Posted on: October 28, 2008 12:32 am
This game was a case of who conserved more energy. It looked like the Colts were playing relaxed early and we were giving it our all, but in the second half it was obvious that we hid a LOT of energy, and a lot of plays. Our passing game, with our QB Kerry Collins, was fantastic. Kerry was spot on all night. The only reason there were so many incompletions was because our receivers couldn't catch a thing. The only reliable targets on our entire roster seemed to be, go figure, Oliver "Bo" Scaife and Brandon Jones. Kerry found Justin Gage an especially risky target, as he dropped 3 passes before the night was over. Justin McCareins, an unlikely model for consistent play, showed good possession receiving skills, something that seems to suit him better than the deep threat role he had taken many weeks before. Lavelle Hawkins has now been thrown at twice and has two catches and is proving to be a hidden gem in the often "dirty" WR corps of the Titans. Our running game struggled against the fast defense of the Colts, but as the game grew into the later minutes, it showed that the swift defense grew slower, and the Chris Johnson TD run sealed the game with a great showing of speed that was bottled earlier in the game. LenDale White found the endzone twice, as usual, and now leads the league in touchdowns other than passing with 10 TDs on the season, on track to 21 TDs. He's gained 1/2 of his TDs in the past two games and has accounted for many of our points. This game showed that Kerry Collins is our quarterback and likely still the best option under center for the Titans. It also showed that no matter how badly the Titans get in a hole, they'll always find their zone, and the found it in the second half tonight versus the division rival Colts. The Titans defense also showed that they're still tops as Chris Hope, the only player without an interception in the Titans starting secondary, found himself on the receiving end of two of Peyton Manning's off-target passes. The Titans defense now has 12 interceptions on the season, and no defensive back has intercepted less than 2 passes this year. Nick Harper certainly came to play deflecting two crucial passes, and Vincent Fuller, the nickel back, made a nice play on the ball as well. Peyton Manning did, however, seem to find his rhythm with key pass rusher Kyle Vanden Bosch out of the game and Albert Haynesworth drawing double teams, and found his old buddy Dallas Clark twice for touchdowns and took one in himself in garbage time. The Code Blue Titans fans certainly made some noise as their cheered for their team, and no viewer should be disappointed after watching a game of football like the one played in Tennessee tonight The Colts are certainly not out as a playoff team, but the prospect of a first week bye is fading as fast as the Nashville city lights as the Colts drove away from LP Field.
Posted on: January 25, 2008 3:34 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2008 4:24 pm
1. Franchise Haynesworth until an agreement is made upon an incentive-laden contract for 4-6 years. (thank to drpeek2005 for the incentive revelation)
2.Sign D.J. Hackett after we bring him in. Mike Reinfeldt has already arranged a meeting at Baptist Sports Park so this may be old news, but i still think a nice vet like D.J. can help us out more than Eric Moulds did.
3.Release Brandon Jones and Chris Davis. A third year injury problem is not a good sign. Mike Williams showed promise with a Chow reunion but a Heimerdinger work ethic routine might work out better. I think he can be a nice WR if he snaps him into shape.
4.Re-Sign Ben Troupe to a 1-year deal. This kid was good in his rookie season... with guess who? Heimerdinger. If he can that potential back into talent like he had with Mike, we should have no problem at the TE position.
5.Look for another free agent OL like Ruben Brown, Alan Faneca, or Ryan Lilja. They'll be good competition for the guard spots which may be open with a possible Jacob Bell departure and/or Benji Olsen retirement.
6.Upgrade the opposite DL. If the Super Bowl-bound Giants can get things done with just 2 DE's imagine our dominance with that and Big Al in the center. Jared Allen is a nice prospect as well as DL Renaldo Wynn, Paul Spicer and Justin Smith.
7.Draft a WR (Malcolm Kelly or Limas Sweed) In the first round. Big guys like them with nice speed will get things done opposite a route runner like D.J. Hackett.
8.Don't neglect the RB Position! We were interested in Michael Turner before and we will be now. We'll be able to bring back out the 2RB sets we had when Henry was here. (Also a snippet from an article about our interest in him last year) "Agent Bus Cook said he hadn't had much time to talk with Turner, who was checking out of a Nashville hotel Monday afternoon. But he said Turner enjoyed his visit with the Titans." Obviously he likes us... and now we've got that Eddie George-like figure that was key to Heimerdinger's offense during what seemed to be our most recent glory days.
9. Second Round... LB? I think we should look deeply at MLB this year, but in the second round. We need competition to thin out the best of that position. Stephen Tulloch and Ryan Fowler were duking it out last preseason so why not bring someone else in who can be better.. THEN watch them try to play up to his level. They certainly don't want some rookie taking their job.
10. 3rd Round... Look at DL/OL depending on the talent at each line. I'd love to see a high-talent lineman around this pick and there's a deep class this year for it. At least i think so.
11.4th Round... Punter. Craig Hentrich is certainly not getting any younger and he was a good punter in his day. There isn't much grooming to do for a new punter, but we need to get one with a big leg. That way he'll take kickoff duties and not just ride the bench. He can also relieve Hentrich if for some reason our drive stalls out and so does Craig.
12. 5th-7th rounds... OL/DL Depth. We did a fairly good job at getting depth for the O-line this year but such a shallow group hurt us when injuries came last year.
13. Keep Pacman. The kid makes plays and if he stays out of trouble, great! If he doesn't, big deal. I'm not sure there's a lose here... We've done fine without him so he wouldn't be a huge loss if he were to leave the organization. We aren't exactly as needy for him as the Falcons were for Michael Vick.