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Tennessee Titans


1960-69  1970-79  1980-89   1990-99   2000-2009
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The History of the Tennessee Titans

1960: Bud Adams, a founding member of the upstart American Football League hires Lou Rymkus to coach his team in Houston known as the Oilers. The Oilers are able to win a major victory for the AFL by signing Heisman Trophy winning Running Billy Cannon; they also introduce a strong veteran influence by signing Quarterback George Blanda. After starting their season with a 37-22 win over the Raiders in Oakland the Oilers came home to Jeppesen Stadium where they defeated the Los Angles Chargers 38-28. The Oilers would go on to finish with a 10-4 record, easily winning the Eastern Division, as Lou Rymkus earns Coach of the Year honors. In the first ever AFL Championship Game, the Oilers defeat the Chargers 24-16 before 32,000 at Jeppesen Stadium. Leading the way for the Oilers is Billy Cannon who is named the game's MVP, and George Blanda who passes for 301 yards.

: The Oilers get the season off on the right foot routing the Oakland Raiders 55-0 at Jeppesen Stadium with a hurricane warning in the City of Houston. However, the Oilers would stumble losing three straight games, before tying the Patriots in Boston to fall to 1-3-1. Feeling a change is need Coach Lou Rymkus is fired and replaced by Wally Lemm. In Lemm's first game the Oilers end their winless streak as George Blanda throws TD passes and hits a 53 yard Field Goal in a 38-7 win over the Dallas Texans. A week later Blanda would pass for 464 yards, as the Oilers started a winning streak. The win streak continued through November 19th when Blanda threw seven touchdown passes in a 49-13 win over the New York Titans. The winning streak in fact would continue until the end of the season where the Oilers went on to capture the Eastern Division with a 10-3-1 record, by winning their final 9 games. Wally Lemm would earn coach of the year honors, while George Blanda was named player of the year. In the AFL Championship the Oilers would travel to San Diego for a rematch with the Chargers. The game would be a defensive struggle as the Oilers won the AFL Championship again 10-3. 

: The Oilers would enter the season with a new coach as Wally Lemm used his perfect 9-0 record, to get a coaching job in the NFL. Under new coach Pop Ivy the Oilers would play shaky football in the first half holding a 4-3 record, before go on another season ending seven game winning streak to win the Eastern Division for the third year in a row with an 11-3 record. Facing their intrastate rivals the Dallas Texans in the AFL Championship Game at Jeppesen Stadium the Oilers, were in place to remain the only Champion in AFL history. However, the Texans would put up a strong fight as they game went deep into overtime. The game would end up heading for a Sixth Quarter when the Oilers quest for a threepeat came to an end with a Field Goal 20-17.

: After a slow start the Oilers looked primed to take over the Eastern Division again winning four of their next five games. However, the Oilers would go on a season ending four game slide, and would finish with a disappointing 6-8 record. Following the season Coach Pop Ivy is fired and replaced by Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh.

: Under new Coach Sammy Baugh the Oilers get off to a solid 2-1 start. However, turnovers, and a poor defense would lead to a nine game losing streak that ended the Oilers playoff hopes. The Oilers would win their last two games to finish in last place with a 4-10 record. The season was not without its highlights as George Blanda attempted 68 passes in a 24-10 loss to the Bills in Buffalo on November 1st. Following the season the Oilers would make another coaching change replacing Sammy Baugh with Hugh Taylor.
: Originally scheduled to play at the brand new Harris County Domed Stadium, the Oilers at the last minute decide to play at Rice Stadium, when they reject terms of the lease. Without the Oilers using the new stadium it would be renamed the Astrodome. The Oilers get off to a good start winning their first two games. However, they would struggle again winning just two more the rest of the way finishing in last place again with a 4-10 record. After a season ending seven game losing streak Coach Hugh Taylor is fired, and replaced by Wally Lemm, who left for the NFL after coaching the Oilers to the 1961 AFL Championship. 



  George Blanda                      Charley Tolar                      Charley Hennigan                 Billy Cannon      

1966: The Oilers get the season off on the right foot beating the Denver Broncos 45-7 at Rice Stadium, in a game in which the defense did not allow a single first down. The Oilers would win again the following week to sit at 2-0. However, they would win just once more in their final 12 games, finishing with a 3-11 record, while losing twice to the expansion Miami Dolphins in a season ending eight game losing streak. Following the season the Oilers would cut ties with QB/PK George Blanda who as vital to their early success.

: Spurred by an improved defense led by Rookie of the Year George Webster, the Oilers return to the solid play that helped them win the first two AFL Championships. Allowing just 199 points on the season the Oilers would win the Eastern Division with a 9-4-1 record. However, the Oilers would be walloped by the Raiders 45-7 in Oakland with a trip to Super Bowl II on the line.

: The Oilers finally sign a deal to play in the Astrodome after working out the disagreements in the lease. The Oilers stumble out of the gate losing four of their first five games. The Oilers would go on to finish the season strong winning three or their last four games to finish with a 7-7 record.

: The Oilers get off to a solid 3-1 start, but struggle and play only mediocre football over the next nine weeks, as they enter the final game of the season at home against the Boston Patriots with a 5-6-2 record. However, under a new playoff format the Oilers only need a win to make the playoffs. Trailing late the Oilers would rally and would enter the playoffs with a 6-6-2 record. However, the Oilers run would end quickly as they fell 56-7 to the Raiders in Oakland.

: The Oilers get off to a solid 2-1 start, but weaknesses on both sides of the ball catch up with them as they only win one of their final 11 games, finishing with a 3-10-1, as Coach Wally Lemm, announces his retirement. The Oilers would go on name Ed Hughes to replace him.

: The Oilers get off to a dreadful start going winless trough their first 6 games, before beating the Cincinnati Bengals 10-6 at the Astrodome. The Oilers would continue to struggle losing their next three games, sealing the fate of Coach Ed Hughes. The Oilers would win their last three games to finish with a 4-9-1 record, but Hughes was still fired, and replaced by Bill Peterson.

: After being blowout in their first two games the Oilers stun the New York Jets 26-20 at the Astrodome. However, the win would end up being the only win on the season, as the Oilers finish with a miserable 1-13 record, while being outscored an embarrassing 380-164 on the season.

: To say the Oilers season was miserable would be an understatement, as Coach Bill Peterson is fired after a 0-5 start. The Oilers whose record under Peterson was a humiliating 1-18, would be the led the rest of the season by Hall of Fame Coach Sid Gilman. However, not even Gilman could help, as the Oilers lost their next two games before beating the Colts 31-27 in Baltimore for their only win of the season, as the finished the season with a 1-13 record, being outscored 447-199 on the season.

: Sid Gilman remains head coach but hires Bum Philips to be the defensive coordinator so he could be groomed to replace him. The Oilers would start the season off by winning their first game at the Astrodome 21-14 over the San Diego Chargers. However, the Oilers would struggle losing their next five games, but this time the Oilers would recover by winning their next four games on the way to finishing with a 7-7 record. Following the season Gilman would step down, and let Bum Phillips take over.

: In Bum Phillips first season as Coach the Oilers finally played competitive football again posting their first winning season in seven years with a 10-4 record. However, all four losses were to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Cincinnati Bengals who beat out the Oilers for the Division Title and Wild Card spot.

: The Oilers get off to another strong start at 4-1. However, the team's offensive struggles would catch up with them as they lost six games in a row and 7-of-8 overall to close out the season with a disappointing 5-9 record.

: The Oilers get off on the right foot again winning three of their first four games, which was capped by a 27-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Astrodome. However, injuries would hamper the Oilers chances as they lost five of their next six games. Once some key players returned the Oilers would finish the season on a strong note to finish with an 8-6 record.

: Spurred by Running Back Earl Campbell who wins both the Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Offensive Player of the Year rushes for 1,450 yards, the Oilers make the playoffs with a 10-6 record, qualifying in the newly created fifth Wild Card spot. In the Wild Card Game the Oilers would travel to Miami where they stunned the Dolphins 17-9 to advance to the Divisional Playoffs. After beating the Dolphins the Oilers traveled to New England where they faced the Patriots before 61,297 chilly fans. However, the cold weather would not bother the Oilers 31-14 to earn a trip to Pittsburgh with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. However, the Oilers run would end in disappointment as they are blown out by the Steelers 34-5. Following the loss the Oilers are greeted by 50,000 loyal fans at the Astrodome holding signs saying "Luv Ya Blue."

: Earl Campbell continues to establish himself as the best Running Back in the league winning the Offensive Player of the year again while claiming the NFL MVP, by rushing for an NFL best 1,697 yards, while scoring 19 Touchdowns. The Oilers would go on to finish with an 11-5 record, qualifying for the playoffs as a Wild Card again. In the first playoff game at the Astrodome the Oilers beat the Denver Broncos 13-7, but lose several key players including Running Back Earl Campbell, and Quarterback Dan Pastorini to injuries. Playing without Campbell and Pastorini in the Divisional Playoffs the Oilers backup would step it up as they beat the Chargers in San Diego 17-13, as Vernon Perry sets a playoff record by intercepting four passes. The Oilers would move to the AFC Championship game in Pittsburgh for a rematch with the Steelers. The Oilers appeared to have the game tied in the 3rd Quarter but Officials said Mike Renfro was out of bounds when replays clearly showed he got both feet in. The call would be a back breaker as the Oilers fell 27-13. Following the loss the Oilers would return home where 70,000 fans showed up early in the morning to greet them in another "Luv Ya Blue" rally.

: Earl Campbell continues to be the rest runner in the NFL winning the rushing title again, and Offensive Player of the Year again with an amazing 1,934-yard season. His season was highlighted by consecutive 200-yard games as he narrowly misses a 2,000-yard season. The Oilers would go on to finish with an 11-5 record, as they had to settle for the Wild Card again after losing the division via tiebreaker. In the Wild Card Game at Oakland the Oilers were stymied by the Raiders all game losing 27-7, as their season is ended by the eventual Super Bowl Champion for the third year in a row. However, Owner Bud Adams was not satisfied, and he would fire Coach Bum Philips, and replace him with Ed Biles.

: The Oilers get the season started with a bang as Rookie Willie Tullis returns kickoff 95 yards for game winning Touchdown in final minute of game for a 27-20 win over the Rams in Los Angeles. However, the Oilers defensive problems would catch up with them as they finished with a disappointing 7-8 record, as Earl Campbell fights trough injuries to rush for 1,376 yards.

: After losing their season opener the Oilers beat the Seattle Seahawks at the Astrodome 23-21, as the Oilers season was frozen at 1-1 before a two-month player's strike. When the season resumed the Oilers struggled, losing all seven games, as Earl Campbell is held to just 536 yards, as the Oilers finish the season with a 1-8 record. 

: The Oilers get off to a miserable 1-5 start prompting head Coach Ed Biles to resign. He would be replaced by Chuck Studley but the Oilers would not do any better, winning just two of ten games under Studley, and finishing with a terrible 3-13 record. Following the season the Oilers would make Hugh Campbell its new coach.

: With hopes of improving the offense the Oilers win a competitive bidding war to sign CFL star Quarterback Warren Moon. However, with Earl Campbell in full decline, the Oilers decide to cut bait and trade the star Running Back that once dominated the NFL after a 1-5 start. The move would leave a gaping hole at RB but it was the defense that was a greater weak spot as the Oilers finished with a 2-14 record, allowing 457 points on the season.

: With hopes of improving the running game the Oilers sign former Heisman Trophy winner Running Back Mike Rozier away from the USFL. However, Rosier would struggle, and would be limited to 462 yards rushing. Meanwhile, Quarterback Warren Moon continued to struggle with turnovers as the Oilers continued to struggle, sitting at 5-9 with two games remaining when Coach Hugh Campbell is fired. Jerry Glanville would coach the Oilers in their last two games as the Oilers lost and finished with a 5-11 record. Despite the losses Glanville would earn the fulltime coaching job. 

: In Jerry Glanville's first full year as Coach the Oilers get the season started on the right note beating the Packers 31-3 in Green Bay. However, the Oilers would struggle again losing eight straight games, and nine out of ten, on the way to another dreadful 5-11 season. However, there were some bright spots Warren Moon despite throwing 26 interceptions showed some promise by tallying up 3,489 yards in passing.

: The Oilers show some promise while splitting their first two games before a players strike leads to the use of replacement players. The regular would eventually return as the Oilers scabs went 2-1. After the regulars return the Oilers won their first two games, as Warren Moon began to fulfill the promise he showed in the CFL, but after the Oilers lost three of their next four games their playoff hopes looked all but lost. However, the Oilers would win three of their last four games to finish with a 9-6 earning them their first playoff berth in seven years. In the Wild Card game at the Astrodome the Oilers battle back to beat the Seattle Seahawks 24-21 in overtime on a Tony Zendejas' 42-yard Field Goal. However, the Oilers season would end with a 34-10 to the Broncos a week later in the Divisional Playoffs at Denver.

: With a roster with eight All-Pros the Oilers have another solid season, finishing with a 10-6 record, to qualify for the playoffs for the second year in a row. Among the starters Bruce Mathews, and Mike Munchak who provided the foundation of a solid offensive line, Mike Rozier who scored 10 Touchdowns, Warren Moon who despite injury managed 17 Touchdown passes, and Wide Receiver Dew Hill who collected 1,141 receiving yards. In the Wild Card game the Oilers would face the Browns in Cleveland on a snowy Christmas Eve afternoon. The game would nail bitter to the end as the Oilers won 24-23 with Running Back Allen Pinkett scoring two Touchdowns. However, the Oilers season would end a week later with a 17-10 loss to the Bills in frigid Buffalo.

: After playing inconsistent football through the first eight games while compiling a 4-4 record, the Oilers win five out of six games to earn a spot in the playoffs. However, losses in their final two games would cost them the AFC Central Division Title, as the settled for the Wild Card with a 9-7 record. In the Wild Card Game at the Astrodome, the Oilers would play sloppy football all afternoon losing in overtime to the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-23. Following the season, Coach Jerry Glanville would be let go and replaced by Jack Pardee.   
: The Oilers season starts off on the wrong foot with a humiliating loss 47-27 to the Jerry Glanville coached Falcons in Atlanta. The Oilers would drop another game the following week, before winning their home opener over the Indianapolis Colts 24-10. However through most of the season the Oilers would toil around .500 despite an incredible season from Warren Moon that earns him Offensive Player of the Year Honors. The Oilers would win three of their last four games to finish with a 9-7 record, which helped them squeak into the playoffs as the sixth seed. In the playoffs the Oilers season would end quickly with a 41-14 loss to the Bengals in Cincinnati. 

: Warren Moon has another spectacular season passing for 4,690 yards as the Oilers get off to a 7-1 start. The start was good enough for the Oilers to end 24 years of frustration, as the Oilers were able to finally win a Division Title. However a loss in their final game cost them a playoff bye, as they finished with an 11-5 record. In the Wild Card Round at the Astrodome the Oilers are given a scare by the New York Jets, but Safety Bubba McDowell intercepts to key passes inside the five yard line to secure the victory for the Oilers 17-10. In the Division Round in Denver the Oilers control the game all afternoon, leading the Broncos 24-16 midway through the 4th Quarter. However, John Elway would have one of his magical comebacks to deal the Oilers a heartbreaking loss 26-24.

: Despite losing Warren Moon to an injury most of the second half of the season, the Oilers are one of the top teams in the AFC again finishing with a 106- record, and qualifying for the playoffs. In the Wild Card Game, Warren Moon returns as the Oilers breakout to a 35-3 halftime lead over the Bills in Buffalo. In the first half alone Moon passes for 371 yards and connects on four Touchdowns. However, the lead would not last as the Bills came from behind to win in overtime 41-38. The loss was the biggest lead ever blown in NFL history.

: Following the disaster in Buffalo, owner Bud Adams gives players one more season to get to the Super Bowl, before he cuts baits and decides to rebuild. The Oilers would get off to a shaky start losing four of their first five games, culminating with a 35-7 loss on Monday night to the Bills in Buffalo. With their season on the brink the Oilers would turn their season around, as Running Back Gary Brown emerges as a new star rushing for 1,002 yards in just eight starts, as the Oilers won their last 11 games to win the AFC Central with a 12-4 record, earning a playoff bye. In the Divisional Playoffs the Oilers host the Kansas City Chiefs with hopes of making it to the AFC Championship. The Oilers would hold a lead into the 3rd Quarter, but another 2nd half collapse would see the Oilers season end again with a 28-20 loss. Following the season, the rebuilding process started with the trade of Warren Moon to the Minnesota Vikings.

: Without Warren Moon the Oilers get off to a miserable start losing nine of their first ten games before Coach Jack Pardee is fired and replaced by Jeff Fisher. Under Fisher the losing would continue as the Oilers lost their next five games, before beating the New York Jets 24-10 in their final game of the season to finish with a 2-14 record.

: With an eye to the future the Oilers draft Quarterback Steve McNair from Alcorn State,  with the third overall draft pick. However, McNair would start the season on the bench behind free agent signee Chris Chandler. Chandler would play solid football as the Oilers showed improvement in their first full year under Jeff Fisher finishing with a 7-9 record. However, the story of the season comes on November 16th when Bud Adams announces plans to move the team to Nashville when the lease at the Astrodome expires in 1998.  

: Houston fans express their displeasure with Oilers move by staying away in droves. Playing most of the season in front of crowds of less than 20,000 at the Astrodome the Oilers only win two out of their eight games at home. However, on the road they win six out of eight games, as the Oilers finish with an 8-8 record. Houston fans would get a tease as Running Back Eddie George won the Offensive Rookie of the Year with 1,368 yards rushing for the lame duck Oilers. Following the Oilers make a deal with the city of Houston to break their lease a year early, meaning the season would be the last in Houston. The Oilers would end up losing their final game at the Astrodome 21-13 to the Cincinnati Bengals. After the Oilers left for Music City the city of Houston led by Bob McNair began making plans to get a NFL team back in Houston. 
Though considered underdogs McNair impressed NFL's expansion committee and the NFL returned to Houston in 2002 with a team called the Texans.

1997: After getting clearance to leave Houston a year early, the team needed to find a temporary home while construction began on their new stadium in Nashville. Eventually the Oilers would sign an agreement to play at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis. On August 31st the Oilers made their Tennessee debut at the Liberty Bowl by beating the Oakland Raiders 24-21 in overtime. Highlighting the day, was Running Back Eddie George who rushed for 216 yards. However, the Oilers would lose their next four games, as Quarterback Steve McNair struggled in his first full year as a starter. The Oilers would recover to win three in a row, but finished at 8-8, while alternating wins and losses in the second half. Playing in Memphis the Oilers would go 6-2 at home, despite struggling to get more than 30,000 a game. After the season, the Oilers decide to move again, deciding they are better off playing in Nashville their eventual home, where they signed a deal to play a season on the campus of Vanderbilt University.  

: The Oilers get off to a slow start playing in Nashville's Vanderbilt Stadium, losing three of their first four games. However, Quarterback Steve McNair, and Running Back Eddie George continued to develop into All-Pros as the Oilers started to put together wins, in total taking seven of ten at one point, to stand at 8-6 in playoff contention with two weeks to go. However, the Oilers would finish at 8-8 again after losing their last two games to playoff teams. 

: With their new stadium in Nashville finally complete, the team decides to make a name change to align themselves closer with the people of Tennessee. Playing on Nashville's Greek influences, the name Titans is chosen exemplifying power, strength, knowledge and excellence. On September 12th the Titans christen Adelphia Coliseum in grand style beating the Cincinnati Bengals 36-35 on Al Del Greco's Field Goal. Adelphia Coliseum would provided just what the team needed, a home field, and they would take advantage winning all 8 home games, while compiling a 13-3 record, and making the playoff as a Wild Card. Despite finishing second in the AFC Central the Titans beat the Jacksonville Jaguars twice, handing them their only losses on the season. Along the way Defensive End Jevon Kearse quickly established himself as one of the most dominant players on defense collecting 14 sacks, while winning Defensive Rookie of the Year. In their first playoff game in Tennessee the Titans host the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card round. The Titans held the lead most of the day, but the Bills rallied, and appeared to have dealt the Titans a heartbreaking loss by taking a 16-14 lead, with 16 seconds left in the game. Needing a miracle Frank Wycheck lateraled the kick off to Kevin Dyson who ran the 75-yard for a Touchdown that gave the Titans a 22-16 win, in a play that earned instant folklore in the NFL, earning the nickname of the "Music City Miracle." The Titans would go on to upset the Colts in Indianapolis in Divisional 19-16, as Eddie George rushed for 162 yards, including a key 68-yard Touchdown run. In the AFC Championship Game the Titans traveled to Jacksonville hoping to beat the Jaguars for the third time. After falling behind 14-10 in the 3rd Quarter, the Titans would win the game behind 23 unanswered points 33-14 to advance to the first Super Bowl in franchise history. Leading the second half surge was Quarterback Steve McNair who ran for two Touchdown scores.

Super Bowl XXXIV
: Facing the St. Louis Rams in Atlanta the Titans saw their dreams of a Lombardi trophy fading trailing 16-0 late in the 3rd Quarter. However, the Titans showed no quit as Running Back Eddie George got them on the board with a Touchdown in the final seconds of the 3rd Quarter. Although they missed a two point conversion the Titans were not finished yet scoring ten points in the 4th Quarter to tie the game at 16-16. However, just after the two minute warning the Rams stuck back scoring on a Kurt Warner 73-yard Touchdown pass. Now down 23-16 with less than two minutes left the Titans needed another miracle to get to overtime. Steve McNair drove the Titans down the field and had them at the Rams nine yard line with seven seconds left. There he would have one last play to tie the game, as he hit Wide Receiver Kevin Dyson who had an angle for the end zone, but Dyson was brought down one yard short of tying score by Mike Jones as time ran out.
: After starting the season with a loss in Buffalo to the Bills the Titans established themselves as the best team in the AFC by winning eight straight games, and taking over first place in the AFC Central. However, their winning streak would come to an end on November 12th with a 24-23 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. It was also their first loss after 13 wins at Adelphia Coliseum. The Titans would lose only one more game the rest of the season finishing with a 13-3 record, while capturing Home Field Advantage. In the Divisional Round the Titans faced the Ravens again, and had many opportunities to take control in the first half. However, Kicker Al Del Greco had a miserable day missing a Field Goal, and having another block as they game entered the 4th Quarter tied 10-10. The Titans appeared set to take a lead as Del Greco set up for a chip shot. However, he had another Field Goal blocked, and this time it was returned 90-yards for a Touchdown as the Ravens took the lead. A few minutes later the Ravens would salt the game on a Ray Lewis Interception return that gave them a 24-10 win. Following the game Del Greco, the all time scorer in franchise history was released.

: After losing Full Back Lorenzo Neal to Free Agency Running Back Eddie George was left without a lead blocker, and he was exposed right from the start in a 31-23 loss to the Dolphins at Adelphia Coliseum. In that game the Titans were not only beat they were beat up as Quarterback Steve McNair, and RB Eddie George were injured in the game. With their top stars playing hurt the Titans got off to a 0-3 start. McNair would return and would have another stellar season passing for 3,350 yards and 21 Touchdown passes. However, George would struggle with pain all season and would be limited to 939 yards, as the Titans could never get it going, as their playoff hopes ended early in a disappointing 7-9 season.

: The Titans started the season on a solid note with a 27-24 comeback win over the Philadelphia Eagles at The Coliseum. However, along the way Jevon Kearse suffered a foot injury that would force him to miss most of the season. Without Kearse the Titans looked lost losing their next four games. However, the Titans would rebound to win their next five games. After a one point loss on the road to the Baltimore Ravens, the Titans found themselves facing a second straight loss trailing the New York Giants on the road 29-21 with nine seconds left in the game, when Steve McNair hit Frank Wycheck with a 9-yard TD pass. Still needing a 2-point conversion to force overtime McNair rushed up the middle to knot the game at 29. In overtime McNair would drive the Titans into Field Goal range where Joe Nedney hit the game winner for 38 yards out to improve the Titans to 32-29. The win would spur the Titans on to a strong finish as it started a season ending 5-game winning streak that enabled the Titans to capture the newly formed AFC South with a record of 11-5, which also earned them a first round bye. However, the Titans would not garner any respect for the rest of the league, as they were the only team not to have a representative earn a trip to the Pro Bowl. Facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional Playoffs at The Coliseum the Titans would be put to the test as Eddie George was knocked out of the game early in the 3rd Quarter with a concussion and Quarterback Steve McNair was playing through badly injured thumb, as they game went into overtime tied 31-31. In overtime the Titans took the opening kick down the field when Joe Nedney hit a 31-yard Field Goal. However, as fireworks were celebrating the Titans victory the referees ruled the Steers had called time out before the kick. On his second attempt Nedney's kick would sail wide. However, the Steelers would be called for running into the kicker giving Nedney another chance, which he nailed from 26 yards out to send the Titans to the AFC Championship. Facing the Oakland Raiders on the road with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line the Titans appeared to be in good shape late in the first half leading 17-14 on the road. However, two costly fumbles deep in Raiders territory gave the Raiders a 24-17 halftime lead. The Titans would not recover as the Raiders went on to win the game 41-24.

: The Titans started off the season by getting a measure of revenge against the Oakland Raiders winning an exciting opener in primetime 25-20. After splitting their next four games the Titans ran off a six game winning streak as Quarterback Steve McNair made the Titans one of the top offenses in the NFL with seven of their first ten games scoring at least 30 points, despite playing with consistent pain through a variety of injuries. The injuries would catch up to McNair as he missed two of the last three games after the Titans hopes of winning the division title were lost in a 29-27 loss to the Colts at the Coliseum in Week 14. Nonetheless the Titans would have a successful season getting into the playoffs as a Wild Card with a solid 12-4 record as Steve McNair shared NFL MVP honors with Colts QB Peyton Manning. In the playoffs the Titans battled the Baltimore Ravens in a classic nail bitter as both McNair and Eddie George battling injury had solid games as the Titans got the road upset 20-17 with a 46-yard Game Winning Field Goal by Gary Anderson in the final minute. However, things would prove tougher the following week as the Titans traveled to Foxboro where they were met by temperatures near zero degrees in against the New England Patriots. Battling the cold and pain McNair had another solid game passing for over 200 yards as the game was tied 14-14 in the 4th Quarter. After the Pats took a 17-14 lead with 4:11 left in the game. The Titans had one more chance to tie the game or pull off the upset. However the drive died at midfield as did the Titans season. The off-season would prove turbulent for the Titans as Running Back Eddie George and Defensive End Jevon Kearse were forced to be let go do to salary cap concerns while Tight End Frank Wycheck was forced to retire due to continued concussion problems.

: The new look Titans would start the season earlier than expected when a coming Hurricane move in Miami moved their season opener from Sunday to Saturday, the early start would not affect the Titans who shut down the Dolphins for a solid 17-7 win. However wins would not come easy as they dropped their next three games as Quarterback Steve McNair suffered through a season of nagging injuries that would limit it to just 8 games and have him contemplating retirement. Without their MVP McNair it seemed as if the air had been let out of the balloon as the Titans endured a disappointing 5-11 season their worst since moving to Tennessee. After the disappointing season the Titans continued to make a youth movement as several key players including Samari Rolle, Kevin Carter and Andre Dyson were let go.

: Coming off a disappointing season the Titans got off to a rocky start as they were pounded in Week 1 by the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-7. They would recover to win their home opener a week later against the Baltimore Ravens 25-10. However, there would be more days like Week 1 as the season went on as the Titans struggled all year with one of the worst defenses in the NFL, while the body of QB Steve McNair continued to break down. As the season wore on back up Billy Volek would see more and more playing time as rumors circulated that Steve McNair might actually retire. The Titans would go on to finish in third Place with a 4-12 record, their worst since moving to Tennessee. Following the season the Titans rebuilding continued as they drafted Rose Bowl Hero Vince Young out of Texas, while rudely showing Steve McNair the door by first not allowing him to use the team's practice facility, before eventually trading him to the Baltimore Ravens.

: When the season began the Titans were a team looking toward the future as they were not expected to make a run for the playoffs, while the fans anticipated when Quarterback Vince Young the third overall pick would get his chance to play. Young would play sparingly in the first two games, before finally getting his chance to start in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys. Young and the Titans would lose that game 45-14, as they got off to a 0-5 start. Young got his first win in Week 6 against the Washington Redskins, as the Titans overcame a 14-3 deficit, to win the game 25-22, before returning home the following week to beat the Houston Texans 28-22. However, there were still growing pains for the young Titans as they dropped their next two games and fell to 2-7. The Titans though would not end the season quietly as they stunned the Philadelphia Eagles 31-13 on the road, using the big play to win the games, as a 70-yard run by Travis Henry and a 90-yard punt return by Pacman Jones put the game out of reach in the 3rd Quarter. A week later the Titans came out flat as they trailed the New York Giants at home 21-0 in the 4th Quarter. However, the Titans would show fans that there was no quit in their team as they scored 24 unanswered points to stun the Giants 24-21, as Pacman Jones intercepted a pass by Eli Manning in the final minute to set the game winning field goal.  The Titans used the momentum of that win to stun the Indianapolis Colts 20-17 the following week at LP Field as Rob Bironas nailed a game winning 60-yard Field Goal as time expired. A week later Vince Young returned to his hometown Houston to show Texans fans just what got away, leading the Titans to their fourth straight win with a 39-yard Touchdown run in overtime 26-20. Suddenly the Titans were the hottest team in football as they climbed to .500 with a 24-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The streak appeared to be on the verge of ending the following week as they trailed the Buffalo Bills 29-20 on the road in the 4th Quarter. However, the never say die Titans rallied again for a 30-29 win with Bironas again kicking the game winner. With an outside chance of making the playoffs the Titans ended the season with a game against the New England Patriots. However, the Pats looking to finish the season strong jumped out to a big lead and never looked back, as the Titans finished the season with an 8-8 record, as Vince Young was named Offensive Rookie of the Year. However, not all news was good news for the Titans, as Pacman Jones, would find himself in legal hot water for his involvement in a nightclub shooting in Las Vegas. With a history of arrests, Jones became the poster child for out of control NFL players, and was made an example of by Commissioner Roger Goodell who suspended him the entire 2007 season.

: Despite early struggles from Vince Young the Titans got off to a solid start backed by a strong defense, winning three of their first four games. Their only during this period came in Week 2 when they were beaten by the reigning Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts 22-20. Vince Young would suffer a knee injury in Week 6 as the Titans were beaten by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-10 in a hard fought defensive battle on the road. Facing the Houston Texans with back up Kerry Collins, the Titans again played strong building a 32-7 lead. However a furious Texans comeback had the Titans on the ropes, as the Texans scored four touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take a 36-35 lead with 57 seconds left. However, facing 3rd and 10 Kerry Collins who had a solid game hit Roydell Williams on a 46-yard pass to set Rob Bironas up for a game winning 29-yard field goal. The kick was also a record as Bironas nailed eight during the game. Vince Young would return one week later but struggled badly completing just 6-of-14 passes for 42 yards. Fortunately LenDale White had a career day; rushing for 133 yards as the Titans beat the Oakland Raiders 13-9. A week later Young struggled again, but the Titans continued to win with defense, beating the Carolina Panthers 20-7. However, at 6-2 the Titans were about to hit a road bump, as they dropped their next three games. Vince Young's slump would end a week later as he passed for 248 yards with two touchdowns to beat the Texans 28-20. Leading the San Diego Chargers 17-3 in the fourth quarter the Titans were stunned on the road as the Chargers rallied to win in overtime 23-17 putting the Titans playoff hopes on the ropes. Needing a win desperately the Titans marched into Kansas City and beat the Chiefs 26-17, as Vince Young had a strong game with 191 yards passing and two touchdowns without throwing an interception. However, a week later the Titans nearly let it slip away at home, as the Titans barely beat the 4-12 New York Jets 10-6, as the defense saved the day with six sacks led by Kyle Vaden Boch who took down Jets Quarterback Chad Penning three times. At 9-6 the Titans still needed a win in their final game to secure a playoff spot. The bad news it was in Indianapolis, but the good news the Colts had nothing to play for as they rested up for the playoffs with Peyton Manning just playing in one series. The Titans would take full advantage winning 16-10 as Rob Bironas was the difference again with three key field goals in the second half. In the playoffs the Titans faced the Chargers again, this time in San Diego. For much of the first half the Titans dominated the game, but they could not take full advantage of great field position and only held a 6-0 lead at halftime. In the second half the Chargers would come alive, scoring 17 unanswered points to beat the Titans 17-6.

: The Titans won a key game to start the season beating their AFC South rival Jacksonville Jaguars 17-10, despite a poor game from Quarterback Vince Young, who left the game with a sprained knee. Leading the way to victory was the Titans, defense led by Albert Haynesworth, as the Titans combined to sack David Garrard seven times, while picking off the Jaguars Quarterback twice. Between the first and second week the Titans had to deal with a distraction caused by Vince Young, who was upset about missing games, and his poor performance. However, with Kerry Collins under center the Titans defense continued to roll, beating the Cincinnati Bengals 24-7. Collins would play well for the Titans, as they entered the bye week with a 5-0 record, after rallying to beat the Baltimore Ravens 13-10, with ten unanswered points in the 4th Quarter. With Kerry Collins leading the Titans to a perfect start a decision was made to have him start at Quarterback the rest of the season, despite Vince Young's knee returning to full health. Collins and the Titans continued to roll after bye, with a 34-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs that saw Titans 1-2 punch at Running Back Chris Johnson and LenDale White combine for 317 yards and four Touchdowns. A week later the Titans proved they are for real with a 31-21 Monday Night win over the Indianapolis Colts that had them in the driver's seat for the division title. Titans would remain undefeated into late November as they entered a home game with the New York Jets holding a 9-0 record. Against the Jets, it would be a long day for the Titans as Brett Favre picked apart the Titans defense, leading the Jets to a 34-13 win. The Titans would not have to wait long to rebound, as they dominated the woeful Detroit Lions 47-10 on Thanksgiving, four days later. The Titans would clinch the division title a week later with a 28-9 win over the Cleveland Browns, as they would go on to capture home field advantage in the AFC Playoffs with a 13-3 record, that matched their franchise best performance. The Titans would face a tough test in the playoffs as they hosted the Baltimore Ravens, who gave them all they could handle in Week 5, holding a 10-3 lead, before Kerry Collins led the Titans to a 4th Quarterback comeback. This time in the Divisional Playoffs, the Titans would strike first behind an eight yard Touchdown run from Chris Johnson in the 1st Quarter. However, the Ravens would quickly strike back scoring on a 48-yard Touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to former Titan Derrick Mason. The next two quarters would be a defensive struggle, as they game remained deadlocked 7-7 entering the 4th Quarter. The Ravens would take the lead early in the final quarter on 21-yard chip shot from Matt Stover. However, the Titans answered back with a 27-yard Field Goal from Rob Bironas. Late in the game, it would be Stover again giving the Ravens lead with a 43-yard Field Goal with 57 seconds remaining. Down 13-10 the Titans facing desperation were unable to answer, losing another playoff heartbreaker to the Baltimore Ravens at home.

2009: The 2009 Tennessee Titans season is the 50th season for the original American Football League team, their 40th in the NFL, and 12th in Tennessee. The Titans aimed to equal or improve on their 2008 NFL best 13–3 record; however, they lost the first 6 games of that season. The Titans won 7 out of their next 8 games before a 42–17 loss to the Chargers in Week 16 eliminated the team from playoff contention. 


Lou Rymkus 1960-1961
Wally Lemn 1961
Pop Ivy 1962-1963
Sammy Baugh 1964
Hugh Taylor 1965    
Wally Lemn 1966-1970
Ed Hughes 1971    
Bill Peterson 1972-1973
Sid Gillman 1973-1974
Bum Phillips 1975-1980
Ed Biles 1981-1983
Chuck Studley 1983
Hugh Campbell 1984-1985
Jerry Glanville 1985-1989
Jack Pardee 1990-1994
Jeff Fischer 1994-Present


Hall of Famers:
Elvin Bethea DE 1968-1983
George Blanda QB 1960-1966
Earl Campbell RB 1978-1984
Dave Casper TE 1980-1983
Sid Gillman Coach 1973-1974
Ken Houston S 1967-1972
John Henry Johnson RB 1966
Charlie Joiner WR 1969-1972
Bruce Matthews G 1983-2001
Warren Moon QB 1984-1993
Mike Munchak G 1982-1993

Retired Numbers:
  1 Warren Moon QB 1984-1993
34 Earl Campbell RB 1978-1984
43 Jim Norton S 1960-1968
63 Mike Munchak G 1982-1993
65 Elvin Bethea DE 1968-1983
74 Bruce Matthews C 1983-2001

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