Sep 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith (94) hits Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) in the end zone during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Locker Isn’t Only One to Blame in Tennessee Titans 30-24 Loss


 

Through the first two weeks of the season, the Tennessee Titans offense has been mostly non-existent. They have played well in spurts, usually at the beginning and end of the game. Overall, it’s been awful.  It’s easy to blame the inconsistencies on Jake Locker. We should also question the play-calling and coaching because they are the reasons for the incoherent offensive start thus far.

Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains is a great fit for this offense and will be a great NFL coordinator. So far, he has mishandled the offense. The offense has started the games looking well the past two weeks but has dwindled away during the middle of the game. Loggains must learn to let Locker loose throughout the game, not just in the first and fourth quarter.  I know this offense wants to control the tempo and be turnover free, but when they play a superior team like the Houston Texans, they must take shots.  They played turnover-free football and still lost the game.

Defending Loggains is easy because he is a fresh coordinator and has been given plenty of slack by the organization. They love him.  In order to win games, though, he must take the reins from Locker and let him throw the football.

Locker is quickly becoming the scapegoat for the poor offensive performance thus far. He’s not completely at fault.  He doesn’t deserve some of the criticism he’s heard after two games.  He hasn’t thrown an interception all season.  A lot of teams would put that in the stat lines for their starting quarterback.

For this team to succeed, Loggains must do a better job in preparing and calling games.  Otherwise, fans will see close losses similar to the Texans game often throughout the season.

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  • P. Loew

    I agree, it’s not all Locker’s fault. Let’s face it, Locker didn’t draft himself onto the Titans football team; Munchak and company knew about his inaccuracy issues, it’s been well documented. That being said, he has his upside–the guy can use his wheels but the coaching staff has been hesitant to turn him loose. I understand that they want Locker to manage the game, to put the ball in the hands of his play makers and to not make the big mistake. OK. I get it; and even agree with that strategy to a certain extent. But, is that really what we drafted him 8th overall in the 1st round for? If Locker uses his feet he becomes a play maker. Why not put Chris Johnson and Shonn Green in the backfield at the same time with the blocking TE’s? Get creative with the run game and really exploit the play action passing game.
    I know they’re worried about Locker getting hurt running around but honestly, is a healthy but ineffective Jake Locker really that much better than Fitzpatrick? Just sayin’…

    • titansfan

      We don’t know because Fitz hasn’t played. Put him in the game and we’ll see how well he does with the offense. Hell….the Titans offensive line is much better than the Buffalo Bills offensive line. The Titans WR are better than the Bills’ WR? I say put Ryan in the game for at least several series and see what production comes from it. Can’t hurt because Locker can’t even get a the team going before 3 and out.