NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Since ESPN.com’s post-Super Bowl NFL Power Rankings, the Titans have implemented a new philosophy and added 20 players.
Still, it’s hard to pull away from a 3-13 record and a disastrous two years without playing a game.
A roster reshaped by GM Jon Robinson and overseen by new coach Mike Mularkey and his staff is working in the early stages of organized team activities. Robinson’s work has earned rave reviews locally and nationally. The Titans have 20 new players of note, a group they expect can change the team's tenor.
But in our spring version of the Power Rankings, it’s all translated to a one-spot gain. The Titans ranked 31st in January and rank 30th now.
They are ahead of the 49ers and the Browns.
These rankings mean nothing to the teams -- though some will see them and feel disrespected. Media and fans love lists, and they are conversation-creators.
There aren’t many big risers and fallers: Jacksonville gained six spots; New Orleans and Houston dropped five.
The Titans expect to make a big gain in the fall in the standings that matter. If they do, power rankings gains will follow.