Wed, 29 Sep 2021

G Rodger Saffold III

Titans
13 Sep 2021, 18:03 GMT+10

(on the pass protection during the game)

I think it was on us just as far as being technically sound, it just wasn't there today. We had little hiccups here and there. It takes all 11 to protect the quarterback, we just all have to take accountability, take a look in the mirror and come back ready to work and ready to put more out there. It is a wakeup call for us. You can't just show up and win a game, so I am hoping we take this and we come out with our hair on fire next week.

(on what led to some of the struggles in the run game)

They were pretty much loading a lot of the gaps which could be hard to open some of the holes. They had guys flying around in the second level and even when we had some of our best wide receivers out there, they were still loading up the box pretty good. We have to see how we can get more vertical push than lateral push, especially in the wide zone game. It is a little bit tougher to get around the edge if we are not pushing guys up the field.

(on how tough it is to see his quarterback on the ground)

The sad thing is, is that this isn't the first time I have seen this with different quarterbacks. I have always talked about this, about how proud I am of these guys' toughness, and Ryan (Tannehill) showed that today for sure.

(on the offensive game today)

To me, we just weren't efficient. There was opportunity left and right and we were all not doing our job at the same time. We found ourselves having difficulty moving the ball. Once we were able to get first downs, as you could see, we were able to move the ball down the field. Struggling, getting three-and-outs, having penalties cost the team, and those are situations you are not going to be able to pull yourself out of. Having three turnovers, you are just not going to be able to produce any points as well. It does look like a beating, but a lot of this is from the turnovers and not being able to run the ball, and not being efficient in the passing game. That is just what it comes down to in football games.

(on if the offense not having a lot of time together during the offseason factored into today's game)

It probably does but I don't want to make any excuses. At the end of the day, listen, if you can't be out there and you are getting yourself as healthy as humanly possible, and when you come out, you are trying to produce. We need people that are going to be out there, be productive, be efficient, eliminate all the excuses and be ready to put that work in when it is time to get on the field.

(on how to explain the struggles of the offense)

I think it came down to a lot of one-on-one matchups. Of course, there are a few hiccups here and there with some of the twist game, but most of the time it came down to one-on-one matchups. Like I said, when it comes down to fundamentals, those fundamentals are really serious. Techniques are there for a reason. We have to be able to use that. It is easy to go out there and brawl, but if we are not doing the techniques it is going to be hard to be efficient in the pass blocking game so that is just something that we need to do better.

(on if today was a failure to execute the gameplan)

Oh, 100 percent. We pride ourselves in being a physical team, but they were the more physical team today. We are supposed to win our one-on-one matchups and we didn't. That efficiency in handling some of the new things that they came up with on defense, we weren't able to handle as well. We have to go back to the drawing board. Luckily, we get to watch the game this afternoon for Seattle and actually get a chance to look at some tape from 2021. We have 17 games, we will call this our mulligan and just keep chopping away.

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