Why the Titans Need to Move on from Terry Robiskie
Robiskie, on the other hand, as offensive coordinator, is in charge of the unit that has disappointed on so many levels this season, and he must be held accountable for their failure. Robiskie has made so many questionable play-calling decisions this season that have hampered the unit. From his run-run-pass progression that is so predictable you can set your watch by it, which has put Mariota in a high number of third and long situations this season (I wonder why he has regressed), to a lack of red zone targets to his two premier red zone threats (Delanie Walker and Corey Davis), to his decision to run a HB Draw with DeMarco Murray on a critical third and two late in the game against San Francisco after the play had already failed twice earlier in the game.
Rishard Matthews, after the San Francisco game, was even quoted as saying that he would rather have Mariota call plays because the offense experienced greater success in the no-huddle when Mariota was calling plays. Furthermore, Mularkey even wished that Mariota had checked out of the 3rd and 2 play call from Robiskie that resulted in negative gain. When the team’s leading receiver and head coach hint that the quarterback should be making calls, perhaps that’s an indicator to Robinson that a change should be made.
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Robiskie occasionally makes efforts to be original in his play-calling, but this is often limited to a handful of successful read-option plays, jet sweeps to Taywan Taylor, and misdirection plays with multiple running backs (or Adoree’ Jackson) in the backfield, which shows his potential to adapt his scheme to complement his players; but despite the success of these types of plays, Robiskie often ditches them after the first few series in favor of those familiar run-run-pass-punt drives that Titans fans lament and opponents rejoice. Or worse, he will attempt to get creative at the worst time possible, as evidenced by the final offensive snap against the Arizona Cardinals. On a critical fourth and 10, Robiskie called a slant to the team’s rookie DB Adoree’ Jackson on a play that allegedly had not even been practiced, which resulted in a drop and a loss.
Perhaps Robiskie’s most egregious error this season has been his complete mishandling of the Tennessee running game. As previously mentioned, Robiskie’s lack of creativity cripples a running game that is often reduced to a handful of plays that opponents can game plan for. Also concerning is Robiskie’s stubborn insistence on calling plays for Murray despite an underwhelming yards per carry average of only 3.6 vs. Derrick Henry’s 4.8 in the midst of a breakout season for the young running back out of Alabama. Despite the obvious regression of Murray and success of Henry, Murray has still received 29 more carries than Henry.
For all of the above reasons, it makes sense for the Titans to move on from Robiskie or relegate him to a different position in the organization and give Mularkey and LeBeau another season with the team.