On a day where the defense held Denver to 19-yards rushing, the Tennessee Titans defense was still on the field for 35 minutes and 18 seconds in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Broncos.
“The defense wasn’t tired. That’s a good offense. I thought the defense played well enough to win,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said after the game.
The defense recorded six sacks on Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton, a season high, but it wasn't enough.
“It’s always been a big emphasis of our defensive line to get sacks and rush the quarterback, and get off the ball,” defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks said in the locker room. “That’s something Coach [Jim] Washburn has always been teaching. All of our rush schemes came together today.”
There was some controversy early in the second-quarter, when Marks was flagged for a personal foul [roughing the passer] on Orton, during a third-and-1 play. While Marks was also called for offsides, Denver declined that penalty and took the personal foul penalty.
“The quarterback needs to start wearing a red or pink jersey,” an angry Marks said. “They should have breast awareness for quarterbacks every week. That was terrible, I don’t get it.”
Marks was referring to the pink cleats and gloves players were wearing in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Fisher said in his post-game press conference that he thought the contact was on the thigh and didn’t warrant a call.
When asked by TitanInsider if the rule needs to be looked at in the off-season, Fisher said, “They’re going to protect the quarterbacks, we’ve made decisions to protect our quarterbacks and the officials are doing the best they possibly can to do so.”
Marks, holding court at his locker, said that the referee told him that the hit was too far below the knees.
“I know it wasn’t below the knees. They’re going to treat the quarterback like cheerleaders, I guess. Maybe we should play two-hand touch,” he said.
Even with the injuries to Derrick Morgan (knee) and Marks (knee), the defense continues to shine for the Titans. Marks did tell TitanInsider that he’s scheduled for an MRI on Monday.