Upon Further Review: Titans Offense v Bills, First Half


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?
Pretty darn well, I’d say. For full details, check out the full play-by-play breakdown. For a quick summary, just check out the updated pass chart:

@ Pats 0 12.5 4.5 3 1 3
@ Bills 1 14.5 1.5 1 2 2

DO = Dead On, CA = Catchable, IN = Inaccurate, BR = Bad Read, SCR = Scramble, PR = Pressure. For more on how I grade each throw, please see the explanation. Compared to New England? Fewer bad throws, fewer plays influenced by pressure, fewer bad reads, plus one of the coveted Dead Ons. I am now officially Not Worried about Vince Young. I may be pessimistic about most other parts of the team, but QB is the most important position, and looks like it could be as great a strength as we hoped for.
As indicated above, and contrary to my previous post, I’m not going to put up UFR for defense for any of the preseason games, though I have done most of the work. Your next installment of UFR will be a review of the first team offense’s production against Green Bay. As I’m a Chicagoland resident, I have to wait for the NFL Network re-broadcast of the game, which won’t be until Sunday morning. UFR is thus likely not to appear until Sunday evening or sometime on Labor Day Monday.

7 Responses to “Upon Further Review: Titans Offense v Bills, First Half”

  1. Tom Says:

    I only award one point for each play. If I think it’s split between two grades, I’ll award .5 to each. For this game, the .5’s under CA and IN are for the pass to Brandon Jones where VY threw an out and Jones ran an in–I can’t tell who’s at fault.
    My idea of Bad Read is for plays like VY’s interception against the Colts in the second game last year, where he thought he had Jones open in the end zone and didn’t account for the safety. That’s tough to tell from the TV, though.
    On a blitz, if it’s reasonably visible, and I can see VY has an opportunity to get the ball away and doesn’t, then I’ll give it a BR. If I can’t see any good options, it’s PR. It’s also PR if there’s a blitz that should get picked up but doesn’t (because, say, the RB made a bad read).
    The whole thing is hugely subjective, which bugs me to no end, but I try to be as consistent as I can. If I’m split between different calls, I try to express that in the PBP breakdown.

  2. MAR Says:

    Upon Further Review….very nice, I like the concept.
    Couple of questions though…If there’s a zone blitz and Vince misses his hot read, is that a Bad Read or Pressure?
    Also, why are their decimal points for catchable and innacurate balls…did you multiply up to get an average for the game? Meaning that in the reg. season, we won’t be seeing decimal points except as season averages?
    Also, do you double-count any plays? by that I mean, if Vince makes a bad read but skips the ball to the receiver…is that IN, BR, or both?

  3. steve Says:

    After watching VY’s first two games I am not impressed at all with his passing game. As I said in an earlier post, VY has been outplayed by Collins in the last two games (based on qb ratings). For you to insinuate that VY is a great qb, or even that he outplayed Tom Brady is just plain comical. That wouldn’t happen on Brady’s bad day.
    However, I want VY to be great and be better than any qb in the league. Im just not sure that he will be. Usually, if a qb is gonna be great in the NFL but has just an average or ok rookie year, there is generally a leap in production in the second year. However, this is not the case with VY. It looks more like he may have taken a step backwards imo.
    I love his athletic ability tho, and he may be tops in the league in that category, but i definitely do not think he is an accurate passer. I think it is his passing game that needs the most work. I just wish that homers would get off the kool-aid and stop cheerleading for reasons not apparent to everyone else.

  4. Tom Gower Says:

    If I ever gave the impression that I thought VY outplayed Brady, in either Week 17 last year or Preseason Week 2, I apologize, because I certainly didn’t mean that.
    VY’s a young, hopefully maturing QB. He played poorly in his first preseason game this year, but did MUCH better in his second one. Not great, certainly, but not bad. Not much was asked of him-most of the passes weren’t very far downfield, lost of screens, few throws into tight coverage, but he did well.
    Before you write him off, I’d suggest taking into account that the Titans’ top 2 WRs and their leading RB from last year are all gone. Plus, it’s the danged preseason. Vanilla offense, vanilla defense, shaking off the rust, and the like. Ask me after Jacksonville what song I’m singing.

  5. MAR Says:

    All good points, but Vince has another key factor that is even rarer: natural leadership. I’m not talking about some amorphous ‘X-factor’ BS or something like that, but a true, rare, natural ability to take and rally a team around him. Some QBs have it, most dont. Its a special skill you see everywhere, most business managers don’t have it, but some do, that really special something that makes people want to do better, and makes them believe they can. In any other position on the field, it doesnt matter (with the rare exception of an MLB or S), but I think Vince’s greatest strength is pure leadership.

  6. Garo Dykstra Says:

    Steve should work for the Tennessean…:)

  7. steve Says:


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