Oilers/Titans a tortured franchise since 1987

For many NFL teams, it’s hard to appreciate just how hard they’ve had it since the last work stoppage until exploring in details their misadventures of more than a generation.

One franchise that has had more than its share of hard times is the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans.

In a special edition of PFT Live*, we’ve broken down the four worst moments, along with a list of honorable mentions.  And it’s an eye opener.

The worst moment, by far, came in the middle of the three-year playoff stretch that featured blown leads of 10 points or more.  It’s enough to make Buddy Ryan want to punch Kevin Gilbride all over again.

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15 responses to “Oilers/Titans a tortured franchise since 1987

  1. The Oilers made the playoffs seven straight years (87 – 93) and never even made it to the AFC title game. An ex-Oiler who later played on the 49ers said that the Oilers were every bit as talented as the Joe Montana 49ers but that the players weren’t treated nearly as well by ownership. I’ve always thought that owner Bud Adams was the principle reason why this franchise has under-achieved. He chose lousy coaches (Glanville, Pardee) and fired one of their best (Bum Phillips) after three straight years in the playoffs. In retrospect, Bum wasn’t a great coach, but it was a terrible decision at the time. Took them seven years to return to the playoffs.

  2. The way McNair’s career w/ the Titans ended wasn’t a low point really b/c it was forced by McNair’s agent and Reese. McNair had something like a $60mill roster bonus due which Reese readily agreed to put into the contract to force them to either rework the deal or release/trade him. The Titans seriously couldn’t let Steve in the building and risk that poison pill becoming guaranteed if he got injured. Was it a bad way to go out? Sure but it was a ploy and everyone knew it. Could you seriously imagine the cap implications for a team already in cap hell having a $60mill bonus guaranteed? And Titans fans thought the previous cap purge was bad…

  3. How many of those years was the “great” Jeff Fisher the coach? Fisher is a media creation.

  4. At least they didn’t go to 4 straight super bowls and lose them. Then, losing in the Music City Miracle, and again in a “Win and you’re in” game against a 3rd string Pittsburgh Steelers team. Not to mention the Monday Night Meltdown against the Cowboys, and again against the Patsies. Man….that sounds depressing, but I still love my Buffalo Bills!

  5. are there oilers/titans fans? I would assume that when their team left Houston, they didn’t have any carryover fans. I know(as a Browns fan) I didn’t start rooting for the Ravens.

    maybe I’m wrong, but I think you are an Oilers fan, or you are a Titans fan.

  6. The lowest point obviously was when I took off and stole lol danny’s money. Your dline has failed since I left. Hey I can come back Tennessee. All washington is asking for is a ham sandwich and a gift card to Starbucks. Make it happen bud!!

  7. “maybe I’m wrong, but I think you are an Oilers fan, or you are a Titans fan.”

    You are right…..at least as far as I am concerned AND every Oiler fan I knew. When Adams took the Oilers to Tennessee the Oiler fans felt betrayed because we had supported them through thick and thin (remember the pep rally after their loss in Pittsburgh in the championship game?). So, no…they are NOT Titans fans….not even before Houston got the Texans. In fact, the only team I dislike more than the Titans are the Cowgirls. The only good thing about not having a 2011 season is that I will not have to listen/read endlessly about “America’s Team”! Gag me.

  8. “maybe I’m wrong, but I think you are an Oilers fan, or you are a Titans fan.”

    Same here, when the colts moved from B-more to indy, we certainly did not root for them.

    It would be like someone in LA following the St. Louis Rams , weird

  9. @ ladytexanmaverick

    I feel the same way about the Cowboys. I get so sick of hearing that they are America’s team. What gags me more is the fact we here in Ohio have to watch them almost every week in the 4:00 game, even if they are playing S F 2,000 miles away.

  10. “I feel the same way about the Cowboys. I get so sick of hearing that they are America’s team. What gags me more is the fact we here in Ohio have to watch them almost every week in the 4:00 game, even if they are playing S F 2,000 miles away.”

    That’s why I scrimp and save every year so I can purchase DirecTV’s Ticket. Unless I do, the only game we can get when the Cowgirls are playing is their game. The network powers think (mistakingly) that if you live in Texas you MUST be a Dallas fan.

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