The Tennessee Titans have their own struggles on defense, primarily on third down. The good news for the team from the Music City is their offense is singing them right into the middle of the postseason conversation. And no, it’s not just because of Derrick Henry‘s freakish running style.
Instead, it’s in large part due to Arthur Smith’s play designs.
Henry is one part of the success Tennessee had offensively in 2020. The other is Ryan Tannehill, who looks to be the right man for the job well after his revival in 2019 as Marcus Mariota’s backup. Smith’s strategic play-calling has helped the Titans rank second in the NFL in rushing offense, third in total offense and fourth in scoring.
Names like Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith breaking out helps Smith’s status and neither should be considered busts after 2020.
Detroit has a weapon in D’Andre Swift and a serviceable quarterback in Matthew Stafford. Drafting receivers and building around a similar offensive approach could get more production out of Detroit without having to start completely over.
Smith has done more with less all season and should cause problems in the playoffs. A big run means an offer could be coming as well.