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3 Things the Titans Must Do to Reach the Super Bowl Next Season

Jason Schandl
The Titans' offseason moves will center around how they handle Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill.
The Titans' offseason moves will center around how they handle Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill. / Todd Olszewski/Getty Images
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The Tennessee Titans were absolutely incredible down the stretch last season. After opening the year with a 2-4 record through Week 6, Ryan Tannehill took over as the starter and they finished the regular season with a 9-7 record.

Things got even more impressive in the playoffs, as they upset the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens — two Super Bowl favorites — before falling 35-24 to the eventual champion Kansas City Chiefs.

The Titans are right on the verge of Super Bowl contention, and doing these three things in the offseason can help them realize that dream next year.

1. Lock Up a Star QB

Ryan Tannehill throws a pass in the AFC Championship against the Chiefs.
Ryan Tannehill throws a pass in the AFC Championship against the Chiefs. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Ryan Tannehill is now set to become a free agent following an outstanding season that earned him Comeback Player of the Year. There's no guarantee that he's a Titan again next year, but this offseason also brings an absolutely stacked group of QBs. If they can't bring Tannehill back, proven veterans like Tom Brady and Philip Rivers are short-term answers that can keep the Titans competitive, while rolling the dice on Jameis Winston is far riskier, but brings the potential for more long-term upside. Whoever it ends up being, the Titans need to prioritize the most important position on the field by getting the QB position set.

2. Bring in a Cornerback

Logan Ryan against the Chiefs in the AFC Championship.
Logan Ryan against the Chiefs in the AFC Championship. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Cornerback wasn't a major strength for the Titans last year, and they're getting even more thin at the position with Logan Ryan set to become an unrestricted free agent. Ryan held opponents to an 88.7 passer rating when thrown at last year, finding more success than Malcolm Butler (91.3) on the other side of the field, or Adoree Jackson (94.3). The Titans also checked in at 21st in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metric last year, compared to 10th against the run. This could be a strong free agent class at the cornerback position, so the Titans should have plenty of options to shore up their secondary.

3. Don't Break the Bank on Derrick Henry

Derrick Henry runs the ball against the Chiefs in the AFC Championship.
Derrick Henry runs the ball against the Chiefs in the AFC Championship. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

There's no doubting how much of a beast Derrick Henry is, and he played a huge role in last year's playoff run. With needs at big-money positions like QB and CB, though, the team can't afford to deal out a premium RB contract. Spending huge on the RB position always carries a ton of risk as well. Looking at the seven running backs whose current contracts included the most guaranteed money at signing, five of the contracts (Leonard Fournette, Le'Veon Bell, David Johnson, Todd Gurley and Devonta Freeman) are looking like they're going to prove detrimental to those teams. Henry was at the center of the Titans' breakout season, but if he's going to command a massive contract, it could be better for the team's long-term success to look elsewhere at RB.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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