Archive for August, 2007

Reflections on Titans vs Packers

August 31, 2007

LenDale White made a statement last night and laid claim to a starting job in the process. White ran tough and at times looked like a bull in a china shop. It often took two Packers to bring him down. I loved the block he made on Vince Young’s touchdown run.
I believe Ryan Fowler has also won a starting job. He got the nod at MLB last night and played into the third quarter. He and Stephen Tulloch had been alternating starts and it was Tulloch’s turn. Tulloch didn’t get passed over due to injury, he played in the second half.
On special teams, Chris Davis moved past Cortland Finnegan into the lead for the punt return job. (more…)

Titans vs Packers Preview

August 30, 2007

Jeff Fisher deviated from his norm last week by not using the third preseason game as the team’s dress rehearsal. We’ll now see that Thursday night, as Fisher indicated most of the starters would play into the third quarter.
For Titans fans going to the game, it will probably be the last time they’ll see future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre in action. It will be brief, because Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Favre will only play two or three series.
Favre will be without his top weapons, WR Donald Driver (foot injury) and the top two RBs, Vernand Morency (knee) and Brandon Jackson (concussion). Starting RG Jason Spitz is also out.
Bearing in mind the Packers will be without their top playmakers, I don’t expect them to mount much of an offense. (more…)

Upon Further Review: Titans Offense v Bills, First Half

August 28, 2007

Last week, I introduced Upon Further Review, my play-by-play breakdown of the Titans’ performance their previous game. Since it’s still the preseason, UFR is still offense-only, and only the starters at that, but that’s what’s most important anyway.
Among the starters, the most important is the QB. Last week, I thought Vince Young mostly struggled, but mentioned I wasn’t going to be concerned off one game’s performance. In my brief thoughts, I mentioned from first viewing that I thought VY had played much better. Of I also mentioned Hartsock had been exclusively an in-line blocker, something that I realized upon rewatching the game was wrong enough to be silly. So, how did VY really do? (more…)

Titans add DT Corey Simon

August 28, 2007

Veteran DT Corey Simon has agreed to terms with the Titans, giving them another widebody up front with Albert Haynesworth.
Tennessee had him in for a physical and workout last week, so he must be OK. Simon missed all of last year with a knee injury and an unspecified illness.
Drafted in 2000 by the Eagles, he was a Pro Bowl selection in 2003, went to the Colts as a free agent in 2005, and was released by them earlier this season.
If he’s as healthy as he appears, and if Big Al can stay healthy, they ought to stuff the middle pretty well. Does that make Ryan Fowler less important at MLB? Does Stephen Tulloch have the edge now because of his better speed?
It’s another free agent acquisition that upgrades the defense.

Titans Roster Projections

August 28, 2007

Rosters across the league are mandated to be reduced to 53 players by Saturday. Now at 75 players, the Titans need to cut 22 and we all have a pretty good idea of who they’ll be.
Following is my projected roster, but I only have 52 men on it for now. I’m still unsure about several guys on the bubble. Who will be the 53rd man?
Will the Titans keep two or three QBs? Do they think Ealy can make it through waivers so they can put him on the practice squad? Have the Titans given up on Roby? What’s the status of Long’s achilles tendon? (more…)

Reflections on Titans at Bills

August 26, 2007

There were plenty of things for Titans fans to like in Friday night’s victory over the Buffalo Bills. Vince Young and the offense seemed to find a good rhythm and the defense looked pretty good, especially against the run. They only allowed 26 yards rushing in the first half.
As expected, LenDale White started at running back and Michael Griffin got the nod at right corner in place of Cortland Finnegan. There were two other changes in the starting lineup I didn’t expect. Kevin Mawae and Chris Hope got the night off and were replaced by Eugene Amano and Donnie Nickey.
Leroy Harris will still be the backup center and Amano will move to guard, so I don’t read much into that. The decision to put Nickey instead of Bryan Scott at strong safety further strengthens my belief Nickey will make the roster again. Scott is very much on the bubble and I seriously doubt if he makes it, unless he does a whole lot in practice this week. (more…)

Titans at Bills Preview

August 23, 2007

Normally the Titans use the third preseason game as their dress rehearsal for the regular season. That may not be the case this year since Jeff Fisher said earlier this week he won’t play the starters into the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills Friday night.
Expect to see more of the same you saw in the first two preseason games. Pretty vanilla, for the most part, not a lot of scheming, at least on Tennessee’s part. Buffalo may be using this game as their dress rehearsal, according to The Buffalo News:

      (Coach Dick) Jauron said the starters would play at least one half against Tennessee. “Maybe into the second,” he said, “but maybe not.” Rookie Trent Edwards will work behind (QB) J.P. Losman, but Jauron didn’t know how much playing time Craig Nall would receive, if any.

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    Upon Further Review: Titans Offense v Pats, First Half

    August 19, 2007

    As I commented in my brief cap of Friday’s game against the Pats, how you viewed Friday night’s game against the Patriots made a nice Rorschach test for how you viewed the Titans’ chances this season. If you thought the Titans performed fairly well on Friday, chances are good you expect the Titans to do well this year. If you thought the Titans performed poorly, you’re probably like me and don’t have high expectations for 2007.
    The biggest question about Friday night’s game among Titans fans is just how well exactly Vince Young played. Over at my own site, I’ve been breaking down the Titans on a play-by-play basis. It’s called Upon Further Review, or UFR for short, and I ripped off the name and from from MGoBlog, an excellent college football blog focused on the University of Michigan. Last year, I only did it in a systematic manner for the last seven games, and that only for offense, but I plan to expand the offering to add defense this year. What did I find?
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    Reflections on Titans at Patriots

    August 18, 2007

    The following comes from my brief notes on Friday night’s game.
    The Titans got on the scoreboard on the Patriots’ first series. Kyle Vanden Bosch and Albert Haynesworth ran a stunt, allowing KVB to have a clear path to New England QB Tom Brady. KVB’s hit resulted in Brady throwing to Cortland Finnegan for six points going the other way.
    KVB had a good game but Antwan Odom was slightly better for the second week in a row. I wonder if this will be the year Odom finally maintains his weight and has a relatively injury-free season. I like what I see about KVB and Odom switching sides. Odom had two sacks while KVB had a sack, a forced fumble and the pressure which led to Finnegan’s interception. DTs Big Al and Tony Brown have taken turns having good games so far this preseason. (more…)

    Titans at Patriots Injury Report

    August 17, 2007

    LenDale White was scheduled to start at running back but will probably not play much, if at all, with an ankle injury, Chris Brown and Chris Henry should get most of the first half work, with Quinton Ganther and Dontrell Moore sharing the load in the second half.
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    Ben Troupe and Mike Otto are out. White, Benji Olson, Reynaldo Hill, Donnie Nickey, Jamie Petrowski and Ulrich Winkler are questionable. Although he’s not listed, David Givens will probably not play.
    For the Patriots, Tom Brady might not play. Other Patriots also expected not to see action include stars Randy Moss (hamstring), Lawrence Maroney (shoulder), Ty Warren (elbow), Richard Seymour (knee) and Troy Brown (knee). Adalius Thomas and Kyle Brady are listed as questionable.
    For New England’s point of view, please check out this analysis from Brent over at MVN’s The Patriot Act.