A year after posting the best record in all of football, the Tennessee Titans had to rally from an 0-6 start to finish at a respectable 8-8. Unfortunately, respectable is not a recipe for a championship, but one for disappointment. And that is what faces Tennessee again this year.
Chris Johnson made defenses look like they were standing still at times last season as he became only the sixth player in history to rush for over 2,000 yards. For Tennessee to achieve any success this year, he will need to do it again.
Historically, he has no chance. None of the previous five running backs to post 2,000 yard seasons were able to even follow it up with a 1,500 yard performance. That doesn't bode well for Johnson, or the Titans who are relying on him to carry them.
Vince Young, like Roethlisberger, has had an offseason that has had more focus on off the field problems than anything else. Though he won't be punished by the league, Young will be walking a tight rope not only with Roger Goodell, but the team as well.
For his career, Young has proven to be a winner on the field if nothing else. He has posted a 26-13 record as a starter, but has also shown to be erratic as a passer. He has 32 career touchdown throws but 39 interceptions. Last season, in fact, was only the first time in his four year career that he ended a season with more touchdowns than interceptions.
For Tennessee to improve on last seasons .500 efforts, Young needs to be a more efficient passer, because as history indicates, Chris Johnson is not going to be able to back up his performance from a year ago. And with all of the off-field distractions that Young is going through, it seems like a tall order, and a potentially long season for the Tennessee faithful.