Tennessee Titans: Absence of Taylor Lewan Proving Large
The Tennessee Titans started the 2020 season 5-0. The day after they went 5-0, Taylor Lewan announced he was done for the season due to a Torn ACL. Ever since then, Tennessee is just 1-3 including a 34-17 loss at home on Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts.
The special teams did them no favors sure, but the offensive line was outmatched in the second half. The Titans didn’t score a single point in the second-half and they had a 17-13 lead at halftime.
In the first five games of the season, this Tennessee offense has scored 164 points. Ever since he was injured, they have only scored 85 points.
Ryan Tannehill’s production has dropped and Derrick Henry leads the league in rushing for now.
The importance of a left tackle is vital. He is facing more pressure from the left side. Ty Sambrailo is currently playing left tackle. He is a backup player for a reason and Sambrailo isn’t as good.
If Isaiah Wilson wasn’t a trouble maker, he would be playing on the right side of the offensive line at right tackle and Dennis Kelley would be playing left tackle. Kelley is a much better option at left tackle than Sambrailo is.
Wilson was a first-round pick out of the University of Georgia in the 2020 NFL Draft by general manager Jon Robinson.
They did try to trade for left tackle Reilly Reiff from the Minnesota Vikings at the trade deadline but both sides failed to strike a deal.
This is one of the reasons why Taylor Lewan is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this Tennessee Titans offensive line unit. Lewan is one of the best left tackles in the league and some people think he may be the best at that position.
They could have been in good shape as well if they didn’t let Jack Conklin walk in the offseason either. Conklin was playing right tackle last season. Kelley played left tackle in the four games Lewan was suspended last season and the offensive line looked fine then.
Future is Bleak?
The mediocrity is sadly back for this Tennessee Titans football team. Head coach Mike Vrabel was simply outcoached by Frank Reich. Offensive Coordinator Arthur Smith called a great first-half but was clueless in the second-half.
They don’t have a defensive coordinator. Dean Pees was it last season and he isn’t there this season.
The special teams coordinator Craig Aukerman has to go and they have kicking woes in the kicking and the punting game as well.
At the end of the day, this team will finish 9-7 or 10-6 and reach the playoffs. However, Rodger Saffold got hurt in this game as well. They are not the same threat on the offensive side of the ball without Taylor Lewan playing left tackle. He is the blindside to Ryan Tannehill and they obviously miss that.
The Indianapolis Colts (6-3) next game will be at home next Sunday against the Green Bay Packers (6-2).
The Tennessee Titans (6-3) next game will be on the road next Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens (6-2).
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