No one wants to celebrate a loss, I think that what Marcus Mariota and the Titans showed last week should make the fans aspire to more. However, after going down 21-0 in the half, a 14-7 second half for the Tennessee Titans should inspire some confidence.
Several players actually did some good things today, that shouldn't be lost in today's loss.
Marcus Mariota QB
Offensively this team begins and ends with Mariota. It was another crisp day passing from the rookie, finishing with 257 yards and a 57% completion percentage. Now that may not look high, you have to consider that several receivers had drops today most notably Harry Douglas.
Mariota went through all his progressions despite having a muddy pocket all day, and all things considered looked very good. Now, he needs to work on his ball security when people are around him but getting sacked 7 times will make even seasoned veterans a little lose with the ball.
Dorial Green-Beckham WR
Beckham didn't do a lot today, but it is hard to ignore what everyone saw when he climbed the ladder in the endzone. DGB is a freak athletically and he beat one of the best corners in the game for a touchdown that was placed so only he could get it. If the Titans can just find was to get to the redzone Marcus Mariota and company have shown that they can punch it in.
Dexter McCluster RB
Speaking of punching it in, the running game looked really good today. No one is going to look at it because of a poorly called game from Ken Whisenhunt, but if he would have put the game on the back of the running backs the Titans might have one this one. The Titans ran at 5.6 YPC even with a negative run from Harry Douglas on a reverse.
The leader of the pack was Dexter McCluster who ran for 98 yards and 9.8 yards per carry. He was gashing the defense at will, if only the Titans would have called more runs.
Derrick Morgan EDGE
Morgan was a force again today and a lot of it is because of the single coverage he gets now that Brian Orakpo is anchoring the other side of the defensive line. Morgan ended up with six tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble and he did that all with just 15 attempts to rush the passer.
Al Woods NT
Sammie Hill may not have a job to come back to when he gets healthy. Woods was ruthless today against Alex Mack and was constantly eating him alive. For a nose tackle to end the day with five tackles and two tackles for loss, you can't ask for much better. Once he got going he was constantly in the backfield and he could be a problem down the road for opposing offenses.
Other good days:
-Chase Coffman had a solid day capped with a big catch.
-Justin Hunter caught two passes that were by no means easy. An accurate quarterback is making him look better.
-Brian Orakpo missed Manziel at the end of the game and missed, but other than that he was an edge setter in the running game and gave the offensive line fits in pass protection.