Finding positives from Sunday's 42-14 loss to the Titans might be like finding a needle in a haystack. The game was ugly and most players played poorly with little emotion whatsoever. Howver, there were a select few, mainly on offense, that stood out in a positive way.
“Offensive side of the ball, Austin Seferian-Jenkins played well,” Lovie Smith said on Monday. “It was a coming out game for him. We talked a lot about his potential and what he can be in this league and got a sample of that yesterday. Doug Martin ran the ball well. I wish we could have been in situations where we could rely on that run a lot more. Ali Marpet did some good things, but we just didn’t play as well as we need to as a whole.”
Personally, I can’t think of one player on defense that had even a remotely average game. It’s unfortunate that highly-priced and “key” players like Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David would allow an opposing offense to shred them much like the Falcons and Ravens did last year. When you add in a rookie quarterback on that opposing offense, it makes it a tad more sickening.
Special teams should not go unnoticed as Bobby Rainey flourished as a return man on both kick and punt returns. Jacob Schum was decent with his punting and Kyle Brindza made both extra points and displayed a strong leg on kickoffs. It was nice and bad that the only unit of the team I wasn’t concerned about after the game was the special teams.