Another Sunday, another tough loss for the Tennessee Titans. This one feels very similar to the Buffalo Bills loss in that the other team gave the Titans the chance to win and they just refused to take it. So, let's dive right in what is the number one question for the Tennessee Titans offense?
Why won't you run the ball?
Look, forget position on the field. Strategy. Play action potential. What the defense was giving you. Look at these stats:
Zach Mettenberger: 35 pass attempts, 187 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Antonio Andrews: 10 carries, 57 yards
Dexter McCluster: 5 carries, 20 yards.
So, your running backs are running at nearly six yards per carry and four yards per carry, and your quarterback looks awful all game misfiring all over the field. Despite that, you only run the ball 15 times all game and when you have success at that you switch running backs so they can't get into a rhythm.
Those stats tell me that you passed the ball on 70% of your plays today with a backup quarterback, a backup center, (later in the game) a third string center that was signed on Monday, a right tackle that allowed 4 sacks last week before being benched, and a back up left tackle for portions of the game. I just don't understand that logic.
Look, I don't know what goes on in meetings or at practice so I am not an expert on exactly how many snaps each player should get. However, I would like to think that a team that is running the ball very well and a team that drafted a fullback in the fourth round instead of getting OL, DB, WR, or EDGE help- which was all there- would want to run the ball when it was working.
Ken Whisenhunt is smarter than I will ever be as an offensive play caller, and he has shown that in Super Bowls and by revitalizing Phil Rivers career. So if this is the way that he feels like he should call these games with his career on the line, then far be it from me to say that I am positive he is wrong. However, it is extremely frustrating to watch this team have so many chances to win the game and to put the hands in a backup quarterback who never won a game for you last year then I am sure you have your reasons.
Despite all this the Titans are only two games behind the AFC South leaders, the Indianapolis Colts so anything could happen, but at this point you have to be worried that regardless of the outcome, this team has to seriously evaluate this offensive coaching staff from top to bottom.