Entries in Marcus Mariota (48)



Titans open up the quarter with a 3 point lead, but the Texans are in scoring position.

2nd quarter thoughts:


  • 1st play shows that defense must always watch Watson
  • Holy crap Kline does not know how to block!
  • Tajae Sharp injured 
  • Mariota smartly using his legs
  • Questionable play call on the 4th and goal
  • Run defense is losing this game…
  • Adoree Jackson is fast
  • Dion Lewis is not the answer tonight
  • Butler injured
  • 2-minute warning and the Titans are losing by 11.
  • Unfortunate penalties are hurting the Titans
  • Mariota is getting a little jumpy


The Titans are not a 2nd quarter team, and it showed. Titans 10 Texans 24


Titans @ Texans - 1st Quarter Notes

The Titans open up a 5 1/2 point underdog to the Texans. Some thoughts during the 1st quarter:


  • Texans owner Bob McNair died this past week. Prayers to his family.
  • Titans lose the toss again. Only 1 win all season
  • Opening drive showed that the Titans can weather the storm of the Texans blitz
  • Dion Lewis wants to break a big one, but he is doing just a little too much
  • Ryan Succop puts the Titans on the board first with the 31-yard FG
  • Derrick Morgan looks slow
  • The defense is coming after Watson.
  • Jonnu Smith is having a huge 2nd half of the season. I give me all the credit since I was saying how bad he was in the 1st half. LOL
  • Missed tackles are part of the Texans’ 2nd drive
  • Adoree Jackson is showing that he is still a young DB in the league
  • Mariota-to-Davis is coming around


At the end of the 1st: Titans 10 Texans 7


S13.344 - Titans @ Colts & Titans @ Texans


Is Josh Kline Really As Bad As His Performance on The Field?


Just a few seasons ago the only strength of the Titans was the play of the offensive line. However, this line (especially the interior play) has been anything but strong. In particular, G Josh Kline has shown that he might not even deserve to be on an NFL roster, much less as a starter.


Kline’s poor play this season has been amplified over his poor play of last season, and to top it off he signed a 4-year $26 million contract extension to stay with the Titans even though he was the worst lineman on the team. Some were saying that the changes to the running game scheme would fit more into his skillset and prove that he is a definite asset to the team. However, so far this season, he has proven that he might actually be worse than previously thought.


His last performance against the Indianapolis Colts was particularly abismal. Over and over the Titans called running plays between the tackles, only to have them shut down, many times by the fact that Kline couldn’t manage to make the blocks required for the playcall. Too many times I saw Kline either on his back (from being overwhelmed) or struggling to keep his responsibility from making a huge play. Pro Football Focus grades him out as one of the lowest guards in the league this season. His play is another ding in the reputation of Jon Robinson’s recent miscues.


Since Kline has recently signed this extension, he is a very expensive cap hit if the Titans decide they need to part ways with him. This is especially troubling with the impending signing of the big-ticket players of Marcus Mariota and Jack Conklin. However, to ease the financial pain the Titans are one the top 5 teams with cap space.


Yes, there is still time left in the season for Kline to figure out how to play in this offense, but I think this will be a very open competition with whatever draftee or free agent is brought in during the offseason. My inclination would be that Kline has proven that he is not a fit for the Titans, and even though it would be an enormous hit to the bottom line, he needs to be cut sooner rather than later.



S13.343 - Titans vs Patriots & Titans @ Colts