The Tennessee Titans need to fundamentally shift their offensive identity
By Will Lomas
What needs to change?
The offense needs to flow through Marcus Mariota AND Derrick Henry, and it is very easy to see how to do that.
Tennessee has been at its most successful running behind Jack Conklin or getting Derrick Henry in space on the outside.
In my mind, the best way to do this is to use either Delanie Walker or Jonnu Smith as the tight end and put them on the left side of the offensive line in most situations. This gives you two distinct advantages.
Firstly, it means that you should create a natural double team on the left side with capable run blockers in those tight ends and Taylor Lewan. With good matchups on both sides to run the ball, it allows for the zone run to the left and the cutback to the right to both be open consistently.
The other advantage is that with 3 WRs on the field you are going to get a lot of 4-2-5 defensive looks. However, if you can beat this smaller formation up you can force the defense to adjust and go heavier. That opens up the potential for easy play action shots across the middle of the field to the Titans WRs and TEs.
And like we all know, Marcus Mariota is great on play action:
So, if the Titans want to be a “run heavy offense” fine. That is a dumb way to live in 2019, but if that is how you understand football then sure, do that. But, do it intelligently and understand that spacing is your best friend.