It’s hard to say.
And if you’re going to give up a career, it’s a tough pill to swallow.
For some players, it’ll be a way to ease the pain of their career, to get out of the rut they’re in.
For others, it might be a means to re-establish their status.
It all depends on the player and what they want out of life.
For most players, there is a simple formula that should give them the confidence to move on.
If you have a good body of work, you can move on and not have to think about what happened in the past.
It’s a simple, logical, one-size-fits-all answer.
It should work for every player, no matter what their situation.
“I think that it’s important for guys to be honest and be open about what they’re doing,” said Titans cornerback Marcus Smith.
“I think a lot of guys will have that same conversation, and I think a few guys will be honest with their coaches and their teammates.
But I don’t think a player’s answer should dictate what they should do.
It shouldn’t be the only conversation.”
Smith was a part of a Titans defense that ranked among the top three in the NFL in yards allowed (fourth in 2014), passing yards (fifth) and total defense (fourth).
He was also the only player to have three seasons with at least 100 tackles.
Smith was also a key member of a defense that led the NFL with nine sacks and the most interceptions in the league (five).
In 2016, the Titans ranked among NFL leaders in pass deflections (fourth), pass breakups (third) and quarterback pressures (third).
Smith, however, was a member of an offense that struggled mightily through the final eight games of the season.
The Titans finished with the worst overall record in the AFC and their defense finished in the bottom third of the league.
In addition, the defense allowed the fifth-most points per game and ranked 28th in yards per play allowed.
In his first season with the Titans, Smith struggled mightibly in the postseason.
He allowed eight sacks, including a pair of forced fumbles, and also averaged 6.7 yards per carry.
In his first two games of last season, the offense finished with a mere 6.4 yards per attempt.
In 2017, Smith played in three games.
He finished the year with eight tackles and one pass breakup, and he recorded two interceptions.
The next season, Smith started three games and recorded four tackles and three pass breakouts.
In 2018, he finished with five tackles and two pass break outs.
Smith has struggled with the injuries in the last few years, but his ability to stay healthy has made him a key piece of the Titans defense.
In 2018, Smith earned Pro Bowl honors after totaling 17 tackles, one sack, three pass breaks and one forced fumble.
He also registered two interceptions and three passes deflections.
Smith also finished with one sack.
In 2019, Smith finished with 16 tackles and five pass break ups.
In 2020, he started in three of five games, but finished the season with nine tackles, five pass breaks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
In 2021, Smith had 14 tackles and a sack.
In 2022, he had nine tackles and four pass break up.
In 2023, Smith recorded nine tackles.
In 2024, he played in two games.
In 2025, Smith was injured in Week 1 of the preseason.
The injury limited him to three games in 2019, but he had eight tackles, two pass breaks (including a sack) and one interception.
Smith was named AFC defensive player of the week for Week 6.
Smith has missed the last two seasons due to injuries.
In 2016 and 2017, he suffered a broken ankle, then missed all of the next two seasons with a torn ACL.
He missed all but three games for the Titans in 2018.
In 2020, Smith suffered a torn left Achilles and missed the entire season.
In 2021, he tore his left ACL, then played in just three games with a sore right knee.
Smith missed the final three games of his rookie season.
In 2022, Smith tore his right ACL.
In 2017, his right knee suffered a left ankle sprain and he missed the first three games to rest.
Smith returned to the field in Week 10 and played in the Titans’ final two games to open the season before he was lost for the year.
In this year’s preseason, Smith sat out the first two weeks of the regular season.
The Titans finished 6-9 with a career-low 16.8 points per contest.
Smith finished the regular-season with a total of 18 tackles, four pass deflection, two interceptions, two forced fumblings and a forced fumble recovery in 16 games.
Smith had 10 sacks and three forced fumbs.
Smith’s career stats in 2019:1,086 receiving yards (fourth among active players), 7,639 receiving yards