The offense they pledged would be way better is killing the Titans right now

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The shiny new weapons. The veteran upgrade left guard. The continuity coordinator.

In consecutive games against division foes, those elements have proved to be worth very little for the Tennessee Titans. Last week it was a 19-17 home loss to the Colts. Thursday night it was worse, a 20-7 loss to the previously woeful Jaguars, who started a sixth-round rookie quarterback.MariotaJax19Face

“Honestly, they just kicked our ass,” Delanie Walker said. “We’ve really got to check ourselves and really see who we say we are and who we say we want to be.”

With Marcus Mariota at the helm in his fifth year, this was supposed to be an Apple offense, sleek and smooth out of the box, pretty to behold with new features to discover as we got to know it.

How funny does that sound now?

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Initial thoughts on issues from Titans' disaster in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Quick thoughts on the Titans terrible 20-7 loss to the Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field before a locker-room visit gives me much more...Image 1 1

Offensive cohesion: For all this offense added and for all the talk of the continuity Arthur Smith would bring from being a long-term presence, this group looks like it was put together a few days ago and has developed very little feel for each other or for what it's being asked to do.

It's truly puzzling. Shouldn't Marcus Mariota and Corey Davis, a couple of first-round picks, have some chemistry by now where they can be counted on for a few key connections a game? Their most notable play was a great one-handed snatch by Davis on the TD drive.

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By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special contributor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – My preview of what the Titans can expect Thursday night against the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars are a dangerous team. With a record of 0-2 and multiple important players injured, this will be a season-defining game for them.HenryColts

The biggest threat on the Jaguars has always been their defense, but their best pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue and a top NFL corner A.J. Bouye missed the Week 2 game versus the Houston Texans.

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Titans playing more three-wide, but Marcus Mariota producing more in two-tight

IMG 7304NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The depth chart says three-wide, and the numbers say three-wide.

Roughly 44 percent of the time the Titans’ offense has lined up in three-wide. It’s their most-used personnel grouping, though they still rank just 27th in the NFL.

It’s the more modern alignment I’ve been waiting for, and the Titans seemingly have the personnel to fill the formation now.

But for Marcus Mariota, it’s not been a better scenario through two games.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When the news came down that Taylor Lewan, likely the best player on the Titans’ offense, would miss the first four games due to a PED suspension, it seemed inevitable the team would lose at least one more game than it should during his time away.

Was that the Colts’ game?HumphriesColts

Well, we haven’t seen the full four yet. But his absence sure hurt on Sunday, when the Tennessee offense couldn’t get moving and sustained very little in a miserable 19-17 loss to Indianapolis.

They might have lost it with him, and there were plenty of culprits who did play. But I’d suggest Lewan contributed in two big ways.

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Scout's take: Free-agents on Titans' offense did zero again

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special contributor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- My game review from Colts-Titans...

The Titans were beaten by an average team with an average quarterback in Jacoby Brissett. But one loss is not the end of the season.

On offense, the Titans had their moments when they used the run game to set up balance with the passing game.WalkerColts19

The first pass of the game from Marcus Mariota to Delanie Walker was a well-designed play but Mariota rushed the throw and it was thrown behind Walker for an incompletion.

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So many reasons to feel badly about the Titans' loss to the Colts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans have a quarterback in Marcus Mariota who stared at the sidelines, letting valuable fourth-quarter time tick away after a failed fourth-down attempt at drawing the opponent offside – surprise – did not work.

They’ve got a coach in Mike Vrabel who let that scenario unfold while sitting on three timeouts, letting the clock burn with his team behind.VrabelArgueColts

They’ve got a receiver in Tajae Sharpe who had a first-down catch in his hands with space to fall forward or even run for additional yardage, who inexplicably chose to move backward and surrender a new set of downs. (And then is incapable of being accountable for it after the game.)

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As decision time approaches on Marcus Mariota, too many bad decisions in loss to the Colts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Marcus Mariota needs to be good consistently, not occasionally.

As the Titans approach decision-making time on him, they need to see him making good decisions a good percentage of the time.MariotaRunColts

And instead, after an ugly game against the Colts that was right there for the taking at Nissan Coliseum, where the Titans swallowed a 19-17 loss, we watched him make questionable decisions. At least, to his credit, he was there to question those decisions right along with the rest of us.

Let’s run through the greatest hits of the fourth quarter in chronological order, shall we?

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