Titans pass rush will look better vs Lions for one simple reason
By Will Lomas
The Titans need a pass rush.
At this point in the season, you kind of are what you are and that holds true for the good and the bad of the Tennessee Titans.
On one hand, it is hard to imagine that the Titans’ balanced offense is going to drop off or that Brett Kern is suddenly going to forget how to punt the ball.
But unfortunately, it means that the historically bad pass rush (and defense as a whole) probably aren’t going to be able to suddenly evolve as we head into the playoffs. Now, there is an argument to be made that made Adoree Jackson’s potential return could lead to stronger and more aggressive coaching, but right now that is all that it is, an argument.
I have some pretty depressing stats here that you might have seen over on my timeline if you follow me on Twitter. If not, this is your warning.
Another sad stat that I didn’t have space to put in there, was that it has been over a month since someone other than Harold Landry or Jeffery Simmons have gotten a sack for the Titans.
It is a downright depressing state of affairs in the front seven right now, and my Twitter handle may give you a slight hint on who I blame for a large chunk of this. Luckily, there is something developing that might just get the Titans back on the board.
You probably know the name, but let’s talk about Chase Daniel.
Right now it looks like Matthew Stafford isn’t going to practice until Friday at the earliest and he might just skip practice this week entirely. The man directly in front of him is center Frank Ragnow who is also dealing with a minor injury that you might have seen a Twitter. That’s right, he is the fractured throat guy.
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I have no idea what the plan is if he can’t play, but it looks like the Titans are going to face a VERY banged up Frank Ragnow or Marcus Martin who hasn’t played in a game since 2016.
The Detroit Lions have no shot at the playoffs and the obvious answer here is to rest both Ragnow and Stafford on Sunday. You might think that I am going to point out Marcus Martin as the problem, but he isn’t who I want to talk about. I want to talk about the aforementioned Chase Daniel.
In his career, Chase Daniel has never played a game where he had 15+ pass attempts without taking a sack. I believe that some sacks are on the offensive line and some sacks are on the quarterback and that it is hard to fully blame either group for sack totals.
However, if you have 6 career games with 15+ pass attempts and you get sacked an average of more than 3 sacks in those games, you are the problem.
Let’s say that you do want to put the sacks all on the offensive line group. Even with Frank Ragnow, Matthew Stafford was getting sacked on 7.4% of his throws. That is 4th worst among all QBs who have thrown 400+ passes this year, and 6th worst among QBs that have thrown 300+ passes this year. Oh, and Chase Daniel’s career average is even worse than that (8.8%)
No matter how you slice it, this team struggles to prevent sacks, and with a banged-up offensive line, you have to expect that to get even worse.
Is this the week that the Titans finally get another sack? Can they finally tie or beat their season-high of three sacks in a single game? Or will this go down as another disappointing Mike Vrabel/Shane Bowen collaboration on defense?