Tennessee Titans: Midseason studs and duds of 2019 NFL season
By Ravi Konjeti
Stud: Jurrell Casey
Jurrell Casey and the aforementioned Jones have combined for three sacks and 14 QB pressures this season. Furthermore, both Casey and Jones have been leading the improving run defense. The Titans have gotten better defensive line play this season, and that all starts with the play of Casey and Jones being able to beat a single-man blocking scheme or garnering double teams.
Dud: Arthur Smith
Most of the Titans’ offensive struggles can be attributed to new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. Promoted from being the Titans’ tight end coach, Smith has struggled to muster up much of anything this year. The Titans are stacked with multiple players with various skill sets, but Smith has shown no real ability to take advantage of that so far.
Smith’s lack of experience is showing. With Tannehill under center, Smith has shown a little more ability to mix up the play calling to get more receivers involved. The Titans will need Smith to start to call plays to stretch the field so that Henry and the run game don’t see heavily stacked boxes.
Stud: Brett Kern
We can’t forget about the Titans’ punter. Whether he’s pinning opponents inside the 20 (he leads the league with 26 punts landing inside the 20) with his booming kicks or completing a pass on a fake punt, Kern does everything right. Thankfully Vrabel didn’t get him killed in Week 8.
From where I’m sitting, Kern is the best punter in the NFL and he could be the best player on the Titans, also.