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Well Titans fans, the preseason is over and I for one could not be happier. It has been a total slog. Really, it could not have been more boring. Injures have piled up and we barely know anything about the new direction of the team. Seriously, this preseason was awful. As for the health of the team, I am hoping that they are mostly healthy by the Miami game, however we still do not know the severity of many of the injuries. So fingers crossed.
Looking back on the 3rd preseason game, it was pretty much a disaster for the offense. They looked bad, even laughably bad. But really how much should we actually take from this game or the preseason? Probably not a lot. Like I have said before, I do not think that we see this offense in sync until midseason or so. However, if they are playing like garbage by week ten, then it’s time to PANIC. Until then all is well!
I will say this though, the offensive line is legitimately concerning. They were obliterated last Saturday. Until Conklin is back I think they are going to be a weak unit. I really hope that this does not give Mariota flashbacks to the Whisenhunt days. Additionally, Derrick Henry still cannot pass block. He really needs to figure it out. Due to these issues, I bet the offense will be a pretty conservative until the pass blocking improves.
Another potential issue is that the receivers still do not appear to be on the same page as Mariota. The interception and the missed Corey Davis pass have been discussed ad nauseam. I think it has been slightly overblown. Yeah Mariota screwed up, but those were not career defining plays. People need to settle down and save the hot takes for the regular season. However, if Mariota keeps making those mistakes into the season, then yeah I understand that there should be major concerns. I am hoping that Mariota and the receivers jell soon, but I remember saying this every week last year, so there is some trepidation.
The defense on the other hand looked fine. The secondary appeared solid, but they were not playing the Steelers’ best, so really what does it mean? However, the pass rush was fairly weak. I would expect a lot of blitzing when the season starts, so I do not think it will be that bad next week. However, Landry’s injury is definitely concerning. I wonder if the trade for Kamalei Correa means anything about Landry. Apparently he has potential to be a decent pass rusher. He’s a former second round pick and is pretty intriguing. It will be interesting to see what they can do with him.
Well that is about it. The preseason is boring and I am ready for the season to start. I will do a game preview early next week. Until then, Titans fans, keep those thumbtacks flaming!