1. Work on ball security
In 2020, only the Green Bay Packers (11) turned over the ball fewer times than Mike Vrabel’s AFC South champions. That was key to the team capturing the division a year ago as the Titans coughed up the ball just 12 times in 16 regular-season outings.
But it was a much different story this season despite the fact that the team not only finished in first place in the AFC South but earned the top seed in the conference playoffs. Vrabel’s club gave up the ball 25 times in 17 regular-season games and turned over the pigskin three times – all interceptions by quarterback Ryan Tannehill – in the three-point loss to the visiting Bengals in the divisional playoffs.
Back to Tannehill, who threw for 21 scores but was picked off 14 times during the regular season. Add in four lost fumbles and the 10-year quarterback was guilty of 21 of the club’s 28 total miscues.
Obviously, not having workhorse Derrick Henry put a lot more pressure on Tannehill. But the bottom line was that the Titans committed just nine turnovers in their dozen victories. But Vrabel’s team gave up the ball 19 times in Tennessee’s six total setbacks.