05 Nov 2019, 06:01 IST

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Titans are doing their very own model of a Tennessee two-step. Win two video games, then it is again they go together with no one accountable however themselves.

Tennessee (4-5) missed one other likelihood to climb above .500 with a 30-20 loss at Carolina, and as soon as once more the Titans struggled from the opening kickoff with too many penalties, sacks and missed kicks, and so they added a brand new wrinkle with turnovers. Derrick Henry acquired solely two carries within the first half for Four yards, although he completed with 63 yards and a landing. High vast receiver Corey Davis had just one ball thrown his method earlier than halftime.

“These are quite a lot of self-inflicted wounds that is actually simply not permitting us to get into drives,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel mentioned Monday.

Beginning slowly is nothing new for the Titans beneath first-time offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. The Titans have been shut out on the scoreboard over the primary 30 minutes 4 instances this season, although the Carolina loss was the primary time since quarterback Marcus Mariota was benched in favor of Ryan Tannehill. They’ve scored just one landing within the first half mixed of their 5 losses. Requested how he evaluates Smith’s efficiency to this point, Vrabel made clear no one has carried out nicely sufficient.

“The worth on all of our jobs is beneath common as a result of we’re 4-5, so we’ve not performed nicely sufficient and we’ve not coached nicely sufficient,” Vrabel mentioned. “That is the place I worth all of our efforts beginning with me.”


The protection stays the one space that has been constant and efficient, however even that took a success in Carolina with out four-time Professional Bowl defensive deal with Jurrell Casey, who has an injured shoulder.


The offensive line stays the Titans’ largest subject. Heart Ben Jones missed his first recreation this season with a concussion, however three-time Professional Bowl left deal with Taylor Lewan struggled with two penalties on the Titans’ second drive and rookie proper guard Nate Davis adopted two performs later with a face masks penalty of his personal. Proper deal with Jack Conklin had a false begin to start Tennessee’s third possession. The Titans allowed 4 sacks and have allowed an NFL-worst 38 this season.


Harold Landry. The second-year linebacker had his first profession interception, a sack and two tackles for loss, and Landry now has a career-high six sacks.


Ryan Succop. The veteran kicker missed three area objectives in his first recreation again off injured reserve, factors that might’ve given the Titans an opportunity in Carolina. Succop, who kicked in a pair of preseason video games, mentioned when positioned on injured reserve that the time would permit him to get the total power again in his kicking leg after offseason surgical procedure. He missed from 43, 56 and 44 yards. Vrabel mentioned the 56-yarder could be blamed on a sack that led to the lengthy try, however Vrabel has misplaced persistence with Tennessee’s kicking recreation. Three kickers have missed a mixed 9 makes an attempt.

“The expectation is that they make them,” Vrabel mentioned.


Cornerback Malcolm Butler left the sport with an injured left wrist. Requested if Butler will miss the remainder of the season, Vrabel mentioned that is a risk.


2 — The variety of carries Henry had within the first half towards one of many NFL’s worst run defenses stays baffling, irrespective of the reasons.


The Titans nonetheless have hope with two video games left to play towards AFC South chief Houston (6-3). However the schedule solely will get harder from right here, beginning Sunday once they host the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (6-3), who ought to have reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes again. Then the Titans attain their bye for an opportunity to attempt to repair a few of their issues.

Vrabel mentioned they cannot lose an excessive amount of floor.

“We took a step again in making an attempt to do this, and we’ll attempt to take a step ahead,” Vrabel mentioned.


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