No. 2 Post-Week 1 AFC South Power Ranking: Tennessee Titans
One of the biggest questions surrounding the Tennessee Titans entering the 2023 season was whether Ryan Tannehill could bounce back after an injury-marred year. The hope was that a healthy Tannehill would help the Titans compete for the division crown but it looks like that won't be the case after a subpar outing in the opener, one that include three picks and no touchdowns.
The fact that Tennessee stopped using Derrick Henry and went with Tyjae Spears even though the former was efficient in the first half didn't help matters. The only reason they managed to stay in the game was their ferocious pass rush, and that's the thing. They'll have a chance as long as Arden Key, Harold Landry III, and Denico Autry stay healthy.
Looking back, the Titans could've won the game if Tannehill had nailed a couple throws but he came crashing down instead. They'll probably stick with him short term but if he once again falters, the coaching staff shouldn't hesitate to go with Malik Willis or even Will Levis. At this point, how much worse can things get?
By pulling the plug on Tannehill, the Titans get the chance to see how much Willis has improved since the end of the season. Conversely, they can go ahead and start the Levis era, if they think he's got the upside to turn into a solid starter. Either way, Tennessee has the defensive talent and enough weapons on offense to make some noise — even if they play second fiddle to the Jaguars — in 2023.