According to the NFL’s official player participation information, here’s how the Tennessee Titans lined up in yesterday’s 30-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts:
Offense (58 total)
QB: Alex Tanney 30, Zach Mettenberger 28
RB/FB: David Cobb 33, Antonio Andrews 16, Jalston Fowler 9, Bishop Sankey 9
WR: Harry Douglas 47, Dorial Green-Beckham 47, Tre McBride 16, Andrew Turzilli 1
TE: Delanie Walker 41, Craig Stevens 35, Anthony Fasano 33, Phillip Supernaw 1
OL: Joe Looney 58, Jamon Meredith 58, Quinton Spain 58, Chance Warmack 58, Jeremiah Poutasi 4
Defense (71 total)
DL: Jurrell Casey 59, DaQuan Jones 46, Karl Klug 25, Sammie Hill 14, Al Woods 14, Angelo Blackson 13
OLB: David Bass 70, Brian Orakpo 66
ILB: Avery Williamson 71, Zach Brown 34, Wesley Woodyard 28, Justin Staples 5
CB: Coty Sensabaugh 67, Perrish Cox 66, B.W. Webb 48
S: Michael Griffin 71, Da’Norris Searcy 66, Marqueston Huff 17, Daimion Stafford 1
Beau Brinkley, Steven Johnson, Cody Riggs, and J.R. Tavai each only appeared on special teams. Andy Gallik was active but did not appear in the game.Notes and observations, focused on this game:
1. Lest I end up repeating it in most position groups, this was by and large the same sort of player rotation pattern we’ve seen from the Titans for the past few weeks. At the end of a lost season, giving a look to different players meant mostly looking at the same players in Week 17 that it did in, say, Week 14.
2. The two semi-exceptions were the offensive backfield: Alex Tanney played most of the second half after Zach Mettenberger’s pick-6, and David Cobb got more snaps than any other running back for the first time this season. Of course, after Antonio Andrews played the most in Week 15 and Bishop Sankey held high honors in Week 16, you could consider Cobb just part of the same process of looking around.
3. Tre McBride’s 16 snaps matched the career high he set last week. That was also the most snaps played by the Titans WR3 in the final four weeks of the season.
4. The Cobb- and run-heavy looks meant more snaps for Craig Stevens, who’d averaged 19 per game over the previous three contests, and a bit fewer for Delanie Walker since Stevens and Anthony Fasano was a common 2TE run look.
5. The two plays of Jeremiah Poutasi was a 6OL were the only time the Titans ran in 6OL all year, at least judging by snap counts. Unless you count Karl Klug as a 6OL, which I would not.
6. Last week against the Texans, the Titans played 72 defensive snaps. The defensive line rotation looked pretty much the same-a bit less base personnel meant fewer snaps against the Colts for the base defensive lineman players, but the one change that stood out was DaQuan Jones played 10 more snaps while Angelo Blackson played 8 fewer. I know, it’s not necessarily that simple.
7. Any requests for J.R. Tavai to play more were snuffed out by his ankle injury. Frustrating, from those of us looking for change, but there you go. Daimion Stafford was the other injury, thus Marqueston Huff getting more work.
8. Most weeks it felt like Wesley Woodyard was putting up the big tackle numbers while playing a limited number of snaps. This week, it was Zach Brown doing the honors. When I saw the 8 tackles (7 solo) in the box, I was guessing he played more like 50 snaps than 34.
9. CB3 B.W. Webb 48 snaps, opposing WR3 Andre Johnson 44 snaps. Lining up pretty nicely.
10. I’ll address macro-level notes on players, personnel packages, and the like in future post(s).