Let’s just put it out there and get it over with. The Titans punted on every single drive, and quarterback Marcus Mariota was sacked eleven times.
There was nothing to cheer about if you are a Titans fan. This game was the first time that the Titans were shut out at home since the team has been in Nashville. The Tennessee offensive line did not have an answer for the Ravens rushing attack, and Mariota was scrambling without success each and every quarter.
The team did not seem to have a good game plan this week, or last week against the Buffalo Bills for that matter. Titans’ defensive coordinator Dean Pees did not figure out how to shut down the Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco. Pees didn’t seem to have any inside track for how to beat his old team.
The Titans’ offense was even worse. The receivers didn’t have the ability to get open for Mariota, and the offensive line was getting run over. The running backs just couldn’t run. At all. They kept getting stuffed and losing yards.
It was another no touchdown game for the Titans. They’re back to square one and living off of kicker Ryan Succop’s field goals. There is no way you can get to the playoffs and win without players that can catch and hang on to the football. Nope.
Tennessee had three turnovers during this game at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York, and the Bills took full advantage of them. During the Titans’ first possession, wide receiver Taywan Taylor fumbled the ball which the Bills recovered and turned into a touchdown run for quarterback Josh Allen. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw a pass intended for WR Nick Williams and it was picked off by Buffalo cornerback Taron Johnson.
The Bills did not score after this turnover in the second quarter, but the interception seemed to just be ‘par for the course’. That made it hard for the Titans to get any momentum going at all. Titans running back Dion Lewis fumbled the ball in the third quarter, and the Bills were able to get a field goal off of that mistake.
The Titans had a game with touchdowns!!! After last week’s field goal fest against the Jaguars, touchdowns are the best thing ever.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota completed two touchdown passes and also ran for a two-yard touchdown. His TD was the first Tennessee touchdown in two weeks. The game-winning pass to wide receiver Corey Davis in overtime was a heart stopper. And all this happened with Mariota still working his way back from an elbow injury.
The week leading up to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles was rather strange in that veteran wide receiver Rishard Matthews asked for the Titans to release him, which they did. Matthews had signed an extension during pre-season and it was unexpected that he would want to leave. Matthews did tell A-Z Sports that he was unhappy with the number of plays he was getting.
The Tennessee Titans will have to rely on their young wide receivers Tajae Sharpe, Corey Davis, and Taywan Taylor going forward. Judging from this week’s game, the team is going to be fine. Corey Davis finally had his breakout game and his first regular-season touchdown. He was hampered in his rookie year by a lingering hamstring injury.
It’s not panic time yet folks. It is the preseason which is really just another practice session and a working job interview for the players. Last year the Tennessee Titans won just one preseason game and the team went onto the playoffs.
Head coach Mike Vrabel himself said that these first four games were just like an extended practice where the staff could see where they need to coach the players better. And of course, the first string players are only playing a series or two. We’re not seeing our #1 quarterback, or any other starters, for a full game. Fans may be chompin’ at the bit but the Titans won’t be racing full speed for another couple of weeks.
What did we learn from the first week of Titans training camp?
Cornerback Malcolm Butler is a hit. Left Tackle Taylor Lewan is Nashville’s daddy (highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL, $80 million). Tight End Delanie Walker gets a contract extension and he has a guardian angel.
New coaching staff is comfortable and having fun, especially defensive back coach Kerry Coombs. Wide receiver mystery: why is Rishard Matthews on the PUP list? The Competition: running back Derrick Henry vs running back Dion Lewis.
Today at the NFL Spring League meeting in Atlanta, the NFL team owners approved the Tennessee Titans bid to host the 2019 NFL Draft. The draft will be April 25 through April 27th, 2019 and will be held at several Nashville downtown landmarks.
All of the venues will be within walking distance of each other and include Nissan Stadium, Lower Broadway, Ascend Amphitheater, the Music City Center, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Music City Walk of Fame Park.
On Wednesday, April 4 in downtown Nashville, the Tennessee Titans hosted a live event showcasing their new “Tradition Evolved” uniform design. Twenty thousand fans packed downtown Nashville on Broadway; the festivities included DJ Silver, live bands including country music duo Florida Georgia Line and former Tennessee Titans that had participated in the last uniform redesign back in 1999, Craig Hentrich, Blaine Bishop, Frank Wycheck, and Eddie George.
Throughout the entire 2017 season, there was a feeling that something with the Titans team was missing. Titans fans were sure that 2017 would be the year the Titans, would finally get nationwide respect and get in the Superbowl, but that did not happen.
The team lost games that they should have easily won, and the Titans never seemed to play a complete game where the defense and the offense were both performing at their best. I couldn’t figure out what the main problem was, but many Titans fans complained that the play calling was too predictable and not favorable to quarterback Marcus Mariota.
In the end, the coaches got the blame for the lackluster season and were axed. Ownership and the general manager Jon Robinson took action, and now the 2018 Titans will have to adjust to an almost entirely new coaching staff.
The Tennessee Titans announced that the team will have a party on Wednesday, April 4 to reveal the new uniforms. The country band Florida Georgia Line will be playing a free concert in downtown Nashville at Broadway and First Avenue as part of the celebration.
The band owns a restaurant nearby called the FGL House, and the location is just across the river from Nissan Stadium where the Titans play, a perfect spot for the big reveal. Florida Georgia Line was originally going to play a few songs for the event but decided to go all out and perform a full concert complete with fireworks.
Let the guessing begin! What will the new uniforms look like? Will they be a total transformation or will they be only slightly changed? Will the Titans keep the same color scheme or go in a new direction?