Sunday, January 6, 2008

Lost Opportunity...By Thom Abraham

The Titans completely dominated the first half in San Diego Sunday and for the effort, they went to the locker room with a 6-0 lead. Not 21-0, not 17-0, 14-0, 13-0 or even 9-0...6-0! Two field goals and a Red Zone fumble had squandered another suffocating first half defensive effort. And before the Titans touched the ball in the second half, the Chargers had the lead.
The real question is, as a major underdog, and with no pressure, why did the Titans play it so tight? Oh, I saw the gimmicky swinging gate play to open the game, and the how they tossed it around early on, but with a three point lead in the 2nd quarter, the play calling became all too predictable. And with a chance to deliver a blow at the end of the first half, the Titans made zero effort to attack the end zone. They simply moved the ball in to range for an all too familiar FG and a harmless lead.
All in all, this was a season of growth for the Titans, but tomorrow is never guaranteed in the NFL, and the Titans lost an opportunity live on in this playoff season. The common refrain is that the Titans need a play-maker or two on offense and some depth on "D". They also need a dose of offensive courage to take advantage of what they've got...

3 comments:

Joel Lawler said...

Without his wheels, Vince Young is average at best. I know it would have bruised Young's ego but they should have given Collins the ball a few times to see if he could get something going on offense.

ClementUT said...

A lot of people keep saying that Kerry Collins would have won this game. No he wouldn't and there is a reason why he is a backup. People thought Volek was better than Steve McNair and we see how he turned out. VY needs playmakers. He needs a name-brand receiver. These off the street guys are not cutting it.

And I know it hasn't been said, but I believe the Titans needs to find an NFL offensive coordinator and let Chow and his wandering eye go back to the college ranks. Chow's system was designed for a particular style of QB and it is the main reason why he wanted Matt Leinart. Mike Heimerdinger elevated McNair to an MVP level. It's obvious that Chow has been unable to grow VY as a QB (not just an athlete who plays QB).

Steve said...

Guys when VY is looking to throw the ball numerous times to the FB Hall( on big 3rd downs) there is something wrong with that. No disrespect to hall who had a big game. He had a huge catch for a first down in the first qtr and a couple of good runs. But i can count numerous times VY is throwing the ball to Hall in crucial situations.