Titans OL coach Keith Carter talks ‘trust in the process’, social media
Tennessee Titans offensive line coach Keith Carter spoke about the team’s O-line woes and his avoidance of social media.
Tennessee Titans fans are not happy with the team’s coaches after eight games, and offensive line coach Keith Carter is near the top of that list.
While head coach Mike Vrabel is continuously making bad decisions and offensive coordinator Arthur Smith is proving to be a bad play-caller, Carter is overseeing one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL this season.
The Titans’ group upfront has surrendered 34 sacks, which is tied for the most in the league with the New York Jets. On top of poor pass protection, Tennessee’s O-line has also not done a good job run blocking, although we did see somewhat of an improvement in Week 8.
On Monday, Carter was asked about the team’s struggles on the line and how it can improve. He had this to say.
"“Winning solves a lot of issues and another part of it is just continuing to have belief and trust in the process and it starts with me. When things aren’t going well, it’s real easy to jerk the wheel. There can be some dark, gloomy days and I’ve got to make sure myself I stay positive and upbeat.”"
For Carter, his attempt to stay positive and upbeat means he doesn’t get involved in social media, which is probably a good idea because Titans fans — and to some extent, the media — there are rightfully not kind to him in regard to the job he is doing.
"“I actually don’t have social media on purpose because I know, no offense to you guys, but if I sit there and read how bad I suck or the run game is terrible or we’re giving up the worst sacks in the world, it will affect me, and so my answer to that is to not have any of that. I don’t read the paper, I don’t have any of that other stuff for that reason.”"
Carter’s issues extend beyond just the number of sacks. We’re not really seeing an improvement from the O-line overall, and rookie right guard Nate Davis continues to go through growing pains that need to be fixed sooner rather than later.
Many have called for his firing, myself included, but it seems Vrabel and the Titans are going to stay the course with their coaches. After all, the team is currently clawing its way out of the rock bottom it hit in Week 6, so if that wasn’t enough to get someone fired, I don’t know what will be.