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On the Titans and shovel passes

Indianapolis Colts v Tennessee Titan Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Yesterday I went through NFL Game Pass and tried to identify all of the shovel passes the Titans have run this season. The best that I can tell on that quick run through is that the Titans have run the shovel pass 5 times this season. It has gone to Delanie Walker 3 times, Eric Weems 1 time (which I am still trying to figure out why) and they were trying to get it to Eric Decker one time in the Cleveland game but the Browns sniffed it out and Marcus Mariota kept the ball and slid down.

It has been a positive play twice- the first time they ran it to Delanie Walker against the Colts. It went for 10 yards:

Honestly, Terry Robiskie should have just been thrilled that it worked here and put it on wax forever.

The other time that it was a positive play was this past week when it went for 8 yards to the dynamic, playmaking Eric Weems.

The other 2 times the play went to Delanie it went for 1 and -1 respectively.

So that means that the Titans have gained a net of 17 yards (the actually lost a yard on the attempt to Decker because Mariota slid down behind the line of scrimmage) on those 5 plays. That comes out to an average of 3.4 yards per play.

It feels like the Titans have run the play a million times, but that is apparently just because they have run it 5 times in the last 2 games. Maybe Robiskie put it in to give the defense a different look while Mariota’s mobility is limited.

Whatever the case, it is time for the Titans to put this play back in the vault.