The 2019 Tennessee Titans season marks a crossroads for the franchise at the quarterback position. Marcus Mariota enters the final season of his rookie deal with something to prove. The former No. 2-overall pick led the Titans to a winning season last year (9-7) but missed the playoffs thanks to a Week 17 loss to Indianapolis. Mariota did win a playoff game at Kansas City two seasons ago, but the Titans want to see more out of the former Heisman Trophy winner out of Oregon.
With all that in mind, Tennessee traded for Ryan Tannehill, who is also seeking a fresh start after mostly unfulfilling seasons in Miami. The two will prove to make for an interesting dynamic in Nashville.
Head coach Mike Vrabel is hoping that Derrick Henry can capitalize on his 1,000-yard rushing season with another one to keep the passing options open for Mariota. Adam Humphries was brought in from the Dolphins to offer wide receiver help, and the team selected Ole Miss wideout A.J. Brown in the second round of this year’s draft to give Mariota another weapon. Offensive lineman Rodger Saffold was signed to a four-year deal as a free agent to provide additional protection for Mariota. The Titans feel they’ve given Mariota plenty of firepower on offense, so it’s up to him to make it work and bring an AFC South division title to Tennessee for the first time in over a decade.
The Titans have worked to improve traffic flow to and from Nissan Stadium, as well as offering better food options with shorter lines, in recent seasons. The City of Nashville says capital improvements to the stadium in the near future are needed to keep it a viable NFL facility for decades to come. The stadium is home to 177 luxury suites with comfortable leather seating and climate control for those chilly late-season games.
The division is a competitive one, especially with the return of Andrew Luck in Indianapolis. The Titans will play the Colts, Jacksonville, and Houston twice this season. The rest of the home schedule includes matchups with Buffalo, the Los Angeles Chargers, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, and New Orleans. Road contests outside the division will be at Cleveland, Atlanta, Denver, Carolina, and Oakland.