Titans positional analysis – quarterbacks

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We conclude the analyses of offensive position groups with the quarterbacks. It’s one position that’s set in stone. The only question seems to be whether the Titans will keep two or three QBs on the roster.
They’ve done it both ways in the past, although when they’ve kept two, they’ve usually had a third on the practice squad. Last year they started the season with three on the active roster, but ended with two. The Titans did not acquire a replacement after trading Billy Volek.
Vince Young will be the man again this season, with twelve-year veteran Kerry Collins as the number two. Tim Rattay will be the third, if there is a third.
Here’s a quick look at each of them.
Young will definitely need to improve his accuracy, and has been working on that. How much of an improvement he’ll make will have a bearing on the Titans’ success this year. Vince brought some of the receivers to his home in Houston, where he’s been working with them this summer.
I know my partner Tom doesn’t have many good things to say about Collins for his poor play last year. Jeff Fisher, Norm Chow and Craig Johnson can’t be too happy about it either, but they are very pleased with how Collins handled being benched and the way he helped Vince out. Based on that, he’s got the backup spot secured, which prompted the Titans to tell Rattay that when he signed on to be the number three man.
I haven’t seen Rattay play much at all, probably in large part because he only has 18 starts in seven seasons, half of them in 2004. He’s also played on teams (49ers and Bucs) that haven’t had much national TV coverage when he was with them. He does have a decent 82.6 QB rating, with a 78.1 mark in 2004.
Kent Smith and David Koral will also be in training camp. As first-year players, they each qualify for a job on the practice squad and will likely be competing for that if Rattay doesn’t stay on as the third QB.
Here are the career stats for Young, Collins and Rattay.

Career Stats GS Att Comp Pct Yards YPA TDs Int Rate
Vince Young 13 357 184 51.5 2,199 6.16 12 13 66.7
Kerry Collins 148 5172 2868 55.5 34,186 6.61 174 172 73.2
Tim Rattay 18 687 417 60.7 4,689 6.83 28 20 82.6

Update: Smith and Koral were both released, July 18.

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2 Responses to “Titans positional analysis – quarterbacks”

  1. Garo Dykstra Says:

    I believe Collins should start. j/k 🙂
    Im excited to watch VY progress. He has gotten better every single game since high school and I see no reason why he wont continue to get better every game this year, like he did last year. He became one of the highest rated passers in the nation in his last year at Texas while still running for 1k yards, and no one can name a single WR or RB outside of diehard Longhorn fans from that year. I cant believe some people still are not convinced he is as good as he is. I believe he is a better version of McNair was in all phases. If we have the ball with the game on the line, I truly believe VY will find a way to win it.
    Despite looking awful at times in a unique difficult situation, Collins did alot for VY and this team last year and was a excellent resign this year. He’s very frusterating due to the fact he is so hot and cold. There is no middle ground. He’s either on, or horriblly off. As a backup, he’s just fine. Just hope VY dont get hurt. Important to note that Dallas really tried to sign him, and he chose to come back to the Titans. He’s better and more important than most give him credit for.
    I liked the signing of Tim Rattay. He’s a solid, average back up QB, along the lines of a Kelly Holcomb.
    This is the most depth the Titans have had at QB in sometime.

  2. brian Says:

    espn is reporting that adam jones maybe allowed to workout with the team during camp.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2939799

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