The Titans first-team offense didn’t look so hot in the so-called “dress rehearsal” week of the preseason against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Marcus Mariota and Corey Davis were out of sync, the offensive line was manhandled, and the team continues to commit too many drive-ending penalties.
As we all know, it is very important to form definitive opinions and conclusions about coaches, players, and the upcoming season from one half of preseason action.
I’ve attempted to gather as many of those definitive opinions as I could from Titans Twitter...
Never should have fired Mularkey in the first place. Vrabel is incompetent.— Clarkcent (@tis_litt) August 25, 2018
For what it’s worth, Mike Mularkey went 1-3 in the preseason last year.
Trade for Teddy Bridgewater now! Mariota is NOT a franchise QB!!!— Archie Salters (@rockytop1972) August 25, 2018
Is anyone interested in making a trade besides Archie?
Vulgar Fan doesn’t like Marcus Mariota very much:
That's because Mariota isn't a good QB. The Titans need to find a franchise QB after this season.— Vulgar Fan (@VulgarBayFan) August 25, 2018
Apparently the Titans went from a 1970s offense to a middle school offense.
Every middle school offense > Titans offense— Randall (@SkandoCalrisian) August 25, 2018
Leflaur needs to go. Dude is garbage.— Colby Cooper (@colbs411) August 25, 2018
After today I have some respect for TR. But leflaur can screw off. This idiot doesn't deserve to have his name spelled correctly. His first team offense is getting owned by the Steelers backups. Lol pathetic.— Colby Cooper (@colbs411) August 25, 2018
Thanks for elaborating, Colby.
Titans play calling is so trash. I thought Mariota was finally going to be let loose this year?— Geetchi Liberachi (@bigpimpinET) August 25, 2018
Right, of course, there’s no difference between preseason playcalling and regular season playcalling.
Meanwhile, Ernesto is done with the Titans for good:
Alright, I love the titans. I’ve been a fan since 1999. But I’m gonna have to find another team.— Ernesto Gonzalez (@Ernesto_Griffin) August 25, 2018
He’s not the only one - Ron is also DONE!
Aras has never liked the Titans and probably never will.
Titans have always sucked still suck and will always suck— aras ramazan (@arokestay) August 25, 2018
Tyler is not happy with the Vrabel hire because he doesn’t run Oregon’s offense.
I think the Titans made a huge mistake in the coaching hire. You need to get a coach that can run the offense that he ran in Oregon if you give him a coach like that he will kill it in the NFL. if not then you get an average quarterback. Let Mariota do what he does best— Tyler Jones (@tyler_jones36) August 25, 2018
And Jim is just fed up!
We suck. Vrabel needs to be fired. Tired of these lackluster performances. Mariota is also bad. Gabbert needs to win the starting job.— Jim Wallace (@JimwallaceUSA) August 25, 2018
Charlie already knows how the season will go. He’s not the only one.
Titans are gonna be in trouble this year. First year head coach and an OC that’s never called played in his life. Mariota looks awful. #TENvsPIT— Charlie (@CharlieKel89) August 25, 2018
Titans are going to be horrible this year— VOLOMATIC (@DudezVol) August 25, 2018
Come retweet this and call me out if the Titans win more than 7 games this year.— Brad Hulker (@Brad_Hulker) August 25, 2018
Alas, the hot takes roll on...
Look, the simple reality is that while this was not in any way an encouraging performance, the preseason really does not matter and has proven to be a lousy indicator of regular season success.
I encourage everyone to look up the 2016 Falcons’ Week 3 preseason game, with Matt LaFleur at QB Coach, before the Falcons went on to have the highest scoring offense in the league and Matt Ryan won MVP.
Flashback to August 25th, 2016: Atlanta Falcons vs Miami Dolphins, Preseason Week 3. Matt Ryan would go on to win MVP this season while Atlanta led the NFL in scoring on their way to a Super Bowl appearance. Matt LaFleur was the QB Coach.— TitansMCM (@TitansMCM) August 25, 2018
Preseason does not matter. pic.twitter.com/2PNWGbfdLD
I’m not saying the Titans are Super Bowl-bound, I’m just trying to prove the point that preseason really does not matter.
I think we’re all just ready for the season to get here.
What’s your hot take-takeaway from this game?