Let’s run through where the Titans wound up in key categories in the 2013 regular season.
Overall offensive and defensive rankings and rushing and passing rankings are based on yardage, and yardage isn’t the most important thing.
Points are the most important thing, and third down is quite important too.
The final rankings from 2012 are included for comparison:
The Titans got better in every one of these categories from 2012 to 2013, and that’s a sign of real progress, though it did not translate to enough in the win-loss record. The team’s third down work was especially impressive, on both side of the ball. They finished even in turnovers, with 25 takeaways and 25 giveaways. They were 0-7 in games when they lost the turnover battle.