Analytical Review of the Titans' Offensive Line


Jake Downard is a law student who creates NFL and NBA content focused on analytics on Twitter as @JakeAndBall. He also works with fanspo.com

In my previous pieces, I’ve said it does not take a spreadsheet to identify clear issues. You would be hard-pressed to find anybody who watches Titans games and does not believe the offensive line is a massive problem. It jumps off the TV as we sit at home on Sunday and watch the games, it is a clear concern when we sit in our seats at Nissan Stadium and see Joey Bosa winning on the edge over and over, and it scares the hell out of fans as they re-watch highlights of their QB of the future.


Dillon Radunz and Andre Dillard in front of Ryan Tannehill. Photo by Angie Flatt
Dillon Radunz and Andre Dillard in front of Ryan Tannehill/ Angie Flatt

As the Titans cross over into the second half of the season with a record of 3-6, what better time to get into an in-depth review of the offensive line? [Unlocked]

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On The Titans: Will Levis' Beatings, An Unwillingness To Shop For Help

Will LevisNASHVILLE, Tenn. – By the count of game statisticians, Will Levis has taken 34 hits as the Titans’ starting quarterback. 

At that rate, defenses will pop him 102 times in 11 games. He’s tough and he’s got resolve, but regular beatings get to guys. 

David Carr, Tim Couch, Josh Freeman and Joey Harrington are among the quarterbacks who might have grown into something but never had a chance because they got hit so much so early it changed their constitutions.

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PK TV: Bucs 20, Titans 6

PK TV: Bucs 20, Titans 6

TAMPA, Fla. -- So the quarterback who's the reason for hope had no chance in the Titans' 20-6 loss here at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs sacked Will Levis four times and hit him nine more. That's 23 hits in the last two games.

He's rugged, but that's a lot. I don't like to question effort, but this felt like a lifeless team to me from PK TVpress-box level. I'll certainly agree with Mike Vrabel that execution was poor.

It's hard to understand, kind of, until you remind yourself of the talent. They just don't have a lot.

The plug-and-play magic we saw from Vrabel in the first three years is gone. We wanted to see Dillon Radunz and we watched him kill a drive with false starts on consecutive snaps.

Things were just a mess.

The Bucs don't have a lot of talent, but we saw their best guy be the best guy on the field. Mike Evans caught six passes for 143 yards and a score where he dragged Kristian Fulton and Azeez Al-Shaair into the end zone.

Many of you came to vent about this one at the private Facebook page or on YouTube below. Fittingly some machines nearby were beeping as if something was on life-support. Give it a rewatch.

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Why Can't The Titans Execute Better Than That? It's The 'Talent'

Why Can't The Titans Execute Better Than That? It's The 'Talent'

TAMPA, Fla. – In a post-game locker road after a road game, players, equipment men and media need to tread carefully. Scattered chairs, equipment bags and shoes can make for a bit of a minefield.

But that’s not all the Titans were tip-toeing around Sunday in the bowels of Raymond James Stadium after a halfhearted 20-6 loss to the Bucs that dropped them to 3-6.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Will Levis (8) is sacked by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett (7) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023.
Will Levis/ © Denny Simmons / The Tennessean / USA TODAY NETWORK

“Effort is not about execution,” Mike Vrabel said. “We don’t want to confuse those two when I talk about this here.”

If the Titans are prepared and playing hard, then how can the execution be as poor as it was in this game, when the team managed 3.5 yards per offensive play, got just nine yards per pass on three completions to DeAndre Hopkins while Mike Evans torched them for 23.8 on his six and allowed four sacks, nine additional hits and constant pressure on rookie Will Levis?

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Too Few Titans Are Getting Better As Season Progresses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eighteen of the Titans 24 players who see the most action when healthy have five years of experience or less.

Those players should still be ascending.

Roger McCreary
Roger McCreary/ Courtesy Tennessee Titans

But roughly midway through the 2023 season, how many are showing steady, overall progress?

Mike Vrabel wouldn’t touch the question this week when I asked him for examples beyond three obvious players who top this list. And I can understand game-by-game charting can be dangerous – you can be making gains and have some occasional poor outings. 

I asked Derrick Henry about how he gauged his progression as a young player.

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PK TV: The Titans Ahead Of Tampa Bay

PK TVNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Will Levis is officially in that starting lineup and Ryan Tannehill is officially out of it.

The injury report doesn't look great with Sean Murphy-Bunting and Daniel Brunskill out of practice so far this week.

The Buccaneers, however, have lost four games in a row and they don't top 20 points a game just like the Titans.

So Levis could have a favorable matchup against a team with banged-up corners on Sunday. He's the primary and secondary cause for excitement for Titans fans at this point and it's understandable. I shared this earlier and the deep heat is an obvious difference from what Ryan Tannehill was able to do before the injury-prompted change.

So at halftime of Thursday Night Football, we chatted about all things Titans on the private Facebook page and on YouTube which you can find below. Enjoy yourself a nice rewatch.

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Podcast: Will Levis' Safety As the Titans' Starter

Podcast: Will Levis' Safety As the Titans' Starter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Will Levis can endure pressure, make plays under pressure and avoid pressure.

That's great news for the Titans' bad offensive line, which needs all the help it can get.

The Paul Kuharsky PodcastIt in no way forgives the team's awful job at player assessment and acquisition on the line. But I think he's got a much better chance of surviving back there than Ryan Tannehill did.

That's where we commence this week's episode of The Paul Kuharsky Podcast.

The new episode awaits you on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, iHeart and YouTube, which is also embedded below.

Other subjects I dive into:

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The Titans' Big Questions With Will Levis In Place

The Titans' Big Questions With Will Levis In Place

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

Mike Vrabel’s announcement on Tuesday that rookie quarterback Will Levis will be the Titans starter “going forward” will serve as a marker separating one era of this franchise’s history from the next. Before we discuss what the future may hold for Levis’ Titans, I want to briefly give some flowers to Ryan Tannehill, whose four-plus year run as the signal caller in Tennessee was extremely successful by virtually any measure.

Derrick Henry
Derrick Henry/ Courtesy Tennessee Titans

Barring an injury to Levis over the final nine weeks, Tannehill will finish 38-23 as a starting quarterback. His 62.3 percent win percentage is the best among any quarterback in franchise history with at least 50 starts for the team, topping Steve McNair’s 58.0 percent clip during his run from the late 90s and early 2000s.

He also tops the franchise record books in yards per attempt (7.8), passer rating (98.0), and completion percentage (66.4) among passers with at least 500 attempts. Tannehill also ranks fifth in total passing yards and passing touchdowns while throwing interceptions at a lower rate (2.2 percent) than any other quarterback in Titans/Oilers history.

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