The 2014 season has thankfully come to an inglorious ending for the Tennessee Titans. The Titans fell to the Indianapolis Colts 27 to 10 in their final game to finish on a 10 game losing streak. We bring you our Colts at Titans recap.
There isn’t much positive to take away from the offense except some improvement along the offensive line at the guard position. Andy Levitre and Chance Warmack finished out the year well and received positive grades from Pro Football Focus. That is good news for a Titans team that will be looking to fill a lot holes in the offseason.
Otherwise, it was pretty dismal on offense for the Titans who managed only 3.3 yards per offensive play and 1.4 yard per passing play. Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst went 12 of 28 for 72 passing yards and a touchdown. He added four scrambles for 19 yards. However, he was also sacked four times for a loss of 29 yards.
The Titans continued to befuddle everyone with their running back usage. In their last game it was prime opportunity to get the younger players more involved. Instead, they used the veterans and not very well either. Rookie running back Bishop Sankey wasn’t seeing that much playing time before he lost a fumble early in the 4th quarter.
Running back Shonn Greene got the bulk of the carries and he did well finishing with 11 carries for 94 yards. His long run of 52 yards was a thing of beauty and fueled by a block from defensive lineman Karl Klug. Greene ran over Colts safety Mike Adams on his way to the longest run of his six year career.
Once again tight end Delanie Walker led the team in receiving and was an absolute beast every time he was on the field. The Titans could use more players like him. Walker finishes the year averaging 59.3 receiving yards per game with 63 receptions on 108 targets. He averaged 14.1 yards per reception and an amazing 355 yards after the catch. Walker had a simply amazing season and was one of the few bright spots for the Titans.
On defense, the numbers were pretty good but hard to judge since this was a meaningless game for the Colts who rested Andrew Luck for most of the second half. Derrick Morgan finished the year strong and should be poised to enter his first free agency period having played out his rookie contract.
It has been a diffucult year for the defensive backs but Coty Sensabaugh finished with a nice game. He had five tackles and three passes defensed. Jason McCourty also played well and finished with a positive grade per PFF but overall it wasn’t a good year for him. He did lead the teams with passes defensed at 11.
One final note on special teams and that is place kicker Ryan Succop who really performed well after being signed right before the season began. Succop was only signed to a one year deal and finished with an 86.4% rate on field goals and a 100% rate on extra points. At 28 years old, he is in his prime for a kicker and well worth another shot at the kicking position.
The Titans now enter the off-season looking for answers and solutions to their dismal 2014 season. The Titans will have the second overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft but will under a free agency period prior to that time. The Titans have said there will be changes coming. We will see what they are in the weeks to come.