Tennessee Titans: The 20 Best Offensive Players In Oilers/Titans History

Chad Minton@@chad_mintonCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2011

Tennessee Titans: The 20 Best Offensive Players In Oilers/Titans History

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    NASHVILLE,TN - DECEMBER 7:  Eddie George #27 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the Colts 29-27 victory  on December 7, 2003 at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    The history of the Titans/Oilers franchise is a fertile one filled with great players on both sides of the ball.

    There have been many great offensive players to suit up for this franchise that is over 50 years old.

    These top 20 players were major offensive weapons for their teams, and played a huge role in developing this franchise into a great one.

20. Hoyle Granger (1966-1972)

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    Career Stats w/Oilers: 3,653 rush yards (5th in franchise history), 24 total TD

    As a fullback, Hoyle Granger was a triple-threat for the Houston Oilers offense.

    He had the ability to not only block, but also run the ball and catch the ball out of the backfield.

    From 1967-1969, Granger had nearly 4,000 all-purpose yards.

    He was one of the few bright spots for the Oilers during his years that included the merge into the NFL from the AFL in 1970.

19. Drew Bennett (2001-2006)

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    NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 2:  Drew Bennett #83 of the Tennessee Titans catches a touchdown pass against the Detroit Lions on January 2, 2005 at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Career Stats: 4,033 yards (8th in franchise history), 25 TD


    Drew Bennett gets on this list because for five years he was the focal point of the Titans' passing game.

    He was always a great deep threat, having a long of 48 yards or more for five of the six seasons he was in Tennessee.

    Bennett's best season came in 2004 when he had 80 receptions, over 1,200 yards, and 11 touchdowns.


18. Brad Hopkins (1993-2005)

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    7 Aug 1998:  Offensive tackle Brad Hopkins #72 of the Tennessee Oilers in action during a pre-season game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The Oilers defeated the Falcons 31-16. Mandatory Credit: Craig Jones  /Allsport
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    Brad Hopkins deserves to be on this list for more reasons than one, but the biggest one is the fact that he put in 12 years of great football to this franchise.

    He was part of that great offensive line that blocked for Eddie George during his best years.I'm sure Chris Johnson wouldn't mind having a guy like Hopkins blocking for him right now.

    On top of all of that, Hopkins was a class act for the organization and ended up being a great draft pick at 13th overall in the 1993 NFL Draft.

17. Dan Pastorini (1971-1979)

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    Career Stats w/Oilers: 16,084 pass yds. (4th in franchise history), 96 pass TD

    Dan Pastorini was a Steve McNair of his time, only missing five games during his time with the Houston Oilers.

    He ranks fourth in the franchise's history in passing yards, and sits comfortably there.

    He also was named to the Pro Bowl in 1975.

    Pastorini was the quarterback of some great Oilers teams during his time, including the 1979 team that lost to the Steelers in the AFC Championship in his last season with the team.

16. Kevin Mawae (2006-2009)

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    TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 14: Center Kevin Mawae #68 of the Tennessee Titans sets to block against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 14, 2007 in Tampa, Florida.  The Bucs won 13-10. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    Kevin Mawae would've been higher on this list, but he only played four seasons for the franchise.

    However, the value of Mawae became a harsh reality this past season without him blocking for Chris Johnson.

    The team also missed his unquestionable leadership that helped make the Titans a solid team during his short time with the Titans.

15. Haywood Jeffires (1987-1996)

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    OCTOBER 15:  Receiver Haywood Jeffires #84 of the Houston Oilers catches the ball during an NFL game on October 15, 1989 against the Chicago Bears.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Career Stats w/Oilers: 515 receptions, 6,115 yards (5th in franchise history), 47 TD

    Jeffires played through some rough years with the Oilers, but he still put up some great numbers playing alongside the likes of Warren Moon.

    He's only a shade under 2,000 yards from being the franchise's all-time leader in that category.

    Add three Pro Bowl selections and a 100-reception season in 1991, and you've got yourself one of the all-time greats in franchise history.

14. Mike Munchak (1982-1993)

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    3 JAN 1993:  HOUSTON GUARD MIKE MUNCHAK TALKS WITH HIS OFFENSIVE TACKLE DURING THE OILERS 41-38 LOSS TO THE BUFFALO BILLS IN THE 1992 PLAYOFFS. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart/ALLSPORT
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    Not only is Munchak the current leading candidate for the next head coach of the franchise, but he was also a great offensive lineman during his time.

    Munchak is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which makes him worthy of this list in my book.

    He was part of one of the best offensive lines in the NFL at the time, teaming up with Bruce Matthews.

    The list goes on and on about how great this guy was at what he did, and his No.63 is retired for his contributions.

13. Billy Cannon (1960-1963)

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    Career Stats w/Oilers: 2,111 rush. yards, 1,263 rec. yards, 36 total TD

    Billy Cannon was an all-purpose yard machine, and he helped put the Oilers franchise on the map in the years leading up to the NFL.

    Not only did Cannon help put the Oilers franchise on the map, but he helped put the AFL on the map as well.

    He was known for his great combination of both speed and strength.

    Cannon finished his Oilers career with 3,374 all-purpose yards and 35 total touchdowns before eventually playing his last season in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs.

12. Ernest Givins (1986-1994)

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    30 Oct 1994:  Houston Oilers wide receiver Ernest Givins looks over his shoulder for a pass during game against the Los Angeles Raiders at Los Angeles Memorial Colesium in Los Angeles, California.  The Raiders won the game 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Al Bell
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    Career Stats w/Oilers: 7,935 receiving yards (1st in franchise history), 46 TD


    A good trivia question to ask your fellow Titans fans is who is the franchise's all-time leader in receiving yards? I'm sure very few of them will say Ernest Givins.

    This guy had at least 700 yards or more every season while in Houston with the exception of his last season, where his still finished with over 500.

    Givins also played a minor role in the rushing game every once in a blue moon, with rushes of 44,43, and 31for the Oilers.

11. Chris Johnson (2008-Present)

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    NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 21:  Kareem Moore #41 of the Washington Redskins tackles Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field on November 21, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    Career Stats w/Titans: 4,598 rush. yards (3rd in franchise history), 34 rush. TD

    The numbers that Chris Johnson has compiled in just three seasons are just jaw-dropping. He's already third in franchise history in rushing yards.

    This franchise has never seen an athlete like Johnson before, and he can single-handily change the outcome of games unlike any other halfback in the game.

    He obviously still has a lot of work to do before he's put towards the top of the list. If Johnson plays another five or six season with the Titans, then it's very likely that he could become the franchise's all-time leading rusher.

10. Charley Hennigan (1960-1966)

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    Career Stats w/Oilers: 6,823 rec. yards (4th in franchise history), 51 TD

    After nearly 50 years of football, Charley Hennigan still sits fourth in franchise history in receiving yards.

    During his playing days he was known as one of the best wide receivers in football, and his list of accomplishments are a mile long.

    For starters, Hennigan sits third in NFL history for the highest receiving yardage total in a single season, which was 1,746 yards in 1961.

    The first touchdown scored in Oilers/Titans history was by none other than Charley Hennigan.

9. Drew Hill (1985-1991)

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    Career Stats w/Oilers: 7,477 rec. yards (2nd in franchise history), 47 TD

    Despite Drew Hill's small frame, he put together five 1,000-yard seasons during his time with the Oilers.

    Hill was part of a potent offense that included Warren Moon and Haywood Jeffires, and he was selected to the Pro Bowl twice during that time.

8. Frank Wycheck (1995-2003)

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    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 8:  Frank Wycheck #89 of the Tennessee Titans tries to shove past Barry Gardner #52 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter on September 8, 2002 at the Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee. The Tennessee Titans beat the Phil
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    Career Stats w/Oilers and Titans: 4,958 rec. yards (7th in franchise history), 27 TD


    Frank Wycheck was a valuable piece of the Titans' Super Bowl run in 1999, and was one of Steve McNair's favorite targets in the passing game.

    The Titans have struggled to replace Wycheck at tight end since he retired in 2003. The passing game hasn't been the same since he left.

    We definitely can't forget about Wycheck's part in one of the greatest plays in NFL history, "The Music City Miracle". Wycheck threw the ball across the field to Kevin Dyson, which led to the winning touchdown over the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Wildcard game.

7. Derrick Mason (1997-2004)

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Wide receiver Derrick Mason #85 of the Tennessee Titans tries to break a tackle by Eugene Wilson #85 of the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional playoffs on January 10, 2004 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. T
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    Career Stats w/Oilers and Titans: 6,114 rec. yards (6th in franchise history), 37 TD

    Derrick Mason is one of the better wide receivers of recent memory for this Titans/Oilers franchise, and it was a sad thing that the Titans couldn't hold onto him back in 2004.

    He rarely dropped passes and was a huge asset in moving the chains, something he's still doing well today for the Baltimore Ravens.

    Mason deserves a lot of credit for the success the Titans enjoyed in the early part of the past decade.

6. Bruce Matthews (1983-2001)

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    30 Dec 2001:  This is a close up of center Bruce Matthews #74 of the Tennessee Titans. The picture was taken during the NFL game against the Cleveland Browns at the Adelphia Statium in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Browns defeated the Titans 41-38.   Mandato
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    Not only is Bruce Matthews one of the better offensive lineman in franchise history, but arguably in NFL history as well.

    Matthews went to the Pro Bowl every year from 1988 until he retired in 2001. He gave so much to the Titans/Oilers franchise, and blocked for NFL-greats Earl Campbell and Eddie George.

    He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

5. George Blanda (1960-1966)

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    Career Stats w/Oilers: 19,149 pass. yards (3rd in franchise history), 165 pass. TD

    There just really hasn't been a player to come along like George Blanda, who had the record for most passing touchdowns in a season (36) up until 1984.

    Blanda led the Oilers to the first AFL titles in league history, while racking up plenty of personal awards to go along with it.

    He didn't just contribute by adding six points on the board, but he also kicked field goals and extra points as well. In other word, Blanda was pretty much involved in every point the Oilers scored.

4. Eddie George (1996-2003)

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    NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 11:   Eddie George #27 of the Tennessee Titans stiffarms Dewayne Washington #20 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of the AFC Divisional playoff game at The Coliseum on January 11, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The T
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    Career Stats w/Oilers and Titans: 10,009 rush yards (1st in franchise history), 64 rush. TD

    Now we're getting to the players that will probably never be replaced.

    Eddie George ran linebackers over that got in his way, which helped him take over as the franchise's all-time leading rusher in 2002.

    He was the model of consistency while playing for the Oilers and the Titans, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark every season but one.

    Although it certainly wasn't the main part of his game, George was also very valuable in the passing game and was great at picking up blitzes.

3. Warren Moon (1984-1993)

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    18 Dec 1988:  Quarterback Warren Moon of the Houston Oilers in action during a game against the Cleveland Browns.  The Browns won the game, 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport
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    Career Stats w/Oilers: 33,685 pass. yards (1st in franchise history), 196 pass. TD

    Warren Moon changed the way the quarterback position was played, and wasted little time making an impact in Houston.

    In his first NFL season, Moon set a franchise single-season record for passing yards with 3,338 yards. That was a clear sign of things to come.

    He helped lead a very potent offense that powered the team to multiple playoff appearances.

    Moon sits well in first on the franchise's all-time passing yardage list, and no one will break his record anytime soon.

2. Earl Campbell (1978-1984)

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    Career Stats w/Oilers: 8,574 rush. yards (2nd in franchise history), 73 rush. TD

    It's hard to believe that Earl Campbell put up the numbers he did in such a small amount of time with the Oilers. He played only six season in Houston.

    Campbell could beat you with his speed and his power, and was a touchdown machine.

    In 1980 Campbell enjoyed his best season when he rushed for over 1,900 yards, giving him an average of nearly 130 yards per game.

1. Steve McNair (1995-2005)

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    Career Stats w/Oilers and Titans: 27,144 pass yards (2nd in franchise history)

    3,439 rush. yards (5th in franchise history)

    The video above might be one of the plays people know the late Steve McNair best for, but he made those types of plays almost every Sunday.

    He didn't beat you with his speed, but rather with his brute strength and determination. He was almost impossible to bring down.

    McNair's passing ability is widely underrated. His numbers are respectable despite never really having a superstar wide receiver at his disposal.

    The most valuable part of McNair's game that the Titans' offense has missed ever since was his amazing ability to extend plays, much like Ben Roethlisberger does now for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    In my mind the Titans organization did him wrong, and I believe it would've been better for both parties involved if McNair would've retired a member of the Tennessee Titans.