Abundance of mistakes, lack of Moss marks Titans' loss

Posted Dec. 11, 2010 @ 11:01 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

Unsound play and WR Randy Moss' reduced role in the offense marked the Titans' Week 14 loss to the Colts. 

Errors in all three phases of the game helped doom Tennessee to its sixth straight defeat. Perhaps the biggest mistake came on special teams, as LS Ken Amato's snap sailed over P Brett Kern's grasp in the second quarter. The Colts took over deep in Tennessee territory and scored two plays later, taking a 21-0 lead. Amato's errant snap was one of two Tennessee turnovers; the Titans have committed multiple turnovers in five straight games.

"I have been doing (this) a long time; I can't remember having a punt (snap) sail over my punter," Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said afterward, lamenting how various errors put the team behind early. Among the mistakes Fisher mentioned: third-down penalties by safeties Michael Griffin and Chris Hope that kept the Colts' first two scoring drives alive. Hope had an up-and-down fourth quarter, stuffing Colts RB Donald Brown for no gain on 3rd-and-1 to stop an Indianapolis drive but failing to tackle Colts WR Pierre Garcon on a short pass that turned into a 43-yard gain, setting up a field goal that put the Colts up nine points with 2:55 left.

The Titans' offense, which hadn't scored a touchdown since Week 10, finally found its rhythm, with RB Chris Johnson the catalyst. WR Kenny Britt, in his first game back after missing four weeks with a hamstring injury, reprised his role as the go-to target among the wideouts but made two key mistakes, losing a fumble with Tennessee trailing 7-0 and in Colts territory and dropping a third-down pass in the third quarter.

Moss, who was targeted a mere 15 times in four games and had caught just five passes for 62 yards in his first four games in Tennessee, was replaced by Britt at split end. Moss played sparingly as a reserve and was not targeted in the passing game. After the game, Fisher said Moss' reduced role was a function of Britt's return, as both play the same position. "He's been great with the guys and great in the locker room and he'll continue to play," Fisher said of Moss. On Friday, Fisher said the team could potentially play Moss and Britt on the field at the same time, with Moss at split end and Britt at the other WR spot. It's a story line to watch in a Titans season that, barring a miracle finish, looks to have a very disappointing ending.