Have the Titans Improved During the Off-Season?

Have the Titans Improved During the Off-Season?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

It’s been quite the off-season for the Tennessee Titans.

They have moved on from several high-profile veterans, such as Taylor Lewan, Ben Jones, Bud Dupree, Robert Woods, David Long and Nate Davis. They’ve opted to prioritize youth and athleticism on the roster.

It’s a move that needed to happen as the Titans looked old and slow for most of last season. But fans and folks equipped with Tennessee sports betting apps are left wondering: Has the commitment to youth helped or hurt the Titans’ chances of success in 2023? And is the roster in better shape now than it was a few months ago?

BetTennessee.com analyzes whether this off-season has helped or hurt the Titans. We look at both the changes to the roster and whether the team’s odds for 2023 have shifted.

Here is refresher on what we had to say before the Titans’ draft. And here is a look at who has left since last season and who has been acquired.

Notable Free-Agent Additions: CB Sean Murphy-Bunting, LB Luke Gifford, OT Andre Dillard

Notable Free-Agent Losses: LT Taylor Lewan, C Ben Jones, EDGE Bud Dupree, WR Robert Woods

Top Draft Picks: OT Peter Skoronski, QB Will Levis, RB Tjaye Spears.

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Tennessee Titans 2023 Super Bowl Odds

Take a look at Tennessee’s Super Bowl odds via BetMGM Tennessee over the last few months:

Opening LineBefore Free Agency(3/8)Before NFL Draft(4/12)After NFL Draft(5/8)
+6600+8000+8000+8000

The sportsbooks dropped the odds for the Titans to win the Super Bowl by quite a bit when they started to release well-respected veterans before free agency. And while they made a few nice signings, it’s clear the overall roster is in worse shape now than it was at the beginning of the offseason, as shown in the Titans playoff chances. But is there still a chance they could steal the division in 2023 despite a less-proven roster?

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Tennessee Titans 2023 AFC South Odds

Let’s look at the odds for the Titans to win the AFC South during the 2023-2024 season to see if they have increased or decreased following the NFL Draft, again via BetMGM. You can find all Tennessee sportsbook promos here at BetTennessee.com.

Opening LineBefore Draft (April 25)After Draft (May 8)
+275+325+350

As you can see, the odds for the Titans to win the division have decreased over the offseason. With the trade up to get Kentucky QB Will Levis early in the second round, there is a belief that the Titans could soon bench Ryan Tannehill in favor of the 24-year-old quarterback from Kentucky. While that might not prove to be a big downgrade, it’s probably enough to ensure that the Titans don’t win the division.

It is worth mentioning that the Titans did win the AFC South during the 2020 and 2021 seasons with a similar roster. And they even had a chance to win the division in 2023 in a game at Jacksonville in Week 18. However, they were forced to start Josh Dobbs at quarterback and were unable to pull off the upset. Still, this is one of the best-coached teams in the league that could prove to be a bit of value play in the AFC South if they can stay relatively healthy. 

Marcus’s Verdict

The Titans have needed to reset their roster for some time and it appears that they are finally doing so after a nice little run with Tannehill and Derrick Henry. It’s clear they don’t have the talent to compete in the AFC, but coach Mike Vrabel and his coaching staff will keep this team competitive.

However, expecting the Titans to win the division, much less the Super Bowl, is a bit of a stretch. Pass on any futures bets regarding the Titans as this is a team that is very much in a transition period as they try to get younger on both sides of the ball. But if they start the season off slow, don’t be surprised if the Titans decide to move on from Tannehill rather quickly and start Levis as they look forward to the future. 

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Marcus Mosher covers the NFL, NFL Draft and NFL news for BetTennessee.com The managing editor of The Raiders Wire is also a contributor to The Athletic DFW, Pro Football Weekly and FanSided, and previously wrote for FanRag Sports. He hosts Locked On Cowboys Podcast.