2023 NFL Season: 3 teams who are already doomed
I do not really understand the current direction of the Tennessee Titans. They parted with some veteran players this offseason but also took a QB in the 2023 NFL Draft and threw a ton of money at an aging DeAndre Hopkins. I guess they are trying to make it work one last time with the Ryan Tannehill/Derrick Henry era, which has yielded some decent success.
Their three best players on offense are all aging, and there’s reason to believe that Tannehill, Henry, and Hopkins are declined. Ryan Tannehill has thrown 34 touchdowns against 20 interceptions over the last two years, and Derrick Henry had the third-lowest yards per carry of his career.
DeAndre Hopkins has still been a productive player, but he’s played in just 19 of the last 34 regular season games, so he has not been able to stay on the field consistently as of late. And perhaps the biggest issue of all is their offensive line, which is atrocious on paper.
I just do not see any sort of path forward for the Titans to be a competent team in the 2023 NFL season. What might be the worst possible situation for the team is if they are treading around the .500 mark all season and finish with seven or eight wins. They probably won’t be a playoff team, so angling towards trying to get a high draft pick would be smart.
It’s also likely that Will Levis, their rookie QB draft pick, could get a ton of starts this year, especially if the season does not go well. Being that the AFC is absolutely loaded, I think the Titans are quite buried in the hierarchy for the 2023 NFL season.