Maybe we’re having a harder time moving on because of the manner in which the Tennessee Titans lost. Could that be it? Heading into the fifth week of the season, everything that we’ve ever stated about ‘putting games behind you and moving on to the next one’ has been abandoned. That 24-hour rule thing isn’t working.
Week 5’s game will be here in no time. What are we doing? We’re still talking about Week 4.
Tennessee was physically manhandled, outperformed, and outcoached by a team that we believed was inferior, a team that was led by a rookie head coach and a rookie quarterback.
Zach Wilson hadn’t thrown a touchdown pass since Week 1, and in Week 4, he threw two more. Ryan Tannehill was sacked seven times and hit an additional 14 times. Watching it was bad enough. Thinking about it days later, the healing process hasn’t begun. Why? We know Tannehill is going to get beaten up all season.
NFL Next Gen Stats gives some insight on Tennessee Titans protection issues.
At this point, we’ve all figured out that we love numbers. That’s why we obsess over point spreads, Fantasy football, Pro Football Focus, and Madden rankings. Here’s something of note. Recently, NFL Next Gen Stats dissected Tennessee’s pass protection woes. Take a look at how overpowering the New York Jets were in Week 4.
Here are a few things to think about while you’re mulling that over:
- The Jets were able to generate pressure on 21 of Tannehill’s 56 dropbacks (37%)
- John Franklin-Myers, Bryce Huff, Quinnen Williams, and Sheldon Rankins all applied pressure on six different occasions (or more)
- Quinnen Williams, Bryce Hall, C.J. Mosley, Quincy Williams, Bryce Huff, and John Franklin-Myers were all credited with a sack.
Week 4 was a nightmare, but here’s what’s most disappointing about the whole ordeal. There’s no evidence that, no matter how much time the Tennessee Titans dedicate to practice or fixing this, things will get any better on Sunday in Week 4. The rival Jacksonville Jaguars are the next stop on the schedule