The Tennessee Titans had their chances to win, and should have won, but fell to the Indianapolis Colts 19-13 in overtime. Frankly, I wasn't surprised by the loss but was surprised at the way(s) the Titans lost - I was expecting a high-scoring game, something along the lines of 38-35.
- a missed field goal
- a Kenny Britt touchdown negated by offensive pass interference
- a dropped interception by Colin McCarthy that should have been a pick six
- a fumbled snap in the red zone on a drive that ended in 3 points instead of 6
- a dropped screen pass by CJ on what should have been a huge gain, if not a TD
- a Hasselbeck overthrow of a wide open Cook for an easy touchdown
- a failure to prevent the Colts from gaining a first down when backed up deep with a minute left and the Titans had all three of their timeouts remaining
agGood post Andrew. I agree with the tone entirely. A lot of people on the web are blaming the officials, and though they had their part to play and made some absolutely horrible calls, including the fumble at the end that likely would have led to a Titans win, had the Titans made some plays, they would not have been in the position where the refs could have cost them the game. Their execution on the key plays you listed was abysmal. And it was simple stuff they were screwing up, like the fumbled snap....or the throw to the wide open Cook...that was an easy throw to make. A couple more observations and your thoughts:
- I can't wait for Locker to be back at Quarterback...Hasselback does limit the offense and really can't go down the field.
- Why don't they pass the ball to Jared Cook more and why is he not on the field more...it is frustrating...the missed touchdown and the big reception he had for 29 yards are likely there more than just twice a game. And if he they are not he is likely double covered and someone else should definitely be open. I don't get his absence out there and the lack of attention. I mean he could put up monster numbers, but not when being targeted only 4 times a game. And he is such a weapon it makes no sense to target him only 4 times a game.
- The o-line played good especially with the two subs
- CJ is looking better for sure...he danced a little bit, but if he keeps hitting the holes, he has been really productive and has to take pressure off the passing offense. I think with locker in there and CJ running good, the offense will look a lot better.
- The defense got run on at the end of the day really badly. That is really discouraging
- Ryan Mouton got schooled all day long. There has to be someone better. The colts kept lining reggie wayne up against him in the slot...i wonder why. Verner has to slide in there and they need another outside corner. When look ing at the defense there are talent gaps and Mouton is one of them.
@dragak1981 Thanks, dragak.
To your points, I'd also like to see Locker back as soon as he's healthy enough.
When you have a big gun, shoot it, I say, and Cook is the big gun. I don't have a problem with Britt getting a lot of targets but I agree with you Cook should be getting more.
I am reluctant to praise the o-line, especially against the Colts, who don't have one of the better d-lines and were without Mathis. I was more impressed with Otto than with Matthews. In the play following Stewart's and Harris' injuries, we had Otto, Matthews and Stingily on the line. If you had told me six months ago that Otto, Velasco, Matthews and Stingily would be the o-line not in garbage time, I would have cringed, or worse. Fortunately, Stewart was able to re-enter the game. Don't know yet about the outlook for Harris.
Things certainly looked bleak when the Colts were able to run the ball virtually at will late in the game, as I mentioned before. It's a bad record that keeps skipping and repeating itself.
Tom and I were talking about this after the game and he also mentioned the Wayne-Mouton matchup. Makes me have second thoughts about letting Finnegan walk. But seriously, you're right, we do need another corner - don't know if that will be Campbell, who was hurt, or Sensabaugh, who hasn't developed yet. Maybe we'll be able to acquire one in free agency (doubtful) or use a high draft pick (but there are so many other top needs too (DE, C, G, S).
Tom also mentioned McCourty only gave up one reception. I kind of would have liked to see him matched up on Wayne as often as possible, but I guess Jerry Gray was confident in Mouton's ability... (?)
@Andrew Strickert Thanks for your reply....
Yeah i did not understand why they would have their third best corner, mouton, on the Colts' best wide receiver. That simply makes no sense. Gray is playing little league though and this is the big leagues. I hope he is gone next year with all of me.
I am tired of Palmer too to be honest...how can you not use cook more...I just don't get it. Quinn Johnson played as many snaps and that is inexcusable. Cook is a total match up nightmare more than any player on this team. If he was on the Patriots, who seem to know how to utilize freakish tight ends, he would be putting up 1000 yard seasons. And now he wants to be traded. Ridiculous. They players on this team have turned against the staff and I can see why. Gray is a joke of a coordinator and Palmer's play calling is suspect at best. I hope both of them are gone after this season too and Munch too as a matter of fact. He is the sop shot caller and he is not doing enough to put those two on notice...and that is evident by the fact that Cook is so underutilized. He should step in and say we need to get this guy involved and Palmer should be able to figure out a way to do it.
Andrew, you are right...there are too many needs to go after a CB in the draft. OL, DE and S being the biggest of those. I am still befuddled by what happened to Tommie Campbell. All the pre-season talk was a load of BS...instead, Ryan Mouton is out there...what a joke. Campbell has not even been given a chance in live action...Verner has played slot before...give it a try and see what you got, because Ryan Mouton is not the answer and Campbell has the physical skills to stay with anyone. Let him play man, let him jam guys at the line of scrimmage, and let him use his size and speed.