Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt ripped the Jacksonville Jaguars for what his says was holding by their offensive line during portions of Thursday night’s 21-13 defeat.
“They were holding the crap out of us on our defensive lineman when the quarterback got out of the pocket and we didn't get a call," Whisenhunt said, according to the Tennessean. "That was very frustrating."
Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles scrambled outside the pocket several times during the game to gain valuable yards and help Jacksonville move the chains. Bortles ran the ball five times for 50 yards. Jacksonville was only penalized three times for 25 yards in the game, none for offensive holding.
Titans defensive end Jurrell Casey agreed with Whisenhunt on the holding calls, but said the team did not do an adequate job of containing Bortles, even though he was sacked four times.
"There were a couple of times I got held," Casey said, "but at the end of the day you have to get off the blocks and keep him contained. You have to collapse the pocket and not let him escape."
The loss was Tennessee’s ninth straight. They take on the Indianapolis Colts in their season finale on Dec. 28.
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