Sep 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans nose tackle Earl Mitchell (92) celebrates a tackle for a loss with linebacker Brian Cushing (56) near the goal line in the fourth quarter against Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) at Reliant Stadium. The Houston Texans beat the Tennessee Titans 30-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans: Who's To Blame On Offense in Loss to Texans?

The Tennessee Titans almost pulled off an upset against the reigning AFC South champion Houston Texans, losing 30-24 in overtime Sunday. An upset would’ve put the Titans in first place in the AFC South. “Experts” would no longer label this team as a pushover. This would have been a dream come true, but the Titans choked once again.

Who’s to blame for the loss? The defense did not play great but played good enough considering how much time they spent on the field.

The offense was inconsistent and very predictable. Some may think missing Shonn Greene was not a big concern because they have Jackie Battle. Battle is no Greene. Not to say the outcome of the game would be much different if Greene played, but there were certain situations where you needed Greene to be in there so you never know.

The defense played well enough for this team to win. They consistently got pressure on Matt Schaub  and forced him into throwing two interceptions including one for a touchdown. The defensive numbers may not look great on paper but if you watched the game this defense has upgraded a ton.

Now let’s get into the offense.

Chris Johnson hasn’t broken any big runs in his first two games but has consistently taken what he can get. That’s surprising considering how everyone watching the game knows when he’s getting the ball. The Titans have been very conservative. It just doesn’t look good.

Could it be that the coaches and coordinators have no faith in Jake Locker throwing the football? Which is understandable after he couldn’t hit a simple slant route to Kenny Britt on 3rd-and-1 that would have got the Titans a first down? Why not run the football? What happened to the counter play which Johnson succeeds the most on? Where are the halfback screens? The read-option we heard so much about in the offseason? The pistol formation?

It seems that the Titans have no clue what they’re are doing on offense. The coaching is to blame for the disappointment. They don’t know how to use Locker and they believe it’s a great idea to continue to run the ball back-to-back and put him in 3rd-and-7 situations.

This was a very disappointing loss. But we must take it and move on. If this offense every gels together this will be a very good overall football team worthy of contending in the playoffs. The receivers are out of sync, the offensive line is not protecting Locker, and Locker still has his own issues.

With a three-game home stand ahead of them, the Titans are capable of going 3-0. The offense must work to become more consistent. The defense can only do so much. Time for Dowell Loggains to let Locker loose. Is he saving that for a bad team? Only the coaches know the answer to that.

What’s your opinion? Comment below.

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  • SweetJamesJones

    The defense was awesome. They controlled the Texans and gifted the offense 10 points. The QB is 31st in total yards and 31st in Yards per attempt, and they are lucky some of those wildly off target throws haven’t gone the other way.

    If Locker is going to remain at QB, they need to run the read option and encourage him to run. He’s athletic enough to run and he throws better while on the move. He and CJ would both be better off. CJ would get space and Locker could do what he is good at. I also think that would help the passing game, since his problem is that he can’t throw into small windows.

    Tennessee is starting 2-5 at best. I don’t feel good about a game until they play the Jags, and the schedule softens up after that. Its going to be a long season.

    • John Sciarretta

      I think they need to open up the old Vince young days play book. They showed signs if it with the old school bootleg against Pittsburgh. I agree locker is forcing passes that could and will eventually cost us. But once again he had 2 mins to win us the ball game and the kid acted like a girl in the pocket and threw an arratic pass high over a wide open Kenny Britt on an easy 3rd and 1 slant route. I rewatched it 30 times. If he caught it he was going up field for a score. I shouldn’t have rewatched it but I had to see. We will be at worst 3-4 at bye week. Two straight wins. Chargers scare me alittle but not enough to lose…then we get the jets.

      • SweetJamesJones

        I agree 100% on the Vince Young deal playbook. He’s the perfect QB for it, and the system has proven that it can win.

        I don’t see them beating the Chargers. Rivers appears to be playing well. They put up 28 legit points on the Texans and 30 on the Eagles.

        If they lose to the Jets and Chargers, I think this team is going to turn on Locker and/or the coaching staff. Watch Nate Washington and Kenny Britt after their targets in the Steelers and Texans game where Locker was way off target. They don’t appear happy already. They both look like they want to be somewhere else. That’s not good.

        • John Sciarretta

          The chargers best wide out is eddie royal…would this guy even see the field on the Titans? Malcom Floyd supposedly had a bad injury so I dont see him playing. that leaves Gates and EDDIE ROYAL. the running backs do not scare me as we proved we can stop the run apart from that terrible first possession. only way we lose that game is with turnovers and mistakes.

          • John Sciarretta

            Britt needs to step it up big time and nate is….nate. britts drops and lack up big play production is hurting this team. also center ROB TURNER was a big part of this loss. played terrible both games.

          • SweetJamesJones

            I can’t name anyone on the Patriots offense but Tom Brady. It who is throwing it, not who is catching it.

            the Titans have 3 offensive touchdowns in two games. I know they are winning with defense and have faced some tough teams, but its not giving me much confidence. The line is 3 points which is a toss up with the home 3. I wouldn’t be shocked if they lost. They are really bad on offense.

          • John Sciarretta

            I agree on the offense. especially now that Shonn Greene might be facing knee surgery which hurts us greatly. Rivers is no Brady we will provide pressure but im not putting a win in the book either. but winnable game.

          • sdtitan

            Or not covering the TE…2 of Schaub’s 3 TD passes went to TEs. We continue to be plagued by our inability to disrupt TE routes off the LOS and/or make plays on balls thrown to TEs. It is not sufficient to drag them down after making first-down converting catches…Gates went 8-124 yesterday…I’m just saying…

  • P. Loew

    I don’t think the team is going to turn on Locker or the coaching staff even if we loose to the Jets and the Chargers as long as the Titans keep it close. Look I’m not a big Locker fan, but this team looks very much like the ’99 Titans that went to the Superbowl. At that time I was calling for Neil O’Donnell I have to admit. Little did I know or believe that McNair would turn into a franchise superstar; all I knew was he seemed unable to complete passes consistently beyond 20 yrds. I groused about the conservative play calling during that season too.
    Yes, Locker needs to/must improve in order for the Titans to win. Yes, Loggains needs to be more creative and play to Locker’s strengths–QB sneaks, read option, throwing on the run and improvising with his wheels. It’s seems as though they are going overboard trying to make sure he doesn’t get hurt. They’re handcuffing him.
    As for loosing to the Chargers and the Jets–I honestly don’t see loosing them both. I’m concerned about the Chargers. Rivers has had our number for awhile now, but I think this D-Line can make him very uncomfortable and force him into some undisciplined throws that will bite him in the butt, big time.
    And the Jets? I think we’ll have a big game on them. Their offense is more one dimensional than ours and we should be able to confuse Smith.
    Locker’s very much still a work in progress. They’re spoon-feeding him the offense right now and it’s baby food. COME ON, at least LET THE GUY RUN.

    • John Sciarretta

      agreed. He was very succesful on the 99 yd scoring drive but these coaches just don’t know how to manage the game correctly. we cannot lose to san diego…end of story

  • sdtitan

    Yes, the offense lost this game, but who’s to blame? NO 1ST DOWNS FOR 1-1/2 QUARTERS!!!! Let that sink in…from the middle of the 2nd quarter to the 10 minute mark in the 4th quarter, we made 0 1st downs ….and yet we still should have won the game…PLAY CALLING COST US THE WIN IN REGULATION…the Titans scored on Verner’s pick-6 to take an 8-point lead with 5 minutes left…we kick off and get an 3 and out…get the ball at our 39 yard line with 4:08 left….and Loggains and/or Munchak PUT THE OFFENSE IN THE DEEP FREEZE!!….we had just moved the ball 99 yards for a touchdown PASSING THE BALL …Locker went 8/9 on that drive….the best way to win this game was to keep playing offense…move the chains…keep the clock running and maybe score again, NOT 2 rushes into the middle of the line and an incomplete pass to KW behind the line of scrimmage….which resulted in running less than 1 minute off the clock…whatever else went wrong…whoever missed tackles or blocks or catches, THIS ONE’S ON THE COACHING STAFF

    • John Sciarretta

      Agreed. the playcalling was terrible. I rewatched the big 3rd and 1 PASS PLAY!!!! when we should have ran it and decided to throw it high and over britts head when locker got scared and wasnt even hit when they brought the house…if he had hit britt the game was over he was in stride with nobody near him.

  • Lem

    Next up SD. Very good Offense and a bad Defense. If SD controls the tempo of the game like they did with the BIRDS they win. The answer is solid Defense, should win that battle. We have a game between the (we almost got the win against the Texans). Should be a good game, just get to Rivers and a win, don’t and a close loss. I think both the Titans & Chargers are going to win some of the games that got away last year.