Titans worse than Fins 16-10

After a week to stew, Titans thoughts
Supernaw scoring a touchdown earlier this season. Photo courtesy of USAToday

Titans worse than Fins 16-10

The Tennessee Titans and the Miami Dolphins met in week five of the NFL season. Neither team’s offense was very good.  It was an ugly contest for the Titans and this follows an ugly game against the Texans last week.

The story of the game was Matt Cassel’s arm. Everyone and their brother predicted the Titans would run the ball early and often with starting quarterback Marcus Mariota out. The only person that didn’t predict that was Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiske. Through his play calls, DeMarco Murray only received 14 carries. His quality backup? Just four carries for Derrick Henry. The Titans relied on Cassel to make plays down the field and he only threw for 141 yards.

During an absolutely bonkers minute of the game, Delanie Walker caught a 61-yard touchdown pass. A penalty was called on Jonnu Smith, blocking near the line of scrimmage. Smith was curiously called for offensive pass interference. On the next play, Cassel was hit as he threw the ball 10 yards into the dirt. The Dolphins punt return unit was entering the field, the Titans offensive players stopped, and a Dolphins safety picked the ball up and ran to the end zone. It was announced, “Touchdown Dolphins!” as everyone looked around in disbelief.

During the post-game presser, Coach Mike Mularkey called it, “A poor call, a really poor call. My guys heard a whistle. It already came down from New York that no whistle was blown. I’m gonna believe my guys.”

No penalty was called on the Dolphins player for entering the field of play when a previous play wasn’t finished.

Taylor Lewan injured his knee. He tried to come back into the game but was ineffective and replaced by Dennis Kelly. Mularkey said, “MRI when we get back to Nashville. Don’t think it’s serious. We’ll know more tomorrow.”

The Titans allowed six sacks today after allowing just two in the previous four games.

Penalties were a significant problem today too. Coach Mularkey mentioned how the same players were committing the penalties each week and said, “I gotta take them off if they can’t stop it.”

The Titans pass defense was fantastic. They held Jay Cutler to 92 yards passing.

Linebacker Jayon Brown was covering Jarvis Landry when he scored the game-winning touchdown. Logan Ryan had covered Landry much of the afternoon.

Phillip Supernaw had a couple “doh” moments where he was called for false start penalties back to back. Why was he uncharacteristically excited? Jumpy? On the next play, he got open to score his first NFL touchdown.

Mularkey stated, “I’m glad we didn’t play him” in regards to Mariota. The next question was if Mariota would have played if this was a playoff game. Mularkey responded, “It would have been a different discussion.”

Sylvester Williams has struggled all season. When the Titans needed a stop with less than three minutes left, Williams re-entered the game and the Dolphins ran right at him for the first down that would essentially clinch the win.

With little time left on the clock and the Titans needing a big punt return, Adoree Jackson did not field the punt. The ball rolled around until the Dolphins downed it, thus eating up precious time off the clock.

Taywan Taylor received his first NFL start, but he did not play a large percent of the snaps like a starter would. Matt Cassel threw many dink n dunk passes, but not to Taylor. Taylor is highly regarded for being able to catch a short pass and turn it into a big gain. Like the run game mentioned above, this part of the offense was curiously absent.

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