- Super Bowl Championships: 0
- Last Super Bowl Appearance: Super Bowl 34
- Claim to Fame: Executed the Music City Miracle
- Claim to Shame: Posted a 9-45-2 record in their first four seasons after joining the NFL in 1970, and have three seasons with just one win
In 1997 the Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee, where there is no oil, and winning season have been almost as rare. The team played their first two seasons away from Houston as the Tennessee Oilers, before changing their name to the Titans.
The Titans franchise has had a similar trajectory to Icarus, who flew to close to the sun, caught fire, and crashed and burned.
The newborn Titans, riding the high of the Music City Miracle, came one yard shy of sending Super Bowl 34 to overtime, only to come crashing down and remain in mediocrity ever since.
The 2017 Titans had high expectations coming into the season with their “exotic smash-mouth” offense that looked so fun in 2016. Unfortunately, the rest of the league had caught up to Mike Mularkey’s late 80s playbook, and the head coach seemed to abandon so much of the play-action and trickery that had worked the previous season.
The entire offense struggled to capture any real momentum, but they still finished 9-7 (also 9-7 ATS) and in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
The stagnant offense was blamed for the regression of promising young QB Marcus Mariota. Mularkey and his staff were fired even after the Titans upset the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card game, and Titans GM Jon Robinson got his guy, hiring former Houston Texans defensive coordinator and long-time New England linebacker Mike Vrabel.
Robinson has continued to pursue his goal in building a culture that mimics his previous employer, the New England Patriots. Robinson signed former Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler to add to an improving secondary, and brought in the electric Dion Lewis to serve as his change-of-pace back.
The Titans also significantly improved the defense through the 2018 NFL Draft. They traded up in the first round to select ILB Rashad Evans and again in the second round for OLB Harold Landry.