New ESPN Rankings Disregard the Tennessee Titans
The current Titans power rankings by the ESPN are problematic at the least. Despite having a spectacular season and being among the small group of seven teams that won a playoff game, they are not ranked within the top 10.
In a complete show of disrespect, the ESPN has ranked the Titans at position 16 in the NFL. The sports television network also had quite a few words about their rankings in general, and about the team in specific.
According to the network, there have been visible improvements in the Tennessee franchise that should be commended. The network reckons that the addition of a new head coach Mike Vrabel, who is a former linebacker at the Patriots was a commendable move. Free agents like Dion Lewis, a former running back at the Patriots; and cornerback Malcolm Butler, also formerly from the same team are also part of the great things the network observed about the Titans. Apparently, this shows the new zeal and commitment that is visible at the Titans backyard after a long spell away from the playoffs.
The meager credits given by the network are appreciable but the total disregard of their display at the playoffs is shocking. The Titans indeed did a great job at the free agency but that is barely their highlight during the season.
Some of the teams that have even been ranked higher than the Titans are questionable. Teams like the Los Angeles Chargers, Houston Texans, and San Francisco 49ers are without a doubt great teams, but they were not particularly impressive last season. To start with, both the 49ers and the Texans had very noticeable losing records with Houston only winning four games. The Chargers, on the other hand, were not even present at the playoffs.
It is simply not reasonable to have such teams above the Titans. The Titans did not polish their roster but they also did it quite early. Of course, it is expected that the new season will herald a new dawn at both the Titans and 49ers especially in regards to the quarterback conundrum. Still, that does not disqualify the fact that the Titans managed to appear at the playoffs - in an unmistakable fashion. The Titans can only look forward towards building up on the great results of last year. The new coach and the augmented coordination wing are expected to deliver great results for the team.
The Titans were definitely not super impressive, but they were clearly much ahead of some of the teams that are ranked above them in the ESPN's power ranking. They are also definitely in a great position to be among the batch of the dozen top teams in the new season.
As disappointing as they might be, the power rankings should probably help the Titans to have a clear focus this season. Last year, they were expected to be much more impressive at the AFC South and later in the playoffs. But that did not pan out. Maybe this season will provide a chance for them to redeem themselves once and for all.



NFL Power Rankings


  Team Way-too-early ranking
1 Philadelphia Eagles ↑ 2
2 New England Patriots ↓ 1
3 Minnesota Vikings ↑ 4
4 New Orleans Saints ↑ 6
5 Pittsburgh Steelers ↓ 3
6 Los Angeles Rams ↑ 9
7 Atlanta Falcons → 7
8 Jacksonville Jaguars ↓ 5
9 Green Bay Packers ↓ 9
10 Houston Texans ↑ 15
11 San Francisco 49ers ↑ 14
12 Carolina Panthers ↓ 10
13 Seattle Seahawks ↓ 11
14 Kansas City Chiefs ↓ 12
15 Los Angeles Chargers ↑ 16
16 Tennessee Titans ↑ 17
17 Dallas Cowboys ↓ 13
18 Detroit Lions ↑ 20
19 Denver Broncos ↑ 23
20 Washington Redskins ↑ 22
21 Oakland Raiders ↓ 18
22 Cincinnati Bengals ↑ 28
23 Buffalo Bills ↓ 21
24 Baltimore Ravens ↓ 19
25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers ↓ 24
26 New York Jets ↑ 29
27 New York Giants ↑ 30
28 Chicago Bears ↑ 31
29 Arizona Cardinals ↑ 26
30 Cleveland Browns ↑ 32
31 Indianapolis Colts ↓ 26
32 Miami Dolphins ↓ 27
     


 



 


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