Tennessee Titans offense has scored more points without Taylor Lewan
By Will Lomas
Titans offense will survive without Lewan.
I don’t think there are five offensive tackles in the NFL who do their jobs better than Tennessee Titans 3-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan.
Not only does he have elite athleticism for the position, but Lewan’s attitude and physicality have been a huge part of what the Titans do in the run game. What makes him special though is his ability to combine that high-end athleticism, salty disposition, effort, and technical ability to the passing attack as well as the rushing attack.
He deserves every dollar he gets from the Titans and Lewan’s habit of locking down defenders on an island makes everyone around him better. In no way, shape or form do I think that Ty Sambrailo is a better offensive tackle than Lewan.
Now that you understand how highly I think of Lewan, you should also know that in the last three games there are two very important stats you need to know.
#1. Ty Sambrailo has played more snaps than Taylor Lewan
Despite not getting hurt in the Buffalo Bills game, Taylor Lewan played just 107 snaps to Ty Sambrailo’s 110 snaps over the last three games.
Sambrailo played 8 full drives against the Minnesota Vikings (five more than Lewan) and the two tied with six drives each on Sunday thanks to overtime.
So, it isn’t like Ty Sambrailo is some unknown quantity. Fans have seen more of #70 over the last month than they realize and the fact that they haven’t realized it is probably a good thing.
#2. Per drive, the offense has scored more points with Sambrailo than Lewan
Again, this is not an endorsement saying that Sambrailo is a stud and that Lewan is trash. Check my receipts on Twitter or any of my past articles. Instead, this is proof that this offense knows exactly what it is.
Arthur Smith, Ryan Tannehill and anyone else involved in the offense seem to know exactly how to use Ty Sambrailo to the best of his abilities. I haven’t dived deep enough to figure out if that means more runs, more tight end help or if it is just about the play design and not play call.
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Either way, here are the stats on the two tackles over the last month.
Taylor Lewan: 16 drives, 54 total points, 8 TDs, 2 FGs (3.375 points per drive)
Ty Sambrailo: 14 drives, 48 total points 6 TDs, 4 FGs (3.429 points per drive)
Will there be some growing pains and some slight limitations to this offense? Yes, probably. However, this team has shown by now that they can adapt to changes and they already seem like they know what to do at left tackle.
The injury hurts the team on the field and in the locker room, but don’t expect this offense to regress.