Backup quarterback expectations are ridiculous

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Brandon Weeden isn't a good NFL quarterback.

That's why he was available to beat out Matt McGloin, T.J. Yates and Matt Barkley (per PFT) for the No. 3 job with the Titans.IMG 2556 1

We're setting Colin Kaepernick aside here -- the Titans didn't look at him and no one else has either. Those reasons clearly extend beyond football and you can debate whether that is legit cause for him being out of the league or not. 

Moving along, though, if Marcus Mariota (hamstring) can't play Sunday in Miami, Matt Cassel will start and Weeden will serve as the backup. Weeden's

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On execution as the buzzword after the Titans' Houston debacle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After a debacle like the Titans had in Houston, it’s very important for some of us to dole out the blame. It’s part of how it works, certainly, but it also lands us in some dizzying circular arguments. TitansWordLogo

When a team gets blown out, much of the conversation among fans afterward tends to be about whether it was ready and if it quit.

Is bad player execution on the players who didn't execute or the coaches who didn't get them to execute? Hop on that merry-go-round and it can be hard to jump off.

No, the Titans weren’t ready for the Texans. They had plans that didn’t work and they were unable to adjust in a way that made any difference. While Mike Mularkey pointed to the late effort, it’s pretty rare for a coach to say a team stopped giving maximum effort at the end.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On the scale of recent Titans' hamstring injuries, Mike Mularkey puts Marcus Mariota closer to DeMarco Murray than Corey Davis and Johnathan Cyprien.Titans3logos

An MRI showed a hamstring strain for the Titans starting quarterback.

Whether that means he plays a week after his setback the way Murray did remains to be seen. But an extensive layoff like the ones for Davis, who’s expected to miss a third game, and Cyprien, likely out a fourth, sounds far less likely.

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In Houston debacle, Titans hit eighth Scorigami

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans hit a Scorigami Sunday, and later the same evening I learned for the first time for the concept’s existence.

I think it’s brilliant.Scorigami

Dave Mattingly tracks NFL games and seeks those that end with never-before seen final scores. And Tennessee’s absolutely miserable performance in a 57-14 loss in Houasont gave him one.

Scorigamis abound this season.

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Whenever he's back in action, Marcus Mariota's got to be better

mdi construction barHOUSTON – When Marcus Mariota returns from his hamstring injury, whether it’s Sunday in Miami or later, he’s simply got to play better.

The mechanical issues have been too frequent and through four games he’s hit 60 percent of his throws with three touchdown passes and three interceptions.

On the two picks to Andre Hal in Sunday’s 57-14 drubbing by the Texans, he didn’t step into either throw and saw the bail sail high – a common problem this season and one he and the Titans seem unable to address and get fixed from series to series or game to game.

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mdi construction barHOUSTON – Fun with overreaction tweets.

PK: Take away his rookie year when Matt Hasselbeck was the starter, and Jake Locker started 52 percent of his games. Marcus Mariota has started 86 percent. Not close to the same Not close.

PK: Ridiculous. He’s not the world’s greatest coach by any means. He’s done a good job with this team. You want not just the coach but his staff fired? So who exactly would coach the team? All those great coaches out on the street unemployed.MDI 2

PK: They were coming off consecutive wins. You think he’s lost the locker room over one game? Really?

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Titans should have had Logan Ryan on DeAndre Hopkins

mdi construction barHOUSTON – Rather than anticipating, adjusting and dictating a key element of Sunday’s game, the Titans stuck with a plan they found sufficient through three games.


The result of their approach to covering Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins was a disaster that symbolized their horrific day and a 57-14 loss.

After they revamped their starting cornerbacks by signing free agent Logan Ryan and drafting Adoree’ Jackson in the first round, Mike Mularkey said he expected there to be times when the team used Ryan on a bigger, mo

re physical guy and Jackson on a smaller, quicker receiver.

This was the first game for the Titans this season where the starting wideouts so clearly fit that sort of size/style split.

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With pitiful performance, Titans raise major doubts

mdi construction barHOUSTON – The Titans can give us some context starting in about 10 minutes when Mike Mularkey talks to the press and locker room doors open for reporters.MDI 2

But they can’t say anything that steers us away from the obvious: Sunday at NRG Stadium was a complete disaster, with failures on every imaginable level.

The 57-14 beat down by Houston leaves the Titans at 2-2 a quarter into the season, same as the Texans who have the same record and a leg up thanks to the head-to-head result.

Tennessee beat Jacksonville and Seattle; Houston beat Cincinnati and Tennessee and lost to Jacksonville.

It’s a bit circular.

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