The Tennessee Titans were destroyed in the regular-season opener by the Arizona Cardinals 38-13. While Arizona's offense looked unstoppable and Kyler Murray accounted for five total touchdowns, the Titans didn't look prepared or sharp in any facet of the game -- which ultimately led to the double-digit loss.
Ryan Tannehill's offense recorded just 248 yards of total offense, and new addition Julio Jones caught just three passes for 29 yards. There weren't many highlights when it came to his play, but there was a lowlight. On the Titans' third drive of the game, Derrick Henry rushed for 7 yards on a second-and-8 to set up a third-and-short. It appeared Tennessee was about to record its first first down of the game, but the play was called back due to a unnecessary roughness penalty on Jones. A third-and-1 quickly turned into a third-and-16, and the Titans eventually punted.
On Monday, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel chastised his new star receiver for losing his cool and ruining a potential drive.
"That's absolutely nothing that we coach or we teach," Vrabel said, via ESPN's Turron Davenport. "So that would fall under the category of doing dumb s--t that hurts the team. Right there in bold letters."
Jones' mistake was hardly the reason the Titans lost the game, but it was certainly something that stood out in Vrabel's mind during a day where nothing went right for Tennessee. The Titans, and Jones, will have a chance to rebound next Sunday, when they travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks.
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