 46.1

PUNT RETURNS: 7.9

KICK RETURNS: 19.1

 

DEFENSE

TOTAL: 357.5

RUSHING: 88.3

PASSING: 269.2

SCORING: 23.6

INTERCEPTIONS: 12

SACKS: 40

TURNOVER MARGIN: 0

 

POSITION GRADES

QUARTERBACK: A-

RUNNING BACK: A

RECEIVER/TIGHT END: C+

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: A

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: A-

LINEBACKERS: B

DEFENSIVE BACKS: C-

SPECIAL TEAMS: C+

 

NUMBERS TO KNOW:

5.7: Tennessee average 5.7 points per red zone opportunity, the best in the NFL.

66.3: The Titans allowed a league worst 66.3 yards per game to #2 receivers.

86.9: Tennessee allowed an NFL worst 9.9 receptions per game and almost 87 yards per game to opposing #1 receivers.

 

WHAT THE SCOUTS ARE SAYING ABOUT TENNESSEE

GM Jon Robinson had everything go according to plan in season one until quarterback Marcus Mariota suffered a fractured fibula in game 15. Robinson’s idea was to build the offensive line and establish a solid running game to take pressure off their second – year quarterback. Tennessee finished third in the league and Rushing, third in third – down percentage and first in red – zone scoring by touchdowns. Mariota had an exceptional season throwing 33 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in the red zone. Running back DeMarco Murray enjoyed a bounce back season rushing for 1,287 yards and scoring 9 touchdowns. Expect Derrick Henry to get more touches in 2017. Tennessee drafted WR Corey Davis out of Western Michigan at #5 to become Mariota’s first option. The OL is set with Ben Jones at center and Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin at tackles. On defense, Tennessee added Sylvester Williams (Denver) to stabilize things up front with Jurrell Casey and DaQuan Jones. LB Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan combined for 19.5 sacks from their outside linebacker positions, while Avery Williamson had another solid season on the inside. All three return in 2017. Tennessee was 30th in the NFL and passing yards allowed, so be signed cornerback Logan Ryan from New England and Jonathan Cyprien from Jacksonville. They also drafted Adoree’ Jackson with their second #1 selection out of Western Kentucky. Tennessee improved their turnover margin from a -14in 2015 to even last season. If they can get that number on the plus side, there is no reason they can’t be a playoff contender. The plan is to make sure that Mariota stays healthy and pick up where he left off in 2016. They need to get another good season out of veterans DeMarco Murray and Delanie Walker. Adding Corey Davis will help Tennessee maximize their receiving weapons. The O-line returns intact and should be better in protecting Mariota. Tennessee should be the favorite to win the AFC South this year.