After letting a game slip away against the Colts, the Titans travel down to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars on Thursday night football.
The Titans are coming off a loss, in which many thought it shouldn’t have been a loss at all. The Titans’ defense, while making some mistakes, played well enough to stay in the game, and give the offense their shot.
Unfortunately for Mike Vrabel and company, the offense caved and spoiled the jersey retirement party at Nissan Stadium.
Now, with minds set on the Jaguars, the Titans will look to not slip up against another opponent in the division. To prevent that slip up, they need to clean up the mistakes they made on Sunday and they need to do it fast.
What are these mistakes and how can they fix them?
1. Quick Turnaround
The Titans won’t have much time to reflect on Sunday’s loss to the Colts. They play the annual Titans-Jags bowl on Thursday night, leaving little room to prepare and recover.
As you’d imagine, the turnaround can be quite stressful on the bodies and minds of NFL players.
Mike Vrabel on preparing for a game in a short week. pic.twitter.com/roENuItA6w
— ESPN 102.5 The Game (@1025TheGame) September 16, 2019
Who knows how the Titans will respond after an emotional loss against the Colts. All Mike Vrabel can hope for is that his team comes out flying and executing on both sides of the ball.
2. Marcus Mariota Can’t Hold On to The Ball For Too Long
Marcus Mariota has a problem, a problem of holding on to the ball slower than sand falling to the bottom of an hourglass.
Alright I give, it isn’t that long, but Mariota still has a problem of holding on to the ball too long and locking on targets without moving on to his next read. This problem results in Mariota taking sacks and WRs, like Corey Davis, not getting the ball when they’re open on the other side of the field.
More on him later.
If Mariota can’t fix this tendency, the offense will struggle even more, plus Mariota will begin to start taking an alarming amount of hits.
Something that has contributed to his lengthy injury history during his time in Tennessee.
He won’t have it easy though. This Jaguars defense still boasts a lot of athleticism and talent. From the defensive line all the way to the secondary, including unhappy DB Jalen Ramsey.
This defense isn’t one to be messed with.
Especially if you have a makeshift offensive line and a QB who holds on to the ball for far too long on far too many occasions.
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