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Mike Mularkey “almost ensuring” chemistry in passing game will improve

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Mularkey, right, talks to quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges) AP

The Titans overhauled their receiving corps this offseason with Rishard Matthews, Andre Johnson and rookie Tajae Sharpe coming to the team while Dorial Green-Beckham and Justin Hunter were dispatched.

The immediate results for the passing game haven’t been great. The Titans rank 27th in passing yards, 21st in net yards per attempt and Marcus Mariota has the fourth-lowest passer rating among quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Coach Mike Mularkey says the receivers “haven’t been efficient on the outside” and that they need to be more in tune with Mariota for the production to pick up. It’s something that the coach says will come with time.

“They haven’t been together for years,” Mularkey said, via the Tennessean. “That was [Mariota’s] 16th start. That’s four with some of these guys, four regular-season games. You’re hoping you see [improvement], and I think it will based on what we’re going to do … I think it will improve. I’m almost ensuring that it will.”

Growing pains are to be expected when you bring in so many new receivers, especially when holdover Kendall Wright missed the first three games of the season. Those struggles will have to start bearing fruit at some point, though, or the Titans may find themselves back at the drawing board offensively.

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5 Responses to “Mike Mularkey “almost ensuring” chemistry in passing game will improve”
  1. intrafinesse says: Oct 6, 2016 11:06 AM

    What a load of mularkey assuring that performance will be fixed.

    We’ve heard that from Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez.
    If you lack the talent, it won’t get fixed.

  2. therealraider says: Oct 6, 2016 11:06 AM

    Mariota is an option QB who struggles to beat you from the pocket.

  3. sgtr0c says: Oct 6, 2016 11:09 AM

    I thought it was because DGB was not on the same page as the team, considered a bad character guy.

    Same story, different reason this time, I guess.

  4. tennesseeoilers says: Oct 6, 2016 11:19 AM

    Sgtr0c says:

    “I thought it was because DGB was not on the same page as the team, considered a bad character guy.”

    And you were right. Notice how DGB has been a bust so far with the Eagles? … And then there’s the other “starting” receiver the Titans released late in the preseason, Justin Hunter. … He was just cut by the Dolphins after 3 games and now, the Bills are having a go at him.

  5. 6ball says: Oct 6, 2016 11:25 AM

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    @intrafinesse

    ” If you lack the talent, it won’t get fixed. ”
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    True that. Prior to this year’s draft the Titans roster was abysmal. It was deficient in every phase of the game. It’s going to take new GM, Jon Robinson, at least two more seasons to field a team that can legitimately contend. And that’s dependant on Robinson doing everything right.
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