Titans rivals Texans and Jaguars fell apart over the 2020 offseason.
The Tennessee Titans have been slowly building and improving the team over the past few years since drafting Marcus Mariota. The Titans were under .500 for the three seasons previous to drafting Mariota in the 2015 NFL Draft. While the Titans have been slowly transforming into one of the top teams in the AFC South, the Texans and Jaguars have torn their teams apart over the course of one offseason.
The fall of the Houston Texans came quickly after Bill O’Brien became not only the coach but also the GM of the team. Soon after taking over as GM, Bill O’Brien trade arguably one of the best wide receivers in the entire NFL.
Sending DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for David Johnson and a second round pick was probably the Texans worst move of the offseason. David Johnson has had some very good flashes in his career, but not enough to make up the gap between Hopkins and a second round pick in a trade.
Most recently, the Texans extended one of their linebackers, Zach Cunningham. Cunningham is a good linebacker, but he doesn’t have near the effect on the team that DeAndre Hopkins did. Getting rid of your most impactful player and then paying big bucks to a less impactful player doesn’t seem like the way to win.
It’s clear the Jaguars have had some pretty bad internal problems for a while now. All the way back to last season, Jalen Ramsey “wasn’t getting along with the front office.”
We all know the drama with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Whether it be the drama with Yannick Ngakoue or the recent waiving of former first round pick Leonard Fournette.
It’s evident that my time in Jacksonville is up. But I want to say thank you to the organization for making it a home for myself for 4 years, and that I’ll never forget . That chapter is over with now. Nothing lasts forever. But I’m truly excited to start this new chapter! SKOL!
— Yannick Ngakoue (@YannickNgakoue) August 30, 2020
What really shows how bad of shape the Jaguars are in is the fact that Ngakoue took $5 million less just to play with another team.
While the Titans continue to improve, the other teams in the division are taking steps backwards. With the only other real contenders in the division being the Colts, the Titans have a fantastic chance to win the division.