2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Coach, QB agree Titans must play better on offense

By TERESA M. WALKER - AP Sports Writer
    2013-09-18 19:16

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - It's a good chance the Tennessee Titans would be even more frustrated by their offensive struggles if they were winless.

Still, things are bad enough with Titans 1-1 going into their home opener.

Receiver Kenny Britt sounded off on Twitter, saying this looks like his final season in Tennessee. He said Wednesday that he was just frustrated about the explanation the Titans gave for benching him briefly. Britt insists he wants to win, do his part and be with the Titans after this season.

The Titans need Britt, and all the other receivers on their roster.

Tennessee has thrown fewer passes than any team in the NFL through the first two games. The offense looks more like a throwback to the ground and pound days of the NFL than a unit suited for today's more pass-happy league.

The team's early reliance on the ground game was to allow Jake Locker to grow into his role as a starting quarterback with the Titans opening the season against two of the NFL's stingier defenses.

But Locker said the Titans must improve.

``When we watch the film, there's opportunities for us we didn't take advantage of,'' Locker said.

Coach Mike Munchak said the offense needs to stop hurting itself. Through two games, 12 of 15 penalties have come against the offense.

``That's been part of the problem,'' Munchak said. ``There's been other issues, but I think for two games we've been average and we know we've got to be much better than we've been on offense if we're going to win. We're average and we're 1-1 and really should have won two games.''

The Titans also have to further develop the passing game.

Tennessee has thrown only 50 passes, two fewer than Seattle and three less than both Oakland and Tampa Bay. No team is averaging less than Tennessee's 123 yards passing per game.

On paper, the quarterback seems to have lots of options, but they need to get on the same page.

Britt has been targeted 11 times with five catches for 43 yards in two games.

The receiver spent plenty of time after practice Wednesday explaining his Twitter post. He wrote that it looked like the Titans were ``pullin that Jared Cook card,'' referring to the tight end allowed to leave in free agency in March. Britt said his frustrations have nothing to do with how many passes are thrown his way.

Britt was upset over being criticized for his approach to blocking and inconsistent route running, and at being benched temporarily in Houston. He was benched after a holding penalty in Houston that wiped out a 10-yard run by Chris Johnson. It was his second penalty in two games, and Munchak had said they wanted Britt to refocus on his blocking.

``Were they wrong for benching me? I believe so,'' Britt said. ``And I believe the excuse they gave was wrong because at that point in time when they did bench me, it had nothing to do with me having mistakes. We watched film, and they didn't correct me on anything from my route at the time. . I don't have any problem blocking or have (a problem with) effort on blocking at all.''

Britt is in the final season of his contract. His post resulted in a short conversation with Munchak and a talk with general manage-r Ruston Webster. Britt said the GM reminded him to talk to the Titans first.

``My focus is all about wanting to well for my team,'' Britt said.

Munchak said he has no policy on social media, though players are reminded that whatever they post can be used as much as a comment to a reporter. He said Britt will play Sunday and play as hard as he has every week.

``There's a lot of guys that don't have enough catches, from the tight ends to the backs to everyone, so I think it's something as we get moving forward, it will all work itself out,'' Munchak said.

They may get a chance Sunday. The Chargers (1-1) currently are allowing 375.5 yards passing per game.

Notes: LB Zach Brown did not practice and went home Wednesday with a virus. DT Sammie Hill (ankle) did not practice. Munchak said the tackle is very sore and day to day. RT David Stewart (right calf) did not practice but is expected to practice Thursday. WR Kendall Wright (concussion) also sat out. WR Damian Williams (hamstring) returned to practice after getting hurt a week ago.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

---

Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalker

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Aldon SmithApr 17 09:32p

The San Francisco 49ers do not plan on releasing LB Aldon Smith this offseason. Smith is expected to be suspended at the beginning of the season, but the length [ More ]

Chris JohnsonApr 17 08:52p

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) said he expects to receive medical clearance to resume football activities in the near future. He underwent knee surgery in January but [ More ]

Sebastian VollmerApr 17 08:42p

New England Patriots OG Logan Mankins said OT Sebastian Vollmer (leg) has looked good this offseason while he recovers from the broken leg he suffered during the 2013 season.

Chris SneeApr 17 07:32p

New York Giants OG Chris Snee (hip, elbow) is expected to participate when offseason workouts begin next week even though he is not 100 percent.

Rolando McClainApr 17 06:02p

The Baltimore Ravens reinstated LB Rolando McClain from the reserve/retired list Thursday, April 17.

Russell AllenApr 17 05:02p

The Jacksonville Jaguars released LB Russell Allen, WR Jabin Sambrano and DEs Will Pericak and D'Aundre Reed Thursday, April 17.

Chad JohnsonApr 17 02:22p

Free-agent WR Chad Johnson (Patriots) signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League Thursday, April 17.

Brian CushingApr 17 01:32p

Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) was medically cleared Thursday, April 17.

LaMichael JamesApr 17 10:04a

According to a league source, the San Francisco 49ers have been shopping RB LaMichael James. He finds himself behind RBs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and perhaps Marcus Lattimore on [ More ]

Mike BrownApr 16 11:33p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Mike Brown signed his exclusive-rights free agent deal Wednesday, April 16.

Eli ManningApr 16 11:33p

Former New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said in a radio interview this week that it is 'ludicrous' to say QB Eli Manning is declining. 'There's been no [ More ]

Sidney RiceApr 16 08:03p

The Seattle Seahawks are re-signing WR Sidney Rice to an undisclosed one-year deal Wednesday, April 16, according to sources.

Dwayne BoweApr 16 07:03p

Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe pleaded guilty Wednesday, April 16, after being arrested last November for marijuana possession. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges of littering and defective [ More ]

Arian FosterApr 16 04:53p

The Houston Texans may consider selecting a running back during the middle rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft that could become RB Arian Foster's backup in the future.

Chris JohnsonApr 16 04:43p

The New York Jets signed RB Chris Johnson to a two-year deal worth $8 million, with another $1 million in incentives available.

Terrelle PryorApr 16 04:33p

The Oakland Raiders hope to trade QB Terrelle Pryor before the start of the offseason program Monday, April 21.

Clay MatthewsApr 16 04:13p

Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews (thumb) said he likely will be limited during offseason workouts because of his surgically repaired thumb.

Chris JohnsonApr 16 03:53p

The New York Jets will use RBs Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory as a tandem this upcoming season and have them split carries. RB Bilal Powell will be the team's No. 3 running back.

Dan SkutaApr 16 03:33p

San Francisco 49ers LB Dan Skuta (foot) is not expected to need surgery on the foot injury that bothered him during the 2013 season. Skuta met with a foot [ More ]

Gus BradleyApr 16 02:53p

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley watched Georgia QB Aaron Murray participate in his pro day Wednesday, April 16.

Reggie BushApr 16 02:13p

Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said RBs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell likely will receive similar workloads this upcoming season than they did during the 2013 season. Bush [ More ]

Cheta OzougwuApr 16 01:53p

The Chicago Bears have waived DE Cheta Ozougwu.

Mike JamesApr 16 12:53p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James (ankle) said he is happy with the progress he has made in his recovery from an ankle injury and that he has been [ More ]

Carson PalmerApr 16 12:43p

Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said he would understand if the team selects a quarterback during the 2014 NFL Draft, because he knows the team has to think about [ More ]

Josh FreemanApr 16 12:23p

The New York Giants have agreed to terms with free-agent QB Josh Freeman (Vikings). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Rolando McClainApr 16 12:13p

Updating previous reports, retired LB Rolando McClain failed his conditioning tests during his workout with the Baltimore Ravens. The test consisted of six timed 150-yard runs.

Golden TateApr 16 10:53a

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate said he thinks he can be a 'more explosive Lance Moore,' referring to the former New Orleans Saints receiver. Moore caught 65 passes for [ More ]

Matt FlynnApr 16 10:01a

Green Bay Packers QB Matt Flynn is expected to compete with QB Scott Tolzien for the backup quarterback job, but head coach Mike McCarthy anticipates keeping three QBs on [ More ]

Rolando McClainApr 16 12:03a

Retired LB Rolando McClain (Ravens) worked out for the Baltimore Ravens Tuesday, April 15, as he attempts a comeback. The workout wasn't a smooth one in terms of conditioning, [ More ]

Chris JohnsonApr 16 12:03a

The New York Jets are sticking to their budget/value system. While they want free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans), they will not 'overpay' for him. The depressed running back market [ More ]

Aldon SmithApr 16 12:03a

San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith hasn't only lost the benefit of the doubt with the team, but he probably won't play with the team in 2014, according to [ More ]

Malcom FloydApr 15 11:53p

San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (neck) continues his rehab from a neck injury, but his status is still uncertain. When the team begins voluntary workouts April 22, Floyd [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group