Backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was a bit streaky and inconsistent in his first start since replacing Jake Locker, who suffered a sprained hip last week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was the Titans leading rusher on Sunday with 50 yards, but he struggled with consistency, hitting 21 of 41 passes with two interceptions.
Fitzpatrick started slowly, as the Titans offense went three-and-out on its first five possessions and did not record its first first down until the 8:08 mark of the first half.
Once the Titans offense got going, they were embarrassingly stopped four times at the 1-yard line by the Chiefs defense in a forgettable first half.
“I just didn't play well early,” said Fitzpatrick, who eventually finished 21 of 41 for 247 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. “I was trying to feel the game out rather than going out there and taking it.”
Fitzpatrick did lead a couple of second-half touchdown drives that put the Titans in front, but late in the game when Tennessee needed to mount a comeback, two consecutive series ended with interceptions – the first two of the season by the Titans.
“He was streaky. He didn't start the game real fast. But we came in and got to talk and adjusted the plan a little bit. He came out the second half and played well,” Loggains said. “Unfortunately, we turned the ball over a couple of times. That's something we're gonna have to help him with and we're gonna have to help him by running the football. When you can't run the football, the quarterback is on an island. When you have to throw the ball 40 times against a really good defense, bad things are going to happen.”
Fitzpatrick was also the Titans' leading rusher with 50 yards on six scrambles, including a 9-yard touchdown that gave Tennessee the lead.
But that was more an indictment of the running game on Sunday. The Titans running backs had 55 yards on 16 carries, but 37 of that came on one run by Jackie Battle. Chris Johnson had just 17 yards on 10 carries Sunday. The running game remains a mystery.
“I don't think it was them,” Johnson said. “I think it was us. A lot of mistakes were made on our behalf. This is just a work on progress. We need to get better. If we want to be the type of team that we want to be and make it to the playoffs, we have to get the running game corrected.
“It's everybody – the running backs, the line, everybody.”
It will be a focal point for Loggains going forward.
“Right now, my concern is fixing the problem and we need to figure out why we're not running the football, and we need to figure that out ASAP. We've played some good defenses, but that's no excuse. We have a lot of talent on the line and we need to do a better job,” he said.