2008 Tennessee Titans season
The 2008 Tennessee Titans season was the team's 49th season and 39th in the National Football League, their 12th in Tennessee, their tenth as the Titans. Despite making the playoffs in the 2007 season with a record of 10-6, the Titans were expected by most sportswriters to finish third or fourth in the AFC South, they compiled a 13–3 regular season record—the best in the NFL—and won home-field advantage for the duration of the playoffs after clinching AFC South on December 7 after a win over the Cleveland Browns and a 10-0 start. However, the Titans lost two of their last three regular season games, were eliminated by the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round; this was the last season the Tennessee Titans qualified for the playoffs until 2017. The Titans pulled off an important divisional win behind the strong running of rookie RB Chris Johnson, who rushed for 93 yards in his NFL debut, the arm of backup quarterback Kerry Collins, who replaced starter Vince Young when he went down late in the 4th quarter.
Young had been inconsistent, throwing 1 TD pass to 2 INTs. However, Collins moved the ball down field and that drive led to the eventual game-winning touchdown run by LenDale White. Jacksonville trailed for much of the game and couldn't run the ball against a locked in Titans defense, who sacked Jaguars quarterback David Garrard 7 times. Both teams' defenses played well; this game was significant because the Jaguars and Colts lost, so the Titans grabbed first place in the AFC South for the first week of the season, ending a 56-week streak of holding 1st place in the division by the Colts as the team started the season 1–0. The Titans stayed in 1st place thanks to the strong wind from the remnants of Hurricane Ike and a sloppy Cincinnati offense in a 24–7 rout. Chris Johnson ran for over 100 yards for the first time in his career and Kerry Collins had a good day filling in for the injured Vince Young; the Titans first scored on a 1-yd TD run by LenDale White after a scoreless 1st quarter and Cincinnati scored its only touchdown with a Chris Perry 13-yd TD run on 4th down.
The Titans, with a little over a minute left, drove the ball downfield and took a 14–7 lead at the half thanks to an 11-yd touchdown reception by Justin Gage. The knockout punch was delivered early in the 4th quarter with the Titans leading 17–7. Keith Bulluck recovered a blocked punt in the endzone to finish off the Bengals and keep the Titans perfect; the win gave the Titans their first 2–0 start for the first time since 1999. Coming off their road win over the Bengals, the Titans went home for a Week 3 duel with the Houston Texans. In the first quarter, Tennessee trailed early as Houston Texans kicker Kris Brown got a 44-yard field goal; the Titans responded with RB LenDale White getting a 2-yard TD run. Houston drew close as Brown kicked a 24-yard field goal, yet Tennessee answered with QB Kerry Collins completing a 9-yard TD pass to TE Bo Scaife; the Texans replied with RB Steve Slaton getting a 6-yard TD run, while the Titans closed out the half with White's 1-yard TD run. In the third quarter, Tennessee increased its lead with kicker Rob Bironas nailing a 44-yard field goal.
In the fourth quarter, the Titans closed out the game with CB Cortland Finnegan returning an interception 99 yards for a touchdown. With the win, Tennessee acquired its first 3–0 start since their Super Bowl run of 1999. Coming off their home win over the Texans, the Titans stayed at home for a Week 4 interconference duel with the Minnesota Vikings. In the first quarter, Tennessee drew first blood as kicker Rob Bironas got a 20-yard field goal, along with rookie RB Chris Johnson getting a 1-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Vikings responded with RB Adrian Peterson getting a 28-yard TD run. Afterwards, the Titans answered with Bironas kicking a 32-yard field goal, along with RB LenDale White getting a 1-yard TD run. Minnesota closed out the half with kicker Ryan Longwell getting a 42-yard field goal. In the third quarter, Tennessee increased its lead with Bironas nailing a 49-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings tried to rally as Peterson got a 3-yard TD run, yet the Titans pulled away with Johnson getting a 6-yard TD run.
With the win, Tennessee acquired its first 4–0 start in franchise history. Coming off their home win over the Vikings, the Titans flew to M&T Bank Stadium for a Week 5 defensive duel with the Baltimore Ravens. In the first quarter, Tennessee trailed early. In the second quarter, the Titans tied the game with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 35-yard field goal. In the third quarter, Baltimore took the lead. In the fourth quarter, Tennessee rallied with Bironas nailing a 26-yard field goal, along with QB Kerry Collins completing an 11-yard TD pass to TE Alge Crumpler. With the win, the Titans kept their perfect season alive as they entered their bye week at 5–0. During the bye week, the Titans became the only undefeated team in the NFL with the Giants' loss to the Browns in Week 6. Coming off their bye week, the Titans flew to Arrowhead Stadium for a Week 7 duel with the Kansas City Chiefs. In the first quarter, Tennessee drew first blood as kicker Rob Bironas got a 49-yard field goal, along with RB LenDale White getting a 6-yard TD run.
In the second quarter, the Titans increased their lead. In the third quarter, Tennessee continued its victory march. In the fourth quarter, the Titans ripped; the Chiefs would get on the board as kicker Nick Novak nailed a 26-yard field goal
2018 Tennessee Titans season
The 2018 Tennessee Titans season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League and their 59th overall. It marks the franchise's 22nd season in the state of Tennessee, their first under head coach Mike Vrabel, the first with new uniforms and blue helmets, as they have worn white helmets since the club was based in Houston, Texas; this season marks the third straight in which the Titans have finished 9–7. The Titans failed to qualify for the postseason after losing a Week 17 win-and-in contest against their division rival Indianapolis Colts. One highlight from this season includes the Titans beating the New England Patriots for the first time since 2002, a season after the Patriots won their first Super Bowl title the second of three times Bill Belichick's Patriots had missed the playoffs. On January 15, 2018, the Titans and former head coach Mike Mularkey agreed to part ways, ending his three year tenure as head coach with a record of 20-21. Five days the Titans named former Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel as the new head coach.
Vrabel became the 18th head coach in franchise history. Two weeks of January 30, the Titans announce the hiring of the new offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur. LaFleur was with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, was credited for the development of Jared Goff. On the same day, the Titans hired their new defensive coordinator Dean Pees; the next day, the Titans announced several additions to the coaching staff, including quarterback coach Pat O'Hara, secondary coach Kerry Coombs, outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen, inside linebackers coach Tyrone McKenzie, wide receivers coach Rob Moore. The Titans signed two former New England Patriots players. Running back Dion Lewis and Cornerback Malcolm Butler; the two reunited with current cornerback Logan Ryan, who played for the Patriots, in which their last season in New England together was capped off with a Super Bowl comeback win. Source: On January 11, 2018, the NFL announced that the Titans will play the Los Angeles Chargers in one of three London Games at Wembley Stadium in London, with the Chargers serving as the home team.
It will be the Titans' first appearance in the International Series. The game will occur during Week 7, will be televised by CBS in the United States; the exact date, along with the network and kickoff time, were announced in conjunction with the release of the 2018 regular season schedule. Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text. Due to two weather delays, the game lasted for 7 hours and 10 minutes, the longest game since the AFL–NFL merger in 1970. NFL London Games Official website
Nissan Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Nashville, United States. Owned by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, it is used for football and is the home field of the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League and the Tennessee State Tigers of Tennessee State University; the stadium is the site of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, a postseason college football bowl game played each December, is used as a venue for soccer matches. Nissan Stadium is used for large concerts, such as the CMA Music Festival nightly concerts, which take place for four days every June. Facilities are included to enable the stadium to host other public events, meetings and gatherings. Nissan Stadium is located on the east bank of the Cumberland River, directly across the river from downtown Nashville and has a listed seating capacity of 69,143, its first event was a preseason game between the Titans and the Atlanta Falcons on August 27, 1999. Since opening in 1999, it has been known by multiple names, including Adelphia Coliseum, The Coliseum, LP Field.
The stadium features three levels of seating, with the lower bowl encompassing the field. The club and upper levels form the stadium's dual towers, rising above the lower bowl along each sideline. All of the stadium's luxury suites are located within the towers. Three levels of suites are located in the stadium's eastern tower: one between the lower and club levels, two between the club and upper levels; the western tower has only two levels of suites, both between upper levels. The pressbox is located between club levels in the western tower. Nissan Stadium's dual videoboards are located behind the lower bowl in each end zone; the playing surface of Nissan Stadium is a natural grass. However, the warm climate of Nashville, combined with the wear and tear of hosting a game nearly every weekend results in a resodding of the area "between the hashes" in late November. On Nissan Stadium's eastern side is the Titans Pro Shop, a retail store which sells team merchandise, it maintains an exterior entrance for use on non-event dates.
During the 1995 NFL Preseason, the Houston Oilers faced the Washington Redskins in an exhibition game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. At the game, Oilers owner Bud Adams met Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen and began discussing the possibility of moving the team to Middle Tennessee, due to Adams' discontent with the team's lease at the Astrodome and unwillingness of the City of Houston to build a new football-only stadium; that fall and Bredesen announced the team's intent to move to Nashville. The city and team decided to locate a stadium on the eastern bank of the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville, on the site of a blighted industrial development. In a special referendum on May 7, 1996, voters in Metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County voted to approve partial funding of the proposed stadium; the vote, which allocated US$144 million of public money to the project, passed with a 59% majority. The pro-stadium organization, known as "NFL Yes!" outspent the anti-stadium group by a ratio of 16:1 during the campaign.
The funds would be raised through an increase in the Metro water tax. The ongoing funding is through a 300% increase in Davidson County individual homeowner property taxes. Much of the remaining construction costs were funded through the sale of personal seat licenses; some State of Tennessee money was allocated to the project, on the condition that the Tennessee State University football team move its home games there, with the request that the incoming NFL team be named "Tennessee", which the franchise was planning to do anyway, in an attempt to appeal to the broader region. The stadium's construction was delayed when the construction site was hit by a tornado that struck downtown Nashville on April 16, 1998 and destroyed several cranes, but the stadium opened in time for the first scheduled event. On May 3, 2010, the stadium's playing surface was covered with six feet of water due to the heavy rains and flooding from the Cumberland River; the flood reached down to the locker rooms of the stadium.
The stadium received upgrades during the summer of 2012. Among the improvements are a new sound system, high-speed elevators to the upper levels, LED ribbon boards mounted on the faces of the upper mezzanines. Two new high-definition Lighthouse brand LED video displays measuring 157 feet by 54 feet were installed, replacing the entire end zone scoreboard apparatuses. At the time of installation, the two boards became the second-largest displays in the National Football League. In 2014 and 2015, the stadium hosted the Nashville Kickoff Game, a college football game featuring major NCAA teams for Tennessee. During the 2018 season, two 20th anniversary logos in each of the endzones to help celebrate the Titans 20th year in Nashville; the yard line numbers were changed to match the number style on the new uniforms. During its construction, the stadium had no official name, though it was referred to as "The East Bank Stadium", a reference to the stadium's location on the eastern bank of the Cumberland River.
Upon its completion, it was given the name "Adelphia Coliseum" in a 15-year, $30 million naming rights arrangement with Adelphia Business Solutions, a subsidiary of the larger Adelphia telecommunications company. However, after Adelphia missed a required payment and subsequently filed for bankruptcy in 2002, the agreement was abandoned and the stadium became known as "The Coliseum" for four years. A naming rights deal
Antonio Andrews running back, played college football for Western Kentucky. In 2009, he was named Kentucky Mr. Football while playing for Fort Campbell High School. In 2012, he led the Football Bowl Subdivision with 3,161 all-purpose yards, the second-highest single season total in history. Andrews played football for Fort Campbell High School. In his last two seasons, he went 29-0 as the starting quarterback and helped lead the team to two class 2A state championships, he was named Kentucky Mr. Football in his senior season. For his high school career, he threw for 3,365 yards and 50 touchdowns, he rushed for 3,368 yards and 56 touchdowns. Andrews played in nine games, he had 174 429 all-purpose yards. In 2011, Andrews played in eight games, he had 505 kick 590 all-purpose yards. He had a career-best 75-yard kick return against Navy; as a junior in 2012, Andrews became. He led the Sun Belt Conference in rushing yards, punt return yards, kickoff return yards, he scored 15 total touchdowns. Andrews led the FBS in all-purpose yards per game, his 3,161 all-purpose yards for the season was the second-highest total in FBS history, behind only Barry Sanders in 1988.
Andrews had over 300 all-purpose yards in the last four games of the regular season. Andrews made the 2012 All-Sun Belt Conference Offense First Team, he had been named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week three times that season, he was a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award. For his senior season, Andrews was named to the 2013 CFPA Running Back Trophy Watch List as one of the nation's top 36 running backs, he finished. For his career, he had 3,674 rushing yards. After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL draft, the Tennessee Titans agreed to a contract with Andrews. On August 29, 2014, he was released by the Titans. However, he was re-signed to the Titans' 10-man practice squad just two days later, he was activated on October 21, 2014. Andrews made his NFL debut on November 2014 against the Philadelphia Eagles. On September 27, 2015 Andrews scored his first career touchdown following a 12 carry, 49 yard performance against the Colts. On November 4, 2015, the Tennessee Titans fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt and named tight end coach Mike Mularkey the interim head coach.
The following day, Mularkey named Andrews the starting running back. On December 13, 2015 Andrews threw his first career passing touchdown to Marcus Mariota for 41 yards. Andrews began the 2016 season as the third running back on the Titans' depth chart after they acquired DeMarco Murray and drafted Derrick Henry. On March 7, 2017, it was reported that Andrews would remain an unrestricted free agent after the Tennessee Titans opted to not apply a restricted free agent tender on him. In 2018, Andrews signed with the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football for the 2019 season. WKU profile ESPN profile
Karl Klug is an American football defensive end, a free agent. He played college football at Iowa. During his four-year career at Iowa, Klug appeared in 40 games with 26 consecutive starts to end his career, he tallied 140 tackles, including 31 for loss, 9.5 sacks, eight quarterback pressures, eight passes defensed, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Klug was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, 142nd overall. In the 2011 NFL Season, Klug led all rookie defensive tackles with 7 sacks, which exceeded initial expectations. On March 13, 2015, Klug and the Titans agreed to a two-year contract extension. In 2016, Klug appeared in 14 games with three starts recording 26 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one pass defensed before suffering a torn Achilles in Week 15 and was placed on injured reserve. On March 9, 2017, Klug re-signed with the Titans. On March 17, 2018, Klug was released by the Titans. Tennessee Titans bio Iowa Hawkeyes football bio NFL.com bio
Tye Smith is an American football cornerback for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He played college football at Towson and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Smith attended Wakefield high school in Raleigh, North Carolina where he graduated in 2011. Smith committed to Towson University where he enrolled in July 2011, he played all four years. Smith was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round, 170th overall, of the 2015 NFL Draft. On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Seahawks as part of final roster cuts. On September 8, 2016, he was signed to the Seahawks' practice squad, he was released on September 21, 2016. On September 27, 2016, Smith was signed to the Washington Redskins' practice squad. On January 16, 2017, Smith signed a futures contract with the Tennessee Titans. In 2017, Smith played in a career-high 15 games in his first season with the Titans and posted career-bests with 11 tackles, an interception and eight special teams stops.
He was placed on injured reserve on July 31, 2018. Smith re-signed with the Titans on March 13, 2019. Seattle Seahawks bio Towson Tigers bio