Win As A Team, Lose As A Team
by, 11-25-2013 at 04:12 PM (1959 Views)
After Sunday’s 23-19 loss to the Titans, the social media known as Twitter erupted with “blame Janikowski” tweets. I find this utterly ridiculous. While he did miss 2 field goals, and the team lost by 4 points, he is not alone in the blame department. The 6 points left off the board are the most obvious, but they are not the only factor.
For starters, at least one of those missed field goals should have been a touchdown. A holding call against Lucas Nix killed the momentum the offense had going deep in Titans territory. Had that not happened, perhaps the end result would be different. That is a 7 point swing between the missed FG and the missed TD opportunity. While it is hard to fault the offense for scoring a TD late in the game, especially when it gave us the lead I felt that they should have helped the Defense out and taken more time off of the clock. They left the Titans with over 6 minutes to get down there and score the winning TD. Throw in having to settle for 6 FG attempts instead of scoring TDs, the batted passes by the Titans defense and other miscues by the offense, and that places some of the blame on them.
The defense has to take part of the blame too. They gave up 10 points on 2 drives in the 4th quarter. After the Titans extended their lead, the offense went down and got the lead back. They finally got into the end zone to overcome the missed field goals and give us the lead. The defense allowed the Titans offense to march down the field using the rest of the clock and win the game. They also allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick to elude them on numerous plays and either find the open receiver or run for first downs to the tune of 10 out of 18 third downs converted. One thing that is key to nearly every game is the ability to get off of the field on 3rd down and they failed.
One other thing that really bothers me is how quick people are to blame Marquette King for the missed field goals. I agree that a new relationship between a holder and placekicker can be tough, but this is week 12. How long is that going to be a valid excuse? These two guys practice this during the week too, so they have had plenty of time to get it down. Personally I didn’t see anything wrong with the hold. Janikowski just missed. It was reported from the sidelines that Janikowski was “not happy” with how the ball was placed. If that is true, it is bad form on his part. His job is to kick the ball through the uprights and he failed. Take responsibility and stop playing the blame game.
This was a team loss just as last week was a team win. In Houston, every component of the team picked up the others. Can one rightly say that Matt McGloin won that game alone with his 3 TD passes? The answer is no. When the game was on the line and plays needed to be made, they were on both sides of the ball and the team won. Conversely, they weren’t made when he game was on the line and they were needed to and the team lost. Bottom line: Team game, team loss.