Protection Plan? Titans QB Marcus Mariota Sacked 11 Times in Sunday's Loss to Ravens


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Marcus Mariota kept dropping back, and he kept ending up on his back.

The Titans quarterback was sacked 11 times in Sunday's 21-0 loss to the Ravens.

After the game, no one was interested in pin-pointing the exact reasons how it happened. Across the board, Titans coach Mike Vrabel and the Titans said things just need to get fixed.

"It was a lot of things," Vrabel said. "Bad coaching, not good execution, and that's how it goes. There's no excuse for it – we have to be better on all levels, and it starts with me."

Mariota was sacked six times in the first half, and five times in the second half as the Titans struggled to get anything going on offense. Heading into the game, the Titans had allowed just nine sacks in the previous five games combined.

"We have to hold up," center Ben Jones said. "You never want to see your quarterback hit. … We played awful, and we have to be better as a whole offense.

"We put ourselves in bad situations. We were in third-and-long it felt like the whole game, and when you are doing that they have a great secondary and great defensive line, and that's what they thrive on – getting guys in third-and-long and getting after the passer, and they definitely did that."

In the game, the Titans managed just seven first downs in the game, and 106 yards of total offense.

The Titans had just 55 yards rushing, and the team never made it inside the Baltimore 47.

Mariota completed 10-of-15 passes for 117 yards in the game, but the team lost 66 yards on the 11 sacks.

"It is frustrating," Titans tackle Taylor Lewan said. "Being seen as a leader on this team, that is on me, and us, and we'll do the best job we can to go in and fix that."

Mariota blamed himself for some of the sacks.

He said there were occasions when he should have gotten rid of the ball quicker.

"It's a combination of a lot of different things," Mariota said. "I can do a better job of stepping up in the pocket. I put our guys in a bad spot, trying to run around too much. So I have to be better."

As a whole, the Titans have struggled offensively. The Titans haven't scored a touchdown since Week 4, when Mariota connected with Corey Davis for a game-winning touchdown to beat the Eagles. The team has now been held without an offensive touchdown in three of its six games.

Next Sunday, the Titans will aim to get back on track against the Chargers.

The good news is the Titans (3-3) are still tied atop the AFC South, with the Jaguars and Texans. The bad news is the team has plenty of issues that need to be fixed, especially on offense.

"It is such a roller coaster of emotions for sure," Mariota said. "With that said, we have to dust ourselves off and move on. It is a long season, and we have another good opponent coming up this week.

"No one is going to feel sorry for us. We just have to go out there and work and grind and get better, and find ways to win."

The Tennessee Titans take on the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6 of the 2018 season on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

The Tennessee Titans prepare to take on the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6 of the 2018 season on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)