Titans v. Cowboys Preview

Coming from somewhere deep underground, it’s the Two Tone Blue Rant, sponsored by Woody’s Paint and Chemical Paint Remover. Woody is a paint expert who’s looking to throw some color on your walls. Give him a call and he’ll be at your house with a fresh barrel of paint.

Hello Titans fans. It has been a while. The bye week has come and gone as has the trade deadline. Since the crushing defeat in London the team really has not done much. They failed make a move at the trade deadline, which has left me somewhat perplexed. They did however resign Jalston Fowler. While obtaining Fowler was not necessary a blockbuster move, I do like it. I thought he played great last year and was really disappointed when they cut him. I think he can help the run game. Additionally, he’s a decent pass catcher so maybe they looked to get him involved in the passing game.

I will say I was disappointed by the teams lack to aggression around the trade deadline. I would have really liked a receiver. Obviously they tried, but it’s still disheartening that they could not make anything happen.

Well we have to move on with the mediocre offense that they have and the next stop is Dallas. The team has had a bad losing streak and they are going in to what might be a must win game. I am very curious to see what the offense will look like. I have heard that during the bye week the team did a lot of self scouting and are looking to make some changes, the rumor is that they are going to use more of a power run scheme. I am not sure how effective that could be considering how bad the line and the running backs have been. But really who has played well on the offense this year? Any changes should be welcomed.

They are going to have difficult task on Monday night. Dallas has a good defense, so yards are going to be hard to come by. Their pass rush is especially good, and if they can get to Mariota early it could be a long game. There really is not too much to say. Every player needs to perform better because right now they have one of the worst offenses in the league.

As for the defense, they really need to focus on stopping Elliott. I think Prescott is an overrated passer and if they can force the game into his hands I like the Titans chances. They are going to try to get Cooper involved early, but I question how good he really is. He’s definitely not give up a first round pick good. I think Jackson can shut him down. However, knowing the Titans luck I would not be surprised to see Cooper burn Butler for a long touchdown. Anyway I have faith in the Titans defense. I think they will do enough to win. Therefore, everything will depend on if the offense can finally get it together. Unfortunately at this point they have shown nothing to make me think they can, but anything can happen on Monday night.

Well Titans fans, enjoy the game. It should be interesting. Until next time keep those thumbtacks flaming.

Ravens v. Titans Recap/Titans v. Chargers Preview

Coming from somewhere deep underground, it’s the Two Tone Blue Rant, sponsored by P.K. Fitzgerald’s Szechuan House. Serving up Authentic Asian cuisine such as fried chicken, ribs and french fries. Come for chilidog Tuesday and receive half off beer and dogs!

Hello Titans fans. Well here we are, a few weeks ago the arrow was pointing up and everything was coming up Titans, now we’re lost in a Roman wilderness of pain. Is this the end of the season? I think Sunday was one of the worst losses in franchise history. I simply cannot get over how bad the team played. I figured that the offense could not get lower after the Bills game, but I was gravely mistaken. Sunday was like watching a jv high school team try to play in the NFL. It was a complete and utter failure.

The Titans’ offense is the worst in the NFL and there does not seem to an answer for how to fix it. The line went from being one of the better ones in the league to one of the worst. Both guards and the center are awful. I think they should move on from Spain, Kline and Jones in the offseason, but that might not be realistic. I am a little baffled that they gave Kline an extension. He’s terrible. However, I am still a fan of both tackles, Lewan and Conklin. Although, neither has played to their full potential. Conklin is probably still dealing with the lingering effects of his injury, while Lewan has been banged up. Additionally, I am starting to wonder if distractions have taken Lewan’s head out of the game. His complaining to the national media about recognition and other exploits may have shifted his focus. Nevertheless, I am convinced that his game will pick up.

Against the Ravens, the running backs were once again trash. Henry has been a complete bust this season, and after starting strong, Lewis has been awful. Both were utterly abysmal on Sunday. The coaching staff is not doing them any favors however. The way that the Titans run a two back system makes it seem that the coaches do not understand how to effectively run a two back system. They typically do not go with the hot hand and they fail to take advantage of each player’s specific skill set. I would like to see them use Henry more in the second half and even get him involved in the screen game. Furthermore, I think more quick check downs should be thrown to Lewis. Perhaps adjusting their roles would help, but I have come to the realization that neither are very good players.

Speaking of the terrible play, the receivers were again a total joke. They failed to do anything to even warrant a discussion. At this point though I will say that I am disappointed with Corey Davis. Outside of the Eagles game he has done nothing. We’ll see what happens, but right now he is looking like a massive draft reach.

There are simply too many things to say about Mariota. I want to believe he can be a franchise QB, and we have seen him play to that level before, but as of now he’s been far too inconsistent. Sunday was not all his fault, but his play was bad. Elite QBs do not have games like that. Additionally, good NFL QBs should carry a team. For instance, Andrew Luck has had zero help besides TY Hilton and he’s never had the downs that Mariota has had. He consistently carries the team. Obviously a lot can change before the end of the season, but as of now, I am leaning towards Mariota not being the long term answer.

As for the defense, they did not play great against the Ravens. Recently, the passrush has completely evaporated. Morgan and Orakpo have been total non-factors and Landry hit a rookie wall. They have to find a passrush. As for the rest of the defense, Bates was terrible on and Malcolm Butler got burned again (shocking). The third down defense was comical. The Ravens could have converted a 3rd and 50 if they needed to. All around it was pathetic and if Baltimore wanted to, they could have hung forty. They essentially stopped playing in the middle of the third quarter.

Well on to the Chargers who have one of the best offenses in the NFL. The Titans are going to travel 4,000 miles just to get a Tsar bomba thrown on them. Honestly, I am not sure what there is to break down. My expectations could not possibly be lower. Really my hope is that they can just look competent. If they can come out run a real offense and keep the game close, I’ll be happy. But if it’s another disaster, I guess we might as well start making our mock drafts.

Well Titans fans, crazier things have happened, maybe they can pull it off, but regardless keep those thumbtacks flaming. Maybe one day it will get better.

Texans v. Titans Recap/ Titans v. Jags Preview

Coming from somewhere deep underground, it’s the Two Tone Blue Rant, sponsored by Willie’s Sweet Cornbread. If you see a 95 Chrysler LeBaron cruising near you, it’s cornbread time. Just wait until it stops, and then ask Willie for some of his famous cornbread right out of the trunk! It’s cash only, but it will taste like you had to charge it.

Hello Titans fans and people lost on the Internet, I am condensing my post this week due to time constraints. I would first like to talk about the Texans game, and then go over the Jags game.

The coaching job against the Texans was simply brilliant. Really we have not seen that good of a job in years, maybe even decades. I thought that they got as much out of the offense as possible. Additionally, the line played great. It is amazing to think that they had undrafted practice squad players blocking JJ Watt and they somehow held him and the Texans defense in check. I thought that Watt was going to get at least a few sacks when I heard that both tackles were out. I had a few flashbacks to the Texans Mettenberger game. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Furthermore, I thought that Gabbert played as well as he could. Admittedly he was pretty mediocre, but he made plays when he needed to. The Titans running game was disappointing, however, the Texans were going all out to stop the run, so it was to be expected. Finally, it is looking like if Corey Davis can just get a qb he might explode. Besides from the fumble, he’s played great.

As for the Titans defense, I thought that they looked good against what could evolve into a high-powered offense. The Titans pass rush was great. The Texans offensive line was about as effective as wet paper, and the Titans took full advantage of it. Harold Landry looked great in his debut. He was effective speed rusher, but needs to develop more moves. Casey of course looked great. I am exited to see what else this pass rush can do now that it everyone is getting healthy.

The secondary got burned a little, but really that is to be expected against the Texans. Hopkins is one of the best receivers in the league and Fuller, if he can stay healthy, has the potential to be great. I know that people are a little freaked out about Butler, but I am not worried. In both the Miami game and last week he had decent coverage. However, he keeps getting burned by the speed guys. I am not sure why Butler was on Fuller or Stills. But I am confident that the coaching staff will make the proper adjustments. Additionally, Jackson’s interception was great.

The Texans game was a tremendous win, and I would give a lot of credit to the coaching staff. They created a near perfect game plan for the situation. The wild cat was great, as was the fake the punt. I am confident that last year’s coaching staff would not have been able to do this.

Now on to this week, what should Titans fans expect? Honestly if Mariota is out, I think they will most likely drop this game. The Jags are supercharged right now and it is in Jacksonville. I can see them having a little bit of a hangover from that huge win against the Patriots, however, I think they will seek a some revenge after the Titans swept them last year, even humiliating them in the first game. Thus, I can see them having plenty of motivation.

Even if Mariota does play, I expect the Titans game plan on offense to be similar to last week. They are going to want to get Henry and Lewis a lot of carries, keep the game close and avoid turnovers. Jacksonville’s strength is their secondary and last year the Titans beat them running, so I expect a conservative game plan. However, I am not sure as to how effective it will be considering the Jag’s defense does not have many weaknesses. Really, if the offense can score a few touchdowns and avoid turnovers they should be ok.

As for the Titans defense, I think they are going to put a lot of pressure on Bortles. They are going to try to force some turnovers. If the defense can get a few turnovers and the offense can avoid mistakes, then the Titans could have a real chance here. However, Bortles has been really good this year. He has always been an up and down qb. Thus, he always has a chance to implode, however, as of right now he looks great. Furthermore, it looks like Fournette is playing. The Titans have not been great against the run this year, and whenever Fournette plays they give him the ball twenty times, so this will be a good test for the Titans defense. Maybe this is the game that Evans shows up. If the defense can get a few turnovers and make Bortles uncomfortable, then they will have done a good job.

I have mentally prepared myself for a loss this week. The Jags are just too hot right now and despite the win, the Titans are still somewhere in the wilderness, mostly due to injuries. However, stranger things have happened and the Titans’ coaching staff proved to be capable last week. If they can do the same this week, they will be hailed as geniuses, but I’ll be happy if they just keep it close. So until next week, Go Titans, keep those thumbtacks flaming!

Texans v. Titans

Coming from somewhere deep underground, it’s the Two Tone Blue Rant, sponsored by Lonnie’s Gas Station. They have the pumps in the front and Lonnie’s mom sells catfish in the back.

Hello Titans fans. Here we are, week two. Our beloved Titans are matched up against the vile Texans, the team that was given a stadium in Houston nearly a decade after the city refused to build one for poor Bud Adams. This game is pretty terrifying, when the Texans are healthy, they are as good as any team in the league. Last year we saw this first hand when they proceeded to obliterate the Titans before halftime. I can’t help but get a little PTSD when thinking about that game. However, it is a new season, so I am cautiously optimistic that the Titans can do a little better.

The Titans offense is going to face a huge challenge this week. The Texans have a good passrush, and currently the Titans will be without two starting tackles-not good. Clowney will definitely give the offensive line fits and while Watt, who not what he used to be, can still cause huge disruptions. I do not expect the titans to have a lot of deep drop backs. I really think they will do a lot of what we saw early in the Miami game. I think we could see a lot pistol. If Mariota plays, I doubt we see him run much. I think they are going to want to get him going with short passes, and use tons of Henry and Lewis. I could see them going heavy on the run and throwing a lot of screen passes. I think we see a fairly conservative game plan. Of course, they will try to get Corey Davis involved, but unless the game starts getting out of hand, I am expecting a slow methodical approach.

As for the defense they cannot do much worse than they did against Watson last year. I understand that he did not play great last week, but historically the Titans are slump busters so I can see him blowing up in this game. However, if they can limit Watson’s runs and prevent the long bombs to Fuller (if he plays) then they may have a chance at containing the Texans. Hopkins will of course get his yards, but the goal with him should be to prevent him from taking over a game, which Logan Ryan has done in the past. The Texans offensive line is bad, however the Titans defensive line did nothing last week. They really need Casey to show up. Additionally, the Titans greatly need to get their edge rushers to generate some pressure. If Landry plays then they maybe they can get some solid pressure, if not, then I am not sure who, besides an aging Orakpo can burst off of the edge. It is really going to take a massive effort from the defense to stop the Texans offense, which on its best day is capable of scoring over forty points.

This is a weird game, and it is difficult to get a feel for either team. I am hoping that the Titans come out ready to go, because if they come out flat then they risk getting down big early. Furthermore, if they get blown out, then this season has a chance of spinning out of control within the first month. It is not a must win game, but if they lose we could be looking at a full panic. I am not expecting a win, but I am hopeful they can surprise me. Go Titans, keep those thumbtacks flaming!

Titans v. Dolphins Recap

Coming from somewhere deep underground, it’s the Two Tone Blue Rant, sponsored by Rusty’s Malt Liquor. We need it!

Well Titans fans, if you have stopped vomiting then I commend you. Week one was a nightmare wrapped in a horror show. Some are even arguing that it was the worst regular season game in Titans’ history. I remember a few other bad ones, but this one is definitely up there. The game was such a catastrophe that there really is not too much to analyze. I thought Dion Lewis was great, the offensive line was better than I thought it would be, the defense can’t tackle, and we still know very little about the offense. That’s all I can think of. It’s hard to take away too much from a game that lasted seven hours due to weather delays. I am now going to rant on the stupidity of what we witnessed.

The injuries were intense. Losing Delanie Walker for the season nearly made me cry. Not only has he been one of the best players on the team for over half a decade, but also he’s one of the most beloved players off of the field. Losing his leadership and greatness will be a massive blow. I really hate it for him and I hope he has a good recovery.

Mariota’s injury to me was puzzling. At first, it appeared that it was not too bad, but then reports surfaced that he had lost feeling in his hands. I know that they were trying to say his poor play was due to the issue, thus it must have been bad. I hate that Mariota keeps getting this little injuries. Hopefully we hear his status soon. As for the hit on him, it was a little low and if Mariota had been Tom Brady then the defender would have been thrown out of the NFL. But apparently you can cheap shot Titans and nothing happens, which leads us to the Taylor Lewan injury.

Is there a more hypocritical organization than the NFL? They scream player safety! Player safety! Then Andre Branch blindsides Taylor Lewan with an illegal crackajack block, surely that is adverse to player safety, right? The Fox referee expert explains that this has to be a penalty, it was an illegal move. Then of course the NFL decides that the play which resulted in a concussion is fine. No fifteen-yard penalty and Branch is allowed to cheap shot more players. Wow! Such player safety! What an absolute joke. The NFL is such an awful organization. I seriously think that there is a bias against the Titans. Let’s look at the second most ridiculous thing from this game and that was the “hold” on the Derrick Henry’s run.

If feels like the Titans get a long touchdown called back at least once a game. It has gotten to the point that I don’t celebrate when they score because I am waiting for the flag to show up. It happened numerous times last year and it has already happened this year. Of course, each time when they try to find the “penalty”, nobody can. It is frustrating. It is taking a lot of enjoyment out of watching these games. I really hate that here we are again talking about how bad the NFL officiating is. Every offseason we are told that they are going to fix it, and then it seemingly gets worse. They are going to turn a lot of viewers off with this. I really fear that we are in for anther year of flags being thrown all over the field, huge plays being taken away for no reason, and referees deciding games.

Well that’s it, I really do not have too much else to say. Go Titans, keep those thumbtacks flaming, and hopefully there are better days ahead.

Titans v. Patriots Preview/Two Tone Rant

Coming from somewhere deep underground, it’s the Two Tone Rant, sponsored by Stuckey’s Malt Liquor. “It’s the champagne of Malt Liquor!”

Hello Titans fans, what a glorious time to cheer for our favorite corporate entity. I have been watching the highlights of the Chiefs game all week, and I still cannot believe it. The comeback was simply astonishing. That game was the moment that Marcus Mariota became president!

There is so much to talk about regarding the Chiefs game, and a lot has been covered so well, that I just want to mention a few things.

I think the two iconic Mariota plays are some of the best in franchise history, and will forever be remembered. They were both gutsy and McNairesque. When we first drafted Mariota I had some reservations, there were even times this season that I had some doubts, but what doubt I had has been obliterated. Mariota is our qb and I could not be happier.

I complained about Derrick Henry last post, saying that he ran weak. He must have heard my complaints, because he ran like he was back in Tuscaloosa. He was simply unstoppable. It really is true that once he gets going he’s a runaway freight train. I think he has the potential to be one of the best running backs in Titans history (we actually have a solid history at the position).

Of course, it could not be a Titans blog without talking about the offensive philosophy. I think it has been proven ad nauseam, but they should run more power spread. It is clearly what fits this team and when they used these concepts against the Chiefs, they took over. Additionally, I really think they should try to run some pistol. It may be too late to add those formations, but one would think that they take a hard look at adding some pistol formations in the off-season.

Finally, I would like to thank the defense. After settling down, they dominated the game. There was not one player on the defense that took a play off or gave up, even when the team was down. It really is a special group. They may not be the most talented, but they always give the best effort.

On to the next round!

Foxborough in the playoffs, against the greatest qb and coach in NFL history, sounds terrifying. On paper this looks like the most difficult game that the Titans have played in a decade. It is David v. Goliath. But I am not even sure that the Titans are David. They maybe closer to his younger, shorter, and less attractive brother, Davis. There really is nothing that they can do to win. I have heard that Mularkey is even considering taking the team to Legal Seafood instead of playing. Seriously this game has no reason to be played. The Pat’s are just going to turn the Titans into chowder.

That could happen, or something much different could also happen. The Titans could keep this thing close (audible gasp). I think the Titans could show up more than people think. However, I am not calling the upset of the century.

The Titans need to use power-spread formations in this game. They do not have to run a lot of hurry up, because I think the key against the Pats would be to control the ball and the clock. However, I think running a lot of jumbo formations would be a mistake. Furthermore, it seems that Henry runs much better out of shotgun. Additionally, Mariota plays infinitely better in the spread. Thus, I think the Titans would benefit from spreading the field and running Henry out of the shotgun.

I would throw in a little hurry up, but not a ton unless the team gets down big. However, I honestly would not mind seeing the team come out with the hurry up on the opening drive. I think that could be beneficial for a number of reasons. It could get Mariota into a rhythm early and if they get a touchdown it could quiet the crowd and give the Titans a huge momentum boast.

In reality, I expect a lot of Henry in this game. The Pats are not great at run defense, so I could see the Titans wanting to slam Henry all game. I think they go jumbo formation and run him a lot. Hopefully it works.

As for the defense, as great as they have been, I think they will have some issues in this game. The Pat’s offense is very good. They are going to make big plays. The Titans just have to try to limit them, and of course they have to get in Brady’s face. If they can start hitting Brady, then they could have a chance to disrupt their offense. But the Pats are going to make plays. The defense just has to bend but not break. Similar to last week, if they can keep them under 24 points, then the Titans have a real shot. But that is a very big if.

As a life long Titans fan this is surreal. Six weeks ago I never would have thought that the Titans would get into the playoffs, pull off a historic comeback and then find themselves facing off against the Patriots in the divisional round. I think this season has become a massive success and I have never been more proud of a Titans team. Win or lose in New England, this team will always hold a special place in my heart. I am counting on a loss, but of course hoping for a win. I am ready to see how much magic this team has left. Let’s go Titans!!! Let’s win this fucking game!!!!!

Titans v. Chiefs Playoff Preview

Coming from somewhere deep below the earth, it’s the Two Tone Rant playoff edition! Proudly presented by JD McGillicutty Tonic Water. “It will cure whatever ails ya!”

Hello Titans fans, well it was not pretty, but the Titans did it. After 9 long years, they finally made the playoffs. It feels great writing that, and I really did think for a while that we would never see the two tone blue again in the playoffs, but here we are.

As much as I have complained about this season, it really is great getting in. Although I do not think that the team can get very far, I am still exited.

Anyway as great as beating Jacksonville again was, I still saw many of the team’s major flaws glaring in the game. Basically the offense is still terrible. The interior line struggled all game, as did the passing game. Many fans have been complaining about Marcus Mariota in this game, but I thought he played pretty well. Obviously his running was fantastic, and his 3rd down run with his stiff arm will be immortalized in the minds of Titans fans forever. I know that he had some issues passing, but the receivers were killing him with drops. I feel like Eric Decker alone had maybe 60 yards that he left on the field due to dropped passes. I think if a few of those were completed then Mariota’s numbers would have been much better.

However, it would not be fair if I did not say that Mariota did have some passing issues. Furthermore, it seems like the offense doesn’t know what it is supposed to do half of the time. Obviously there was the Derrick Henry fumble, but there were tons of other miscommunications. It was week 17 and they were still making mistakes all over the field like it was preseason. It goes without saying, but the offense needs to be completely overhauled in the offseason.

So far it looks like I may have been wrong about Henry. I thought if they just kept feeding him then something would happen, and I guess it did with the screen pass, but his overall running was pretty weak. He tries to bounce everything outside, and more times than not he loses a big chunk of yards. I don’t know why he keeps doing this, and frankly it is perplexing. He is bigger than most of the defense, he just needs to run straight and bulldoze people. As of now I can see why they have been reluctant to give him the starting role. So I guess Mularkey was right about something.

The defense played great however, and I absolutely love them. They all came ready to play, and they won the game. They need the defense to show up the same way against the Chiefs in order to have a chance.

So here we are, the first playoff game in 9 years. The team has to go to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Vegas line is -9 Chiefs. Most people say that the Titans have zero shot. That could be true, or they could pull off a huge upset. Here is how they may be able to do that.

I think with how the run defense has been playing they could conceivably contain Kareem Hunt. If they do this and generate consistent pressure on Alex Smith, then maybe they could limit the Chiefs big plays. However, the Chiefs will have a few big moments. They simply have too much firepower on offense to do nothing. The Titans just need to limit the big gains, get a turnover or two. If they can keep the Chiefs under 24 points, then I think the Titans could have a real shot.

Now the offense actually has to do something here. I have said it all year, and here it is again, I think the offense should run the hurry up no huddle early. It could get the Chiefs off balanced and get Mariota into a rhythm. Additionally, if they can get Henry the ball in space or throw him a few screen passes, then they could have a chance at a few big plays. In my opinion, the running game sucks, and the passing game is not much better, but for whatever reason when they run the hurry up things work better, so I would just go all out. It is the playoffs, they have nothing to lose. With all of that said, I expect Henry up the middle 30 times for no gain.

As I said, I think the Titans could win, but I do not think that they will. I would love to see it, but I have no confidence in this offense. Still I am grateful that they made it in. It means a lot to me, but I am also really happy for the players who have been with the team throughout all of the horrible years, players such as Jurrell Casey, Karl Klug, and Derrick Morgan. They really do deserve a playoff game, and I hope that they can make the best of their first time in the playoffs.

Well that’s it, we are in the playoffs. This is one giant leap for the team. Hopefully they can eke out a win. If they do, I will be utterly ecstatic, but if not, I am still very proud of the players, and I hope that the coaching staff makes a lot of changes in the offseason. Let’s go Titans. Let’s pull off a miracle.

Jags v. Titans-The Final Showdown

Coming from somewhere deep below the earth, it’s the Two Tone Rant, sponsored by Chappies’ Corn Liquor. It’s made in the woods!

Hello Titans fans. What a depressing few weeks. My readers have gotten very little content due to me having to constantly fly around the country for Holiday obligations. Also the Titans have been losing a lot.

Just to recap the Rams game a bit, I actually thought that the team played well. Like most Titans fans, I assumed it would be a blowout, thus I was pleasantly surprised. Besides from one bad int, Marcus Mariota looked great. The receivers, especially Corey Davis also played well. It is amazing what the no huddle can do for the offense. It is beyond time to move towards a spread system.

The defense had some great moments too, however, the screens to Todd Gurley killed them. Additionally, Cooper Kupp destroyed Brice McCain. I wonder if having Logan Ryan would have made the difference in the contest.

Overall though, it sucks losing, however this was not a bad lose. The Rams are one of the best teams in the league right now. There are no moral victories in the NFL, but this may be as close as you can get to one.

With that being said, I will say what I think I have said nearly every week, and that is the officials blew multiple calls for the Titans in this game. I do not want to dwell on them too much, but this is ridiculous. I think this league is rigged.

Anyway despite the losing streak, the Titans find themselves in control of their destiny. If they beat the vile Jags, a team in which one will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy, then the Titans make the playoffs.

It is slightly nerve wrecking. The Jags technically have nothing the play for. They are locked into the third seed of the playoffs and cannot move up or down. They could rest their starters, or they could be of the mindset that they just want to eliminate their division rival, and thus go all out to beat the Titans.

As for the Titans it is hard to comprehend which Titan team we will see. Will it be a super motivated team looking to come barreling into the playoffs or will it be a flat team that sort hangs around and then loses. I know it sounds crazy to even suggest that the team could come out flat, but we have seen this team come out flat in huge games numerous times. The most notable example would be last year against the Jags.

For these reasons this game is very hard to predict. But I do have an ominous feel about it. I think that may be due to the fact that the Titans have usually let us fans down. We have seen so many backbreaking loses, crushing defeats, and spectacular failures, that I have come to expect it. I just don’t want to get my hopes up only to see the team get blown off the field by Jacksonville backups.

With all of that being said, I feel as though the team can be effective when they run the no huddle. Furthermore, with Demarco Murray out, I really want to see what Derrick Henry can do with a lot of touches. I would really try to get the screen game going with him.

If I were the coaches, I would give this game to Mariota. I would go all out, let him run the offense and attempt the break the Jags with the hurry up, then start pounding Henry in the second half. I would not play it safe and hope to kick a last second field goal for the game; I would play to blow the Jags out. Obviously I understand the futility in this statement. This game will be a low scoring game with lots of running.

Simply put, it all comes down to this. This is what they play for and why we watch. The highest drama there could possibly be. Win and advance, lose and go home in shame. I am nervous, but I am also ready to see what this team is.

For fans of a team that has been in the wilderness for nearly a decade, it does not get much better than this. This is the biggest game the team will have played in years. I hope they can grasp this. This will be the beginning or the end. Good luck Titans, and let’s go win the game of the decade.

 

Titans v. Cardinals Recap/State of the Franchise

Coming from a dark place, it’s the Titans v. Cardinals recap/state of the franchise rant. Sponsored by Benny’s Malt Liquor, it’s so strong it will make you forget Math.

Hello Titans fans. Well this has been quite the week. For this entry I will not do a typical game recap, because well, the defense was great and the offense sucked. That’s about it. There is really not much else to say. For this post, I think I’ll just Kerouac it and reflect about the state of our beloved franchise.

Yes, last week was horrible, but the offense had been trending in that direction for a while. It was like a building on the verge of collapsing and the Arizona game was what finally brought the entire structure down.

There is no easy solution. I know that a lot of Titans fans want to fire Robiskie, however, he’s calling Mularkey’s plays, so not much will change if he’s ousted. I personally never liked the Mularkey hire. But after last year I was willing to back him, but now I am ready to move on, especially if they lose out, which I think is a very real possibility.

I understand that constantly changing coaches is bad for a young QB, and that keeping Mularkey brings stability. However, what stability has he brought to the offense this year? Our young QB has fallen off a cliff, the o-line is trash, and all of these great receivers that they brought in haven’t done anything. It’s painful to watch. They need to bring in a young offensive minded coach who can build an offense around Mariota’s strengths. Not force him into an offensive scheme that was innovative in the 1970s.

Nearly everything about the offensive is abhorrent. The predictably, the horrible misdirections, trick plays, and the constant third and longs. Additionally, the option routs are beyond stupid. Nobody knows where they are supposed to be and it has resulted in tons of mistakes. I can rant about this all day, so I’ll just stop here.

With all of that said, I know that there is nearly a zero percent chance that Mularkey leaves after this year. I just hope he sees that his system is bad, and it is ruining his young franchise QB, and he changes it.

I have been saying this for years, but I think that they should run a spread offense with quick timing passes. Mariota is good at short quick passes. I wish they would play to his strengths. Maybe Mularkey will evolve.

While I can complain about the system, it would be unfair not to mention that part of the reason for the offensive woes is Mariota himself. He looks shell-shocked, and he has no confidence. It could be that he’s uncomfortable with the offense, or maybe the injury from last year is affecting him subconsciously. There are clearly a lot of issues. I still believe in him though. However, I think this season is a wash for him, and he needs a good reset in offseason. I think he can get back on track next season, but it will take a lot of work from him and whoever the coaches are.

While the offense has been bad, I think the defense has been solid. They can dominate bad teams, but have typically been exposed against good ones. Still they have over-performed this year.

There is not much else to say. Have I given up, no. However, I do not have much faith. I would still love to see them win and get into the playoffs. However, I have a feeling that this week the wheels come completely off and San Francisco becomes Waterloo.

Titans v. Cardinals Preview

Coming from somewhere deep below the Earth, it’s the Titans v. Cardinals preview, sponsored by Joe’s Fruit. Good people selling good fruit.

Well Titans fans here we are, another pivotal game. This one will be against a Blaine Gabbert led offense. Seems easy right, wrong! I think this will be a difficult game for the Titans. The Cardinals have super star receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a strong defense, and home field advantage. The Titans will have to play a lot better this week if they want to win.

As for injuries, it appears that Derrick Morgan will be out. Erik Walden will replace him. Rishard Matthews and Delanie Walker are expected to play

Offense

The Cardinals have a pretty good defense with a lot of dynamic playmakers. I think when making the offensive game plan, the Titans will keep this in mind. Thus, I expect a very conservative approach. I think they are going to want to run the ball a ton. The Cardinals main strength is their secondary, so if they can get the running game going, then perhaps they can have some offensive success.

As I have said in the past, I would love to see Derrick Henry get the ball 20 times. I think he has the ability to break runs at any given moment, thus, with a higher volume he would have a significantly better chance at a few big plays. However, if DeMarco Murray plays the way he did last week, then I expect them to split carries. It will certainly be interesting to see how the running game goes.

As for the passing game, I think we will see a similar game plan as last week. They are going to want Marcus Mariota to throws easy passes that have a high completion rate. I do not expect them to do anything too crazy. At times Mariota has appeared shell-shocked, especially after the Steelers game. Thus, I think they are going to want to get his confidence up and limit his difficult throws. Additionally, it may be foolish to throw the ball 40 times when the Cardinals have Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson in the secondary.

Therefore, expect the boring. Lots of runs, two wide receiver routes, throws to the tight end, and a few 3rd and Mularkeys (3rd and long after running up the middle for no gain on 1st and 2nd down).

Defense

Defensively, I think the Titans have a chance to have a good game. Blaine Gabbert has been playing well, but he’s not Aaron Rodgers. Plus, Adrian Peterson has been ruled out; therefore, Larry Fitzgerald is really all that they have.

I think the Titans run defense should fair well with Peterson out. Additionally, the Titans have played really well against the run this year. Not having DaQuan Jones will hurt. But I think Austin Johnson can step up. He’s played decent at times this year.

The Titans will look to pressure Gabbert and hope to cause some mistakes. I am thinking the defensive game plan will be nearly a carbon copy of last week. However, I am praying that they do not let Gabbert throw all over them like they did with Tom Savage.

I think they should double Larry Fitzgerald, but typically they do not double anyone, so I am assuming that Logan Ryan, if he can play, will be on him, and if not they may Put LeShaun Sims on him. Similar to DeAndre Hopkins, if the Titans can just contain Fitzgerald, then they should have a solid chance at shutting the Cardinal’s offense down.

Final Thoughts

This is a strange game, I guess because the Titans rarely play the Cardinals, in fact last time they did, Vince Young was on the team, thus it is hard to predict what could happen. On paper this seems like it should be a win for the Titans, but nothing has been a given this year.

I am optimistic, but also a little worried. Arizona is not terrible, and Bruce Arians is a great coach. I expect a slow game, with maybe a few turnovers. I hope the Titans can pull it off. It would be huge if they can get a victory here.