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Is Art Smith More Mularkey or LaFleur?

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49 minutes ago, TitanDuckFan said:

Face it dude, your narrative is in the shitter along with Mularkey's head coaching career, and Robiskie's offensive coordinator career.

Own that shit.

 

What narrative is that?  I want to see a bigger sample size before I proclaim Smith as a good OC or an upgrade to LaFleur or Robiskie. 

 

If you want to pretend that Mariota's regression was solely on everything but him, that's laughable.  There's a reason why the Titans under the last 3 coaching staffs have schemed up and dumbed down the passing game.  They know.  How many successful plays the other day were schemed up to have simple reads for Mariota?  Nearly every one.

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Can't say Smith is better than Robiskie after one game but you can damn sure say he's better than ML.  ML, in his entire tenure as OC, never schemed up anything as effective as that.  The few times they had really strong offensive performances, it came on the backs of star players having big days (Davis against NE and Henry against Jags/Giants).

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Justafan said:

Can't say Smith is better than Robiskie after one game but you can damn sure say he's better than ML.  ML, in his entire tenure as OC, never schemed up anything as effective as that.  The few times they had really strong offensive performances, it came on the backs of star players having big days (Davis against NE and Henry against Jags/Giants).

 

 

I’ll say it. But I won’t throw Robisckie solely under the bus as Mularkey dictated the crap momentum killing trickeration calls.

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Just now, Justafan said:

Can't say Smith is better than Robiskie after one game but you can damn sure say he's better than ML.  ML, in his entire tenure as OC, never schemed up anything as effective as that.  The few times they had really strong offensive performances, it came on the backs of star players having big days (Davis against NE and Henry against Jags/Giants).

 

 

You still have to be careful. 

 

The Titans were 2-10 on 3rd down, the running game wasn't really good before the 4th quarter and before the screen pass to Henry MM had a 60+ passer rating. 

 

After the Browns imploded and the Titans got the lead it was pretty easy to exploit the Browns defense selling out to stop the run with the last two TDs(which were 30+yd drives BTW).

 

But I think Smith will be fine if the players execute. But it's easy to go overboard 

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30 minutes ago, OILERMAN said:

 

You still have to be careful. 

 

The Titans were 2-10 on 3rd down, the running game wasn't really good before the 4th quarter and before the screen pass to Henry MM had a 60+ passer rating. 

 

After the Browns imploded and the Titans got the lead it was pretty easy to exploit the Browns defense selling out to stop the run with the last two TDs(which were 30+yd drives BTW).

 

But I think Smith will be fine if the players execute. But it's easy to go overboard 

 

Exactly.  Actually Mariota went from a 76 passer rating to over a 100 solely on the Henry screen pass TD.  Then to 121 on the Walker PA pass.  Then to 133 on the 2nd TD pass to Walker.  Those 3 throws went around 10 yards of distance in total air yardage.

 

The All 22 showed plenty of plays last year where guys were running open and either 8 threw an inaccurate ball (even on some that were completed) or he didn't throw it and either bailed from the pocket or took a sack. 

 

Regardless, it was one game.  You need at least a handful of games before we can make a reasonable judgement on Smith.  He's facing better defenses the next two weeks than he did in Cleveland.

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2 hours ago, OILERMAN said:

 

You still have to be careful. 

 

The Titans were 2-10 on 3rd down, the running game wasn't really good before the 4th quarter and before the screen pass to Henry MM had a 60+ passer rating. 

 

After the Browns imploded and the Titans got the lead it was pretty easy to exploit the Browns defense selling out to stop the run with the last two TDs(which were 30+yd drives BTW).

 

But I think Smith will be fine if the players execute. But it's easy to go overboard 

That's fair.  We'll give him a few games.  I admit, my personal negative opinion of ML shades my reaction here.  

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1 hour ago, BudAdams said:

 

Exactly.  Actually Mariota went from a 76 passer rating to over a 100 solely on the Henry screen pass TD.  Then to 121 on the Walker PA pass.  Then to 133 on the 2nd TD pass to Walker.  Those 3 throws went around 10 yards of distance in total air yardage.

 

The All 22 showed plenty of plays last year where guys were running open and either 8 threw an inaccurate ball (even on some that were completed) or he didn't throw it and either bailed from the pocket or took a sack. 

 

Regardless, it was one game.  You need at least a handful of games before we can make a reasonable judgement on Smith.  He's facing better defenses the next two weeks than he did in Cleveland.

Agree except for the last part.  I think Indy's defense is decent but the Browns had more talent and the Titans are better built to beat a team like the Colts.  The Jags are still the Jags and I don't think they have the fortitude to hang tough against a physical team like the Titans for 60 minutes.  Atlanta will be the toughest challenge out of the first four games imo.  

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6 hours ago, Justafan said:

Agree except for the last part.  I think Indy's defense is decent but the Browns had more talent and the Titans are better built to beat a team like the Colts.  The Jags are still the Jags and I don't think they have the fortitude to hang tough against a physical team like the Titans for 60 minutes.  Atlanta will be the toughest challenge out of the first four games imo.  

Atlanta are the toughest challenge because of their QB , but their OL is poor and they can’t stop the run. Titans match up really well with them

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I'm very optimistic about Art Smith....but this was just one game.   It was a great debut....but one good game only means he's not utterly and completely incompetent.

 

The Browns had no film on his offense or any idea as to any play calling tendencies;  the Colts have only one game of film to study.    Teams will obviously get more and more film on him as the season progresses and they'll develop informed gameplans....and he'll have to respond.

 

It's like the old Mike Tyson quote:  every fighter has a plan until he gets punched in the mouth.    Art Smith had a great debut....but he hasn't been punched in the mouth yet.

 

Like I said....I'm excited and optimistic.   But it was only one week in a very long season, and there's a ton of football left to play.   There will be some ugly games along the way....Art's gonna take his lumps at some point and have to respond.   That's when we'll see what he's really made of.

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Exactly Nine.  The irony is that we have sheeple on here proclaiming how wide open and aggressive it was when they ran out of more 2 TE and condensed sets than anyone else in the league.  Smith also ran it on 1st down 62% of the time through the first 3 quarters and 64% for the game (4th quarter lead).  This compared to the NFL numbers of 47% run on first down.

 

The big difference to me was that the offense executed on three explosive pass plays and in the red zone.  Things that completely shifted the game on the offensive side of the ball.   70% (173 yards) of the passing yards came on 3 passing plays.

 

Note that in 2013, they had the 3rd best overall explosive play ratio and were 7th in passing explosive plays.  2017 those ranks were 24th overall and 22nd in passing explosives.  2018 they were 14th overall and 24th in passing.  On Sunday, they were 10th overall and in passing explosives.

 

Red Zone had similar results.  They were 75% in the RZ on Sunday (10th overall by %).  Last year they were 23rd.  In 2017 they were 14th.  In 2016, they were #1 at 72%. 

 

 

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