NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans trivia:
What running back has the most carries in a game for the team this season?
Take your time ...
Dexter McCluster in Cleveland, when he had 98 yards? Nope.
Antonio Andrews against the Colts, when he had 4.1 yards a carry? Try again.
No running back on the Titans has had more than 13 carries in a game, and that running back was newly acquired Terrance West on opening day in Tampa. He turned those carries into 41 yards.
He lost a fumble in that game and in Week 2 at Cleveland and he was replaced by Andrews in Week 3 as he returned from a hamstring injury. West hasn’t played since.
The Titans rank 16th in the NFL with 107.6 rushing yards a game. That’s up from 90.4 in 2014.
That’s a nice improvement, but it doesn’t warrant the continued support of the running back committee from Ken Whisenhunt.
Let’s face it, the Titans are using a committee, not because they they want to but because they have to. Few backs are absolute bell-cows anymore.
But certainly a foundational back demands more than 29 percent, which is the share of the load Titans leading rusher Bishop Sankey has gotten.
Perhaps game to game the Titans can put a different back at the head of the line. Perhaps once David Cobb returns from IR/designated to return in a few weeks they will be adding a better option.
It’s time to give the top back on a given Sunday closer to 20 carries than 10.
Why not see if that produces better results out of a position where players often talk of the importance of establishing a rhythm?