Tennessee Titans

American Football League (1960-1969)

  • Eastern Division (1960-1969)

National Football League ( 1970-present )

  • Houston Oilers (1960-1996)
  • Tennessee Oilers (1997-1998)
  • Tennessee Titans (1999 -present)
  • AFL wins 1960 1961
  • AFC: 1999
  • AFL East: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1967
  • AFC Central: 1991, 1993, 2000
  • AFC South: 2002, 2008
  • Jeppesen Stadium (1960-1964)
  • Rice Stadium ( 1965-67 )
  • Reliant Astrodome ( 1968-96 )
  • Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (1997)
  • Vanderbilt Stadium ( 1998)
  • LP Field (1999 -present) also known as Adelphia Coliseum ( 1999-02 )
  • Aka The Coliseum ( 2002-06 )

The Tennessee Titans are an American football team in the National Football League ( NFL) from Nashville, Tennessee in the United States. They play in the American Football Conference ( AFC) belonging Southern Division, together with the Houston Texans, the Indianapolis Colts and the Jacksonville Jaguars. From its foundation in 1959 or the first division operation in 1960 to extract from the Reliant Astrodome in 1996 they were called Houston Oilers, until the move to the current stadium, LP Field, Tennessee Oilers in 1998.

The Titans were in 1959 a founding member of the American Football League ( AFL), changed after its dissolution, however, in the NFL. In the first two years of the AFL, the team was able to win the final, what are their only successes in terms of gained playoffs to date. Your first Super Bowl they could play in 2000, but lost it against the St. Louis Rams.

Team History

1959-1970 - Founding and the time in the AFL

On August 3, 1959 Bud Adams was the sixth of eight licenses awarded to a team from the American Football League. He called the team on 31 October in the same year " sentimental and social reasons, " Oilers. On 11 December 1960, the Oilers were able to win the first of their two playoff success so far: first, you won the AFL Eastern Division with a 31-23 against the Buffalo Bills, and then their first AFL title with 24-16 over the Los Angeles Chargers. The second and also last AFL Championship was able to celebrate a year later with a 10-3 victory over the newly -based San Diego Chargers team.

The 1970s - Sporty failure and the birth of a star

From the year 1970, the Oilers played in the newly united National Football League ( NFL), more precisely in the American Football Conference ( AFC) in the Central Division.

Sporting the team could hardly set the scene. In the years 1972 and 1973, the Oilers ever reached only a victory of the season. Head Coach Bill Peterson was dismissed with the appalling record of 1-18 in October 1973, making it the least successful coaches the club's history.

1978 pod judge the Oilers in the first place the young running back Earl Campbell, who was in his first season to the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player ( MVP), the most valuable player of the year selected. The Oilers won the December 24, 1978 for the first time in 17 years again a play-off game and were only stopped in the AFC Championship game by eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. A year later, the Oilers missed also after a defeat against the Pittsburgh Steelers again barely a place in the Super Bowl.

The 1980s

1982-1983 Archie Manning played for the Houston Oilers, who previously acted eleven years with the New Orleans Saints. Manning came to a total of only two games for the Oilers before he left the club again. Archie Manning is the father of the brothers Peyton and Eli Manning, both of which are also active as a successful quarterback in the NFL. Both players have already won the Super Bowl ( Peyton Manning with the Indianapolis Colts and brother Eli with the New York Giants ).

Also in 1982 came the " offensive lineman " Mike Munchak to the Oilers. His twelve seasons in the NFL spent the later Hall -of- Fame player exclusively with the Oilers. He remained loyal to the organization and later worked from 1994-2010 as " offensive line coach" and was named the new head coach in 2011.

Earl Campbell played until 1984 for the Oilers, was chosen five times in the Pro Bowl and set in 1980 with 1,934 yards accrued a record in the NFL at, just behind OJ Simpsons gelaufenem 2,003 yards record set in 1973.

In 1984 Campbell joined in exchange for a first-round pick in the NFL Draft to the New Orleans Saints. In the same year the Oilers quarterback Warren Moon committed, which is not the "classic quarterbacks " counted because of his black skin and initially made ​​his money in Canada. The next ten years led the Oilers Moon as a playmaker on the field. In the years 1987-1989 the Oilers reached three times the play-offs but failed in each of the Divisional Playoffs in 1989 even in the Wild Card round.

The 1990s - an era begins, but a yard is missing!

1990 Warren Moon showed his class once again demonstrated: Moon threw 4,689 yards and 33 touchdowns in only 15 games this season. For this he was awarded the NFL Offensive Player of the Year and his third out of nine Pro Bowl nominations. Against the Kansas City Chiefs Moon threw 527 yards, a performance that in NFL history only by Norm Van Brocklin (554 yards in 1951 ) has been exceeded to this day (January 2011). 1993 parted ways and Moon continued his career with the Minnesota Vikings continue. He played until the year 2000 in the NFL and managed in his career, most yards through the passing game. After end of his career he was overtaken by Brett Favre, Dan Marino and John Elway, occupied in early 2011 but still 4th place these statistics. In addition, Moon became the first black quarterback in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Sporty, the Oilers were able to qualify in the years 1990-1993 for the play- offs. Thus, the team was able to move seven times in a row in the playoffs ( the hitherto longest series) to celebrate but without greater success.

In November 1994, the Oilers parted after a 1-9 start by Jack Pardee and appointed the former defensive coordinator Jeff Fisher as the new head coach who should guide the team for 16 years. With a 24-10 victory over the New York Jets Fisher celebrated his first NFL victory with the Oilers.

On 22 April 1995, the Houston Oilers drafteten third quarterback Steve McNair. The following year came Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George in the NFL Draft to the team. While the team's athletic reinforced and further developed, it rumbled vigorously behind the scenes. Owner Bud Adams wanted a new stadium for his team. So far, the Oilers shared the Astrodome with the baseball team of the Houston Astros. The Astrodome was therefore not a pure American football stadium with a capacity of 50,000 seats, compared to other stages also quite small. In 1987 Adams threatened the city of Houston a move the Oilers to Jacksonville on, should not be converted, the Astrodome. The city acquiesced, was persuaded to further 10,000 seats and 65 "Luxury Boxes" and thus secured the whereabouts of the Oilers for another ten years. After this period, and no further agreement Bud Adams became aware of an offer from Nashville. There, the construction of a new arena was planned ( the Adelphia Coliseum LP Field today ). First, the city unsuccessfully attempted the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League ( NHL) to lure to Nashville before Bud Adams offered his Oilers.

The news of the relocation of the Oilers was recorded in Houston with horror. The last season in the Astrodome in 1996 was for the Oilers to a disaster. The crowd refused to support the team and radio stations discontinued the coverage and reporting. On 15 December 1996, the Oilers made ​​their last game in Houston and lost 13-21 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

As of 1997, the Tennessee Oilers played on a transitional basis at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, as the planned new stadium still took two years to complete. This decision was again extremely controversial, as Memphis itself would have liked to have had its own NFL team and now the Oilers only to house temporarily. People in Memphis thus showed little interest in the Oilers. For the fans of Nashville, however, was the long journey a problem. So it was that the Oilers had to play a season before the smallest number of audience since 1950. Due to the small audience popularity, Bud Adams chose the home for the 1998 season but to move to Nashville, where the Oilers were able to fill the smaller Vanderbilt Stadium with local supporters. In both transition seasons, the " Tennessee Oilers " missed the playoffs.

To symbolize a new beginning in Nashville, Bud Adams decided to change the team name, and team colors. On 14 November 1998, the new name Tennessee Titans, and the new coat of arms was presented.

The first "real" season in their new home should be the most successful and dramatic of the recent club history: The Titans finished the season with an outstanding record of 13-3, but qualified behind the Jacksonville Jaguars ( 14-2 ) only via the Wild Card for the play- offs. In the AFC wild card game at home in the Adelphia Coliseum against the Buffalo Bills occurred in the last play of the so-called Music City Miracle. With only 16 seconds remaining play time and a 15-16 points behind Lorenzo Neal handed the captive kickoff at Titans tight end Frank Wycheck, who threw the ball nearly parallel across the field to Kevin Dyson. Dyson was able then to cover 75 yards and to get the game-winning touchdown. This turn is one of the most spectacular and most controversial NFL history. Even today, experts argue about the fact whether Wychecks pass was really thrown back, or at least took a straight line. At a kickoff return passes are only allowed to the rear.

The second playoff round ( AFC Divisional ) won the Titans against the Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning with their 19-16. Eddie George ran it a team record with 162 yards.

The AFC Championship game to lead the Titans to Florida, to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who completed the season with a record of 14-2. However, both defeats came in games against the Titans. And also in this meeting the guys from " Music City USA" nose had clearly with 33-14 front and went for the first time in their history in the Super Bowl a.

Super Bowl XXXIV

On 30 January 2000, the Titans met at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on the St. Louis Rams. By half time the game was relatively balanced, Rams kicker Jeff Wilkins only took his team with three field goals 9-0 lead. In the second half, the Rams went with the first touchdown of the game by Torry Holt 16-0 in front before the Titans started a big comeback. Two touchdowns by Eddie George and a field goal by Al Del Greco, who controlled the interim compensation of 16-16. However, a subsequent 73 - yard touchdown pass by Rams quarterback Kurt Warner brought the 23-16 and the new residue.

This was followed by the last attack of the Titans at a remaining play time of 1:48 min. Titans quarterback Steve McNair has also produced successful passes to Derrick Mason to Frank Wycheck and Kevin Dyson. Two more penalties for the Rams brought the Titans finally at six seconds remaining time to the 10 yard line in front of the opponent's end zone. After using the last break the Titans remained therefore only one last move, which should take most dramatic in the history of the NFL.

Legend: 1Angebrachte passes / pass attempts 2Läufe 3Längstes Play 4Gefangene passports

The last move (The final play - one yard short)

The Defense of the Rams focused on the cover of Frank Wycheck, which Steve McNair freestanding Kevin Dyson found with his passport. Dyson began about five yards before the end zone the ball defender Mike Jones scored the tackle by clutched Dyson's legs and brought him down. Dyson, however, was now on Jones, not yet touched the ground, trying to get the ball into the end zone with an outstretched arm. But it was not enough, the St. Louis Rams won the Super Bowl.

From 2000 until today

In 2000, the Titans covered with a 13-3 balance into the play -offs, but failed later in the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. In 2002, the Pittsburgh Steelers were defeated in the first play-off round against the Oakland Raiders, the Titans then lost in the AFC Championship Game. In 2003, Steve McNair won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award (along with Peyton Manning ). However, before the play- offs failed with his team later in the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, won McNair and the Titans, the AFC Wild Card play-off game with the Baltimore Ravens with 20-17.

In the years 2004 and 2005, the Titans reached a total of only nine victories in 23 defeats. Many stars were hurt for a long time, so that a large section was daring. Players like Eddie George and Derrick Mason left the club. Steve McNair was also traded to Baltimore. The team met with young players such as cornerback Adam Jones, offensive tackle Michael Roos and in April 2006, quarterback Vince Young. But first Kerry Collins should take over the role of starting quarterback.

After five losses in a row ( usually with veteran Kerry Collins) Vince Young led the Titans to a 8-8 even balance ( including six wins in a row ). Young was selected this year for the NFL Rookie of the Year. In the following season, Young was the team even lead again in the play-offs, but was right in the first game against the San Diego Chargers, the last stop.

Plagued by injuries repeatedly had to suspend several games and jump in his replacement Kerry Collins Vince Young. Coach Jeff Fisher had a 2008 back on the veteran as the starter. In the 2008 NFL Draft chose Titans running back Chris Johnson ranks 24 out in the first round. The team laid a good season out with a record of 13-3 victories. However, was back in the first play-off final round. Three Red -zone turnovers and penalties brought the twelve Titans against the Baltimore Ravens on the losing side.

After a disappointing start with a 0-6 record in the 2009 season, the pressure grew on Coach Jeff Fisher and his decision in favor of Collins. Well at the direction of club owner Bud Adams certain Fisher again Vince Young to the starter, which then eight of his ten games won with his team, including five wins in a row after the quarterback change. Against the Arizona Cardinals succeeded Young in 2:30 min 99 yards to contribute to victory. He threw passes for 94 yards and ran five yards, the decisive touchdown pass to rookie Kenny Britt started as the last seconds of the game expired.

After 134 yards accrued in the last game of the season succeeded in running back Chris Johnson Walk as the sixth player in the NFL history, more than 2,000 yards in a season.

2010 started Vince Young and the Titans with a 5-5 balance, before the quarterback injured again during the game against the Washington Redskins. The player himself wanted to go to a treatment back into the field, but Jeff Fisher refused him the return. Furious, he threw his shoulder pads and his jersey in the stands before Young left the pitch. After another confrontation in the locker room Fisher rookie Rusty Smith decided to make his new quarterback. The injury from Young was in this decision rather zweitranging. Except a lost Titans with Smith and later with Kerry Collins as the starter all the remaining games of the season.

After the season to owner Bud Adams and Jeff Fisher decided not to continue to rely on Vince Young to do so. The Titans era of Vince Young thus ends with a 30-17 balance ( 63.8 %) after five years. During this time, he missed 33 games, of which the Titans won 15 ( 45.5 %).

Coach Jeff Fisher's future with the Titans should be ensured after the decision against Young, but surprisingly announced Fisher end of January 2011 to his farewell. After 16 years as head coach of the Oilers / Titans Mike Munchak took over the position of head coach with the Titans.

In the first five games of the 2012 season 30 points or more have been approved by the Titans every time. Only the Chicago Cardinals in 1954 were just as unsuccessful in NFL history.

Members in the Pro Football Hall

Locked back numbers

Members in the Titans / Oilers Hall of Fame

Current squad


Running backs

  • 23 Shonn Greene
  • 28 Chris Johnson
  • 45 Quinn Johnson FB
  • 42 Collin Mooney FB

Wide Receiver

  • - Lamont Bryant
  • 15 Justin Hunter
  • 14 Michael Preston
  • 85 Nate Washington
  • - Isaiah Williams
  • 13 Kendall Wright

Tight Ends

  • - Jason Schepler
  • 86 Adam Schiltz
  • 88 Craig Stevens
  • 84 Taylor Thompson
  • 82 Delanie Walker

Offensive linemen

  • 77 Jeff Adams T
  • 69 Tyler Horn G / C
  • 67 Andy Levitre G
  • 71 Michael Roos T
  • 62 Brian Schwenke C
  • 76 David Stewart T
  • 70 Chance Warmack G

Defensive linemen

  • 78 Chigbo Anunoby DT
  • 99 Jurrell Casey DT
  • - Marcus Dixon DE
  • 98 Lavar Edwards DE
  • 94 Sammie Hill DT
  • 97 Karl Klug DE
  • 93 Mike Martin DT
  • 91 Derrick Morgan DE
  • Adewale Ojomo 75 DE
  • Kamerion Wimbley DE 95


  • Akeem Ayers OLB 56
  • 57 Patrick Bailey OLB
  • 55 Zach Brown OLB
  • 51 Brandon Copeland OLB
  • 53 Moise Fokou MLB
  • 50 Zaviar Gooden OLB
  • - David Hinds LB
  • 52 Colin McCarthy MLB
  • 49 Jonathan Willard OLB

Defensive Backs

  • 40 George Baker CB
  • 37 Tommie Campbell CB
  • 33 Michael Griffin FS
  • 30 Jason McCourty CB
  • 32 Micah Pellerin CB
  • 24 Coty Sensabaugh S
  • 39 Daimion Stafford SS
  • 21 George Wilson FS
  • 29 Blidi Wreh -Wilson CB
  • 36 Khalid Wooten CB

Special Teams

  • 2 Rob Bironas K
  • - Maikon Bonani K
  • 48 Beau Brinkley LS
  • 6 board core P

Reserve list

Currently vacant

Unrestricted FAs

  • 22 Jackie Battle RB
  • 18 Kenny Britt WR
  • 90 DT Antonio Johnson
  • 83 Marc Mariani WR
  • 61 Kevin Matthews C
  • 66 Mike Otto T
  • 92 DE Ropati Pitoitua
  • 31 Bernard Pollard SS
  • 11 Rusty Smith QB
  • 60 Chris Spencer G / C
  • 58 Rob Turner C / G
  • 20 Alterraun Verner CB
  • 26 Leon Washington RB
  • 87 Kevin Walter WR
  • 17 Damian Williams WR

Rookies in italics Roster as of January 8, 2014 Depth Chart • Transactions 59 Active, 0 Inactive, 15 FAs

Coach ( head coaches )