No one is quite sure how the Tennessee Titans’ offense will look in 2018, but we do know it will have a much different feel than the “ground n pound” style of Mike Mularkey.
But that doesn’t mean the Titans will be abandoning the run game. Quite the opposite, actually.
According to new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, the Titans’ offense will “start with the run game”. LaFleur wants to confuse defenses with plays that are designed to look like runs, but end up being play action passes. In order for those plays to work, the running game has to be established early.
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As the Los Angeles Rams’ offensive coordinator in 2017, LaFleur oversaw an offense that ran the ball 58 percent of the time.
That’s a fairly balanced offensive attack, and it led the Rams to the league’s highest point total last season.
From the way LaFleur described the offense, I’d expect the Titans’ to have a similar ratio of running plays to passing plays as Los Angeles did last season.
The Rams relied mostly on Todd Gurley at running back last season, but the Titans have a one-two combination of Derrick Henry/Dion Lewis, who LaFleur called their 1A and 1B running backs, that will allow Tennessee to keep fresh legs in the game for their rushing attack.
There’s no doubt that LaFleur and the Titans’ offensive staff have a lot of weapons at their disposal. It will be incredibly intriguing to see how those weapons are used once training camp and pre-season games get underway later this fall.
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