NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The case for a contract for Harold Landry is simple.

Teams try desperately to home grow pass-rush talent. The Titans finally have. And they shouldn’t serve it up to someone else.

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With Landry and Bud Dupree operating as the edge rushers outside Jeffery Simmons and Denico Autry, the Titans' defense transformed into something completely different, and it became the team's defining characteristic.

And if they let Landry leave, they are automatically in a spot where they are desperate for a second outside linebacker, as they were before they signed Dupree.

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TitansJesterFanNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- So much to consider.

The Titans' great regular season turned out to be, in the word of A.J. Brown, "pointless," as they lost in terrible fashion to the Cincinnati Bengals at Nissan Stadium. 

A few coaches have been let go, a few players are heading to free agency and Ryan Tannehill moves forward with less fan faith than he's ever had since he came to Tennessee in 2019.

S owe gathered and we talked about what's lingering with you from the miserable playoff exit and what's top of mind as the Titans turn to face the offseason.

You can rewatch on the private Facebook page or below.

Thanks to those of you who made it.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans’ defense made exceptional gains in 2021.

They had 24 more sacks, allowed an average of 6.6 fewer points per game, cut third-down conversions by 15.2 percent and ranked 16 spots better in yards.Amani Hooker forces a fumble

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But after their 19-16 playoff loss to the Bengals, the Titans' top guys were lamenting the one area where things didn’t get better. The 2020 Titans managed 23 regular-season takeaways and the 2021 team had 22.

In the game that ended Tennessee’s season, Ryan Tannehill threw three bad interceptions and the Titans’ defense answered with only one interception – Amani Hooker’s grab just as the ball hit the turf of a tipped Joe Burrow pass.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Poor evenings for quarterback and coordinator keyed the stunning failure that ended the Titans’ season.

The biggest questions that will linger long into the offseason will therefore be about Ryan Tannehill and Todd Downing, who have much to ponder about their prominent roles in the 19-16 divisional-round defeat to the Bengals.Ryan Tannehill and Todd Downing

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Mike Vrabel emphasized how no loss is the fault of one guy. But quarterbacks are the most important player on the field, and while Tannehill engineered a lot of good things during a great 12-5 season, his numbers were down as he dealt with injuries to his receivers and inconsistent protection.

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Scouting review: How it all came apart for the Titans

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans squandered a great opportunity on Saturday with first place and home-field advantage.

Their first offensive play was a predictable play-action pass and the result was an interception to safety Jesse Bates.

Ryan Tannehill tackled.

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The reason it was predictable was the return of Derrick Henry and the attention paid to him by everyone in the stadium for his first snap. It is a given to most fans and watchers of the game that he was going to get the ball and energize the crowd, but in a coach’s and player’s mind the play-action was the obvious play.

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Derrick HenryNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- I'm sorry you had to endure that.

I know you are miserable.

Our conversations after losses sometimes seem cathartic, so we gave it a shot Saturday night.

Nine sacks and the Titans still found a way to lose as the AFC's No. 1 seed for the third time in what is now Nissan Stadium.

Ryan Tannehill threw three interceptions in a performance that will prompt a ton of fans who may have had faith to lose it. 

That wonderful regular season, with a 12-5 record, the No. 1 seed and the bye that put a healthy and well-rested team on the field against the conference's worst remaining franchise didn't mean a thing on Jan. 22, 2022.

It was a good conversation during which we hit on virtually everything.

Head below or to the private Facebook page to watch.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Last year’s column in this space about the Titans’ home loss to open the playoffs called it a waste.

After this year’s dream crashed to a halt with a 19-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, A.J. Brown chose a different, equally apt, word.

Pointless.

Joe Burrow gets sacked by the Titans

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All that work, struggle, endurance and fight paid off with the best path the Titans can ever get: Two home games for a trip to the Super Bowl.

“Pointless,” said Brown, who caught five passes for a game-high 142 yards, including a half-spin, left-handed, one-handed catch on his left hip inside the right pylon while well covered by Chidobe Awuzie.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Happy divisional round.

I know you are exceedingly anxious, so I put together this mailbag to help you pass a bit of time as you countdown to kickoff.

Thanks for the questions.

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