NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans running back David Cobb made his NFL debut against the Jaguars, and just a few weeks later he'll see them again on Sunday.
Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey said he'd like to see more from Cobb moving forward. He'd also like to see more from the running game after it failed to have success in Sunday's loss to the Raiders.
Cobb had four carries against the Jaguars in a 19-13 loss on November 19, and he was expected to get more vs. Oakland as the team planned to add to his workload. But Cobb had just three carries against Oakland, for only eight yards.
As a team, the Titans ran for only 44 yards in the 24-21 loss to Oakland.
"That really wasn't the plan, it was to get him more involved,'' Mularkey said of Cobb. "Obviously we didn't rush the ball as many times as we anticipated in the first half, with seven rushes. We have to do a better job of that as coaches to try and establish the run. I don't care if it's seven yards on seven carries. We have been in situations like that where we had 20 yards after 13 carries and came back and gained 80. We have to try and establish the run a little better in the first half and he has to be a part of that…We definitely want to get (Cobb) more chances."
Titans Online looks at the collegiate career of Minnesota RB David Cobb. (AP Photos)
Cobb, a fifth round pick out of Minnesota, has just five yards on seven carries in his first two games. Running back Antonio Andrews leads the team with 408 yards on 110 carries.
The Titans managed 104 yards rushing as a team in their first matchup with the Jaguars, but they've been held to rushing totals of 64 (vs. Panthers) and 44 (vs. Raiders) in two of the last three games to fall to 25th in the NFL in rushing offense, averaging 93.2 yards per contest.
The running game needs to improve, said Mularkey.
The Jaguars ranked No.6 in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game (93.3), and they're first in the league in rushing average, allowing just 3.3 yards per carry.
"We left some big runs on the field (vs Oakland) that would have boosted the stats that everybody likes to see,'' Mularkey said. "We missed some big runs (on Sunday)."