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The 2018 Tennessee Titans season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League and their 59th overall. It also marks the franchise's 22nd season in the state of Tennessee, their first under head coach Mike Vrabel, and the first with new uniforms and blue helmets, as they have worn white helmets since the club was based in Houston, Texas. This season marks the third straight in which the Titans have finished 9–7. The Titans failed to qualify for the postseason after losing a Week 17 win-and-in contest against their division rival Indianapolis Colts.

2018 Tennessee Titans season
Tennessee Titans wordmark, 2018.svg
Head coachMike Vrabel
General managerJon Robinson
OwnerAmy Adams Strunk
Home fieldNissan Stadium
Results
Record9–7
Division place3rd AFC South
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersOT Taylor Lewan
DT Jurrell Casey
P Brett Kern

One highlight from this season includes the Titans beating the New England Patriots for the first time since 2002, a season after the Patriots won their first Super Bowl title, also the second of three times Bill Belichick's Patriots had missed the playoffs.

Contents

Coaching changesEdit

On January 15, 2018, the Titans and former head coach Mike Mularkey agreed to part ways, ending his three year tenure as head coach with a record of 20-21.[1] Five days later, the Titans named former Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel as the new head coach.[2] Vrabel became the 18th head coach in franchise history. Two weeks later of January 30, the Titans announce the hiring of the new offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur. LaFleur was with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, and was credited for the development of Jared Goff.[3] On the same day, the Titans hired their new defensive coordinator Dean Pees.[4] The next day, the Titans announced several additions to the coaching staff, including quarterback coach Pat O'Hara, secondary coach Kerry Coombs, outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen, inside linebackers coach Tyrone McKenzie, and wide receivers coach Rob Moore.[5]

Offseason acquisitionsEdit

The Titans signed two former New England Patriots players. Running back Dion Lewis and Cornerback Malcolm Butler. The two reunited with current cornerback Logan Ryan, who also played for the Patriots, in which their last season in New England together was capped off with a Super Bowl comeback win.

DraftEdit

2018 Tennessee Titans Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 22 Rashaan Evans ILB Alabama
2 41 Harold Landry OLB Boston College
5 152 Dane Cruikshank S Arizona
6 199 Luke Falk QB Washington State
2018 Tennessee Titans Draft Trades
Draft Pick Year Round Overall Team Received
2018 1 25 to Baltimore Ravens Received Baltimore's 2018 first-round selection (No. 22 overall) and 2018 sixth-round compensatory selection (No. 215 overall).[6]
4 125
2018 2 57 to Oakland Raiders Received Oakland's 2018 second-round selection (No. 41 overall).[6]
3 89
2018 5 162 to Baltimore Ravens Received Baltimore's 2018 fifth-round selection (No. 152 overall).[6]
6 215
2018 7 243 to Kansas City Chiefs Received defensive lineman David King.[7]

Undrafted free agentsEdit

2018 Tennessee Titans Undrafted Free Agents
Name Position School
Austin Barnard P/K Samford
Cameron Batson WR Texas Tech
Deontay Burnett WR USC
Dalyn Dawkins RB Colorado State
Nick DeLuca ILB North Dakota State
Matthew Diaz OT Wagner
Matt Dickerson DE UCLA
Nico Falah C USC
Sharif Finch OLB Temple
Rico Gafford CB Wyoming
Elijaah Goins CB Ohio State
Joshua Kalu CB Nebraska
Ryan McKinley CB Montana
Elijah Nkansah OT Toledo
Mike Ramsay DT Duke
Larry Rose III RB New Mexico State
Devin Ross WR Colorado
Aaron Stinnie OG James Madison
Jordan Veasy WR California
Akrum Wadley RB Iowa
Damon Webb S Ohio State
Ethan Wolf TE Tennessee

Source:[8]

StaffEdit

2018 Tennessee Titans staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2018 Tennessee Titans final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 12 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 9 at Green Bay Packers L 17–31 0–1 Lambeau Field Recap
2 August 18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 14–30 0–2 Nissan Stadium Recap
3 August 25 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 6–16 0–3 Heinz Field Recap
4 August 30 Minnesota Vikings L 3–13 0–4 Nissan Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

On January 11, 2018, the NFL announced that the Titans will play the Los Angeles Chargers in one of three London Games at Wembley Stadium in London, England, with the Chargers serving as the home team. It will be the Titans' first appearance in the International Series. The game will occur during Week 7 (October 21), and will be televised by CBS in the United States. The exact date, along with the network and kickoff time, were announced in conjunction with the release of the 2018 regular season schedule.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 9 at Miami Dolphins L 20–27 0–1 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
2 September 16 Houston Texans W 20–17 1–1 Nissan Stadium Recap
3 September 23 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 9–6 2–1 TIAA Bank Field Recap
4 September 30 Philadelphia Eagles W 26–23 (OT) 3–1 Nissan Stadium Recap
5 October 7 at Buffalo Bills L 12–13 3–2 New Era Field Recap
6 October 14 Baltimore Ravens L 0–21 3–3 Nissan Stadium Recap
7 October 21 at Los Angeles Chargers L 19–20 3–4 Wembley Stadium (London, England) Recap
8 Bye
9 November 5 at Dallas Cowboys W 28–14 4–4 AT&T Stadium Recap
10 November 11 New England Patriots W 34–10 5–4 Nissan Stadium Recap
11 November 18 at Indianapolis Colts L 10–38 5–5 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
12 November 26 at Houston Texans L 17–34 5–6 NRG Stadium Recap
13 December 2 New York Jets W 26–22 6–6 Nissan Stadium Recap
14 December 6 Jacksonville Jaguars W 30–9 7–6 Nissan Stadium Recap
15 December 16 at New York Giants W 17–0 8–6 MetLife Stadium Recap
16 December 22 Washington Redskins W 25–16 9–6 Nissan Stadium Recap
17 December 30 Indianapolis Colts L 17–33 9–7 Nissan Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Miami DolphinsEdit

Week One: Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 3 0 01720
Dolphins 0 7 31727

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

Due to two weather delays, the game lasted for 7 hours and 10 minutes, the longest game since the AFL–NFL merger in 1970.[9]

Week 2: vs. Houston TexansEdit

Week Two: Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Texans 0 7 3717
Titans 14 0 0620

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information

Week 3: at Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Week Three: Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 3 0 339
Jaguars 0 3 036

at TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Game information

Week 4: vs. Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week Four: Philadelphia Eagles at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Eagles 0 10 73323
Titans 3 0 710626

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information

Week 5: at Buffalo BillsEdit

Week Five: Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 3 3 0612
Bills 7 0 3313

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: October 7
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 62 °F (17 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,202
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Adam Archuleta
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 6: vs. Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Six: Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 7 7 7021
Titans 0 0 000

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information

Week 7: at Los Angeles ChargersEdit

NFL London Games

Week Seven: Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 3 3 7619
Chargers 10 0 7320

at Wembley Stadium, London, England

Game information

Week 9: at Dallas CowboysEdit

Week Nine: Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 0 14 7728
Cowboys 7 7 0014

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

Week 10: vs. New England PatriotsEdit

Week Ten: New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 3 7 0010
Titans 17 7 3734

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information

Week 11: at Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Week Eleven: Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 0 3 0710
Colts 7 17 7738

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 57,401
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon and James Lofton
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 12: at Houston TexansEdit

Week Twelve: Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 10 0 7017
Texans 7 17 3734

at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: November 26
  • Game time: 7:15 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,826
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Booger McFarland and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 13: vs. New York JetsEdit

Week Thirteen: New York Jets at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jets 10 6 6022
Titans 0 6 71326

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 70 °F (21 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 60,904
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon and Steve Tasker
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 14: vs. Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Week Fourteen: Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jaguars 2 0 709
Titans 7 9 14030

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information

Week 15: at New York GiantsEdit

Week Fifteen: Tennessee Titans at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 7 0 7317
Giants 0 0 000

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 40 °F (4 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 74,538
  • Referee: Shawn Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Bruce Arians and Melanie Collins
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 16: vs. Washington RedskinsEdit

Week Sixteen: Washington Redskins at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Redskins 3 7 3316
Titans 6 3 01625

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information

Week 17: vs. Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Week Seventeen: Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 7 10 7933
Titans 0 10 7017

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

AFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Houston Texans 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 402 316 W1
(6) Indianapolis Colts 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 433 344 W4
Tennessee Titans 9 7 0 .563 3–3 5–7 310 303 L1
Jacksonville Jaguars 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 245 316 L1

ConferenceEdit

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] Kansas City Chiefs West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 .480 .401 W1
2[b] New England Patriots East 11 5 0 .688 5–1 8–4 .482 .494 W2
3[b] Houston Texans South 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 .471 .435 W1
4 Baltimore Ravens North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 8–4 .496 .450 W3
Wild Cards
5[a] Los Angeles Chargers West 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 .477 .422 W1
6 Indianapolis Colts South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 .465 .456 W4
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Pittsburgh Steelers North 9 6 1 .594 4–1–1 6–5–1 .504 .448 W1
8 Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 3–3 5–7 .520 .465 L1
9 Cleveland Browns North 7 8 1 .469 3–2–1 5–6–1 .516 .411 L1
10 Miami Dolphins East 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 .469 .446 L3
11[c] Denver Broncos West 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .523 .464 L4
12[c] Cincinnati Bengals North 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 .535 .448 L2
13[c] Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .523 .411 W1
14 Jacksonville Jaguars South 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 .549 .463 L1
15[d] New York Jets East 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 .506 .438 L3
16[d] Oakland Raiders West 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 .547 .406 L1
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b Kansas City finished ahead of LA Chargers based on division games.
  2. ^ a b New England finished ahead of Houston based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b c Denver finished ahead of Cincinnati and Buffalo based on strength of victory. Cincinnati finished ahead of Buffalo based on record vs. common opponents.
  4. ^ a b NY Jets finished ahead of Oakland based on strength of victory.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sessler, Marc (January 15, 2018). "Mike Mularkey, Titans mutually agree to part ways". NFL.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  2. ^ Shook, Nick (January 20, 2018). "Texans DC Mike Vrabel named Titans head coach". NFL.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  3. ^ Knoblauch, Austin (January 30, 2018). "Matt LaFleur named Titans offensive coordinator". NFL.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  4. ^ Wesseling, Chris (January 30, 2018). "Dean Pees named Titans' new defensive coordinator". NFL.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  5. ^ Wyatt, Jim (January 31, 2018). "Titans Add Assistant Coaches to Mike Vrabel's Staff". Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  6. ^ a b c "2018 NFL Draft trade tracker: Details of all the moves". nfl.com. NFL. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  7. ^ Wyatt, Jim. "Titans Trade for Chiefs DL David King". titansonline.com. Tennessee Titans. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  8. ^ Wyatt, Jim. "Titans Reach Deals with 22 Undrafted Free Agents". titansonline.com. Tennessee Titans. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Titans vs. Dolphins - Game Recap - September 9, 2018". ESPN.

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