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Whisenhunt: Play calls might not be Titans’ problem


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans are riding a five-game losing streak, and they have just three wins in Ken Whisenhunt’s 22 games as the head coach.

Naturally, everything is under scrutiny more so now than at any point in Whisenhunt’s tenure.

At his Monday press conference, Whisenhunt was questioned about a lot of things, including whether he would be willing to surrender the play-calling duties if it would help the team.

“I’m not opposed to that,” Whisenhunt said. “I never said I was. Whatever gives us a chance to win. …

“Right now, I want to win a football game. I’m a good play-caller. I don’t have any questions about that. If sharing the responsibilities or doing that will help us win a football game, I have no issues doing that.

“Like I’ve said before, if you have a player that’s wide open and the ball is dropped, is that a bad play call? You always focus on a play or two that doesn’t work, but there’s a lot of plays that do work, that nobody ever says, ‘That was a great call.’ That’s the way it goes. That’s part of it.”

What started the discussion down the path of the play-calling questions was the fact that the Titans had a serious imbalance in their run/pass ratio Sunday. Tennessee wound up losing 10-7 to the Atlanta Falcons with backup quarterback Zach Mettenberger in for injured starter Marcus Mariota.

The Titans had just 16 rushing attempts and threw 35 passes, that despite the closeness of the game, having a reserve at quarterback and the fact that running back Antonio Andrews gained 57 yards on just 10 carries.

Whisenhunt tried to play off the imbalance, chalking it up to third-down passes and plays in the two-minute offense.

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