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Tennessee Titans: The Disappointment Grows

Heading into the season most Tennessee Titans fans knew the first four games were going to be tough, but the disappointment of the first two games is simply inexcusable. So what happened and what can be done?

Where should I start with the tongue lashing? Ok, I’ll start with when the Titans stepped off the plane in San Diego. This team is ill prepared on both sides of the ball, and the coaching staff is owed a very good portion of the blame. The offense resembles that of a Division II football team and the defense plays with a safety 75 yards deep so we can avoid the big play!

I do want to say that I was very worried heading into the New England game and Chris Palmer talked about how the offense would do what the Patriot defense allowed it to do. I’m sorry but I want an offense that does what it does no matter what.

Chris Palmer was brought in to help tutor a young QB and install a new offense that would look to throw the ball, score points in bunches, practice run and shoot concepts, take advantage of our young offensive weapons, and also take advantage of our new, young, mobile QB in Jake Locker. Now what the Titans have shown in two games is that we are focusing on none of what I just mentioned. The run game is as vanilla as I’ve ever seen. There are no counters, no sweeps, no stretch run plays, no traps, and only one draw play that they’ve run that is as predictable to diagnose as the rest of their offense.

What do I say about the running game? I say we line up against the Detroit Lions this week and give CJ 25+ carries. Why? Look, we lost our first two games with an average score of 36-11. Odds are that the Lions, after losing to the 49 ers will come to Nashville and hang half a hundred on us so why not?  We just played the Chargers and had the ball for fifteen minutes of T.O.P. Remember, there are 60 minutes in a game. That means the Chargers had the ball for 45 minutes. They had the ball for three quarters of the game.

Have we seen one bootleg yet? Have we moved the pocket to take advantage of Locker’s mobility? Have we run a rollout yet? Have we tried the screen? Have we done anything creative on offense? Has Palmer put together a decent game plan so far? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding, “NO”. This team offensively is light years behind the Colts who start a true rookie QB. Absolutely amazing how bad we look offensively.

Onward now to the defensive side of the ball. I will say, there were a few good adjustments made yesterday and the defense looked good in spots, but that’s it. I will also say that I have more faith in Jerry Gray getting this defense together than I do Palmer getting the offense together. The first absolute shocker that comes to mind with the defense is with safeties. Why in the world when the Titans are playing the Chargers in San Diego is Robert Johnson in L.A.? Ok, that was meant to be funny, but seriously, Robert Johnson spent a good part of the game yesterday 30-35 yards deep even though the Chargers didn’t show the ability to hit the deep ball all day.

Why in the world is Griffin playing SS this season? Does he scare anyone in the running game? Is his range being utilized by playing closer to the line? Griffin just doesn’t fit there, but maybe he’s the best fit at SS out of the safeties we have on the roster. If so, then that isn’t saying much at all about our safeties.

Note to future opponents: If you have a TE anywhere on your roster, line him up, run a seam route and you will score multiple times each game against us. If you are down to your back-up TE, no worries, do it anyway. This is something that must be fixed, the Titans have simply been horrible about covering the middle of the field for two years now.

The grumblings have to be growing louder and louder at Baptist Sports Park this week as the Titans looked absolutely horrible. What the Titans talked about doing in the off-season has not happened. We all knew heading into the season that the first four games were going to be tough, but I think we all thought they would be tough, hard fought battles. That simply hasn’t happened.


What say you?


Shawn Eagle

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  • Justin Stewart

    I just get sick thinking about the next two games. There’s a high possibility of this team going 0-4…

    It bothers me thinking about the Titans being so incapable of moving the ball on offense while teams can have an offensive coordinator come in after a firing and immediately make a difference. Like a next game difference.

    Palmer just has to realize, “Hey, what I’m doing isn’t working. I should implement some new things and try something different.”

    If not, I will die. I will gouge out my eyes, roll over, and die.

    • Shawn Eagle

      I’m just very surprised they look so simple offensively.

  • Joshua Huffman

    They should beat Detroit. If they can’t win a home game against Detroit (6-8 since their 5-0 start last year, overrated), then this thing could spin out of control. 0-6 or 0-7 is very possible.

    • Shawn Eagle

      Joshua, I’m sorry to disagree with you but the Lions are going to work us over. Now out of our first 4 they may be the best chance but we don’t have much of a shot against them.

  • russell

    think about the weapons we have: Locker, CJ, Britt, Washington, Wright, Cook, yes some are unproven but damn its starting to look bad on the coaching

    • Justin Stewart

      Seriously. I’ve repeatedly said this is the most potent offense the Titans have ever fielded and I still believe it. Something isn’t clicking.

    • Bennie Guardado

      This offense has way too much potential to be this bad. I have hated Chris Palmer since day 1. I don’t get how it is so hard for him to figure out that CJ is his best weapon. Is it that hard to design more than two run plays? He is a joke of a Coordinator. Only thing is is coordinating is losses.

      • Justin Stewart

        I haven’t hated Palmer since day one but I’ve definitely been frustrated with the run game for the entire time he has been coaching. You’d think a 4th grader playing Madden was telling them how to do the run game.

  • Jason Peters

    I’m with you on CJ. Just keep giving him the damn ball. Run him into the ground. These ten carry games are killing us, and the passing game isn’t making up for it. what have we got to lose?

    • Justin Stewart

      What’s going to kill us is no running lanes, no matter if we give him a bunch of carries or not. The outcomes were basically the same in both games. Ugh…

      • Joshua Huffman

        There are always running lanes against Detroit. Chris Collinsworth even commented on that during their game on SNF. If Palmer can’t figure out a way to get at least some type of running game going against this team… they’re in deep, deep trouble.

      • Shawn Eagle

        Some times the run game is about repetition…we haven’t had enough reps in games to get a run game going.

        • Justin Stewart

          True, but watch us run into a wall every time is redundant. They have to make different calls with the run game because if the keep calling the same run plays, especially to the right, we won’t have a run game.

          I’m just in shock that CJ has 21 yards two games into the season. Who would have ever seen this coming? Like ever? I feel bad for him.

  • Jason Peters

    Also, as far as RoJo…why aren’t we blitzing safeties when they’re literally doing nothing for us so far back???

    • Justin Stewart

      Griff came in on a few blitzes but didn’t have much effect.

    • Shawn Eagle

      You can’t blitz when the game is in San Diego and you’re in LA!!!!

  • Chase Maher

    I will tell you why it is not clicking. Did you see the facial expressions of these receivers? NONE OF THEM ARE INTO THE GAMEPLAN ONCE WE START LOSING. Name one coach in TN that is a verbal motivator, somebody that is exciting and players feed off of….There isn’t one.

    • Jason Peters

      You know, that’s a very good point I hadn’t considered.

  • Chase Maher

    We run an offense that is based on timing, ball placement and taking what the defense gives you. It doesn’t work with a young QB like Locker. The receivers know this, but Palmer and Munch clearly do not

    • Justin Stewart

      I disagree. I think that’s undercutting what Locker can do. Locker’s not running around with his thumb up his butt out there. He goes through his progressions well and when he has time to set himself, he does quite well with placement.

  • Modesto Koczwara

    The guy that drafted Chris Johnson in every fantasy league is disappointed so far; Thankfully, in my most important league, I drafted Ray Rice (passed up on Foster with my second pick.) and Steven Jackson.

    • Justin Stewart

      Seriously. Huge fantasy pain. I knew this run game was still going to be a problem. Pretty sure I wrote about it in preseason too!