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Strength Does Not Come From Winning, Your Struggles Develop Your Strengths, When You Go Through Hardship And Decide Not To Surrender, That Is Strength
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November 22

Titans inches away from leaving recent past miles behind

The Tennessee Titans were just inches away from what could have been the game-tying drive against a team that's had their number. The Indianapolis Colts made it eleven wins in a row against the Titans and despite the loss, there were some positives to draw hope from. Among the key plays, was DeMarco Murray's failure to convert a 4th down with just inches to go. It is indicative of where this team stands. You can see how close they are, yet how much still needs to be done. The Titans came out flat on Sunday, allowing Adrew Luck to pick apart the secondary on the way to a 21 point lead. The defense didn't fare much better, stalling with every third down until finally putting a drive together at the end of the first half. It was a feeling Titans fans have experienced many times before. But in the second half, we were reminded this is not the same team of years past. The Titans came out strong, allowing just three points the rest of the game while putting ten on the board offensively. They were just inches away from possibly tying the game and they are just inches from winning games like this. The running game is in place. Marcus Mariota has found his deep ball and Rishard Matthews has emerged as a viable threat. Now, the Titans need to address just a few spots. They still need a big-play wide receiver capable of affecting defensive game plans. They also need at least one proven shut-down cornerback capable of taking away a quarter of the field. Just two pieces via free agency could make a world of difference. The rest can be found and developed in the draft. The good news is this team has two first round picks next year and will be able to get quality talents instead of projects. Rebuilding the secondary is especially important in today's NFL, where offenses are built on the pass. As was obvious on Sunday, the Colts just had more talent at wide receiver than the Titans did at corner. All of that could change in the next five months. The Titans are still clinging to playoff hopes but regardless of outcome, we have seen plenty to be excited about. That excitement is only going to increase thanks to the faith this organization has in Jon Robinson and what he can do in year two.   function resizeIframe(obj) { { obj.style.height = 0; }; { obj.style.height = (obj.contentWindow.document.body.scrollHeight + 10) + 'px'; } }
November 15

Mariota develops all-around game, Titans finally play loose

Marcus Mariota continued his hot-streak on Sunday with a 47-25 win over the Green Bay Packers in what was a milestone for the quarterback and the team. Despite their 5-5 record, there's plenty to be excited about from this team. First, my biggest issue with this team in recent years has been their lack of identity. We never knew if this was a running team, a passing team or what because of the lack of creativity offensively and the lack of execution. Now, there is no doubt this team is build on the run and the "exotic smashmouth" label is a welcome designation. A second point of contention has been with Mariota's previous inability to connect with the deep ball. That issue has been resolved in recent weeks and it culminated in his third straight week completing a pass of 40 yards or longer and second week in a row with three or more touchdowns. The third point of concern has been this team's inability to play loose and have fun. We're seeing that this year. Coach Mike Mularkey is calling plays and giving this team confidence that it's okay to try and not succeed. An onside kick to start the game and the DeMarco Murray touchdown pass speak volumes of the mindset he's instilled in this team. The result is guys are playing loose and making moves that are developing into splash plays we've longed for. The win over Green Bay also marks the first time this season they have beaten an elite quarterback. Now that they have hurdled multiple obstacles, the Titans are faced with an opportunity to hurdle one more obstacle: beating the Colts. Indianapolis has had the Titans number, winning the last ten games. The last time the Titans beat the Colts was in Week 8 of the 2011 season. With a win this Sunday, the Titans can finally get that monkey off their backs. The next step in this team's development is winning important divisional games. They've shown us growth and the potential of what can be. Now, it's about turning the potential into reality. function resizeIframe(obj) { { obj.style.height = 0; }; { obj.style.height = (obj.contentWindow.document.body.scrollHeight + 10) + 'px'; } }
November 8

Despite frustrating losses, Titans are an improved team

It was another frustrating loss for the Tennessee Titans against the Chargers on Sunday, falling eight points short. Of the Titans' five losses, four have now been eight points or less and the team has had a chance to win or tie at the end in almost each game. There's obvious frustration, with Marcus Mariota facing turnover issues that would result in two scores and the difference in the outcome. But despite the issues, it's hard not to say we are witnessing improvement. Marcus has been pin-point with his accuracy overall and it showed on some of his strikes to Rishard Matthews and Delanie Walker. The performance was also Mariota's third of the last five games with three passing touchdowns and first 300-plus passing game of the season. One aspect that continues to stick out for Mariota and the offense is their success in the no-huddle offense. This team once again found success towards the end of the first half but then went back to the standard game plan in the second half. While score dictated the decisions, Mike Mularkey should examine the effectiveness of the no-huddle and deploy it more. Yes, the ground game is this team's identity, but as the season wares on, teams are starting to focus on stopping DeMarco Murray, as evidenced by his 51 yard output Sunday. Defensively, the Titans once again showed they don't play well against top quarterbacks. Luck and Rivers have carved up the secondary the last few weeks and the secondary needs obvious improvement. The key to fixing this unit's woes will come this offseason. Jon Robinson has earned all the praise he has received for putting together an offensive unit that is capable of competing each week. This coming offseason, that focus will likely shift towards the secondary, something that can be addressed in free agency. If he can do with the defense what he has done with this offense, the improvement will continue. That's what this season has always been about..improvement. Of the Titans 13 losses last season, only six were by seven points or less. During the last four games of the 2015 season, they were outscored 127-54. There has been big improvement for this team. The culture, the talent, and the front office have all taken the right steps. Not to mention, this team finally has an offensive identity. It's a 'what have you done for me lately' league, but if you look close, this is a team doing a lot. It might be frustrating, but there is improvement. That, is something we haven't seen in recent years.   function resizeIframe(obj) { { obj.style.height = 0; }; { obj.style.height = (obj.contentWindow.document.body.scrollHeight + 10) + 'px'; } }