Sunday, October 20, 2013
Time for Titans to change return man
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans have two weeks to consider a change at return man.
It’s a decision that should take two seconds.
From the first play of the team’s season, when Darius Reynaud pulled a kickoff back from the field of play into the end zone to down it and gave Pittsburgh a safety, he’s been a suspect decision-maker.
In Sunday’s 31-17 loss to San Francisco, he touched the ball seven times and five of them had bad results.
His string of bad decisions as the return man this season inexplicably earned him some early chances as a receiver on offense in this game. Sure enough, he dropped a third-down pass to end the Titans first possession.
He also spun and circled back on a punt return that netted him a negative return, allowed a kickoff to bounce over his head, fair caught a lined punt he might have had a chance to do something with, and muffed a late punt when the Titans were threatening to make it a game that instead produced a 49ers special teams touchdown.
“It’s on me, I’ve got to make better judgments on the ball and better decisions on going to get the ball,” he said.
Mike Munchak indicated the Titans will consider a change.
The Titans have to make a better decision on whom they send to field the ball.
The best in-house option is Damian Williams, who has some experience and is the team’s smartest receiver.
He’s Reynaud’s backup at on both punt and kickoff returns. Starting the next practice where the Titans work on special teams, he should be fielding the bulk of the kicks.