Lately I've been looking at the, in my opinion, pre-mature "Super Bowl contender" lists on article websites such as Bleacher Report, and I'm surprised at what I'm seeing.
Most of them go by top three, and I've not seen Tennessee listed in any of them. When commenting on a couple of the lists I've seen, the response I've received is "You lost Albert Haynesworth."
Seriously? That's what stops us from being a Super Bowl contender?
So no one bothers to look at Cortland Finnegan, Chris Hope, Michael Griffin, Tony Brown, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Jevon Kearse, Dave Ball (4.5 sacks last year in a backup role), Jason Jones (five sacks in a backup role ) and Jacob Ford (seven sacks..as a BACKUP?).
Haynesworth wasn't the only player on the defense. Three of the four starters in our secondary were in the Pro Bowl. Hell, you could have put our whole defensive line and its backups in the Pro Bowl as well.
The second most common excuse I've heard is "you have no offense". Well I'll be damned. A back that scored 15 touchdowns (White) and the fastest, most elusive player (not just running back) in the NFL in Chris Johnson.
Not to mention, something many people fail to notice: a quarterback that went to the Pro Bowl, in Kerry Collins. While personally, I'm not a fan of the man, and I want VY to start, he knows what he's doing.
We aslo have one of the up and coming tight ends in the league in Bo Scaife, he's no joke himself. Also, a solid possession wide receiver in Justin Gage and the Titans are returning arguably the best offensive line in the NFL.
AND we still have the draft coming up. Lets not forget what type of master Jeff Fisher is at the draft. His past draft picks include:
2008: Chris Johnson, Jason Jones (second-round pick)
2007: Michael Griffin, Jacob Ford (sixth-round pick)
2006: Vince Young (Regardless what you say of the guy, he has a winning record), LenDale White, Cortland Finnegan (seventh-round pick)
I think I've got my point across. Yes, I know, PacMan failed, but while he was playing, he was one of the best returners and was turning in to a great cornerback.
So if someone has a good explanation as to why we're not a Super Bowl contender for next year, I'd love to hear it.
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