A “greater sense of urgency” is needed to limit turnover


Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing said his unit needed a “greater sense of urgency” to curb the turnarounds that defined its regression.

The Titans have 13 giveaways in the last three losses, more than they got all last season. Four entered Sunday’s loss to the Steelers, including three straight second-half possessions to spark the superb Pittsburgh rally.

The Steelers took their first lead of the game midway through the fourth quarter and held on to win 19-13.

“I think it’s an individual commitment to take care of football,” Downing said on Monday. “As if you were doing it for the rest of your teammates and their families. And everyone must commit to it. Everyone needs to understand that it is a part of every game and needs to help protect the ball carrier and keep people away from the ball carrier and just (have) a greater sense of urgency for themselves. take care of it.

“We’ve worked on ball safety here more than any stoppage in my career,” Downing continued. “We’ve been very determined to make it a big point and we just need to do a better job to get it done on Sunday.”

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Downing added that part of the frustration with the turnovers is what the offense has shown is capable of holding the ball.

Tennessee has totaled more than 300 offensive yards in each of the last three losses, with no less than 18 first downs in each of those games.

“That’s what’s holding us back right now,” Downing said of the turnovers. “It’s pretty clear that when we can hang on to football, we can move it. We can go and score points. Unfortunately, too many times we’ve been giving it back to the other team and putting our defense in a difficult position.

It’s a short turnaround for the Titans (9-5) with a game Thursday (7.20 p.m. CT, NFL Network / FOX 17) against the San Francisco 49ers (8-6) at Nissan Stadium.

As the passing game continued to struggle, the running game rolled – and unlike the first, didn’t spit the ball.

The Titans rushed for 201 rushing yards, their third highest total in a game this season. D’Onta Foreman (22 carries, 108 yards) had his second 100 yards rushing performance in three games and Dontrell Hilliard (nine carries, 49 yards) recorded a record 5.4 yards per carry.

Downing was asked if he thought there were opportunities to throw the ball more, even with the Titans calling 42 points against 32 assists.

“There were some situations that took us out of the game, going in behind the sticks,” Downing said of the running game. “It’s probably only a game or two (I) feel like (I could have) called something different. I felt like I was pretty attached to it throughout the game. match.

Ben Arthur covers the Tennessee Titans for the USA TODAY Network. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @benyarthur.


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