Colts questions about the Titans

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I’ve exchanged questions and answers with Christine Traylor, one of the writers on MVN’s Colts Couch Crew, regarding Tennessee’s game at Indianapolis this Sunday. I published my questions and Christine’s answers Wednesday. Today, it’s time for Christine’s questions and my answers.
Colts Couch Crew: How much of an affect do you think Indy’s starters not playing a full game will affect the outcome of this matchup? Do you believe that the Titans will recognize the importance of the game and step up to Indy’s second string?
Total Titans: This is familiar territory for the Titans. One year ago, they could have made the playoffs by winning their last game, but lost. With that loss still in their minds, there’s no way they wont give it their best effort.
CCC: Vince Young, in his first two seasons, has done a remarkable job to turn the once losing Titans around, yet people – even Titans’ fans – seem so unhappy with him and the team’s offense. What do you say: is the only stat that counts wins and losses or is there much more to it?
TT: Young’s play has actually regressed this year, which is why Titans fans are upset. Instead of making the progress most second-year players do, hes suffered from a sophomore slump. Or maybe its the Madden curse. By the standard of wins and losses, he was 8-3 as a starter last year and is 8-6 in 2007.
CCC: Vince Young has been criticized for his seemingly inability to run/protect the ball when necessary. Which do you think has a bigger impact on whether your team wins or loses: the protection Vince receives from his line or his “refusal” to run the ball? Why do you think Young has such a hard time running? Is he attempting to prove his critics wrong by trying to show that he can indeed throw a deep pass without throwing a pick or does he just not see the running lanes?
TT: Vince has been hampered by a quad injury this year, which is part of the reason he hasn’t run the ball as often or as successfully. As you observed, hes also preferred to pass even when hes had plenty of running room, Many fans suspect what youve suggested, that hes trying to prove hes a complete quarterback, not just one who can win games with his legs.
CCC: What do you believe Jeff Fisher’s gameplan will be?
TT: This is a run-oriented team and Fisher would love to run the ball first. Passing is a necessary evil. His gameplan will be to run the ball, maintain a time of possession advantage, shorten the game and win in the fourth quarter with defense and special teams, much as hes done in the last three Titans-Colts matchups. Of course, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will add a few subtle wrinkles. Look for him to use Kyle Vanden Bosch in several different places.
Thanks to Christine for doing this. Titans fans, for more information and opinion from the other side’s point of view, check out MVN’s Colts Couch Crew.

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6 Responses to “Colts questions about the Titans”

  1. wacko jacko in remington Says:

    If Titans don’t beat themselves by playing either too tight or too overconfident, I’m calling it: Titans 23, Indy 16.

  2. VY Wins the game this time Says:

    Well, we all know Vince Young plays his best when on prime-time. Week 3 against NO, he had 2 passing touchdowns, in a Titans 31-14 trashing win. Then Week 11, i think is was, at Denver, despite a loss, Vince Young had his first 300 plus passing yard game, and had a total of 379 yards from scrimmage, running and passing, his career best. Now, Vince inside is dying to make one of those game winning plays, and I don’t see anything stopping him this time around, considering we already know that Jim Sorgi is playing at least a good half to 3 quarters of this game. The Titans run game is where it’s at, and the Titans are 4-1 when LenDale White rushes for over 100 yards, as well as 3-1 for games after he rushes for over 100 yards. The Titans know this year, its simple, they win and their in, and thats all if will take…..any costs. The only question i can ask, is can they score enough to say on top of the Colts?
    I’ll take my chances on this game.
    Titans win- 27-17

  3. Dan Says:

    I read an article saying that Benji Olsen was contemplating retiremnet.

  4. tom junior Says:

    Pretty cool analysis there on the VY Prime-Time factor! good stuff! P.S. Can anyone confirm the retirement of Benji Olsen?

  5. Andrew Says:

    That was a very good point about Vince in prime time.
    Olson hasn’t said he would retire, but he did say he’s thinking about it. After the problems he’s had with his back the last few years, especially this year, it’s no surprise.
    Thanks for your comments, guys.

  6. brian Says:

    i’ll be shocked if the titans win by more than three…hold on to the ball and don’t give away yards via penalties, bring it home!

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