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Special Teams Miscues Cost Titans In 34-17 Loss To Colts

NASHVILLE, Tenn.: Coming into this season, the Tennessee Titans had solely two punters since 1998. Now they’ve gone by way of three, plus two lengthy snappers, in as many video games.

All that instability confirmed Thursday evening.

Trevor Daniel, signed to the follow squad final weekend, managed solely 17 yards on his first punt days after delivering packages for FedEx. He by no means had an opportunity on his second because the Indianapolis Colts blocked the kick and returned it for a landing in a 34-17 victory over Tennessee.

Adding to the Titans’ particular groups’ woes, four-time Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed a 44-yard discipline objective extensive proper as he labored with one more holder.

The loss dropped the Titans to 6-Three with their third loss in 4 video games, and coach Mike Vrabel promised all the things can be re-evaluated at the same time as he defended particular groups coordinator Craig Aukerman.

Well have a look at what had been doing and attempt to do whats finest for the staff like we all the time do, Vrabel stated. We all have jobs to do, and now we have to attempt to do them higher.

With the loss, the Titans fell right into a tie with Indianapolis atop the AFC South. Their first objective coming into the season was profitable the division for the primary time since 2008 to earn a house playoff sport.

Now, Vrabel stated they may take a few days off to heal up and work out what’s going unsuitable on particular groups, why a high-scoring offense is instantly sputtering and the way come the protection can’t get off the sector.

We’ve acquired to play complementary soccer in all three phases, and that doesnt occur for 60 minutes proper now, Vrabel stated.

Gostkowski turned the primary Titans kicker to overlook eight discipline objectives in a season since Joe Nedney in 2001 with seven video games nonetheless remaining. The final kicker for this franchise to overlook 9 or extra was Tony Zendejas with 12 in 1989.

The Titans are already on their second lengthy snapper of the season, and Daniel turned the third completely different punter and holder, with three-time Pro Bowl punter Brett Kern on injured reserve as a consequence of an injured wrist.

Tennessee led 17-13 at halftime. Then all the things turned.

In the second half, Daniel’s first punt gave the Colts the ball on the Tennessee 27. Later, after the Titans went three-and-out, the Colts blocked Daniel’s subsequent punt and scooped up the ball for a TD. Gostkowski had the missed discipline objective, then the Titans turned it over on downs.

Derrick Henry ran for 103 yards, and Corey Davis, taking part in a day after his older brother, Titus, died of a uncommon kidney most cancers, caught 5 passes for 67 yards. But A.J. Brown dropped a deep go from Tannehill within the first half after beating a defender.

The Tennessee protection held Indianapolis to four of 12 on third downs, but the Colts transformed three of 5 fourth downs by way of the primary three quarters.

Ryan Tannehill, who was 15 of 27 for 147 yards with one landing, stated the Titans have to begin taking part in higher, plain and easy.

Were simply not constant as a staff taking part in complementary soccer, taking part in off of one another, Tannehill stated. Were simply not making sufficient performs. Were going to have to wash that up and get wholesome.

The Titans misplaced their bye final month when coping with the NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak of the season. Now they’ve the weekend off earlier than taking part in 5 of their remaining seven on the street, and Tannehill stated they should clear their minds and return able to work Monday.

We cant wait round any longer, he stated. “We should take it up a notch and be able to play our greatest soccer each Sunday from right here going ahead. The onus is on us to take a important have a look at ourselves and do no matter it takes to wash it up and make performs on Sundays.

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