Titans rookie quarterback Malik Willis played his first game for the team on Thursday night, and head coach Mike Vrabel’s review of the third-round performance could be summed up in three words.
After the Titans lost to the Ravens, Vrabel said in a press conference that Willis needs to let it rip more often. Willis was 6-of-11 for 107 yards and Vrabel said in a post-game press conference that he felt the quarterback was too hesitant when it came to pulling the trigger on passes.
“He should try to throw the ball when the guys are open, be more decisive,” said Vrabel. “We’ll evaluate that, see if there’s a timing issue or what’s going on. I wanted to bring him out, see how he reacts. There were some good plays and of course we will have to look at the timing of the release and whether we are making the right decisions.”
Vrabel said Willis’s hesitation prompted him to make a quarterback change earlier than expected in the third quarter. The rookie ran five times for 38 yards and a touchdown, but said after the game that he “can’t keep relying” on playing with his legs instead of his arm. He gets another chance on August 20 to launch the attack on the Buccaneers.