- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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For an upcoming project, I need to select the best Oilers/Titans team of all time.
While I know a lot of Titans fans consider Tennessee a different team than Houston and vice versa, for this we’re looking at all of the franchise’s teams, from Texas and Tennessee.
So I am looking for your input as I sort through the bests.
I see the prime candidates as:
The 1960 Oilers were 11-4 and won the inaugural AFL title with George Blanda at quarterback.
The 1961 Oilers repeated with an 11-3-1 season, a championship game win at San Diego and had 13 players who appeared in the AFL All-Star Game.
The 1979 Oilers were 13-6, with two of the losses to Pittsburgh, including the AFC Championship Game for the second season in a row. Earl Campbell was the NFL’s most valuable player.
The 1999 Titans were 16-4 and advanced to the franchise’s only Super Bowl, which it lost to the St. Louis Rams. Rookie defensive end Jevon Kearse and Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews made All-Pro.
The 2000 Titans were the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs and had the best regular season in the NFL but were upset in their first playoff game by eventual champion Baltimore.
Your thoughts, please.