Rishard Matthews and his offensive teammates on the Tennessee Titans are not pleased after Sunday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
So much so that they're calling for coaches to let Marcus Mariota run the no-huddle offense more, in effect giving Mariota play-calling responsibility.
"I’d rather have Marcus calling the shots," Matthews told ESPN. "There’s proof in the success when that happens. I’d like to do no-huddle more. I know we’d all like to do it more. We definitely talk about it a lot. Sometimes we go into it a lot. Sometimes we don’t. This game we stayed in it, and I feel like we were pretty good when were in it."
Multiple Titans offensive players agreed with the general basis of Matthews' assessment, noted ESPN. There also was some agreement with Matthews' saying that the Titans got too conservative on their final offensive possession, particularly on a third-and-2 on which they essentially settled for a go-ahead field goal.
The Titans scored three points and accumulated 72 yards on 18 plays in three drives to start the game before they switched to the no-huddle. In the three subsequent drives after they switched primarily to a no-huddle offense, the Titans put up 17 points and gained 225 yards on 32 offensive plays.
"That's just something we felt like going in was a good way to attack them," Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said of the success in the no-huddle. "That was part of the game plan."
Mariota, who played well in the loss, has some audible control, and the coaching staff thoroughly discusses the game plan with him every week. It largely remains consistent with the scheme along with some package plays sprinkled in. Mariota calls all the plays when the Titans go no-huddle or up-tempo, per left tackle Taylor Lewan.
"We were very efficient," Mariota said. "It's a package we practice every single day. Guys trust it, and I thought we did a good job being able to execute."