Mike Vrabel’s debut as head coach of the Tennessee Titans was one that he will never forget, albeit in a road loss to the Miami Dolphins.
There were some good things, bad things, and flat-out ugly developments in this one. Let’s highlight them.
Tennessee’s prized offensive acquisition this offseason was arguably the best player on the field today…for either team.
Lewis was every bit the versatile weapon that made him an attractive option during free agency, getting it done on the ground and in the passing game. The former Patriot out touched and out gained starter Derrick Henry, racking up 75 yards on the ground (4.7 yards per carry) in addition to his 5 receptions for 35 yards. Most impressive about Lewis’ performance? It was not smoke and mirrors. The man that’s small in stature gained tough yards and broke several tackles to extend drives.
No, Davis didn’t have a touchdown, but he did look confident and explosive. An even better sign was Tennessee’s commitment to feed they guy tabbed to be their number one receiver. Davis had nearly double the targets of any receiver or tight end and led the team in receptions and receiving yards. An encouraging development.
No way to sugarcoat this…Mariota stunk up the joint in this one. Before leaving the game with an elbow injury, Mariota resembled the quarterback that threw for more interceptions than touchdowns last year in the regular season than the one that captivated fans with his playoff performance in Kansas City.
His zero touchdown, two interception stat line is something that simply can not happen at this crucial stage of his career.
He was erratic with his throws and the timeliness of his turnovers were killers.
The injuries, specifically the dislocated ankle suffered by Delanie Walker…that was tough to watch and even tougher to swallow.
Tennessee’s three most important offensive players were lost in this one, and their All Pro right tackle is still recovering with no set time to return.
An ugly development indeed. An ugly way to start a season.