Titans running back DeMarco Murray had a miserable game on Sunday, but he says he’s not concerned about it.
Murray finished Sunday’s game with 12 carries for nine yards, which concluded an absolutely brutal November for Murray. In four November games, Murray finished with 43 carries for 80 yards, an average of just 1.86 yards per carry.
Still, the Titans beat the Colts on Sunday and are in first place in the AFC South, and as a result Murray feels fine about where he is.
“I’ve done a lot of great individual things in my career, playing in this league, and [winning], that’s why we all play, why we coach,” Murray said. “That’s all I’m worried about. I’m not worried about stats. Obviously, you want to play better and obviously you’ve got pride about yourself and things of that nature, but, hey, most importantly, we got the win. We’ll all watch film and . . . we’ll make corrections and that’s it.”
It remains to be seen how effective those corrections can be. Murray will turn 30 in February, an age at which running backs often slow down. It might just be time for the Titans to accept that Murray is never going to be the player he was in Dallas — or even the player he was in Tennessee last year.
There are several questions that are stewing with the Tennessee Titans fan base. Saturday’s topics include their hot-hand approach with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, play-calling vs. execution and more:
Will we see Henry take over more and more touches from Murray as we get further in the season? — Luis Velazquez, via Facebook
Luis, I don’t believe there will be a true lead back transition from DeMarco Murray to Derrick Henry if that’s what you’re looking for. Murray, if healthy enough to play, will remain the starter.
Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie said there is a bit of a hot-hand approach with the backs, but there’s not a specific play count for each. The coaching staff knows Murray has been affected by injuries and hopes he’ll get better as the season goes on.
There are certain plays that work better for Murray and vice versa. The offense also works best with both of them given Murray’s pass blocking and catching strengths contrasted with Henry’s power-rushing ability.
It’s been a bit of both, but it starts with execution in my opinion. You look at the talent and question why they aren’t better. Even tight end Delanie Walker did so. But players — from the offensive line to the newcomer receivers to the running backs to Marcus Mariota — have to live up to their talent.
The coaches have some responsibility in the offense’s struggles. The Titans’ offense, and team, has been built around this running game. It hasn’t been working. Now, they’ll have to determine how much to deviate from who they are to get better. It’s hard to scrap an identity midseason.
Will Delanie Walker score his first receiving touchdown of the season this Sunday? — J-Bo, via Twitter
Walker has 33 targets over the last four games. He’s turned that into 24 catches for 289 yards. And this week, I predict he’ll get similar production and his first touchdown.
It’s weird that Walker hasn’t had a TD yet given his status as the Titans’ top receiving threat. He would have had his first touchdown last week, but dropped a wide-open pass down the seam in which he admitted he took his eyes off the ball.