Dec. 20, 2016
Titans inches away from leaving recent past miles behind
The Tennessee Titans were just inches away from what could have been the game-tying drive against a team that's had their number.
The Indianapolis Colts made it eleven wins in a row against the Titans and despite the loss, there were some positives to draw hope from. Among the key plays, was DeMarco Murray's failure to convert a 4th down with just inches to go. It is indicative of where this team stands. You can see how close they are, yet how much still needs to be done.
The Titans came out flat on Sunday, allowing Adrew Luck to pick apart the secondary on the way to a 21 point lead. The defense didn't fare much better, stalling with every third down until finally putting a drive together at the end of the first half. It was a feeling Titans fans have experienced many times before.
But in the second half, we were reminded this is not the same team of years past. The Titans came out strong, allowing just three points the rest of the game while putting ten on the board offensively. They were just inches away from possibly tying the game and they are just inches from winning games like this. The running game is in place. Marcus Mariota has found his deep ball and Rishard Matthews has emerged as a viable threat.
Now, the Titans need to address just a few spots. They still need a big-play wide receiver capable of affecting defensive game plans. They also need at least one proven shut-down cornerback capable of taking away a quarter of the field. Just two pieces via free agency could make a world of difference. The rest can be found and developed in the draft. The good news is this team has two first round picks next year and will be able to get quality talents instead of projects. Rebuilding the secondary is especially important in today's NFL, where offenses are built on the pass. As was obvious on Sunday, the Colts just had more talent at wide receiver than the Titans did at corner. All of that could change in the next five months.
The Titans are still clinging to playoff hopes but regardless of outcome, we have seen plenty to be excited about. That excitement is only going to increase thanks to the faith this organization has in Jon Robinson and what he can do in year two.