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Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
Current season
Established August 3, 1959; 58 years ago (August 3, 1959)[1]
First season: 1960
Play in Nissan Stadium
Nashville, Tennessee
Headquartered in Saint Thomas Sports Park, Nashville, Tennessee
Tennessee Titans logo
Tennessee Titans wordmark
Logo Wordmark
League/conference affiliations

American Football League

  • Eastern Division (1960-1969)

National Football League (1970-present)

Current uniform
Tennessee Titans uniforms 2018.png
Team colors

Navy, Titans Blue, Red, Silver, White[2][3][4]

                        
Mascot T-Rac
Personnel
Owner(s) KSA Industries
Chairman Susie Adams Smith
Amy Adams Strunk
CEO Steve Underwood
President Steve Underwood
General manager Jon Robinson
Head coach Mike Vrabel
Team history
  • Houston Oilers (1960-1996)
  • Tennessee Oilers (1997-1998)
  • Tennessee Titans (1999-present)
Championships

League championships (2)

Conference championships (1)

Division championships (9)

Playoff appearances (22)
Home fields

The Tennessee Titans are a professional American football team based in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division. Previously known as the Houston Oilers, the team began play in 1960 in Houston, Texas, as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). The Oilers won the first two AFL Championships, and joined the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

The team relocated from Houston to Tennessee in 1997, and played at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis for one season. The team then moved to Nashville in 1998 and played in Vanderbilt Stadium. For those two years, they were known as the "Tennessee Oilers", but changed their name to "Tennessee Titans" for the 1999 season. The team currently plays at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, which opened in 1999 as Adelphia Coliseum. The Titans' training facility is at Saint Thomas Sports Park, a 31-acre (13 ha) site at the MetroCenter complex in Nashville.[5]

History

Logos and uniforms

The Tennessee Titans uniforms used from 2008-2017.

When the team debuted as the Houston Oilers in 1960, the club's logo was an oil rig derrick. Except for minor color changes throughout the years, this logo remained the same until the team was renamed the Titans in 1999. The logo was originally called "Ol' Riggy", but this was dropped before the start of the 1974 season.

The Oilers' uniforms consisted of blue or white jerseys, red trim, and white pants. From 1966 through 1971, the pants with both the blue and white jerseys were silver, to match the color of the helmets. The team commonly wore light blue pants on the road with the white jerseys from 1972 through 1994, with the exception of the 1980 season, and selected games in the mid 80s, when the team wore an all-white road combination. For selected games in 1973 and 1974, and again from 1981 through 1984, the Oilers wore their white jerseys at home. The light blue pants were discarded by coach Jeff Fisher in 1995.

From 1960 to about 1965 and from 1972 to 1974, they wore blue helmets; from 1966 to 1971, the helmets were silver; and they were white from 1975 to 1998.

During the 1997-98 period, when they were known as the "Tennessee Oilers", the team had an alternate logo that combined elements of the flag of Tennessee with the derrick logo. The team also wore their white uniforms in home games, as opposed to their time in Houston, when their blue uniforms were worn at home - in the two years as the Tennessee Oilers, the team only wore their colored jerseys twice, for road games against the Miami Dolphins and a Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys.

When the team was renamed the Titans, the club introduced a new logo: a circle with three stars, similar to that found on the flag of Tennessee, containing a large "T" with a trail of flames similar to a comet. The uniforms consisted of white helmets, red trim, and either navy or white jerseys. White pants were normally worn with the navy jerseys, and navy pants were worn with the white jerseys. On both the navy and white jerseys, the outside shoulders and sleeves were light "Titans blue". In a game against the Washington Redskins in 2006, the Titans wore their navy jerseys with navy pants for the first time.

Since 2000, the Titans have generally worn their dark uniforms at home throughout the preseason and regular season. They have worn white at home during daytime contests on many occasions for September home games to gain an advantage with the heat except in the 2005, 2006, and 2008 seasons.

The Titans introduced an alternate jersey in 2003 that was light "Titans blue", with navy outside shoulders and sleeves. That jersey was usually worn with the road blue pants. When it was the alternate jersey from 2003 to 2007, the Titans wore the jersey twice in each regular season game (and once in the preseason). They always wore the "Titans blue" jersey in their annual divisional game against the Houston Texans and for other selected home games which came mostly against a team from the old AFL (American Football League). Their selection in those games were representative of the organization's ties to Houston and the old AFL. In November 2006, the Titans introduced light "Titans blue" pants in a game at the Philadelphia Eagles. The pants were reminiscent of the ones donned by the Oilers. In December 2006, they combined the "Titans blue" pants with the "Titans blue" jersey to create an all "Titans blue" uniform - Vince Young appeared in this uniform in the cover art for the Madden NFL 08 video game.

During the 2006 season, the Titans wore seven different uniform combinations, pairing the white jersey with all three sets of pants (white, "Titans blue", navy blue), the navy jersey with the white and navy pants, and the "Titans blue" jersey with navy and Titans blue pants. In a 2007 against the Atlanta Falcons, the Titans paired the navy blue jersey with the Titans blue pants for the first time. They also wore the navy blue jerseys with the light blue pants against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team paired the Titans blue jerseys with the white pants for the first time on November 14, 2013, in a home game against the Indianapolis Colts.

In 2008, the "Titans blue" jerseys became the regular home uniforms, with the navy blue jerseys being relegated to alternate status,[6] but not worn until 2013 -- see below.

In 2009, the NFL and the Hall of Fame committee announced that the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills would begin the 2009 NFL preseason in the Hall of Fame Game. The game, played on Sunday, August 9, 2009, at Canton's Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium, was nationally televised on NBC. The Titans defeated the Bills by a score of 21-18.[7] In honor of the AFL's 50th anniversary, the Titans wore Oilers' uniforms for this game. Also in 2009, the team honored former quarterback Steve McNair by placing a small, navy blue disc on the back of their helmets with a white number nine inside of it (nine was the number McNair wore during his time with the Oilers/Titans).

From 2009 to 2012, the Titans did not wear an alternate jersey during any regular season games. It was not until 2013 that the team wore the navy blue jerseys twice in honor of the 15th anniversary as the "Titans."[8] The Titans wore white jerseys for all games in 2014, for the exceptions of two preseason home games, in which the team wore their light "Titans blue" jerseys, and an October 26, 2014, game against the Houston Texans, in which the Titans wore their navy blue uniforms.[9]

Beginning in 2015, navy blue became the team's primary home jersey color again, marking the first time since 2007 that the Titans wore navy as their primary home jersey, though the team plans to continue wearing white jerseys for early-season hot-weather home games. The light "Titans blue" jersey, which was the team's primary jersey color from 2008 to 2014, became the team's alternate jersey for a second time.[10][11]

The Titans debuted new uniforms on April 4, 2018, at an event attended by over ten thousand fans in downtown Nashville. The uniforms retain the old pallet of navy blue, "Titans blue", and white; with new red and silver elements being introduced. The new helmets are navy blue with one silver sword-shaped stripe through the center and grey facemasks, a change from the previous white helmets with two navy stripes and black facemasks.[12]

Rivals

The Titans share rivalries with their three AFC South opponents (Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, and Indianapolis Colts). They also have historical rivalries with former divisional opponents such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens (formerly the original Cleveland Browns) and Buffalo Bills, and during their time as the Houston Oilers, shared an in-state rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys.

Divisional Rivalries

Since their founding, the Jaguars have been seen from time to time as the Titans' primary rival due to constantly competitive games between the two franchises. The rivalry was heated in the late 1990s and early 2000s due to the success of both franchises at the time, including a season in which Jacksonville went 14-2 and Tennessee went 13-3. That season, all three of Jacksonville's losses (including the playoffs) came against the Titans, who went on to play in Super Bowl XXXIV. The rivalry then cooled with both teams experiencing misfortune in the late 2000s to early 2010s, but both teams ended lengthy playoff droughts in 2017.

The Texans see the Titans as their primary rival due to the Titans' previous history in Houston until their relocation to Tennessee, which remains on the minds of Houston fans to this day. The Titans dominated the rivalry in the early 2000s, but the series has since evened out in the 2010s.

The Colts have been mostly dominant in their rivalry with the Titans since the creation of the AFC South, with quarterbacks Peyton Manning and later Andrew Luck leading the Colts to consistent success. However, the rivalry has slowly become more even as of late.

Other Rivalries

As the Houston Oilers, the team was first in the same division as the Buffalo Bills in the days of the AFL, but were moved to the AFC Central division following the NFL-AFL merger. There, they developed a strong rivalry with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and later had a rivalry with the Baltimore Ravens in the late 1990s and early 2000s after becoming the Titans, especially after former Titans quarterback Steve McNair went to the Ravens. The Steelers were the Oilers' primary divisional rival and to this date, the Titans have played them more than any other NFL team.[13] The Steelers and Oilers were competitive in the 1970s, facing off in back-to-back AFC championship games towards the end of the decade. The teams both underwent hard times in the 1980s before re-emerging in the 1990s. After the Oilers' move to Tennessee and the re-alignment of the NFL's divisions in 2002, the Steelers-Titans rivalry has cooled somewhat as has the rivalry with the Ravens.[]

Even after the Bills and Oilers were placed in separate divisions following the merger, their rivalry remained strong into the 1980s and 1990s with Warren Moon leading the Oilers up against Jim Kelly and the Bills. Two of the most iconic playoff games in Oilers/Titans history have occurred against the Bills, including the Comeback (known as "the Choke" in Houston due to the team's historic collapse against the Bills) and the Music City Miracle, which occurred after the team moved to Nashville to become the Titans. The Bills and Titans were later featured in an "AFL legacy" game in 2009, as part of festivities commemorating the 50th anniversary of the AFL's foundation. Titans owner Bud Adams was fined $250,000 by the league following the 41-17 Titans win in which he gestured towards the Bills sideline, as he and Bills owner Ralph Wilson had maintained a friendly rivalry and were the last living original AFL owners at that time.[14]

Season-by-season records

Player information

Current roster


Retired numbers

Houston / Tennessee Oilers / Titans retired numbers
No. Player Position Years played
1 Warren Moon QB 1984-93
34 Earl Campbell RB 1978-84
43 Jim Norton S/P 1960-68
63 Mike Munchak OG 1982-93
65 Elvin Bethea DE 1968-83
74 Bruce Matthews OT 1983-2001

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Pro Football Hall of Fame members

Houston / Tennessee Oilers / Titans Hall of Famers
Players
No. Inductee Class Position Seasons
65 Bethea, ElvinElvin Bethea 2003 DE 1968-83
16 Blanda, GeorgeGeorge Blanda 1981 QB/K 1960-66
52 Brazile, RobertRobert Brazile 2018 OL 1975-84
34 Campbell, EarlEarl Campbell 1991 RB 1978-84
87 Casper, DaveDave Casper 2002 TE 1980-83
78 Culp, CurleyCurley Culp 2013 DT 1974-80
29 Houston, KenKen Houston 1986 S 1967-72
35 Johnson, John HenryJohn Henry Johnson 1987 FB 1966
18/40 Joiner, CharlieCharlie Joiner 1996 WR 1969-72
74 Matthews, BruceBruce Matthews 2007 OT 1983-2001
1 Moon, WarrenWarren Moon 2006 QB 1984-93
63 Munchak, MikeMike Munchak 2001 OG
Coach
1982-93
2011-13
12 Stabler, KenKen Stabler 2016 QB 1980-81
Coaches and Executives
Inductee Class Position Seasons
Baugh, SammySammy Baugh 1963 Coach 1964
Gillman, SidSid Gillman 1983 Coach 1973-74

Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Titans/Oilers Hall of Fame

Bud Adams established the Titans/Oilers Hall of Fame after the 40th season of the franchise to honor past players and management[16]

Houston / Tennessee Oilers / Titans Hall of Fame
No. Name Position Years Inducted
65 Elvin Bethea DE 1968-83 December 9, 1999
16 George Blanda QB/K 1960-66
34 Earl Campbell RB 1978-84
-- Mike Holovak GM 1989-93
29 Ken Houston S 1967-72
63 Mike Munchak G 1982-93
43 Jim Norton P 1960-68
74 Bruce Matthews OL 1983-2001 December 8, 2002
1 Warren Moon QB 1984-93 October 1, 2007
-- Bud Adams Owner/founder 1959-2013 September 7, 2008
27 Eddie George RB 1996-2003 October 27, 2008
9 Steve McNair QB 1995-2005
41/89 Frank Wycheck TE 1995-2003

Franchise leaders

Bold denotes still active with team

Italics denote still active but not with team

Passing yards (regular season) (as of Week 17 of the 2017 season)[17]

Rushing yards (regular season) (as of Week 17 of the 2017 season)[17]

Receiving yards (regular season) (as of Week 17 of the 2017 season)[17]

Coaching staff

Head coaches

Current staff

Radio and television

The flagship radio station of the Titans Radio Network for several years was WKDF 103.3-FM. However WGFX 104.5-FM, the original Tennessee Oilers/Titans Radio flagship station, again serves as the Titans Radio flagship station since the 2010 season. Mike Keith is the team's play-by-play announcer, and former Titans tight end Frank Wycheck provides color commentary during games. Previous to Wycheck, Pat Ryan provided the color commentary. Larry Stone is also a part of the team, providing injury and scoring updates. The Titans Radio Network is broadcast on some 70 other stations.[18]

The team had long resisted placing any of its games on Sirius XM Radio.[19] According to the Titans Radio Network, this was because the Titans' contract with Citadel Broadcasting (parent of both WKDF and WGFX) predated the arrival of satellite radio, thus there was no provision for the NFL to reserve satellite-radio rights.[20] In 2011, the Titans were able to extend their agreement with existing radio partners while creating a provision allowing home games to be broadcast on SiriusXM. They were the final team in the NFL to reach such a deal.[21]

Most preseason games are televised on WKRN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Nashville. WKRN-TV also airs a weekly show on Tuesday nights. The show, called Titans on 2, was most recently hosted by head coach Ken Whisenhunt and WKRN-TV anchors Cory Curtis and Audra Martin. The show is an opportunity for the coach to talk about the team's latest matchup and looks forward to the upcoming game.

For regular season games, WTVF, the CBS affiliate for Nashville is the main station airing them. WZTV, Fox affiliate if they host an NFC team, WSMV-TV, NBC for Sunday Night Football broadcasts, and WKRN-TV, ABC for simulcasts of ESPN's Monday Night Football.

Radio affiliates

See also

References

  1. ^ "History: 1959-1969". Tennessee Titans. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ Wyatt, Jim (April 4, 2018). "The Story Behind Titans New Uniforms, and Helmet". Tennessee Titans. Retrieved 2018. The color palette navy, Titan blue, red, silver and white remains unchanged. 
  3. ^ "Titans Fingertip Information" (PDF). 2017 Tennessee Titans Media Guide. Tennessee Titans. July 24, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  4. ^ "Tennessee Titans Team Capsule" (PDF). 2017 Official National Football League Record and Fact Book. National Football League. August 22, 2017. Retrieved 2018. 
  5. ^ "Titans Practice Facility Renamed "Saint Thomas Sports Park"". Tennessee Titans. July 11, 2013. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ Samuel, Michael (July 6, 2008). "Titans Decide To Change Their Home Uniform". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2015. 
  7. ^ "Bills vs. Titans in 2009 Hall of Fame Game" (Press release). Pro Football Hall of Fame. January 31, 2009. Retrieved 2015. 
  8. ^ Wyatt, Jim (July 27, 2013). "Titans to bring back navy blue". The Tennesseean. Retrieved 2013. 
  9. ^ Kuharsky, Paul (November 21, 2014). "RTC: It's white the rest of the way for Titans". ESPN. Retrieved 2014. 
  10. ^ Wyatt, Jim (November 20, 2014). "Titans will stick with white jerseys". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2014. 
  11. ^ Wyatt, Jim (August 25, 2015). "Ask Jim: Questions on O-Line, Mettenberger and More". Tennessee Titans. Retrieved 2015. 
  12. ^ "Titans' 20th season in Tennessee features new-look uniforms, helmets". April 5, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 
  13. ^ Titans-Steelers matchup nothing new, then or now Nashville Post (09/04/2013)
  14. ^ "Adams draws $250K fine from NFL", ESPN News service, 16 Nov 2009, accessed 21 Nov 2009
  15. ^ "Retired Jersey Numbers". Tennessee Titans. Retrieved 2015. 
  16. ^ "Titans/Oilers Hall of Fame". Tennessee Titans. Retrieved 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c "Titans Leaders". Football Reference. 2015-11-11. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ "Titans Radio Network". Tennessee Titans. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 2009. 
  19. ^ Sirius XM Radio promotional material. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  20. ^ "Titans Radio Contact Form & FAQ". Titans Radio Network. Archived from the original on 2008-10-28. Retrieved . 
  21. ^ Kuharsky, Paul (June 16, 2011). "At long last, Titans Radio goes satellite". ESPN. Retrieved 2015. 

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