Thursday, August 26, 2010

Super Bowl Buzz Kill: Tennessee Titans

Anybody can pick winners. We at The Hater Nation like to predict the losers. And last year, who could match our accuracy? The Hater Nation went 31 for 32 in picking teams that would not win the Super Bowl. If you read through the lines, too, you would have saw that we were secretly picking the Saints to take the whole thing.

So here is the 2010 Super Bowl Buzz Kill. A feature so awesome, those (expletives) at Deadspin have blatantly ripped it off. Turns out the schmucks at the Bleacher Report did, too. Always imitated, never duplicated.

Why your team won't win the Super Bowl: Tennessee Titans

Jeff Fisher seems like an affable fellow. Fisher looks like the kind of guy who looks like he would be fun as hell to party with. You can almost see Fisher sitting on a cooler trading barbs during a family cookout. Or maybe Fisher would be the guy who would be dragging you over to participate in a round of flip cup.

So he seems like a cool guy for sure.

But how does he still have a job?

There was speculation that Fisher was going to be dumped by owner Bud Adams and the world went bat crap crazy. How could anybody dare think that Fisher was not the man to lead the Titans to the Super Bowl. Because, well, Fisher has led the Titans to a Super Bowl only once in his career.

Fisher has had his team at or near the top of the AFC South seemingly every year, but where are the playoff wins? Take away the Titans run to the Super Bowl in 1999, and he holds a career playoff record of 2-5. That is rather Marty Schottenheimer –like. Good regular season teams, but lousy playoff teams.

So what can we expect from the Titans this year? For one, Chris Johnson will have a bad season. Look at the guys who reached 2,000 rushing yards in a season. Not one of them has topped even 1,500 yards the next year. And the touchdown numbers go way down.

Vince Young still does not know how to throw the ball. And even if he did, the receivers are awful.

The defense is alright, but the team has been bleeding superstars left and right. First Albert Haynesworth left to cash in with the Redskins. Now Kyle Vandenbosch is going to make the Lions legitimate. The Titans have become one of those teams that no longer keeps its established players.

But Fisher is there, so it is likely that this team will be 9-7 or 10-6, but will flame out again. Just like they always do. Maybe Fisher should just wear that Gomer jersey.

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