Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan was fined for an unnecessary roughness penalty he committed in Week 10.
As if the negative attention surrounding Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan‘s issues with penalties weren’t enough, now he’s literally paying for them.
Lewan committed an unnecessary roughness penalty in Week 10 against the Kansas City Chiefs when he pushed an opposing player down to the ground following a carry by running back Derrick Henry.
It was one of three penalties Lewan committed in the game, and he followed that unnecessary roughness flag with a holding penalty on the next play that effectively killed the Titans’ first drive of the second half.
For his misdeeds, Lewan was fined $10,527 by the league over the weekend, per Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.
Lewan’s penalty was so egregiously dumb that rookie wide receiver A.J. Brown immediately held him accountable for it, showing great leadership on the youngster’s part. Someone desperately needed to get on Lewan for it, and Brown did exactly that.
Since returning from his four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, Lewan has committed a grand total of nine penalties, and he’s on pace to shatter his career-high of 12, which he “achieved” in 2016. His indiscretions have killed multiple drives since his return.
After the win over the Chiefs, Lewan was remorseful about his actions and ripped himself to shreds over it, calling himself “a liability” while also noting that he’s “killing the team” — and he’s right.
Sure, it’s nice to see Lewan taking responsibility, but now instead of talking about it, he needs to be about it. With the way this offense has struggled in 2019, it can’t afford to have to continuously overcome setbacks.
What’s getting overshadowed with these penalties is that Lewan has actually played well upfront, which of course was to be expected anyway. If he can just clean up his act with penalties, maybe we can all get back to talking about his talent.
That, however, will be entirely up to him.