2011 Tennessee Titans season

The 2011 Tennessee Titans season was the franchise's 42nd season in the National Football League (NFL), the 52nd overall and the 15th in the state of Tennessee. It also marked the first season under head coach Mike Munchak, replacing longtime head coach Jeff Fisher, who resigned on January 27 after 17 seasons. The team improved on their 6–10 record from 2010 and finished tied with the Cincinnati Bengals for the last playoff spot, but lost the tiebreaker due to their 24–17 loss to the Bengals in Week 9, missing the playoffs for a third consecutive season.

2011 Tennessee Titans season
Tennessee Titans wordmark
Head coachMike Munchak
General managerMike Reinfeldt
OwnerBud Adams
Home fieldLP Field
Division place2nd AFC South
Playoff finishdid not qualify


2011 draft class

Round Selection Player Position College
1 8 Jake Locker QB Washington
2 39 Akeem Ayers LB UCLA
3 77 Jurrell Casey DT USC
4 109 Colin McCarthy LB Miami (FL)
5 142 Karl Klug DE Iowa
6 175 Byron Stingily T Louisville
7 212 Zach Clayton DT Auburn



The Titans' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
Final score Team record
1 August 13 7:00 p.m. CDT Minnesota Vikings W 14–3 1–0 LP Field Recap
2 August 20 7:00 p.m. CDT at St. Louis Rams L 16–17 1–1 Edward Jones Dome Recap
3 August 27 7:00 p.m. CDT Chicago Bears W 14–13 2–1 LP Field Recap
4 September 1 7:00 p.m. CDT at New Orleans Saints W 32–9 3–1 Louisiana Superdome Recap

Regular season


Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
Final score Team record
1 September 11 12:00 p.m. CDT at Jacksonville Jaguars L 14–16 0–1 EverBank Field CBS Recap
2 September 18 12:00 p.m. CDT Baltimore Ravens W 26–13 1–1 LP Field CBS Recap
3 September 25 12:00 p.m. CDT Denver Broncos W 17–14 2–1 LP Field CBS Recap
4 October 2 12:00 p.m. CDT at Cleveland Browns W 31–13 3–1 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
5 October 9 12:00 p.m. CDT at Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–38 3–2 Heinz Field CBS Recap
6 Bye
7 October 23 12:00 p.m. CDT Houston Texans L 7–41 3–3 LP Field CBS Recap
8 October 30 12:00 p.m. CDT Indianapolis Colts W 27–10 4–3 LP Field CBS Recap
9 November 6 3:05 p.m. CST Cincinnati Bengals L 17–24 4–4 LP Field CBS Recap
10 November 13 12:00 p.m. CST at Carolina Panthers W 30–3 5–4 Bank of America Stadium CBS Recap
11 November 20 3:15 p.m. CST[1] at Atlanta Falcons L 17–23 5–5 Georgia Dome CBS Recap
12 November 27 12:00 p.m. CST Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–17 6–5 LP Field Fox Recap
13 December 4 12:00 p.m. CST at Buffalo Bills W 23–17 7–5 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
14 December 11 12:00 p.m. CST New Orleans Saints L 17–22 7–6 LP Field Fox Recap
15 December 18 12:00 p.m. CST at Indianapolis Colts L 13–27 7–7 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
16 December 24 12:00 p.m. CST Jacksonville Jaguars W 23–17 8–7 LP Field CBS Recap
17 January 1 12:00 p.m. CST at Houston Texans W 23–22 9–7 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap

Game summaries

Week 5: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Coming off their road win over the Browns, the Titans flew to Heinz Field for a Week 5 intraconference duel with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tennessee threw the game's opening punch in the first quarter with a 29-yard field goal from kicker Rob Bironas, but the Steelers answered with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completing an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Heath Miller. Pittsburgh added onto their lead in the second with Roethlisberger completing a 7-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Hines Ward and a 1-yard touchdown pass to fullback David Johnson.

The Steelers continued their dominating performance in the third quarter with Roethlisberger completing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Ward. The Titans would respond with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Chris Johnson, yet Pittsburgh came right back in the fourth quarter with kicker Shaun Suisham getting a 19-yard field goal. Tennessee tried to rally as quarterback Matt Hasselbeck found wide receiver Damian Williams on a 19-yard touchdown pass, but the Steelers closed out the game with Roethlisberger completing a 40-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace.

With the loss, the Titans fell to 3–2.

Week 16: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

With the win the Titans improved to 8–7. In order to secure a playoff spot the Tennessee Titans need a win at Houston in Week 17, Plus a Bengals loss, also a Broncos and Raiders win as well. If either Cincinnati wins against Baltimore or Denver loses against Kansas City, the Titans will be eliminated from postseason contention.

Week 17: at Houston Texans

With the win, the Titans finished the season 9–7 and would secure their first winning season since 2008. But were eliminated from postseason contention due to the Denver Broncos losing against the Kansas City Chiefs 7–3


AFC South
(3) Houston Texans 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 381 278 L3
Tennessee Titans 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 325 317 W2
Jacksonville Jaguars 5 11 0 .313 3–3 4–8 243 329 W1
Indianapolis Colts 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–10 243 430 L1

Coaching staff

Tennessee Titans 2011 staff
Front Office
  • Founder/Owner/Chairman/President/CEO – Bud Adams
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Mike Reinfeldt
  • Vice President of Player Personnel – Ruston Webster
  • Vice President of Football Operations – Lake Dawson
  • Vice President of Football Administration – Vincent Marino

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning Coaches

  • Assistant Head Coach/Strength and Conditioning – Steve Watterson

Final roster

2011 Tennessee Titans final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
53 Active, 6 Inactive, 8 Practice squad


  1. ^ a b "Titans-Falcons Game Nov. 20 Moved to 3:15 p.m., CT". titansonline.com. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
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Division championships (9)
Conference championships (1)
League championships (2)
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Seasons (59)

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