Titans OT Taylor Lewan rips himself as 'an absolute liability' for penalty issues

USA Today Sports 2 days ago

The Tennessee Titans pulled out one of the shocking upsets of the past few weeks on Sunday, toppling the Kansas City Chiefs 35-32 in quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ first game back from a knee injury.

Yet that wasn’t good enough, at least for one Tennessee player.

Offensive tackle Taylor Lewan was penalized three times in the victory, resulting in a loss of 24 yards.

“Before we even start this whole thing, my penalties are a (expletive) problem,” Lewan said. “I am 10 % an issue with that. It’s not intentional. I do not mean to do it. My intentions are good. I’m just trying to finish. And it’s killing the team. I know that. You guys know that. No one needs to call me out on anything, because I got it.

"I am completely screwing the team with the amount of penalties I’ve had in the last, what, six games. It’s crazy. It’s horrible. I cannot get penalties. I’m sorry, there’s no need to ask about it because I know I’m an absolute liability when it comes to penalties.”

The three infractions increased Lewan’s total to nine this season, which leads the team. Lewan, 28, has played in just six games after he served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The first penalty, an unnecessary roughness personal foul, was in the third quarter with 14:16 remaining. On the following play, he was flagged for offensive holding, negating a first down and leading to a third-and-13 that Tennessee did not convert. The Titans instead punted the ball, and the Chiefs scored a touchdown on the subsequent drive.

His final penalty was a false start in the fourth quarter with 2:02 left. It led to a third-and-10 in which quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked, prompting another fourth down the team didn’t convert.

“I take full responsibility for this,” Lewan said. “I will work on it. I might even go practice not doing penalties in the bye week. I’ll do my absolute best to work on it. I won't even hold my wife's hand this whole entire bye week because I do not want to get called for holding. These damn penalties are absolutely kicking me in the (expletive).”


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