To me, the Tennessee Titans are one of the most Jekyll/Hyde teams in the NFL. In 2008, they were the top-seeded playoff team, holding the best record in the AFC. After securing that honor, they would not win another game until Week Eight of the 2009 regular season.
They had the QB controversy with Vince Young and Kerry Collins, with Jeff Fisher throwing his support against owner Bud Adams. Eventually, with an eight-game losing streak, Fisher had no choice to go with the boss and start Young.
Young will enter the 2010 season as the unquestioned starter, but can he start out like he finished last year?
Add to that the fact that All-World running back Chris Johnson has threatened to hold out, due to his displeasure with his slotted rookie contract, which will pay him near $500,000 this year.
Johnson believes that he should be the highest paid offensive player in the NFL because he feels he is the best. The only problem is that because of the expiration of the CBA, Johnson cannot get anywhere near the raise he believes he deserves.
The Titans have done a good job at locking up some of their great young offensive line, but the man in the middle that calls the plays, Kevin Mawae, has not been re-signed and odds are his days in Tennessee are over.
Add to that the defensive defections of the last two years, with Albert Haynesworth last year and Kyle Vanden Bosch this past offseason, and Keith Bulluck, and the veteran leadership of this defense has taken a hard hit.
Not only is Tennessee not going to win the Super Bowl this year, they are going to take a step back. Jeff Fisher, the most tenured coach in the NFL right now, could be feeling the pressure. He has coached the Titans since their move from Houston.
Owner Bud Adams is probably getting sick of not hoisting the Lombardi and could believe that Fisher might not be the man to get it for them.
My prediction: Tennessee finishes the season with an 8-8 record, finishing third in the AFC South.