2014 Record: 2-14, missed playoffs, 0-5 in last five
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1st: 29th in DVOA* overall offense (30th pass, 21st rush) | 29th in DVOA* overall defense (26th pass, 29th run)
2nd: Top-10 in the league against WR1s (9.5 pass attempts per game, 75 yards per game) and slot/bench receivers (5.4, 40.7), but worst in the NFL against WR2s (6, 71), according to Football Outsiders’ defense vs. receiver types chart.
3rd: Key loss: QB Jake Locker | Key addition: QB Marcus Mariota
4th: The Jake Locker era is over and the Marcus Mariota era begins in Tennessee. I don’t to spend too much time on Mariota here because we’ll have plenty more on him in the future, but he could be the best thing to happen to the Titans since Steve McNair. Tennessee also added one of the top WRs in the draft in Dorial Green-Beckham. They lost veteran Nate Washington. They could be two huge upgrades that could have a major impact on the 29th-ranked offense and take some pressure off disappointing, but likely starting running back Bishop Sankey. They made some minor changes on the defensive side, losing S Marcus Pollard and adding LB Brian Orakpo, but not enough changes to turn things around.
*Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, a Football Outsiders’ advanced NFL metric, measures a team’s performance on a per-play basis. The metric attempts to limit variance and provides a more realistic measurement of how good a team is regardless of matchup or situation, making it a strong indicator of future success. Read more about DVOA.