Tennessee Titans

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Tennessee Titans
Current season
Established 1960; 55 years ago (1960)
Play in LP Field
Nashville, Tennessee
Headquartered in Saint Thomas Sports Park, Nashville, Tennessee
Tennessee Titans logo
Logo
League/conference affiliations

American Football League

  • Eastern Division (1960–1969)

National Football League (1970–present)

Current uniform
AFCS-Uniform-TEN.PNG
Team colors

Navy, Blue, Red, White, Silver[1]

                        
Mascot T-Rac
Personnel
Owner(s) KSA Industries
Chairman Susie Adams Smith Co-Chairman
Amy Adams Hunt Co-Chairman
CEO Steve Underwood
President Steve Underwood
General manager Ruston Webster
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt
Team history
Championships

League championships (2)

Conference championships (1)

  • AFC: 1999

Division championships (9)

  • AFL East: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1967
  • AFC Central: 1991, 1993, 2000
  • AFC South: 2002, 2008
Playoff appearances (21)
  • AFL: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1969
  • NFL: 1978, 1979, 1980, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008
Home fields
  • a.k.a. Adelphia Coliseum (1999–2002)
  • a.k.a. The Coliseum (2002–2006)

The Tennessee Titans are a professional American football team and one of the 32 franchises of the National Football League (NFL). Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the Titans are members of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC). Previously known as the Houston Oilers, the team began play in 1960 in Houston as a charter member of the American Football League. 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 Texas to Tennessee in 1997, and played at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis for one season. They moved to Nashville in 1998 and played in Vanderbilt Stadium. For those two years, the team was known as the Tennessee Oilers, and changed its name to "Titans" in 1999. The team plays at LP Field in Nashville, which opened in 1999 as Adelphia Coliseum. The Titans' training facility is at Saint Thomas Sports Park,[2] a 31-acre (13 ha) site at the MetroCenter complex, located just north of downtown Nashville, about 5 miles (8 km) from LP Field.

History[edit]

Logos and uniforms[edit]

Houston/Tennessee Oilers logo, depicting an oil rig derrick, used prior to 1999.
Tennessee Oilers uniform: 1997–98

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 consist of white helmets, red trim, and either navy or white jerseys. White pants are normally worn with the navy jerseys, and navy pants are worn with the white jerseys. On both the navy and white jerseys, the outside shoulders and sleeves are light "Titans Blue." In a game vs. 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 in daytime contests for a few occasions in 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 is 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 2003–07, the Titans wore the jersey twice in each regular season game (and once in the preseason). They would always wear the "Titans Blue" jersey in their 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, a game which they won. They also did the navy blue jerseys with the light blue pants against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they lost that game. 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,[3] but not worn until 2013 — see below.

In 2009, The NFL and Hall of Fame committee announced that the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills would kick-off the 2009 National Football League 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.[4] 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 9 inside of it (9 was the number McNair wore during his time with the Oilers/Titans).

From 2009–12, the Titans did not wear an alternate jersey during any regular season games until 2013, in which the team wore the navy blue jerseys twice in honor of the 15th anniversary as the "Titans."[5] 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 vs. the Houston Texans, in which the Titans wore their navy blue uniforms.[6]

Beginning in 2015, navy blue will become the team's primary home jersey color, marking the first time since 2007 that the Titans will wear navy as their primary home jersey, though the team is expected to continue wearing white jerseys for early-season hot-weather home games. It is unknown if the light "Titans Blue" jerseys, which was the team's primary jersey color from 2008–14, will become the team's alternate jersey for a second time.[7]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Players of note[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Tennessee Titans roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • Currently vacant

Unrestricted FAs

Rookies in italics
Roster updated May 3, 2015
Depth ChartTransactions

90 Active, 0 Inactive, 9 FAs, 9 Unsigned

AFC rostersNFC rosters

Retired numbers[8][edit]

Player Position Years played
1 Warren Moon QB 1984–93
9 Steve McNair QB 1995-2005
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 OL 1983–2001

Pro Football Hall of Famers[edit]

Inductee Class Position Seasons
Baugh, SammySammy Baugh 1963 Coach 1964
Bethea, ElvinElvin Bethea 2003 Defensive End 1968–83
Blanda, GeorgeGeorge Blanda 1981 Quarterback/ Kicker 1960–66
Campbell, EarlEarl Campbell 1991 Running Back 1978–84
Casper, DaveDave Casper 2002 Tight End 1980–83
Culp, CurleyCurley Culp 2013 Defensive Tackle 1974–80
Gillman, SidSid Gillman 1983 Coach 1973–74
Houston, KenKen Houston 1986 Safety 1967–72
Johnson, John HenryJohn Henry Johnson 1987 Fullback 1966
Joiner, CharlieCharlie Joiner 1996 Wide Receiver 1969–72
Matthews, BruceBruce Matthews 2007 Offensive Line 1983–2001
Moon, WarrenWarren Moon 2006 Quarterback 1984–93
Munchak, MikeMike Munchak 2001 Offensive Guard
Coach
1982–93
2011–13

Titans/Oilers Hall of Fame[edit]

Bud Adams established the Titans/Oilers Hall of Fame after the 40th season of the franchise to honor past players and management.[9]

Name Position Years Inducted
Elvin Bethea Defensive end 1968–83 December 9, 1999
George Blanda Quarterback/Kicker 1960–66 December 9, 1999
Earl Campbell Running back 1978–84 December 9, 1999
Mike Holovak General manager 1989–93 December 9, 1999
Ken Houston Safety 1967–72 December 9, 1999
Mike Munchak Guard 1982–93 December 9, 1999
Jim Norton Punter 1960–68 December 9, 1999
Bruce Matthews Offensive lineman 1983–2001 December 8, 2002
Warren Moon Quarterback 1984–93 October 1, 2007
Bud Adams Owner and founder 1959–2013 September 7, 2008
Eddie George Running back 1996–2003 October 27, 2008
Steve McNair Quarterback 1995–2005 October 27, 2008
Frank Wycheck Tight end 1995–2003 October 27, 2008

Coaches of note[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Current staff[edit]

Tennessee Titans staff
Front Office
Head Coaches
Offensive Coaches
 
Defensive Coaches
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning

Coaching Staff
Management
More NFL staffs

AFC East
BUF
MIA
NE
NYJ
North
BAL
CIN
CLE
PIT
South
HOU
IND
JAX
TEN
West
DEN
KC
OAK
SD
NFC East
DAL
NYG
PHI
WAS
North
CHI
DET
GB
MIN
South
ATL
CAR
NO
TB
West
ARI
STL
SF
SEA

Radio and television[edit]

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.[10]

The team had long resisted placing any of its games on Sirius XM Radio.[11] 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.[12] But 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.[13]

Most preseason games are televised on WKRN, the ABC affiliate in Nashville. WKRN 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 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, NBC for Sunday Night Football broadcasts, and WKRN, ABC for simulcasts of ESPN's Monday Night Football.

Radio Affiliates[edit]

Further information: Titans Radio Network

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 Tennessee Titans Media Guide" (PDF). Tennessee Titans. July 17, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Titans Practice Facility Renamed "Saint Thomas Sports Park"". TitansOnline.com (Official site of the Tennessee Titans). 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  3. ^ "Titans Decide To Change Their Home Uniform". Bleacher Report. 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Hall Release » Bills vs. Titans in 2009 Hall of Fame Game". Profootballhof.com. 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  5. ^ Wyatt, Jim (July 27, 2013). "Titans to bring back navy blue". The Tennesseean. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ Kuharsky, Paul (November 21, 2014). "RTC: It's white the rest of the way for Titans". ESPN. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ Wyatt, Jim (November 21, 2014). "Titans will stick with white jerseys". The Tennessean. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ Tennessee Titans | Retired Jersey Numbers. Titansonline.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-03.
  9. ^ Tennessee Titans | Titans/Oilers Hall of Fame. Titansonline.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-03.
  10. ^ "Titans Radio Network". Tennessee Titans. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2009. 
  11. ^ Sirius XM Radio promotional material. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  12. ^ "Titans Radio Contact Form & FAQ". Titans Radio Network. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  13. ^ "At long last, Titans Radio goes satellite". ESPN.com. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 

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