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Six Cold Hard Facts from the Titans Game
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Here is six-pack of the top lessons learned from the 27-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans:
“I was excited! It’s a sweet sound to an offensive lineman to hear ‘run the ball first’. I’ve been dying to hear that and we wanted to take advantage of it. That’s what we did.”
“We just have to go back and look at the drawing board and film. We’ll look at what went wrong, what gaps we didn’t fill and hold each other accountable. Obviously it’s the preseason, so we have time to correct it. We’ll come back on Monday ready to work and attack those points in practice.”
“Good to convert on third down. We were (first in the league) when (Offensive Coordinator Ken) Whisenhunt was here (in 2013), and we’ve been pretty good the past two years. But that’s always a key down. Having Keenan back on one of those in-cuts was good to get on that conversion.”
“I was just way more comfortable. I kind of just told myself last year that I was really just stressing over every little thing with the run. I calmed myself down, was focused on my reads, trusted (the line) and tried to make the best of what I can do. (Confidence) can help a lot. I won’t get carried away because obviously it is the preseason and the first game. But I am excited to see what we can do.”
“As the game went on offensively, (there were) too many penalties. (We) drove, (then) penalties. We moved the ball and had a play, and then had something hurt us so then we’re playing first, second and third-and-long. That was an issue.”
6. Kaser Booms In Debut – Drew Kaser knows he has big shoes to fill following in the footsteps of Mike Scifres and Darren Bennett, and he showed on Saturday why the Bolts believe he is the man for the job. The sixth-round pick out of Texas A&M punted the ball five times, averaging 52.8 yards per attempt with a net average of 41.4. It included a long of 62. There is also room for improvement in the punting game as both balls he booted near the end line resulted in touchbacks. McCoy had his eye on a number of areas throughout the game, explaining he had to watch the film before having a better feel for Kaser’s performance. Still, the head coach was a fan of what he did see:
“I think there were some good things in there. I didn’t watch all the kicks. I was in the middle of making transitions from time to time so I didn’t see all of them. The two that I did watch I think I liked what he did.”Read