Tennessee Titans: Week 4 Pro Football Focus Grades

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 6: Avery Williamson #54 and Jurrell Casey #99 of the Tennessee Titans celebrate during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at Nissan Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 6: Avery Williamson #54 and Jurrell Casey #99 of the Tennessee Titans celebrate during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at Nissan Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Notable Week 4 Pro Football Focus grades for the Tennessee Titans.

After two impressive wins over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks we saw the horrific play from the Tennessee Titans in Week 4. This game could have been a statement win and could have given the Titans the ability to take over the AFC South. In all three phases of the game, execution was poor and the beatdown by the Houston Texans resulted in the offense moving away from the game plan.

Some may say that Watson could be the real deal, but could it have been the terrible scheming from the Titans? Even though the Titans’ defense was on the field for 84 games and gave up 57 points, there was some good to match the bad. According to Pro Football Focus, below are the Titans’ top five players on Sunday.

Top Five Overall Grades

DL Jurrell Casey, Overall Grade: 87.5

OLB Brian Orakpo, Overall Grade: 82.4

WR Rishard Matthews, Overall Grade: 80.0

DL Sylvester Williams, Overall Grade: 79.8

ILB Wesley Woodyard, Overall Grade: 79.3

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Casey is continuing to perform well after a rough start for him; he’s an underrated player that can truly change the game. Both Casey’s rush and pass defense were stellar, recording an 84 & 84.7, respectively. I have talked about Orakpo a lot this year as I think he continues to play well and it is really starting to show. What stood out to me was Orakpo’s pass rushing this game, in which he recorded an 83.6 grade.

The Titans’ WR1, Matthews has been a reliable target for Marcus Mariota and this offense. The Titans need to continue to feed him the ball, as we know he can produce. Poor play and defensive scheming has really not helped Williams, but in this game he flashed. Robinson signed Williams to be a run stuffer and that showed, grading out at 82.4 in run defense. Lastly, our best inside backer and a man who should not be leaving the field on third downs, Wes Woodyard. He continues to play like a man possessed in the run game, recording a team high 88.1 grade in run defense.

Now  here are the bottom five worst overall grades for Week 4.

5 Worst Overall Grades

ILB Jayon Brown Overall Grade 36.7

CB LeShaun Sims Overall Grade 37.2

CB Adoree’ Jackson Overall Grade 37.9

C Ben Jones Overall Grade 38.7

QB  Matt Cassel Overall Grade 41.2

Two of these players continue to dwell at the bottom of the overall grades: Brown and Jackson. They are rookies and we understand there is a learning curve, but some rookies are excelling and making a difference early. Pro Football Focus every week does a rookie of the year projections and some of those players were available for the Titans to draft, two corners in particular: Marshon Lattimore and Tre’Davious White.

Both players have shown that they can be contributors on defense, but what is really hurting them is consistency. LeShaun Sims was our bright light at the end of the season, but after coming back from an injury, he has not been so great. Sims gave up a few big catches and also was hit with another pass interference. Again, the Titans’ problems continue to be within our secondary.

Ben Jones’ play has been consistent through three weeks. Facing his former team really got the best of him in both pass protection and run blocking, recording a 34.6 and 44.1, respectively. We all hope and pray Mariota can step on the field this week because Cassel looked horrible. His pocket presence and lack of chemistry with the wide receivers was bad. Cassel might be able to help the Titans with his veteran presence, but I think it is time to move on from him.

Notable Performances:

After watching the game and reviewing the overall grades, below are some notable performance from Week 4, according to PFF.

QB Marcus Mariota 69.3 Overall Grade

Judging by the two rushing touchdowns, we can see Mariota is fast and a very dynamic player for the Titans. Mariota wasn’t pressured often, but only competed 37.5% of his passes and threw two interceptions when it happened. If he did not get hurt, would he have bounced back? My answer is I think so, but we can only hope he is ready for Miami.

TE Delanie Walker Overall Grade 74.6

This was Walker’s worst performance of the year, earning a receiving grade of 65.8, which is way below his normal average. Walker continues to excel in run blocking, recording a 77.7 grade, which was a team high.

S Kevin Byard, Overall Grade 74.2

Byard continues to stand out to me as budding young star. Normally he stands out in run defense, but in Week 4 he recorded his first career interception. Byard’s pass coverage grade was a 77.9, which is his best of the year. Byard had a poor run defense grade of 55.3, which was way below his average.

RT Jack Conklin, Overall Grade 65.4

Lastly, Conklin, a man who continues to face top-tier defensive fronts but continues to bounce back. Recording one of his best grades thus far this season, Conklin’s pass blocking continues to get better (70.5). Conklin in Week 4 had horrible run blocking grade (46.4), which is not typical for him. We can only hope he continues to get back to his All-Pro form.

Week 5

In Coach Mularkey’s press conference he stated that they are moving on to Miami and not dwelling on this loss. According to PFF, below are the starting base lineups projected for the Titans for Week 5.