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Tag:Chris Johnson
Posted on: August 7, 2010 11:44 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2010 11:47 pm
 

Tennessee Titan Preview

Not long ago, I wrote Chris Johnson is a Titan's Titan.  In the hearts of Titan fans, a single season made him a Titan's legend.  When he began his quest for a new contract and the threat to hold out until the management made a move the fan support began to divide.  CJ is in the prime of his life and the Titans decided to give in and sweeten the pot.  Now hopefully they can do what they could not do with Eddie George and Detroit couldn't do with Barry Sanders and win a Super Bowl.

The truth of the matter is other teams will prepare differently with a variety of schemes aimed at stopping Chris Johnson. Therefore he is not likely to duplicate his 2006 yards of last season.  The Titans will  need even more from Vince Young if they are going to go from 8-8 to 11-5 and having any shot at the playoffs and Super Bowl run.  If VY can show a balance of pass/run and the ability to stretch the field Johnson should be able to have over 1,000 yards.  The question is can anything less than 1,500 yards be considered a good year. 

As for the season, the weather in Tennessee was brutal with the heat index over 100 degrees last week.  The forecast calls for no rain all this week and Coach Fisher is not only concerned about the heat but the ability for his team to recover from the off season but having a balance of sufficient practices to be properly conditioned.   

Okay so where are the Titans?  The team also lost Keith Bullock so someone will have to step up in the linebacker corp. If last week is any indication linebacker Gerald McRath (51) has looked good so far and seems poised to make a substantial contribution.  Elsewhere on defense another standout is cornerback Jason McCourty.  You have to be impressed with this young man.  Tennessee seems to reload at the corner position better than just about any team in the NFL.

On the offensive side the ball neither Vince Young nor Kerry Collins has looked well.  It could be the heat, the timing, or perhaps it could be that this is the year of the big decline for Collins and unfortunately the Titans are on the hook for too much money to pay a backup and too steep to offload.  The Titans will need Kenny Britt not to have a sophomore slump and get more from Nate Washington.  This is a lot to ask but if these two do not perform this could be a tough year for Tennessee.

Coach Fisher is as always optimistic. No one is expecting the Colts to be as strong as last season and therefore the start of the season in the AFC South is one that anticipates at least two teams will be in the playoffs from this division.  Fisher is a coach on the hot seat.  Bud Adams is not getting any younger and while seniority by Fisher as the dean among NFL coaches has served him well, all bets are off. If Tennessee is not in the championship game this year, look for this to be Fisher’s last year.

Posted on: December 26, 2009 12:14 am
 

Titan's Eliminated

It should be no surprise to Titan fans that Tennessee did not make the playoffs.  No team has come back from six straight losses to start the season and made the playoffs.  In fact no one with 5 losses to start the season has made the playoffs.  Tennessee however did make us at least for most of December believe that Nashville and Music City might hold one more miracle.  However this year the Grinch turned out to be the Chargers and the Bolts lit up the Titans in a display that took this writer totally by surprise.

The Chargers are for real.  Phillip Rivers is also a very impressive quarterback. He threw for two touchdowns and 264 yards although it seemed like a whole lot more than that on a night when the weather was supposed to curtail the passing game.  The Chargers were brilliant on both sides of the football and while Vince Young and the Titans did nothing more than self-destruct. Young threw two interceptions and had one fumble and all led to San Diego touchdowns.  The highlight of the evening for Titan fans was that Chris Johnson once again got 100 yards (142 yds to be exact) for the tenth straight game and left unhurt.  Johnson has 1,872 yards on the season and likely will eclipse the 2,000 yard mark in the final game of the season.

Getting back to the Chargers, I must first say that while I despise Philip Rivers, he played great.  He showed not only poise when the Titan's brought pressure but he threw those low accurate passes that only his receivers could possibly get.  In one instance Cortland Finnegan dove for the interception and the ball sailed right below his outstretched hands about foot off the ground into the hands of the Charger receiver.  I went into this game thinking Rivers was good, quite a bit arrogant, and not likely to make the pro bowl.  Well, I believe he will be in the pro bowl if he is not in the Super Bowl.  

In conclusion, I will wipe the egg off my face and give a hats off to the San Diego Chargers.  This game could have been as bad the New England Game but Norv Turner called off the dogs.  It was good to see Billy Volek again and I liked the way he took time to shake hands with Vince after the one turnover by the Chargers when the results were all but in the books.  

Tennessee did not play very well.  Perhaps it was or can be attributed in part to the loss of Bullock and the depleted defensive core.  It would be safe to say however that San Diego however is a very good team and well, Tennessee will in all likelihood finish 8-8 and be a very middle of the road team.  Perhaps it was the weather, but once Vince threw that first pick it seemed the writing was on the wall. I will say the receivers looked a lot like the same ones Kerry Collins was throwing to early in the season.  They just weren't catching the balls that were right at them.  

Tennessee made a great turn around.  If the finish 8-8 I would have to say that given the start to the season, that would be quite an accomplishment.  There is the possiblility that this game will lead to another loss but I have to believe the Titans are made of better stock than to let that happen.  I hope they prove me right.  My guess is the last game of the season will be a no holes barred attempt to make everything go right for Chris Johnson and his efforts to get 2,000 yards.  

Good night, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, hey somebody pass me that egg nog.
  
 
 
 
 
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