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Coming off an impressive 10-6 season with second-year QB Vince Young at the helm, the Tennessee Titans eked into the playoffs in 2007 thanks in part to a 6-2 start. The offense ranked 22nd and 21st in points and yards, respectively, but the defense, lead by Pro Bowlers Kyle Vanden Bosch and Albert Haynesworth, allowed the 5th fewest yards in the NFL.
The Move to Memphis
In 1997, the NFL granted owner Bud Adams permission to move the Houston Oilers to Nashville -- with an intended two-year stop-over in Memphis. Temporarily the Tennessee Oilers, the team suffered two sub-par seasons in both 1997 and 1998, finishing 8-8 both years and missing the playoffs both times, even though they had All-Pros at both quarterback and running back, Steve McNair and Eddie George, respectively.
But the most disappointing facet of the move was not the descent into mediocrity, but rather the fan reaction. Playing in the Liberty Bowl while in Memphis, the Oilers went 6-2 at home in 1997 -- but barely drew 30,000 fans to each game. Fearing embarrassment, the Oilers moved to Vanderbilt University in Nashville for 1998, and got off to a slow start, going 1-3. With the team's fate in doubt again, the Oilers rumbled back, going 7-3 over their next ten games. However, they lost their final two games (losing at Green Bay and then at home to Minnesota), and missed the playoffs.
Enter the Titans
In 1999, opened their new stadium (then Adelphia Coliseum) and the era as the Titans in grand form, besting the Cincinnati Bengals 36-35 on an Al Del Greco field goal as time expired. The Titans would go 13-3, good enough for the Wild Card, and handing the AFC Central champion Jacksonville Jaguars their only two losses en route. In the Wild Card round, the Buffalo Bills lead 16-14 with 16 seconds left, and it seemed that this semi-charmed season would come to an abrupt close. However, fate had other plans as Frank Wycheck lateraled the kickoff to wide receiver Kevin Dyson, who went 75 yards for the score. The player, later dubbed the Music City Miracle, instantly entered NFL folklore, and is considered by some to be payback for The Comeback, suffered by the then-Houston Oilers at the hands of the Buffalo Bills seven seasons prior.
With destiny now on their side, the Titans rumbled forward. They beat the AFC East champion Indianapolis Colts 19-16 as Eddie George rushed for over 160 yards, including a 68 yard touchdown. And in the AFC Championship Game, the Titans again faced the Jacksonville Jaguars, sending them to defeat once more, 33-14. They were off to Super Bowl XXXIV to face the St. Louis Rams and The Greatest Show on Turf. With six seconds left and down 23-16, the Titans were situated on the Rams' 10 yard line. Steve McNair hooked up with wide receiver Kevin Dyson, but Rams linebacker Mike Jones grabbed his legs about eight feet from the end zone. Stretch as he may, Dyson could not reach the goal line, coming up mere inches from tying the game as time expired.
38 Omar Cuff 35 Quinton Ganther 45 Ahmard Hall 42 Chris Henry 29 Chris Johnson 32 Rafael Little 25 LenDale White
17 Chris Davis 82 Biren Ealy 12 Justin Gage 87 Lavelle Hawkins 81 Brandon Jones 19 Justin McCareins 13 Jason Rivers 14 Edward Williams 18 Mike Williams 11 Paul Williams 86 Roydell Williams
84 Dwayne Blakley 83 Alge Crumpler 85 Jamie Petrowski 80 Bo Scaife 44 Leonard Stephens 88 Craig Stevens
Offensive Linemen 54 Eugene Amano C 64 Leroy Harris G/C 70 Daniel Loper T 62 Enoka Lucas G/C 68 Kevin Mawae C 69 Jason Murphy C/G 66 Mike Otto T 75 Brock Pasteur T 71 Michael Roos T 60 Eric Scott C 73 Jake Scott G 76 David Stewart T 61 Fernando Velasco C/G
98 Dave Ball DE 72 Barry Booker DT 97 Tony Brown DT 77 Sean Conover DE 94 Bryce Fisher DE 78 Jacob Ford DE 95 William Hayes DE 99 Antonio Johnson DT 91 Jason Jones DE 90 Jevon Kearse DE 67 Eric Taylor DT 93 Kyle Vanden Bosch DE 96 Kevin Vickerson DT 79 Ulrich Winkler DT/DE
Linebackers 56 Colin Allred ILB 53 Keith Bulluck OLB 49 Kurt Campbell OLB 51 Jorge Cordova OLB 52 Ryan Fowler ILB 47 Jerrell Freeman OLB 59 Stanford Keglar OLB 46 Matt Muncy ILB 57 Josh Stamer OLB 50 David Thornton OLB 55 Stephen Tulloch ILB
28 Chris Carr CB/KR 26 Marquice Cole CB 31 Cortland Finnegan CB 22 Vincent Fuller FS 33 Michael Griffin FS/KR 20 Nick Harper CB 21 Reynaldo Hill CB 24 Chris Hope SS 39 Tony Joiner S 30 Eric King CB 37 Calvin Lowry S 36 Shirdonya Mitchell CB 23 Donnie Nickey SS 41 Cary Williams CB
58 Ken Amato LS 2 Rob Bironas K 40 Jeremy Cain LS/FB 4 Josh Miller P
48 Casey Cramer 15 Craig Hentrich
- Lou Rymkus 1960-1961
- Wally Lemn 1961
- Pop Ivy 1962-1963
- Sammy Baugh 1964
- Hugh Taylor 1965
- Wally Lemn 1966-1970
- Ed Hughes 1971
- Bill Pterson 1972-1973
- Sid Gillman 1973-1974
- Bum Phillips 1975-1980
- Ed Biles 1981-1983
- Chuck Studley 1983
- Hugh Campbell 1984-1985
- Jerry Glanville 1985-1989
- Jack Pardee 1990-1994
- Jeff Fischer 1994-present
2003 Steve McNair (Co-MVP with Peyton Manning)