The Tennessee Titans lost any hope of making it to the playoffs with their Sunday night loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The poor offense lineup was so stagnant in the game and was unable to move the ball much. They were playing against a more desperate team, and a QB, Chad Henne that had to justify being selected as the starting QB, and he did just that against the Titans, completing 17 of 26 passes for 261 yards, and two touchdowns in his first start in over 13 months.
The Titans offense did not play like they had to make the playoffs by any means necessary and there were held to just five field goal attempts, 6 of 15 first down attempts, and one touchdown. They relied too much on scoring field goals, which definitely isn’t enough to win games in the NFL. Five-Times they were inside the Jaguars 31-yard line, and only settled for a four fields by Kicker Rob Bironas, who also missed one of the his field goal attempts.
The Titans defense held their own against the Jaguars as they sacked the backup QB, seven times, and intercepted him in the second play of the game, but the offense failed to take advantage of this. Even with numerous trips to the red-zone, they failed to score a touchdown.
As expected, the key to winning today’s game for the Jaguars was a good offense that could play a running game, and a defense that would keep the Titans offense out of the end zone. The Jaguars offense comfortably converted more drives into touchdown than the Titans. Running Bank Rashad Jennings ran for 43 yards and had 16 carries, while Wide Receiver Cecil Shorts was at the receiving end of four passes for a total of 105 yards, and a touchdown. WR Justin Blackmon was also one of the top performers with 5 catches, 62 yards, and one-touchdown.
Not to be left out, the Jaguars defense dug deep as requested by Coach Malarkey and actually held a lead unlike in last week’s loss against the Texans that saw them blow a comfortable lead. The second worst defense in yardage improved their game and held the Titans to just five field goal attempts, 6 of 15 first down attempts, and one touchdown.
Sunday’s loss and a poor season in general have caused Titans Head Coach Mike Munchak to fire his offensive coordinator Chris Palmer and replace him with the QB coach Dowell Loggains. Loggains has been with the Titans since 2006 starting out as an administrative assistant, then an offense control coach before becoming the QB coach.
The Titans will be hosting the Houston Texans next week Sunday; new offensive coordinator will have a tough task as he would be facing one of the best defenses in the league. Sunday’s game will start at 1:00PM EST and will air on CBS.