NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With the 2-14 season in the bank, we’ll spend some time looking back at a dozen plays that defined the Titans season.
I put them in rough order, but we certainly could shuffle the list
Game: Washington 19, Titans 17, Week 7 at FedExField, Oct. 19, 2014.
Situation: The Titans led Washington 10-6 at the half thanks to a Ryan Succop 36-yard field goal and a 14-yard Charlie Whitehurst-to-Kendall Wright touchdown connection. Kirk Cousins was 10-of-16 for 139 yards and a pick to linebacker Wesley Woodyard, and coach Jay Gruden decided to pull his quarterback and change to Colt McCoy after intermission.
Play: On Washington’s second play of the third quarter and McCoy’s first throw of the game, he threw to Pierre Garcon on the left side. Cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson and arrived quickly, and absolutely whiffed, allowing Garcon to quickly hit his very fast stride. From what I wrote that day: “Still, free safety Michael Griffin had a chance to catch Garcon on the boundary and shove him out of bounds. He took a poor route, reminding us how he can struggle with the geometry of the secondary on his worst plays, and Garcon dashed past him for a 70-yard score.” Griffin’s explanation didn’t make a great deal of sense – he said he was trying to cut off the middle of the field. The Titans went behind 13-10 and never regained a lead.
Here’s a Twitter follower who suggested it:
@PaulKuharskyNFL Here's a good one. Pierre Garcon's 70 yard TD in which Wreh-Wilson got juked out, and Griffin took a horrible angle.— #FleekSquad Cray (@CazCray) January 5, 2015
No. 7: Zach Mettenberger’s second shoulder injury
No. 8: Bernard Pollard’s dropped interception
No. 10: Le’Veon Bell running out the clock
No. 11: Sammie Hill’s field goal block against the Jaguars
No 12: Chris Spencer’s false start on a kneel down