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2022 Season

2022 Season Roundup: The Titans looked like the team to beat in the first half of the 2022, starting the year 7–3. The wheels came off after that and Tennessee did not win a game after Thanksgiving. Derrick Henry was back to full health and led the NFL with 349 carries. He ran for 1,538 yards, caught 33 passes and scored 13 touchdowns. Ryan Tannehill was in and out of the lineup at quarterback and never really clicked with any of his receivers. The Titans’ defense looked very good at times. Jeffrey Simmons led a good pass rush, while safety Kevin Byard was all over the field making tackles and intercepting passes.

January 9, 2023: Tennessee rookie Ryan Stonehouse broke one of the NFL’s oldest records when he led the league with an average of 53.1 yards per punt. He broke the record of 51.4 held by Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh.

October 30, 2022: Derrick Henry rumbled for 219 yards in a win over the Houston Texans. It marked the sixth time in Henry’s career that he ran for more than 200 yards, which tied him with Adrian Peterson and OJ Simpson for the most in NFL history. It was the fourth game in a row against the Texans that Henry ran for 200-plus yards!

2022 Season Preview: No one feels good about a season that could turn on a running back recovering from a broken foot. But in Tennessee’s case, that RB is Derrick Henry, one of the scariest runners in league history. If he stays on the field, quarterback Ryan Tannehill should be able to get the Titans into the end zone. If Henry and Tannehill can’t get the job done, coach Mike Vrabel has replacements he can rush into the starting lineup. The Tennessee D is not as deep as Vrabel would like, which could hurt the club as the season wears on.

2021 Season

2021 Season Roundup: Many experts picked the Titans to win the AFC when the playoffs started, but they ran into the red-hot Bengals, who defeated Tennessee with a last-second field goal. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill had a solid season at age 33, helped by an offense that overcame many injuries—including one that kept running back Derrick Henry off the field for more than half the season. The Titans’ big-play defense was led by the trio of Jeffrey Simmons, Harold Landry, and Kevin Bayard, who topped the team in interceptions and was named an All-Pro for the second time in his career.

October 20, 2021: Derrick Henry was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in 2021 after leading his team to a dramatic victory over the Bills. During the game, Henry was clocked at 21.8 mph—the fastest speed of any running back in 2021.

2021 Season Preview: The Titans were an offensive machine in 2020 with bruising runner Derrick Henry, receiver AJ Brown, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill. In 2021, future Hall-of-Famer Julio Jones joins the receiving corps, which is bad news for enemy defenses. The Tennessee defense is another matter. It was one of the softest in the league last year and coach Mike Vrabel—a former star linebacker—will need to make big improvements to this unit.

2020 Season

2020 Season Roundup: Tennessee went 11–5 and made the playoffs behind the power running of Derrick Henry, who topped 2,000 yards and seemed to get stronger as the year wore on. AJ Brown and Corey Davis were the favorite targets of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who threw a career-high 33 touchdown passes. The defense was up and down all year. It did a decent job against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens in the playoffs, but the offense stalled and the Titans fell 20–13.

January 3, 2021: In a win over the Texans, Derrick Henry had the fifth 200-yard 2-touchdown game of his career, establishing a new NFL record.

2020 Season Preview: The formula for success will be the same for the Titans in 2020 as it was in 2019. They have a punishing runner in Derrick Henry, a solid quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, and a good pass defense. The team’s receivers could spell the difference between single-digit wins and a high playoff slot. AJ Brown looked like a superstar after just one season, as did pass-catching tight end Jonnu Smith. Tennessee fans are expecting both to be as good or better this year.

2019 Season

2019 Season Roundup: Tennessee nearly pulled off one of the NFL’s great miracles. After stumbling into the playoffs with a 9–7 record, the Titans upset the Patriots and shocked the Ravens to reach the AFC title game against the Chiefs. They opened a 24–0 lead and appeared to be on their way to the Super Bowl, but could not stop Kansas City’s high-powered passing attack. Derrick Henry destroyed enemy defenses with his power running and quarterback Ryan Tannehill had the best season of his career.

December 29, 2019: Derrick Henry ran for 211 yards to finish with 1,540 for the season and lead the NFL. His three touchdowns in the win over the Houston Texans gave him 16 for the season, which was also tops in the league.

2019 Season Preview: Tennessee fans have been saying that quarterback Marcus Mariota needs better protection and more receivers. In 2019 he will have them. Now he just has to stay injury-free. If the Titan runners, led by Derrick Henry, keep playing like they did at the end of 2018—and the defense responds to newcomer Cameron Wake—the team could reach double-digit wins.

2018 Season

December 6, 2018: Derrick Henry became the second player in NFL history to score on a 99-yard touchdown run. He scored three other touchdowns and set a team record with 238 yards in a win over the Jaguars.

2018 Season Preview: A great defense, led by a talented group of cornerbacks and safeties, should enable the Titans to build on its 9-win 2017 season. Quarterback Marcus Mariota and receiver Corey Davis should continue to grow into major weapons. At least two playoff teams are likely to come from the AFC South. Will the Titans make it three?

2017 Season

2017 Season Roundup: The Titans went 9–7 and earned a spot in the playoffs against the Chiefs. They came back from a 21–3 halftime deficit to beat Kansas City 22–21, but fell to the Patriots the following week. QB Marcus Mariota threw for 3,232 yards and tight end Delanie Walker led the team with 74 catches. Walker was named Offensive MVP of the Pro Bowl.

2017 Season Preview: The Tennessee offense looks like it’s ready to big things in 2017. If Marcus Mariota can stay healthy, he will have a solid group of receivers to target, as well as running back DeMarco Murray and the best blocking line in the AFC. The Titans need to begin the year better than they did in 2016, when they dropped four of their first five games.

2016 Season

2016 Season Roundup: The Titans had the season their fans hoped for, improving from three wins to nine and just barely missing the playoffs. They finished strong with four victories in their last five games. Marcus Mariota threw for 26 touchdowns and only nine interceptions, and DeMarco Murray ran for 1,287 yards. Brian Orapko and Jurrell Casey were the Titans’ defensive stars.

2016 Season Preview: Tennessee’s offense has a long way to go, but it’s headed in the right direction in 2016. Fans will look for improvement from quarterback Marcus Mariota in his second season, and hope that all the high draft picks on the line are able to protect him. The Titans have a decent pass rush and linebacker crew, but need to improve in the secondary for any hope of a winning record.

2015 Season

December 6, 2015: Quarterback Marcus Mariota ran 87 yards for a touchdown against the Jaguars. It was the longest run in the NFL all year.

September 13, 2015: Marcus Mariota became the first player with a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3 in his first NFL game.

2015 Season Preview: Tennessee fans are excited about Marcus Mariota and they should be—he has all the tools to be a rookie superstar. Will the rest of the offense raise its game to help him? And have the Titans added enough talent to their defense to give Mariota a chance to win? The answers will determine whether the team can finish with a winning record in 2015.

2014 Season

September 2, 2014: You can’t win in the NFL without a quality quarterback, and that’s what the Titans need Jake Locker to be. If he improves and stays healthy in 2014, Tennessee fans will have plenty to cheer about. The Titans’ defense is led by Jurrell Casey, Jason McCourty, and Bernard Pollard.

2013 Season

September 4, 2013: There will be a lot of pressure on quarterback Jake Locker in 2013. He has good weapons in running back Chris Johnson and receiver Kendall Wright, and the offensive line is better than last year. Still, Locker needs to show he can make big plays in important moments. The team’s defense has some good players, but a few injuries at key positions could make for a long season in Nashville.

2012 Roundup

February 2, 2013: The Titans were a work in progress during 2012. Chris Johnson led a solid offense, but the defense looked helpless at times. Tennessee fans will watch young Jake Locker closely to see if he can develop into a first-rate NFL quarterback.

October 21, 2012: In a game against the Buffalo Bills, Chris Johnson scored on an 83-yard run. It was the fourth TD run of 80 or more yards in his career. That broke a record Johnson shared with three Hall of Famers—Hugh McElhenny, O.J. Simpson, and Barry Sanders.

September 23, 2012: The Titans set a record when they scored five touchdowns of 60 yards or more in one game. Two came on long passes by Jake Locker, one came on a 65-yard punt return by Tommie Campbell, one came on a 105-yard kickoff return by Darius Reynaud, and one came on a 72-yard fumble return by Alterraun Verner.

Summer, 2012: Some say the Titans are rebuilding their team in 2012, but they have the talent to make the playoffs. The AFC South is not as strong as in past seasons. With a little luck and good performances from Chris Johnson and Nate Washington, Tennessee might still be playing in January.

More Go-To Guys

After Curley on the Three Stooges, Curley Culp is my second-favorite Curley. Curley in Oklahoma! is third. (Topps, Inc.)

This sticker shows Robert Brazile. He was a really good linebacker. (Panini America, Inc.)

Jevon Kearse wrote the book on sacking the quarterback. And then I wrote the book on Jevon Kearse! (Millbrook Press)

  • Tony Banfield — Defensive Back
    Born: 12/18/1937
    Played for Team: 1960 to 1965
    Tony Banfield was the team’s first great defensive star. He loved to roam the field and make opponents pay for their mistakes. In his five seasons in Houston, Banfield intercepted 27 passes. He was named All-Pro three times.

  • Curly Culp — Defensive Lineman
    Born: 3/10/1946
    Played for Team: 1974 to 1980
    Curly Culp was amazingly versatile for such a big and powerful player. He used his quickness to stop running plays and sack the quarterback. Culp made the Pro Bowl four seasons in a row for Houston.

  • Robert Brazile — Linebacker
    Born: 2/7/1953
    Played for Team: 1975 to 1984
    The Oilers took Robert Brazile with the sixth pick in the 1975 draft. He was a difference-maker from the first time he stepped on the field. Brazile was tall, strong, and athletic. He played in the Pro Bowl every year from 1977 to 1983. He was voted All-Pro in 1978 and 1979.

  • Drew Hill — Receiver
    Born: 10/5/1956
    Played for Team: 1986 to 1990
    Drew Hill was small and fast. He was a perfect target for Warren Moon. Hill topped 1,000 receiving yards five times for the Oilers. In 1987, he averaged 20.2 yards per catch.

  • Derrick Mason — Receiver
    Born: 1/17/1974
    Played for Team: 1997 to 2004
    Derrick Mason joined the Titans as a kick returner. After three seasons, he convinced the team that he would be even better as a receiver. Mason caught more than 400 passes from 2000 to 2004 and went to the Pro Bowl twice. He also continued to return kicks. In 2000, Mason led the NFL in punt returns with 662 yards.

  • Jevon Kearse — Defensive Lineman
    Born: 9/3/1976
    Played for Team: 1999 to 2003 & 2008 to 2009
    Jevon Kearse was known as the “Freak” for his awesome combination of skills and athleticism. In his first year, he had 14.5 sacks and was named All-Pro and NFL Rookie of the Year. Kearse wasn’t just a great player—he was also a great leader who got the best out of his teammates.

  • Vince Young — Quarterback
    Born: 5/18/1983
    Played for Team: 2006 to 2010
    Vince Young played his way into the starting lineup in his first year. He led the Titans to six wins in a row and was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Young made a name for himself with his ability to lead his team from behind. He went to the Pro Bowl twice with the Titans.

More Fun Facts

After Jim Norton’s number was retired, the team retired the jerseys of Warren Moon, Earl Campbell, Elvin Bethea, Mike Munchak, and Brice Matthews. So Jim is in very good company. (Topps, Inc.)

    During the 1960s, the team asked Jim Norton to play safety on defense and also handle punting duties. His four monster punts during the 1961 AFL Championship Game were a key to the 10–7 victory over the Chargers. In 1963, his three interceptions in a late-season game against the Denver Broncos helped clinch the West Division title. Norton’s #43 was the first jersey retired by the club.

    How much better was the NFL than the AFL in the early 1960s? According to Hall of Famer George Blanda, his teams could have beaten the NFL champions. “That first year, the Houston Oilers…could have beaten the NFL champion in a Super Bowl,” he insisted. “I think the AFL was capable of beating the NFL in a Super Bowl game as far back as 1960 or ’61. I just regret we didn’t get the chance to prove it.”

    On most teams, the fullback’s job is to block for the other running back or power through the line when a team needs a few short yards. They rarely gain more than few dozen yards a game. However, the first two players in team history to gain 1,000 yards were fullbacks—Charley Tolar (1962) and Hoyle Granger (1967). Tolar led the AFL in rushing attempts in 1962 with 244, and Granger led the league in yards from scrimmage with a total of 1,494.

League Leaders

This was an interesting book Earl Campbell wrote after his career. He suffered from terrible panic attacks. (ECW Press)

Miller Farr’s brother, Mel, was a big star for the Detroit Lions. (Topps, Inc.)

    1961 — Billy Cannon — 948 (AFL, as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    1978 — Earl Campbell — 1,450 (as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    1979 — Earl Campbell — 1,697 (as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    1980 — Earl Campbell — 1,934 (as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    2009 — Chris Johnson — 2,006
    2019 — Derrick Henry — 1,540

    1960 — Billy Groman — 1,473 (AFL, as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    1961 — Charley Hennigan — 1,746 (AFL, as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    1964 — Charley Hennigan — 1,546 (AFL, as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    1975 — Ken Burrough — 1,063 (as a member of the Houston Oilers)

    1961 — George Blanda — 3,330 (AFL, as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    1963 — George Blanda — 3,003 (AFL, as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    1990 — Warren Moon — 4,689 (as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    1991 — Warren Moon — 4,690 (as a member of the Houston Oilers)

    1964 — Sid Blanks — 6 (tied for AFL lead as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    1979 — Earl Campbell — 19 (as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    1980 — Earl Campbell — 13 (tied for NFL lead as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    2019 — Derrick Henry — 16

    1961 — Billy Groman — 17 (AFL, as a member of the Houston Oilers)

    1961 — George Blanda — 36 (AFL, as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    1990 — Warren Moon — 33 (as a member of the Houston Oilers)

    No Titan had led the league in points.

    1963 — Fred Glick — 12 (AFL, as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    1965 — W.K. Hicks — 9 (AFL, as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    1967 — Miller Farr — 10 (tied for AFL lead as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    1979 — Mike Reinfeldt — 12 (as a member of the Houston Oilers)
    2017 — Kevin Byard — 8 (tied with another player)

    No Titan has led the league in sacks.

Playing for the Championship-Houston Oilers

1960 AFL Championship Los Angeles Chargers Won 24–16
1961 AFL Championship San Diego Chargers Won 10–3
1962 AFL Championship Dallas Texans* Lost 20–17 (2 OT)
1967 AFL Championship Oakland Raiders Lost 40–7
1978 AFL Championship Pittsburgh Steelers Lost 34–5
1979 AFL Championship Pittsburgh Steelers Lost 27–13

Playing for the Championship-Tennessee Titans

1999 AFC Championship Jacksonville Jaguars Won 33–14
1999 Super Bowl XXXIV St. Louis Rams Lost 23–16
2002 AFC Championship Oakland Raiders Lost 41–24
2019 AFC Championship Kansas City Chiefs Lost 35-24

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