14: Tennessee Titans Tumble Down AFC Power Rankings After Shaky Offseason
An offseason featuring tons of turnover on the roster and in the front office might force the franchise to take a brief step back in 2023. The depth chart is severely lacking at wide receiver, and the offensive line is full of unproven players, both young and old.
Furthermore, the defense boasts a few of the top players at their respective position, but the unit as a whole instills little fear in opponents. Jeffrey Simmons can only carry so much of the load by himself.
On offense, Derrick Henry is still arguably the best running back in the league. Unfortunately, teams will be able to zero in on Henry more than ever. Whether it’s Ryan Tannehill, Will Levis, or Malik Willis behind center, it will be tough sledding behind that offensive line. Don’t be surprised to see the Titans miss out on postseason play for a second straight season.
13: New England Patriots Continue Mediocre Stretch Of Play Without Tom Brady
It feels unnatural to rank a Patriots team this low on the AFC Power Rankings, but after limping to an 8-9 record in 2022, New England faces an uphill battle in a stacked division. Quarterback Mac Jones deserved better than what he got from the coaching staff and his pass catchers last season.
Thankfully for Patriots fans, Matt Patricia is no longer with the franchise, and more importantly, the team hired Bill O’Brien — a real offensive coordinator — to handle the offense. O’Brien is mostly known for his head coaching tenure with the Texans, but most recently he served as the play caller for Nick Saban at Alabama.
The defense has a chance to improve with the additions of cornerback Christian Gonzalez and defensive lineman Keion White. Both prospects can contribute as rookies, but the success of the unit will be determined by the second and third-year players. All in all, you never want to count Bill Belichick out, but it’s hard to get excited about the current roster.