What happens when your offensive identity isn't working? What if your bread-and-butter offensive plays are being stopped? How long do you stick with them? The Tennessee Titans have been faced with those questions as they head into the final stretch of the season. The answers could determine whether the Titans are contenders to win a playoff game or two, or just be a blip on the radar of a weak AFC race. Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie gave us a look into his view of this dilemma in regards to his play-calling. He's often reluctant to give up on a bread-and-butter play. "That’s a tough, tough scenario, especially for me. I always see something and think it’s going to come," Robiskie said. "Sometimes I’ll be in the fourth quarter waiting for it to come. That’s where every now and then I’ll get the call from the head coach asking why are you calling that again?" So is that stubbornness or persistence? Robiskie acknowledged that some veteran play-callers believe once a defense has seen a play once or twice, it's dead. Robiskie sometimes believes his team's execution and will can overcome an opponent rather than a scheme change. "Do you stop a play or do you make the defense stop it? I’m one of the guys that sticks with it a little bit longer," Robiskie said. A scenario he mentioned was in Week 6 in the Titans' first matchup with the Colts. He called a run play named "doubles" three or four times to each side of the field with minimum success. Titans head coach Mike Mularkey asked him why he kept calling it? He said he saw a hole. Late in the fourth quarter, Derrick Henry scored a 72-yard touchdown on doubles.
Titans offense tightroping persistence, stubbornness in sticking to the run
ESPN | Nov 26