The Tennessee Titans have a lot of work to do to reach the playoff stage once again, but 2015 promises to be the first step for the franchise back towards the top of the AFC mountain. Here are four reasons why they're guaranteed to make the playoffs this season:
1) It's Marcus Mariota Time
2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota will go down as one of the most beloved figures in Oregon football history, but the time is now for him to take the next step in what promises to be a storied career when all is said and done. He has the combination of athleticism, arm strength, accuracy, and ball security that will strike fear in opposing defenses - and should become one of the NFL's better quarterbacks right away.
2) Healthy Bodies
Injuries besieged the Titans all over the roster in 2015, and an offseason of recovery is huge for Tennessee's depth. Having players such as wide receivers Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter at close to 100% and ready to go will provide a major step up from what was a depleted Titans squad for most of 2014.
3) Year Two Of The Ken Whisenhunt Era
The Titans' returning players have a year of working in Ken Whisenhunt's system under their belts, and comfortability with what he expects could lead to increased production in 2015. Whisenhunt worked some solid magic during his time in Arizona and, with a good showing in this year's NFL Draft, he could start doing the same for the Titans in 2015. He may be on the hot seat, but there's hints of a turn-around afoot in Nashville.
4) The AFC's A Mess
The New England Patriots have the dark cloud of deflated football vapor hanging over their heads. The Denver Broncos are vulnerable if only because of eventual regression with Peyton Manning in the twilight of his career. The Steelers and Ravens have major flaws and the Bengals are stuck in a spiral of underachievement. Add in the dreadful AFC South, and the opportunity is there for the TitansBack to the Tennessee Titans Newsfeed