There were several failures on the part of the coaching staff that aided in the Titans’ ugly loss on Thursday night.
First and foremost, the decision to switch out punter Ryan Allen for Trevor Daniel made no sense after the former was more than effective in Week 9, and it’s a move that cost the Titans dearly.
On defense, the Titans’ secondary was playing with too much of a cushion against a Colts offense that lives off of short passes. What was more egregious was the fact that no adjustment was made in the second half.
On offense, Arthur Smith showed great creativity in the first half, which led to the Titans starting off strong and staking themselves to a 17-13 lead going into halftime. It was the kind of game plan that made Smith look like a viable head-coaching candidate for 2021.
However, in the second half, Smith simply went away from what was working so well early on and fell back into things that simply haven’t worked this season.
And last not but least, special teams coordinator Craig Aukerman continues to oversee a unit that is among the worst in football.