NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans returned to work Monday for the final week of training camp with the word “finish” in every player’s mind.
Tennessee moved the ball well at Cincinnati Saturday but too many offensive possessions didn’t yield points and too many third-and-longs the Bengals faced didn’t lead to punts.
“That’s the word for the next week: finish,”
Tennessee made six trips inside the Cincinnati 30-yard line but had 12 points (two field goals, one touchdown and an unsuccessful two-point conversion) to show for the efforts.
Five of those trips resulted from possessions of at least eight plays:
—11 plays for 54 yards (field goal)
—four plays for seven yards (missed field goal)
—13 plays for 75 yards (missed field goal)
—eight plays for 42 yards (missed field goal)
—eight plays for 51 yards (field goal)
—13 plays for 62 yards (touchdown)
The one that didn’t, however, followed a turnover created by
“When you have the momentum — when you get the turnover — you almost give it back to them when you kick a field goal, whether you make it or miss it,” quarterback
The Titans’ defense created multiple third-and-long situations but allowed Cincinnati to convert six of 13 third downs. Each of those conversions required at least five yards to avoid punting.
“All we’ve got to do is make the tackle, and I was on two of them, and that can’t happen,” said Pollard, who added that the Titans will continue to work on technique.
“We’ve got to get sound with it. This is what the four games are for: to kind of hone-in on what we’re going to be doing, how we’re going to do it,” Pollard said. “We just didn’t make the tackle, and I take that blame. I’m a veteran. I’ve got to fix those mistakes. I take pride in my tackling and when you come in high like that, these receivers are skilled enough to get you off of them with a little tap or a little stutter.”
“We’re right there. It was a play here, a play there and little things you’ve got to correct,” Griffin said. “The play is a third down, so if you make the tackle, we’re off the field and they’re punting, so it’s a small fix. Hopefully we don’t let that small fix turn into a big fix. We’ve got to work hard at what we messed up and go from there.”