Tennessee was head of the class when the AFC South formed in 2002, winning the division in back-to-back seasons. The Titans captured only one more since then—in ’08—playing second fiddle to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. When Manning missed the ’11 season and was released by Indy in ’12, Tennessee was primed to challenge Houston for AFC South supremacy.
Jake Locker struggled, Matt Hasselbeck was worse and it took almost the entire season for the patchwork offensive line to get on the same page. The defense played so embarrassingly at times Mike Munchak canned Jerry Gray in what was largely considered a job-preserving move.
Tennessee finished third in the division—behind the dominant Texans and resilient Colts—at 6-10. Last season revealed more questions than answers. The following five are the most pressing.
(All stats courtesy of ESPN, Team Rankings, Pro Football Focus and Pro Football Reference. Cap numbers courtesy of Sportrac.)