Hurricane Matthew is bearing down on Florida’s Atlantic coast and has threatened postponements, cancellations and game relocations. The chatter at Saint Thomas Sports Park has been if Matthew severely damages the infrastructure in Miami-Dade and Broward County, the National Football League will relocate Sunday’s Titans-Dolphins game from Hard Rock Stadium to Jacksonville’s EverBank Field or the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Jaguars’ bye week is this week and the Falcons are on the road facing the Broncos this Sunday. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said of Hurricane Matthew and Sunday’s scheduled Titans-at-Dolphins game: “We are monitoring the storm and have been in contact with the teams.”
The Dolphins, Titans and the National Football League have not issued official statements regarding game relocation. However, Titans Head Coach Mike Mularkey said on his radio show last night he is aware of the possibilities. “We’re watching the weather with the hurricane that’s going on down there, There may be some weather issues. There’s a very slight chance that game could be moved up here. There’s been some discussion because of it.”
Meanwhile, the Titans are rebounding after a painful 27-20 loss to the Texans in Houston Sunday. DeMarco Murray has been the lynchpin for the Titans offense through four weeks. He has 496 yards from scrimmage and scored the Titans two touchdowns in Sunday’s game.
“It’s no time to panic,” Murray said Sunday after the 27-20 loss. “We’re fine. We know what we’re doing wrong. We’ve got to consistently just do the right thing. We’ve got to watch the film and learn from it. But nobody is freaking out, nobody’s going under the table and just caving in. We’ve got to just continue to get better.”
Also, the swirling winds surrounding quarterback Marcus Mariota’s development has been strengthening the past couple of weeks. With untimely turnovers, interceptions and an underperforming passing game, Mularkey says it isn’t entirely Marcus’s fault.
“I’m not going to say he is trying to do too much, because he did a lot of things out of the pocket,” Mularkey said after Sunday’s game. “He made some plays and he made some throws out of the pocket with guys late. I am not going to take that away from him. That is what’s special about the guy. I don’t know what happened on the interception. I think he thought Delanie (Walker) was going to continue with him. He was just trying to make a play and keep the drive going. Obviously, you can say bad decision now after the fact, but I am not going to hand tie him. He has too much threat with his ability to run, throw the ball and move.”
Through sixteen starts, Mariota has thrown for 3,713 yards, completed 61.3% of his pass attempts thrown 23 touchdowns and has a QB rating of 86.8. The best stats out of all Oilers-Titans first round quarterbacks (Jake Locker, Vince Young and Steve McNair) in those categories. However, Mariota has thrown 15 interceptions and has been sacked 45 times, the most out of any of those quarterbacks. Mariota is 4-12 in his 16 starts. By comparison, Jake Locker went 7-9, Steve McNair went 9-7 and Vince Young went 10-6 in their first sixteen starts.
Texans rookie wide receiver Will Fuller returned a punt for a touchdown and the Titans have relieved Special-Teams Coach Bobby April of his duties. Mularkey said in his Sunday post-game presser that he was not satisfied with the penalties and play in special-teams. “It wasn’t about a play or game but [Sunday’s] game didn’t help matters. Felt like, from early on, I didn’t see anything better than last two years. Not all the blame on Bobby. We all have to play, coach better on that unit.”
As of now, the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins will play Sunday at 1:00PM (Noon CDT) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The game will be televised regionally by CBS. Andrew Catalon will call the action alongside analysts Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein. Chris Fischer will report from the sidelines.