So Marcus Mariota short-hopped a pass to Corey Davis in Pittsburgh on Saturday and Two-Toned Twitter burned to the ground:
Against a single-high safety look, Corey Davis should be cutting this route across the field, not running upfield on a post route. So, it wasn't a miss by Mariota the way it appears to be. #PITvsTEN— Titans Film Room (@titansfilmroom) August 25, 2018
(Thanks to @Super_Horn for the analysis.) pic.twitter.com/ujpGA5hnka
Look, I don’t know who was right or who was wrong here. Mariota took the blame. Davis took the blame. Heck, even Mike Vrabel took the blame (from Jim Wyatt):
“Everything falls on me,” Vrabel said. “That’s it. I’ve got to make sure Marcus understand where Corey is going to be. ‘If you’re uncovered, here’s where we’re going to be.’ The most important thing is that Marcus and Corey are on the same page. So up until this point, I haven’t done a good enough job of making sure both of those guys know where each other is going to be on every single route. I’ll make sure that that happens.”
At the end of the day what we learned from this play is that the offense as a whole still isn’t in sync, because if it was, Davis would have said bye bye bye to the house #seewhatIdidthere? But guess what, we have heard from everyone that is familiar with this offense that it would take some time for everyone to be on the same page. Why are we freaking out because we saw that exact thing play out right before our eyes?
The funny thing is, if Mariota hits this pass the dialogue is 1000% different today. Two-Toned Twitter would already be planning the parade down Broadway.
This is still the preseason. We aren’t likely to see Mariota or Davis again until week 1 in Miami. The good news is they have two weeks to work on getting on the same page. Rishard Matthews will be on the field the next time we see the starters. We could also get a return from Delanie Walker and Jack Conklin (that offensive line in Pittsburgh- woof!). Let’s just keep the faith for now, shall we?