Monday Morning Reaction: Action Steps

Well, that was not optimal.

There are many good articles out there about all the things that went wrong for the Titans yesterday. I don’t want to rehash it all because it’s too frustrating to write about. Instead, I’m going to focus on what can be done to fix it. These Action Steps might not work, but anything is better than what we are seeing so far in 2019.

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Mid-Season Reaction: What Do We Know?

Do we actually know anything about this team?

The Tennessee Titans are 4-4 at the midway point in the season. They currently are on the outside of the playoff race, though it is much too early to be seriously looking at the standings. They have a hard road ahead of them if they want to qualify for the playoffs, but winning two games in a row has helped their case considerably.

I would like to break down the team into two categories: The things we know for sure – good and bad – and the things we think we know. Let’s start with the stuff we know.

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Monday Morning Reaction: A Win is a Win

This will be brief. Lots of work to do at my real job. Here are a few of my thoughts about Sunday’s big win over the L.A. Chargers.

Ryan Tannehill’s Big Day

Right now, Tannehill is the man for the job. He was decisive. He trusted his receivers to make plays for him and the offense. His pocket presence was good enough to get the win, though he lacked some ball security on a few hits that really could have cost the team. Tannehill played with a lot of confidence and that was fun to watch. I hope he can keep playing at that level, or even better, for the rest of the season. With this defense, that might be enough to make a run.

Speaking of defense…

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Monday Morning Reaction: The Pit of Despair

This one stings.

I’m not sure I have ever felt this low as a Titans fan. Even during the Ken Whisenhunt era, things did not seem this bad. That is not to say this team is as bad as those teams were, because it’s not. But with high expectations and plenty of off-season optimism, the way this season has unfolded has proven to be massively disappointing. Even that feels like an understatement.

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Tuesday Morning Reaction

How I am feeling about Mike Vrabel.

This usually runs on Monday. It didn’t because I took the day off to spend time with my family. So, it will now run on Tuesday. I hope that is not too upsetting or confusing for anyone out there. If it is, I would like to apologize for any feelings of confusion or stress this decision may have caused. I deeply regret my actions.

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Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans: Keys to the Game

Keep it simple, stupid.

I am busy with my real job so I am going to keep these simple. In fact, I think that needs to be the theme of the game for the Tennessee Titans as well: Keep things simple.

Win 1st and 2nd down.

When the Titans are successful on 1st and 2nd down, everything about their offense functions better. That seems obvious but it goes deeper than simply picking up good yardage on the early downs. The Titans have a bad habit of putting themselves in 3rd and long far too often. That is what they need to correct. They did a much better job in this area against the Falcons last week and I would like to see them make that a trend going forward.

They don’t need to get huge chunk plays on 1st and 2nd down but they cannot afford negative plays either.

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Quick Hits

New Feature! Today, we tackle bad NFL journalism.

I’m hoping this will become a new feature for Titans Ever On. Every week or so, I plan on throwing out an idea, a discussion point, or an observation regarding the Tennessee Titans or the NFL in general. As the name implies, these articles are going to be short and sweet.

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Monday Morning Reaction: A Solid Day at the Office

Don’t overreact! Don’t overreact! Don’t overreact!

It wasn’t a perfect game but the Tennessee Titans did what was necessary to get a road win in Atlanta. I am not taking anything away from the team. They played physical. They played smart. (Most of the time.) But, I want to avoid declaring that all things are great after a big win. This team has plenty of potential. We just need to see it consistently.

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Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons: Keys to the Game

Is everyone okay? Have we all recovered from the last week of football? I saw some Twitter warriors postulate that the last week (losing to the Colts and the Jaguars in 5 days) was one of the worst stretches of Titans football ever. How quickly we all forget about the past. In 2014, the Titans ended the season on a 10 game losing streak. Yes, the last two games were incredibly frustrating but let’s not lose our minds about them. Things could be much, much worse.

The Tennessee Titans go into Atlanta this Sunday needing a win. But, possibly even more than that, they need to play a good game. The past two weeks the team has been bad. If they have another bad performance this week, it is going to take something special to pull them out of that spiral. So, if they want to get the train back on the track, here are the three keys to the game against the Falcons.

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There Are No Words

“There is no curse in Elvish, Entish, or the tongues of Men for this treachery performance.”

J.R.R. Tolkien and Phill Lytle

I have no words in my vocabulary to describe what we saw last night. Well, that is not exactly accurate. I know some words. Some real good words, but this is a family friendly blog and I am a family friendly guy so I don’t use those words. And, since I can’t find the words to help make sense of the absolute embarrassment we witnessed, I will walk you through my reactions using only GIFs, pictures, and memes.

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