This past season the Tennessee Titans went 9-7 and finished third in the AFC South Division. They had one of the best defenses in the entire league. They allowed only 18.9 points per game, which ranked third in the entire league.
Their offense, however, was a bit disappointing. They had just hired offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur from the Los Angles Rams. His modern offensive scheme was supposed to provide a fresh perspective and better offensive production. This didn’t happen, as Marcus Mariota struggled to remain consistent.
On the season Mariota started 13 games, throwing for 2,528 yards with only 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. His completion percentage was 68.9 and his quarterback rating was a solid 53.1. He split time with Blaine Gabbert because of injury. Overall, it was an outlier of a season and a huge step back from the previous season.
LaFleur left in the offseason to coach the Green Bay Packers. This left the team with a chance to promote from within and bring Arthur Smith into the role as offensive coordinator.
The Titans’ offense desperately needs a spark. Adding Antonio Brown makes so much sense for so many reasons. Here’s why the organization should be doing everything it can to acquire the superstar wideout.
1) Brown badly needs a new home.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Antonio Brown are at a point of no return. He was always known to be a highly egotistical athlete; however, he always backed it up. His play on the field is the best in the NFL among wide receivers. This season, as the team around him began to spiral, so did he. The last week of the season, he didn’t show up to any practices. Coach Mike Tomlin benched him, and the Steelers lost their chance for a playoff bid in Week 17.
Brown has voiced his desire for the team to trade him. He has gone on Twitter and mentioned at length his dislike of the team’s decisions. Plus, with his recent domestic dispute in Florida, the team is looking for a way to deal him.
2) The Titans need another offensive weapon.
The Titans have hardly anyone on the offense who is dynamic, especially any wide receiver. Last season their best wideout was Corey Davis, who caught 65 passes for 891 yards and four touchdowns. The lack of playmakers is a large reason why Mariota didn’t succeed last season. No other Tennessee receiver had more than 60 receptions or 500 yards.
Adding Brown would give the Titans the chance to thrive. Brown has been one of the most consistent offensive players in the NFL over the past seven years. Every season since 2013 he has caught at least 100 passes and accumulated over 1,000 receiving yards. He has averaged 10 touchdowns every season. Those numbers are indicative of a surefire Hall of Famer, someone the Titans could benefit from.
3) The Titans are in win-now mode.
The Titans expect to be a playoff contender in 2019. They fully plan to have Mariota return and produce a bounce-back season. Their defensive pieces remain. They have all the tools to be successful in the regular season and the postseason.
With the addition of Brown, they would cement themselves as a true threat in the postseason. Brown would markedly affect the offense. His ability to draw double-teams wreaks havoc on defenses on a regular basis.
Acquiring Brown’s services would immediately make the Titans a threat in the AFC. What more could you ask for?