After being benched behind Justin Ellis in training camp and through the first two preseason games, Big Dan was back in the starting lineup. Though he didn’t do a whole lot to keep that job in this one. Three plays on the Titans’ first drive, Williams was handled on the block. The first was a 17-yard run. Then the final two plays of the drive which was a 3-yard run to the 1-yard-line and then the push up the gut to finish off the drive for the touchdown from one yard out.
In the second quarter, he was blocked on a 4-yard run and was driven all the way up field on fourth and one to give up the first down. That drive also ended in a touchdown. He may be back in the coach’s good graces, but it won’t last long if he can’t hold his ground better than that.
McGloin entered the game midway through the Raiders’ first drive of the third quarter. Del Rio said he didn’t tell McGloin he would be put in the game at that point because he wasn’t to put pressure on him and make him uncomfortable. Who knows if the pressure played a factor, but the results weren’t good.
His first pass was a dump to DeAndre Washington that he either should have not thrown or should have put in the dirt. Titans linebacker Sean Spence was all over that play to blow up Washington, forcing a fumble which was returned for a touchdown to put the Titans up by 27-14.
McGloin’s next pass, he and Andre Holmes were not on the same page (again) with the pass coming well before Holmes had made his break. And the Raiders went three-and-out.
The next drive, he appeared to settle down, beginning with three completions for 46 yards. But things fell apart thanks to a Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty on the Raiders’ bench, a false start on Denver Kirkland, and an offensive pass interference on Marvin Hall. On third an 26, McGloin threw into double coverage and it was picked off.
McGloin’s final pass was a 3-yard connection with tight end Ryan O’Malley on fourth and six for a turnover on downs. He finished 8 of 13 for 71 yards and an interception for a passer rating of 44.1.
The Raiders like to put him in the game in goal line situations and I’m not sure why. He was blocked along with Williams on that one-yard touchdown run on the opening drive.
On the Titans final drive of the first half, McGee wasn’t holding his gap, but instead trying to make a play where he thought the run was going. The result was Derrick Henry saw the gaping hole where McGee was supposed to be and cutback through it for a 10-yard gain. Later in the drive, McGee was blocked to give up a first down in short yardage.
Even late in the fourth quarter, going against backups, he was still getting blocked upfield. His best stops came on the final three plays of the game for the Raiders’ defense, with two run stops. That won’t get it done.
Sean Smith, Nate Allen
The first really huge play of the game was on the first drive in which Sean Smith looked to have a sure interception and somehow whiffed on it. Nate Allen – like many of us – thought Smith had the pick. He leapt in the air – perhaps in celebration, who knows – while Titans receiver Tajae Sharpe raced past him with the ball to pick up 60 yards and set up the opening drive touchdown.
The next drive, Sean Smith was behind Andre Johnson to give up a 38-yard reception. Then he gave up a 14-yard catch on the very next play and the Titans were in business again. To his credit, he did help stop them by making a tackle for loss on a run out left. That drive ended in a field goal.
The next touchdown for the Titans was on a 3-yard run in which Allen was supposed to cover the right guard/tackle gap. Derrick Henry faked inside, and Allen bit on it instead of maintaining gap discipline. Then Henry bounced through the open hole and Allen couldn’t get back to even slow him down as he scampered into the end zone.
With a gaping hole on the second play of the game on the right side, Karl Joseph was to come up and plug it or keep the run from getting to the second level. In his attempt to do either, he did neither. He was blocked easily, leaving just David Amerson and his failed attempt at tackling DeMarco Murray in the open field. The result was a 17-yard gain.
Seventeen must be his magic number, because on the first play of the second quarter, he was once again blocked out of the play on a 17-yard run to set the Titans up for a chipshot field goal.
He began the Titans’ final drive of the third quarter being blocked again to allow a 12-yard run. Two plays later he gave up a 10-yard catch. His day ended after that along with the rest of the first team defense.
I have to admit, it feels weird putting Hudson on the Busters list again. It’s unexpected. But here we are. He gave up a tackle for loss on the Raiders’ first drive. Then he got worked by Jurrell Casey to give up a sack on Derek Carr for a loss of eight. I also didn’t see a single run in which he was a key blocker.