For Those Already Calling For Titans' OC Tim Kelly's Head

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The offense had to be better, and like with every team in the NFL, the Titans sold hope through the offseason.

What we heard about Tim Kelly’s offense and then what we saw at training camp looked and sounded good, and the weaponry seemed upgraded with DeAndre Hopkins taking over at the head of the line with the receivers, Treylon Burks and Chig Okonkwo maturing heading into Year Two and Tyjae Spears bringing a new element to the backfield. 

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Now, three games in, a team that averaged 17.5 points in 2022 is averaging 15 points and has failed to score a touchdown in each of its losses.

So yeah, it’s been terrible so far.


And there is plenty to talk about. Massive pass protection issues mean tight ends and backs have to stay into help even against four-man rushes, and three receivers against seven defenders in coverage are not capable of separating to allow things to happen.  

But for those calling Kelly an outright failure, a terrible hire, a guy who should be fired, I take you back to 2019, the first of Arthur Smith’s two years as offensive coordinator. 

Now some of those were from before the Titans flipped from a struggling Marcus Mariota to Ryan Tannehill on Oct. 26. But a good share were also after that.

Tennessee finished 12th in yards and 10th in points in 2019, and in Smith's second year, the Titans were fourth in yards and second in points -- numbers that had not been better since the 1990 Houston Oilers.

Smith was hired by the Atlanta Falcons as their head coach following that season.

I'm not saying Kelly is going to follow a similar path.

I am saying a three-game judgment and decrees about him right now are probably not wise.

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