NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The NFL has explained how the Titans onside kick that took advantage of the Rams unpreparedness was washed away Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

“The officials inadvertently miscommunicated to the Los Angeles sideline that it was a full timeout instead of a 30-second timeout,” Michael Signora told Jason Wolf of the Tennessean on Christmas and RefGenericrepeated to me Tuesday morning. “When LA was not ready for the kickoff due to the miscommunication, the officials decided to shut it down and allow for a re-kick.”

That’s probably the fair thing to have done.

But that’s a heck of a gaffe, for the officials to not communicate properly the length of the timeout to the Rams bench.

The Titans knew the situation and took advantage of it. And they suffered for someone else’s mistake in a game that was loaded with poor officiating.

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The Titans stunk, but so did the officials

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Virtually every time a call goes against the Titans and fans go crazy over it, I respond that a good team should overcome it and it generally evens out in the end.

And I’m not hitting on the officiating here as an excuse for a struggling team that lost its third game in a row, this one 27-23 against the Rams at Nissan Stadium.MariotaSitRams

The home team made too many mistakes to win it.

But referee Walt Anderson and his crew made to too many too.

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Mailbag: If only one could be elite, you'd rather have the coach than the GM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Merry Christmas everyone. Hope you are set for a great and memorable long holiday weekend.

If you missed it, Jonathan Hutton and I sat down for 75 minutes to chat with Jeff Fisher on The Midday 180.

Here's one highlight:

On to your quality questions.

IMG 5141PK: It’s got to be the coach, right? If a GM gives a coach a ton of talent but the coach doesn’t know how to use it, or mismanages games, a franchise may not get the desired results. A great coach can find ways to play effective football with the talent he has, provided he’s got at least some.

Also I think an elite coach can influence a GM’s player acquisition more than an elite GM can influence a coaches Xs and Os, player development, clock management etc.

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Jurrell Casey gives Titans clues about Aaron Donald

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Aaron Donald is a problem-causer.

In a year when the Titans' interior offensive line has not played up to the standard it set a year ago, it will be spotlighted in a huge game. Donald may be the best defensive player in the NFL and the Titans are desperate to spring an upset against the Rams Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

One thing that might help a bit is the Titans familiarity with someone similar: Their own Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey.

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