Taylor Lewan of the Titans thanks Chandler Jones of the Cardinals for “baring” him in a blowout loss
Nissan Stadium booed Sunday as fans watched in fear as the Arizona Cardinals pounded the Tennessee Titans 38-13.
Offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, the main reason for the crowd’s anger, took to Twitter after the game to admit the offensive line’s mistakes.
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“Today I kicked my A–, there’s no getting around it. I’ve let the team and fans down. Thank you (Cardinals LB) Chandler Jones for exposing me. It’ll only force me to do better he tweeted.
Lewan, a three-time pro bowler, allowed two sacks and, along with teammate Nate Davis, tied a game high of five allowed presses, but it would be difficult to point a finger at just one player.
The Titans suffered a complete collapse of their offensive line, allowing for six sacks, five from Jones and nine quarterback hits. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was under constant pressure – a complete turnaround from last season.
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Not only did the Titans win the AFC South last year, they also had one of the NFL’s best offensives in 2020 when Derrick Henry was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year after 2,027 yards. They shared Buffalo for the second most yards per game and finished fourth in scoring, then traded for wide receiver Julio Jones in June.
“This game is not played on paper,” said security chief Kevin Byard after the game. “We have to perform every week. It’s not what you said, it’s what you do and we haven’t done enough today to win.”
He continued, “You will get boos, and rightly so. We didn’t play well so I can’t expect anything less. Our fan base wants us to be a great team. We want to be a great team. “”
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By comparison, the Cardinals had one of their best starts to the season.
Jones became the 17th player in NFL history to have 100 sacks in his first 10 seasons after taking three to hit that mark, which he did in the first quarter on Sunday.
He also set the franchise record and his five sacks are the third most a player has at an opener of the season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.