Looking back at what was penned on BC Sports three years ago is an experience both fond and revealing. There've been some great columns submitted over the history of the section, but it also reminds me: Christ, have I really been doing this for three years? Well, no. The answer is four.
Back in 2006 on this humble site, the consummate David Mazzotta presaged the Tennessee Titans' playoff chances, who began 0-5 and was at the time 5-7:
There is an outside chance that they win out the year ... and turn Jeff Fisher from lame duck to Coach of the Year candidate. That would be the story of the year.
Sadly, it didn't happen. They won all but their final game, ending 8-8, and a supernatural season became mortal. They would have been the first 0-5 team to reach the postseason.
The 2009 flavor of the Titans began an extra foot deeper in the port-a-john, 0-6. That's when Jeff Fisher wore the Peyton Manning jersey at a fundraiser, and everybody had assumed it was a D-Fens-esque emotional snap. He's lost it. He's finished. He's milking the rest of the season which, as a man so tenured in the NFL the last job he interviewed for was with the Houston Oilers, he's dutifully earned. But instead, the Titans are 5-6 and a game behind the last Wild Card spot. Admittedly, so are about 47 other teams.
Okay, so maybe it wasn't the Manning jersey that changed the Titans' fortune. Otherwise you'd have seen Charlie Weis in a Tim Tebow get-up long ago. Maybe it was the respite. The bye week split the six losses and five wins. Or perhaps it was the man who supplanted Kerry Collins at quarterback, Vince Young. (Speaking of people who were assumed to be finished.) While not instrumental in the late great surge in 2006, he is the current reason, especially considering his part in the only-happens-in-movies 99-yard drive to beat the Cardinals on Sunday.