Shane Bowen was the Titans' defensive coordinator last season...unless he wasn’t. The nonsense of not naming Bowen the DC while he was calling the plays and performing most, if not all, of the duties a DC would perform was put to rest when Mike Vrabel gave him the title this offseason. Of course that didn’t make any of us feel any better after how bad the defense was last season.
We saw more of the same issues on Sunday. While the bigger issues arising from this game were on the offense, the defense still couldn’t get off the field on 3rd down. Part of that was Kyler Murray playing like Superman at times, but part of it was some of the same garbage that we saw last year.
Take this play, for instance, highlighted by friend of the site SuperHorn:
A zero blitz with off man coverage. Where have I seen this before? pic.twitter.com/1j2eW3E9lo— Superhorn (@Super_Horn) September 14, 2021
This call is something that might work in a high school game but should never be called against an NFL quarterback. Kyler Murray hit a wide open DeAndre Hopkins for a touchdown, but literally every receiver in the pass pattern was wide open. As long as Murray doesn’t drop the snap there is no way this play doesn’t go for at least a first down.
And if you are wondering the answer to SuperHorn’s question:
Yep, you guessed it. It was this same “DC” last year with the result of the play being the exact same. If Bowen, Mike Vrabel and everyone else on the defensive side of the ball can’t figure out not to call this play ever again, I don’t have high hopes for a defensive rebound this season.