2000 Tennessee Titans season

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2000 Tennessee Titans season
Head coach Jeff Fisher
Home field Adelphia Coliseum
Results
Record 13–3
Division place 1st AFC Central
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Playoff (Ravens 24-10)
Pro Bowlers 7
Timeline
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< 1999 2001 >

The 2000 Tennessee Titans season was the franchise's 41st season and their 31st in the National Football League. It was the team's second being known as the "Titans." The team entered the season as the defending AFC Champions, having narrowly lost Super Bowl XXXIV to the St. Louis Rams.

Tennessee's 13–3 record was the best in the NFL in 2000, and earned the Titans a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. In the Titans' first playoff game, however, they were upset by their division rivals, the fourth-seeded Baltimore Ravens, who would go on to win the Super Bowl.

The 2006 edition of Pro Football Prospectus,[1] listed the 2000 Titans as one of their "Heartbreak Seasons," in which teams "dominated the entire regular season only to falter in the playoffs, unable to close the deal."

Said Pro Football Prospectus of the 2000 Titans, "Only one of the last eight teams to lose the Super Bowl has made the playoffs the next season: the 2000 Tennessee Titans.[2] The Titans did not just make the playoffs; they waltzed in with the highest [efficiency-rating] in the league and a 13–3 record. The three losses had come by a combined seven points."

"The Titans first playoff game came against their bitter division rivals, the Baltimore Ravens," Pro Football Prospectus continued. "Clearly prepared for a rematch with Baltimore's stifling defense, the Titans outgained the Ravens 317 yards to 134. They converted 23 first downs to the Ravens' 6. They had a time of possession advantage of 40:29–19:31. And they lost the game 24–10."

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

= Pro Bowler [3]
Round (Pick) Player Position College
1 (30) Keith Bulluck Linebacker Syracuse
3 (68) Erron Kinney Tight End Florida
3 (93) Byron Frisch Defensive End BYU
4 (124) Bobby Myers Safety Wisconsin
4 (128) Peter Sirmon Linebacker Oregon
5 (135) Aric Morris Safety Michigan State
5 (160) Frank Chamberlin Linebacker Boston College
6 (197) Robaire Smith Defensive End Michigan State
7 (213) Mike Green Running Back Houston
7 (237) Wes Shivers Guard Mississippi State

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2000 Tennessee Titans staff
Front office
  • Founder/Owner/Chairman of the Board/CEO – Bud Adams
  • President/Chief Operating Officer – Jeff Diamond
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Floyd Reese
  • Director of Player Personnel – Rich Snead

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Steve Watterson

Roster[edit]

2000 Tennessee Titans roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date TV Time Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3, 2000 ESPN 7:30 pm CDT at Buffalo Bills L 13–16
72,492
2 September 10, 2000 CBS 12:00 pm CDT Kansas City Chiefs W 17–14
68,203
3 Bye
4 September 24, 2000 CBS 12:00 pm CDT at Pittsburgh Steelers W 23–20
51,769
5 October 1, 2000 FOX 12:00 pm CDT New York Giants W 28–14
68,341
6 October 8, 2000 CBS 12:00 pm CDT at Cincinnati Bengals W 23–14
63,406
7 October 16, 2000 ABC 8:00 pm CDT Jacksonville Jaguars W 27–13
68,498
8 October 22, 2000 CBS 12:00 pm CDT at Baltimore Ravens W 14–6
69,200
9 October 30, 2000 ABC 8:00 pm CDT at Washington Redskins W 27–21
83,472
10 November 5, 2000 CBS 12:00 pm CDT Pittsburgh Steelers W 9–7
68,498
11 November 12, 2000 CBS 12:00 pm CDT Baltimore Ravens L 23–24
68,490
12 November 19, 2000 CBS 12:00 pm CDT Cleveland Browns W 24–10
68,498
13 November 26, 2000 CBS 3:15 pm CDT at Jacksonville Jaguars L 13–16
65,454
14 December 3, 2000 CBS 12:00 pm CDT at Philadelphia Eagles W 15–13
65,639
15 December 10, 2000 CBS 12:00 pm CDT Cincinnati Bengals W 35–3
68,498
16 December 17, 2000 CBS 12:00 pm CDT at Cleveland Browns W 24–0
72,318
17 December 25, 2000 ABC 8:00 pm CDT Dallas Cowboys W 31–0
68,498

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Tennessee Titans 13 3 0 .813 346 191
Baltimore Ravens 12 4 0 .750 333 165
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 7 0 .563 321 255
Jacksonville Jaguars 7 9 0 .438 367 327
Cincinnati Bengals 4 12 0 .250 185 359
Cleveland Browns 3 13 0 .188 161 419

Playoffs[edit]

AFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

Main article: 2000-01 NFL playoffs
Baltimore Ravens 24, Tennessee Titans 10
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 0 7 3 14 24
Titans 7 0 3 0 10

at Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee

Even though they had only 134 yards of total offense and six first downs, the Ravens broke a 10–10 tie in the fourth quarter with Anthony Mitchell's 90-yard touchdown return of a blocked Al Del Greco field goal and then added seven more with a 50-yard interception return by Ray Lewis.

Awards and records[edit]

  • Led NFL, Average Time of Possession (33 minutes, 48 seconds per game) [4]
  • Led NFL, Pass Defense [4]
  • Led NFL, Total Defense [4]
  • Eddie George, PFW/PFWA All-Pro Team [5]
  • Derrick Mason, Associated Press All-Pro [5]
  • Derrick Mason, All-NFL Team (as selected by the Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly, and the Pro Football Writers of America) [6]
  • Derrick Mason, NFL Special Teams Player of the Month, October [4]
  • Derrick Mason, Pro Football Writers of America All-Pro Team
  • Bruce Matthews, All-NFL Team (as selected by the Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly, and the Pro Football Writers of America) [6]
  • Bruce Matthews, Associated Press All-Pro [5]
  • Bruce Matthews, PFW/PFWA All-Pro Team [5]
  • Samari Rolle, Associated Press All-Pro
  • Samari Rolle, All-NFL Team (as selected by the Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly, and the Pro Football Writers of America) [6]
  • Samari Rolle, Pro Football Writers of America All-Pro Team

Milestones[edit]

Pro Bowl selections[edit]

  • Blaine Bishop, Cornerback, Starter [7]
  • Eddie George, Running Back, Reserve [7]
  • Brad Hopkins, Tackle, Starter [7]
  • Jevon Kearse, Defensive End, Reserve [7]
  • Derrick Mason, Kick Returner, Reserve [7]
  • Samari Rolle, Cornerback, Starter [7]
  • Frank Wycheck, Tight End, Reserve [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pro Football Prospectus 2006 (ISBN 0761142177), p.73-75
  2. ^ Ranging from 1998 to 2005
  3. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  4. ^ a b c d NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 215
  5. ^ a b c d NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 203
  6. ^ a b c NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 202
  7. ^ a b c d e f g NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 362