No Excuses For Banged Up Titans in Loss to the New York Jets
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are banged up, can’t protect their quarterback and just lost to a previously winless team.
Yep, there’s plenty of blame to go around.
“Nobody did well enough — head coach, assistant coaches, quarterback,” coach Mike Vrabel said Monday. “We’ve been through this before. When you lose, we all have to do more, we all have to be better. I’m confident that we will. So we’ll see who we have this week, we’ll see who’s available and get them ready.”
The Titans settled for three field goals instead of touchdowns to start against the New York Jets and wound up losing 27-24 in overtime. The Jets hadn’t even had a lead this season until late in the third quarter.
Tennessee, which has 11 players on injured reserve, played with a pair of Pro Bowl wide receivers in Julio Jones and A.J. Brown scratched because of injuries. That included outside linebacker Bud Dupree and three-time Pro Bowl punter Brett Kern, whose replacement shanked his first punt for 12 yards.
Three offensive linemen left with injuries, though two returned. Tennessee gave up a season-high seven sacks, had a season-high eight penalties for 98 yards and let a rookie quarterback escape time and again completing five passes of at least 29 yards or longer — one after fumbling the ball off the snap.
The combination has the Titans (2-2) at .500 after the first quarter of the season. Now a trip to Jacksonville (0-4) that no longer can be taken for granted by anyone, let alone the defending AFC South champs.
“I just know that everybody, including me and starting with me, it’s got to be better to win,” Vrabel said.