Titans Need Much More Than Julio Jones to Get Over the Hump

The Titans were beat badly on Sunday.
The Titans were beat badly on Sunday. / George Walker IV / Tennessean.com via

Tennessee… care to explain what happened?

The Titans were beaten like they stole something by the Arizona Cardinals in the season opener, and it showed serious flaws in their armor. 

Tennessee's defense is a serious issue, and the Cardinals showed the entire league from the get go. The Titans allowed 38 points, 416 total yards and lost the turnover battle by two.

This is a continuation from last season, when the Titans defense allowed the fifth most passing yards per game and 29th in the league in sacks recorded. 

Mike Vrabel and the rest of the Titans brass saw what happened last year and decided the move was to go get Julio Jones. While Jones is one of the best receivers in the NFL and makes the Titans a better team, they clearly need more. 

The Titans went 11-5 last season, but lost in the first round of the playoffs. The addition of Jones to an offense with A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry was smart, but it completely neglected the area of need. 

Tennessee caught a break because the Colts, who are the biggest threat to the Titans winning the division, also lost. 

WynnBET still has the Titans as the favorite to win the division with -125 odds. The Colts are in second with +140 odds. 

Two things need to happen for the Titans in order for this season to not crash and burn. First, the offense needs to get going. 13 points isn’t going to cut it, even if you have the best defense in the league. Secondly, the defense has to get to a “non-embarrassing” level. Trying to win a shootout every week is a bad strategy to be a successful football team. 

If Tennessee doesn’t fix those problems, there won’t be a lot of happy music playing in Nashville.

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